UK Partnership Manager, Africa

Viamo Inc
£35,000 - £45,000
35,000 - 45,000
Closing date: 27 May 2021
Job Type: Paid
Location: London
The goal of the FCDO Partnerships Manager is to support Viamo’s new business development efforts on UK government ODA funding, in particular FCDO proposals with large implementing organisations and consortia leaders.

UK Partnerships Manager (Africa), United Kingdom 


About Viamo

Mobile technology is revolutionizing how organizations engage with their end users. More than 96% of the world’s population has access to a mobile phone, meaning it is now possible to reach nearly every single person on the planet. Yet 3 billion people living in emerging markets still lack access to relevant, timely, and engaging information in their local languages, and their voices remain underheard. The organizations that serve them lack the technology and capacity to reach them, and many are unaware of the power of mobile technology to meet their organizational goals.


Viamo connects individuals and organisations using digital technology to make better decisions.

With more than 30 million people reached in 2020 alone, we are well on our way to meeting our goal of reaching 50 million people annually by 2023.


About the role

The goal of the FCDO Partnerships Manager is to support Viamo’s new business development efforts on UK government ODA funding, in particular FCDO proposals with large implementing organisations and consortia leaders. Viamo, a global social enterprise, already has a successful track record with international development donors such as USAID, FCDO, the World Bank, GIZ and other enterprise clients. We are entering a potentially exciting time with FCDO and expect to respond to multiple FCDO funding opportunities. The role will support Viamo to build on its strong FCDO platform and become the de facto mobile engagement service provider for international development projects. 


This position is to be based in the United Kingdom; candidates are expected to hold a valid work permit for the UK and when Covid-19 restrictions allow, be willing to travel to Africa as required.

Key Responsibilities

  • Build and maintain strong relationships with the business development teams of large FCDO implementing organisations and FCDO itself. This might include participating in or organising events

  • Convince the relevant decision makers to include mobile engagement programming and Viamo’s services as a core component of their project design and proposals

  • Lead the FCDO proposal development process within Viamo, in collaboration with Regional Directors and our 25+ Country Managers

  • Work with partners to design scalable, sustainable, and effective mobile engagement projects. This includes building relationships, co-designing projects, preparing budgets, and writing concept notes

  • Become a thought leader within and outside the organisation in terms of mobile engagement

  • Help represent Viamo at relevant events and conferences in the UK and Europe in coordination with the Director of UK Partnerships

  • Provide line management to the UK Partnerships Associate


Key Performance Indicators

●  Contribute to the UK Partnerships Team generating 10% of Viamo’s annual revenue from UK-based primes and FCDO opportunities

●    Diversify and deepen our network of FCDO relationships with a particular focus (but not limited to) those development organisations implementing across Africa.


Team and Reporting Structure

  • Reports to Viamo’s Director of UK Partnerships

  • Line manages UK Partnerships Associate




  • Strong relationship manager with an extensive network of contacts within the UK international development sector, at primarily private sector development organisations; INGO contacts are welcome as well

  • Experience of developing multiple Africa focused tender submissions/and or programmes

  • 4+ years experience working on FCDO procurement processes including the submission and securing of multiple FCDO contracts and grant applications

  • A good understanding of FCDO commercial requirements and experience working with FCDO budgets 

  • Minimum 2 years line management experience

  • Passion for the role of mobile technology in development

  • Ability to design and articulate, both in writing and in-person, sector-specific (e.g. health, agriculture, education) value propositions for mobile engagement 

  • Superb collaboration skills and experience working cross departmentally to achieve shared goals

  • Enthusiasm for supporting global development programs

  • Comfortable working with remote teams, startups, and/or social enterprises.


  • Experience living and working in Africa

  • French language skills.



Viamo is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value diversity and encourage applications from all candidates. We believe that diverse perspectives help our teams to create innovative solutions and understand our global clients' needs. In alignment with our values, we are committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse global workforce without discrimination. 


Region: London and the southeast
Location: London
Sector: Digital

Application notes

Apply now with a CV and a short cover letter, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


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