Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) Jobs: Partnerships Officer

Position: Partnerships Officer

Location: United Kingdom

Organisation: Aga Khan Foundation

Application Deadline: 31st January 2021

About The Position

The Partnerships Officer will support the identification of new partnerships and strengthening of existing ones. 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, the Partnerships Officer will support the management of a set of grants, and facilitate the pursuit of new funding opportunities with European and Asian institutional donors, foundations and corporates.

1 Grants Management

  • Support the management of 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
  • Undertake coordination and administrative tasks related to grants, including collecting and forwarding information to different units and any necessary follow up tasks specified
  • Support the maintenance and updating of grant management tools and tracking systems

2 Resource Mobilisation

  • Support the review and strengthening of concept notes and proposals across a wide array of sectors
  • Conduct due diligence of new partners (donors, NGOs, universities, etc.) in coordination with AKF(UK)’s programme finance team and AKF’s global programmes team
  • Develop and contribute to positioning pieces and communication materials (e.g. presentations, narrative overviews) to enable regular and effective engagement with donors
  • Research, scan and source relevant information regarding new donors and funding opportunities to identify potential funding matches and gather intelligence around European and Asian 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
  • Coordinate (bi-)monthly conference calls, organising the resource mobilisation tracker and relevant documents for specific units to support pipeline management processes
  • Support the maintenance and updating of resource mobilisation tools and tracking systems

The requirements

1 Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field preferred

2 Skills

  • Ability to provide stable, consistent, reliable and courteous communication when dealing with external organisations, senior colleagues and community members
  • Ability to communicate AKDN/AKF values and strategic plan effectively to partners and colleagues
  • Creativity and critical thinking
  • Efficient project management
  • Must be an entrepreneurial, pro-active self-starter with maturity and emotional intelligence
  • The ability to problem-solve, work independently and multi-task in a fast-paced environment with numerous and competing deadlines
  • Ability to handle complex relationships diplomatically with colleagues, governance entities and external stakeholders in a professional manner
  • Excellent writing, speaking and other communications skills, with thoroughness and attention to detail
  • Strong financial literacy, including the ability to review detailed budgets and financial reports
  • Strong IT skills, including Office and Excel, and familiarity with Apple platforms

3 Knowledge

  • Knowledge of international development
  • Understanding and knowledge of the UK/European donor landscape preferred

4 Experience

  • A minimum of 3 years of professional experience
  • Experience in developing and writing proposals, business plans/cases, concept papers, briefs, executive summaries, as well as coordinating multiple inputs from a variety of sources
  • Experience of managing relationships in complex organisations with numerous stakeholders
  • Success in managing grants in complex organisations with numerous stakeholders desirable

How to Apply

If you meet the requirements click on the button below for application


Application Deadline: 31st January 2021

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