Senior Partnerships Manager

Aga Khan Foundation UK
Closing date: 4 October 2020
Job Type: Paid
Location: King's Cross, London
The Senior Partnerships Manager will identify new partnerships and strengthen existing ones, pursue new funding opportunities with European and Asian institutional donors, foundations and corporates and manage a set of grants.

Resource Mobilisation

  • Support the Partnerships team in brokering new relationships and strengthening existing ones with European and Asian institutional, foundations and corporate donors
  • Lead the review and strengthening of concept notes and proposals across a wide array of sectors
  • Develop and contribute to positioning pieces and communication materials (e.g. presentations, narrative overviews) to enable regular and effective engagement with donors
  • Prepare donor briefs and talking points for donor meetings, referencing latest donor strategies, field-level discussions and possible donor/AKDN matches to consider positioning during meetings
  • Establish close synergies with AKF’s North America 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

 Grants management

  • Manage grants through regular coordination with relevant AKDN agencies/field units and AKF(UK)’s programme finance department to ensure projects are delivered on-time and on-budget; proactively support the resolution of challenges as they arise
  • Support the preparation, review and feedback process on donor reports to ensure reports comply with donor requirements and are produced on time and to a high standard
  • Be an interface with donors and communicate on a regular basis about the implementation of on-going grants in order to maintain a solid relationship and to address queries or challenges effectively

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 Communications team to identify opportunities and support the planning of events either directly targeting or planned jointly with AKF(UK)’s institutional donors (e.g., FCDO, KfW).

 Leadership and People Management

  • Play a leadership role in the unit by setting the example of consistently high standards
  • Work with the Partnerships 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


  • Master’s degree in a relevant field highly preferable


  • Ability to set and lead vision in alignment with AKDN/AKF values and strategic plan
  • Creativity, critical thinking and project management
  • Must be an entrepreneurial, pro-active self-starter with maturity and emotional intelligence
  • Ability to problem-solve, work independently and multi-task in a fast-paced environment with numerous and competing deadlines
  • Ability to handle complex relationships with colleagues, governance and external stakeholders in a professional manner
  • Excellent writing, speaking and other communications skills, with thoroughness and attention to detail
  • Ability to provide stable, consistent, reliable and courteous communication when dealing with external organisations, senior colleagues and community members
  • Strong IT skills, including Office and Excel


  • Strong proven understanding and knowledge of the UK/European donor landscape
  • Knowledge and commitment to international development and improving knowledge of these issues a distinct advantage


  • Substantial experience working in international organisations or donor agencies, including field-level implementation or management.
  • Experience in resource mobilisation and developing relationships, including direct experience with European (EU/EC, Germany, Norway, Sweden, UK) or Asian donors
  • Experience in developing and writing proposals and arguments, business plans/cases, concept papers, briefs, executive summaries, as well as coordinating multiple inputs from a variety of sources, and simultaneously managing a variety of relationships
  • Proven experience of managing relationships in complex organisations with numerous stakeholders
  • Proven success in managing grants in complex organisations with numerous stakeholders
Region: London and the southeast
Location: King's Cross, London
Sector: Funding Projects and programmes

Application notes

 *Must have right to work in the UK *Must include CV and a supporting statement that outlines why they want the role, why they want to work for AKF(UK) and how their experiences and skills to date will make them the most suitable applicant for the role

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