Comic Relief

Partnership Manager (3 Year Contract)

The Partnership Manager – Levelling the Field, will make and manage grants centred on using sport for change approaches to empower women and girls in Malawi, Zambia and Rwanda in partnership with The Scottish Government. You will take ownership of an existing portfolio of grants in the existing Levelling the Field portfolio as well as lead on grant making and management for the new Levelling the Field partnership with The Scottish Government.

Key Accountabilities / Objectives

  • Manage the existing Levelling the Field partnership with The Scottish Government, consisting of a portfolio of 11 grants totalling £2 million.

  • Lead on grant making and management of our new £1.5m Levelling the Field partnership with The Scottish Government.

  • Undertake effective monitoring to ensure that all grants perform well. Provide considered feedback, advice and guidance to funding partners (grantees).

  • Use and maintain grant-related data in the grant management system and work with others to evolve and improve our systems and processes.

  • Work with Finance and the Senior Partnership Manager to proactively manage partnership budgets and ensure the programme remains on track.

  • Manage the day to day relationship with The Scottish Government, including all reporting required.

  • Work with colleagues in Learning and Strategy to appoint an evaluator for the partnership and capacity building support for grantees.

  • Identify and champion stories of success and key learning points from within your portfolios, working cross-departmentally to share learning and inform external communications.

  • Work collaboratively and proactively with colleagues within Comic Relief including support on shortlisting and assessments for other areas of grant making

  • Represent and positively promote Comic Relief in appropriate fora, networks and consortia.

  • Some travel required (primarily to Zambia, Rwanda and Malawi) approximately 3 times a year.

  • You may also have the opportunity to manage a small UK portfolio to ensure consistency across the team.

Skills and Experience

  • Understanding of international development essential.

  • Familiarity with a variety of project development and grant management tools including theory of change, MEL plans, and budgets.

  • Experience of sport for change and/or women and girls programmes advantageous.

  • Experience of grant making and grant management.

  • Experience of partnership working.

Key Competencies

  • Strong relationship management skills across a range of stakeholders.

  • Strong organisational skills, effectively prioritising and managing workload.

  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written, across a range of audiences.

  • Committed to ensuring young people can unlock their full potential.

  • Strong monitoring, evaluation and learning skills.

  • Fun, innovative and proactive team player who remains solutions focused.

  • Good communication and relationship management skills – for dealing with external partners and staff members.

Interviews will take place on the 14th and 15th of October

Role posted - 2019-08-30T08:22:16Z 9:22am, 30th Aug 2019 BST