Partnership Coordinator – SIDA

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The Opportunity

Working in partnership is central to Save the Children’s Theory of Change and how to maximize our impact for children. Capacity strengthening of Civil Society Organisations (including child-led and youth-led organisations) is a key element of this SIDA funded Civil Society Strengthening programme (2022-2026).

The key role of the Partnership Coordinator is to facilitate and coordinate processes of strengthening partner capacities as well as ensuring quality partnership management in this program, building on Save the Children’s global partnership principles to ensure effectiveness and efficiency in the implementation of the programme at both national and district levels. The partnership Coordinator will lead in coordinating and facilitating partner organizational capacity assessments and organisational development plans of implementing and strategic partners within the programme. He/she will also support in creating opportunities for joint planning and implementation of partnership activities, learning and information sharing and networking, as well as documentation and dissemination of partner capacity strengthening initiatives, case studies, lessons learnt and best practices regarding partnership management.

While working in close collaboration with the Senior Technical Advisers, he/she will also ensure that a child rights based approach is reflected in partnership management and programme implementation in line with Save the Children’s child rights programming approach, with a strong focus on child participation. The partnership Coordinator will also steer the rolling out of partnership processes of working with child-led organisations with technical support from Save the Children Sweden. He/she will also work across the thematic Outcomes in the programme to establish mechanisms for maintaining effective partnerships that contribute to Save the Children’s strategic direction and support reaching the breakthroughs for children in Malawi.

In order to be successful you will bring/have:


  • Bachelor’s Degree in any one of the following fields: Social Sciences, Social Work, Community Development and; Gender and Development Studies.
  • Additional training on Partnership Management will be an added advantage.



  • A minimum of 5 years’ relevant work experience, including at least 3 years of CSO partnership management and coordination
  • Demonstrable skills with practical experience in coordinating and facilitating Organisational capacity development (including Organisational capacity assessments and implementation of the organisational development plans).
  • Demonstrable skills with practical experience in using child participatory approaches in programming as well as partnerships
  • Demonstrable skills in leveraging technical support from strategic partners to promote peer-to-peer technical support within the program.
  • Demonstrated skills and knowledge in child rights, children most impacted by inequality and discrimination, Conflict sensitivity, Gender equality, Environment and climate change.
  • Deep knowledge of local partnership, Civil Society and donor context.
  • Training, capacity building, coaching, and mentoring skills.
  • Demonstrated skills in system strengthening thinking and implementation.
  • Ability to positively influence cross departmental and cross sector working.
  • Demonstrated problem solving skills, a collaborative and flexible manner, creativity and willingness to innovate.
  • Proven oral and written presentation skills and ability to communicate to a number of internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to identify potential problems before they occur. Proactive in preparation and ability to use initiative response
  • Computer skills, including internet, office applications, including Word and Excel.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment, and establish harmonious and effective working relationships both within and outside the organization.
  • Excellent oral and written English communication skills required.


  • Familiarity with SIDA Strengthening Civil Society Programme and donor regulations and policies, or experience with framework funding.
  • Excellent inter-personal skills, conflict resolution and negotiation skills.
  • Ability to travel extensively domestically and outside Malawi as required.
  • Excellent communication, presentation and facilitation skills
  • Ability and willingness to dramatically change work practices and hours and work with incoming teams.
  • Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s aims, values and principles including rights-based approaches.

We offer a competitive package in the context of the sector. This position is open to nationals only.

The Organisation

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive environment where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information:

Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations.

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.

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