Senior Manager, Partnerships (Maternity Cover)

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Who we are

Girl Effect is an international non-profit that builds media that girls want, trust and need.
From chat-bots to chat-shows and TV dramas to tech, our content is reaching millions of girls in Africa and Asia to make choices and changes in their lives. Igniting their confidence to act differently at a time that can define their future.

We create safe spaces for girls, sharing facts, and answering questions about health, nutrition, education, relationships and so much more. And we use innovative technology so we can reach girls at scale. We arm girls with the skills to negotiate and redefine what they are told is possible, so every girl can choose to be in control of her body, her health, her learning and livelihood.

When a girl unlocks her power to make different choices that change her life, it inspires others to do so too. She starts a ripple effect that impacts her family, her community, her country. That’s the Girl Effect.

Context of the role

Girl Effect has big ambitions to deliver significant change for adolescent girls around the world. To achieve our goals, we need to develop partnerships with a wide variety of supporters, including foundations, institutions, corporations and philanthropists.

The Senior Manager, Partnerships will work within the Partnerships team to implement our development strategy. Critical for success will be an ability to share the work of Girl Effect through compelling, sophisticated and technically excellent pitch decks, proposals, business cases and funding bids. They will coordinate across departments, ensuring that all aspects of the proposal process are completed, and for successful proposals, any further donor management needed for the life of the engagement such as reporting, marketing and communications, etc.

The Senior Manager, Partnerships reports to the Head of Strategic Partnerships and Innovation and is part of the organization’s partnerships team. They will work closely and collaboratively with the partnerships, create, programs and impact teams, the country teams, the marketing and communications team, and other external stakeholders.

What you will do

  • New business development – identify, broker and win new partnerships (both funding and other) to leverage Girl Effect’s ability to create change for girls; working with country and global technical leads, lead the design of partnership programme design;
  • Partnership management – serve as relationship lead on major partner accounts; work cross-organisationally to support successful implementation and delivery of partnership programmes; internal and external stakeholder management
  • External representation – position Girl Effect within key sectors of interest through external representation, positioning the organisation as a thought leader and go-to partner for girl-programming, building consortia and new business opportunities.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Work with our partnerships, program, create and impact teams, and girls themselves, to develop proposals for girl-centered social behavior change communications programs around health, education and economic empowerment in South Asia and Africa using youth brands, digital tools and media.
  • Develop/maintain relationships with funders across the sector that work with gender equality, sexual and reproductive health rights, economic empowerment, etc.
  • Support the development of, and write, concept notes and proposals for funding opportunities.
  • Develop pitch decks, reports and other promotional materials for donors.
  • Lead the development and implementation of prospect plans, keeping abreast of the sector trends to maximize opportunities for the organization.
  • Oversee and coordinate all partnerships in your portfolio and monitor across teams and ensure that regular reports and key metrics/results are shared with leadership. Facilitate the development of donor reporting.
  • Monitors narrative and financial reporting requirements in collaboration with program and finance staff and coordinates preparation of reports for timely submission to donors.
  • Provides technical assistance and performs spot checks to verify compliance with donor rules and regulations.
  • Assess and advise when donor contractual obligations may not be met and make recommendations to mitigate risks.
  • Liaises closely with the finance department to gather invoice documentation and ensure proper spending and tracking of all grant funding, including the charging of expenses to specific grants as activities are carried out.
  • Negotiate grants and contracts and monitor grant and contract fulfillment.
  • Engage in strategic networking to expand the organization’s positioning and enhance the organization’s image and visibility.

Who you are

  • A proven wealth of experience working in the development sector with a strong programmatic understanding, particularly in the areas of adolescent girls and young women, sexual and reproductive health rights, gender, social behavior change communications, etc.
  • You have experience working with key donors such as USAID, FCDO, SIDA, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, UN agencies etc.
  • You are a development generalist and have a track record of securing funding from a wide range of donors and social impact investors;
  • You have experience working in a diverse team;
  • You care about creating shared impact and have experience developing, designing, and implementing high value partnerships – and bring with you a network of relationships relevant to our work;
  • You are brilliant at external engagement and have experience in coalition and consortium building;
  • You are a positive and solution-oriented strategic thinker;
  • You are a collaborative problem-solver, able to work flexibly as part of a global team in a fast-paced and changing environment;
  • You have excellent communication skills (verbal and written)
  • You have demonstrable influencing skills at a senior leadership level and with high profile stakeholders;
  • You have strong interpersonal and influencing skills, able to manage conflict and handle sensitive issues, particularly in cross-cultural and cross-departmental contexts;
  • You have a strong commitment to realising the potential of girls and to the vision and values of Girl Effect.

What else you should know

As we continue to scale and grow – we are hugely ambitious for our future and we are looking for people who are driven to change the world for girls.

Our teams are a diverse mix across sectors (non-profit and commercial) and specialisms (from Brand and Creative through to Gender and Insight). You’ll learn and grow in an environment that will challenge you to think and work with a fresh perspective. In turn, you can expect to work somewhere where you will be stretched and developed in your role, a place where you can build your career and work with talented, engaged people committed to our cause.

Girl Effect is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, gender, gender identity or expression. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace.

We are committed to building an organization that is increasingly representative of the communities that we serve. To this end, due regard will be paid to recruiting candidates with diverse professional, academic and cultural backgrounds.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all those we work with and for, especially children and young people. We expect all staff to share this commitment, uphold standards in our safeguarding policy and our code of conduct. In particular:

  • To take reasonable steps to prevent any harm caused by Girl Effect
  • To report any safeguarding concerns through the reporting pathways

This role is being recruited on a 12-month fixed term contract basis.

This role is subject to a standard/ enhanced background check.

Application closing date – 12 th November 2021

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