Senior Partnerships Manager

Aga Khan Foundation (United Kingdom)
£50,000 - £50,000
Closing date: 3 October 2018
Job Type: Paid
Location: London
The Senior Partnerships Manager will identify and cultivate new partnerships and strengthen existing ones. He/she also oversees the unit’s grants management function.

The Senior Partnerships Manager will identify and cultivate new partnerships and strengthen existing ones. He/she also oversees the unit’s grants management function. This is a demanding role that requires the individual to work with 10 wide-ranging AKDN multi-sector, profit and not-for-profit development and service agencies and institutions, present in 30+ countries. Working alongside them, it facilitates new and deepens existing partnerships with European and Asian institutional donors, foundations and corporates.


1. Mobilising resources and partnership management

  • Support the Programmes and Partnerships team in cultivating and brokering new and existing relationships with European and Asian institutional, foundations and corporate donors
  • Lead the development and review of specific concept notes and proposals (competitive and unsolicited), including logical frameworks and budgets. When needed, provide direct hands-on support at the field level in the design of concept notes and proposals
  • Establish close synergies with other developed country units, AKF’s Head Office, AKF field units, relevant AKDN agencies and AKDN representatives
  • Where appropriate, conduct donor or field visits to support discussions with new and existing strategic donors/partners ensuring consistent and coherent messaging
  • Produce briefs, business-like synthesis and talking points for the Director of Programmes, CEO, AKDN representatives and others to effectively engage with partners and stakeholders

 2. Strategic planning and positioning

  • Contribute to the strategic planning and positioning of key strategic AKDN thematic areas with donors
  • Work with AKDN senior staff to develop and sharpen AKDN ideas and plans, donor mapping, participate in relevant AKDN meetings/working groups to support analysis of and positioning on development issues, prepare external communications materials, and present to donors or other potential partners

 3. Grants management

  • Contribute to the unit’s grants management function, a central resource for the field in donor best practices, through regular interface and check-ins with AKF(UK)’s finance team and relevant AKDN agencies/field units
  • Contribute to communications with donors on a regular basis regarding the implementation of on-going grants in order to maintain solid relationships and to address queries or challenges effectively
  • Contribute to the minimisation of reputational and financial risks through the Programmes and Partnerships team in: delivering relevant training at the start of a grant, addressing day-to-day queries from the field, regular monitoring of implementation and spend and vetting donor reports to ensure compliance with donor requirements

4. Networking and building public awareness

  • Participate and actively engage in relevant networking events/conferences to build awareness of AKDN with the UK and European public more broadly
  • Interface with the Public Affairs team to identify opportunities and support the planning of events either directly targeting or planned jointly with AKF(UK)’s institutional donors (e.g., DFID, KfW).

 5.5 Leadership and People Management

  • Play a leadership role in the unit by setting the example of consistently high standards
  • Work with the Strategic Partnerships Managers, Strategic Grants Manager and Programme Officers to develop donor and inter-institutional relationships, develop and improve quality of concept notes/proposals and effectively manage grants
  • Filter the team and unit's documents ensuring improvements in standards of writing, presentation, content and context
Region: London and the southeast
Location: London

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