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Partnerships Manager job at Aga Khan Foundation

About the Organization

The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) is a private non-for profit international development agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), which brings together a number of profit and non-for profit agencies that work primarily to improve livelihoods and the quality of life of vulnerable populations.

Job Description

The Mission of Partnerships is to strengthen & promote the AKDN through, Building strategic partnerships, Securing resources from institutional donors (national governments, bi-laterals, multi-laterals, foundations, corporates), Ensuring & strengthening our reputation through first-class grant management, Influencing the development sector & communicating practical lessons & results.

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Duties and Responsibilities

Mobilizing Resources (40%)

  • Pipeline development, management, and tracking: develop & track a diversified pipeline of funding opportunities. Coordinate across donor units, Global Programmes Team (GPT), and AKDN agencies to pursue opportunities, and ensure streamlined donor communications & follow-up.

  • Community-led design: through regular field visits & interactions with AKF program staff & beneficiaries, identify funding needs/intervention opportunities & update priorities accordingly.

  • Concept and proposal development: coordinate, facilitate, & lead the development, review, & quality assurance of expressions of interest, concept notes & full proposals as well as pitch materials.

  • Contracting and negotiation: coordinate & lead processes of contracting & negotiation, ensuring contracts ‘get over the line’ in a timely & efficient way. Lead & coordinate processes of donor contracting and internal sub-granting/contracting.

Strategic Relationship Management (20%)

  • Donor landscaping and analysis: research & perform a systematic analysis of market trends on new donors, peer organizations, & funding opportunities to identify potential funding & partnering matches for AKF & AKDN. Conduct due diligence on new partners & donors in coordination with finance & program teams.

  • Stakeholder engagement and positioning: continuously scan & engage with new & existing donors & partners to identify solicited & unsolicited funding opportunities. Develop positioning materials to enable effective stakeholder engagement.

  • Build strategic partnerships: work with donor units, AKDN agencies, & GPT to identify, build, & support strategic partnerships on global & regional initiatives with like-minded donors & partners.

Grants Management & Compliance (35%)

  • Donor relationship management: interface with donors & communicate regularly about the implementation of ongoing grants. Address queries or challenges diplomatically & effectively. Ensure strong relationship cultivation throughout the grants cycle, anticipating, & planning for future funding & project extensions.

  • Donor reporting, deliverables coordination, quality assurance, and compliance: oversight, coordination, review & quality assurance of donor deliverables is upheld. Ensure adherence with donor requirements, rules, & regulations, & that deliverables are produced on time & to a high standard. Ensure proper coordination of components, such as financial reports, across different departments, or partners as necessary.

  • Contractual amendments and adaptations: coordinate contractual amendments, changes, & project adaptations, engaging with donors in a proactive & diplomatic way, & flagging potential changes in advance.

  • Routine grant monitoring and administration: facilitate grant monitoring efforts, including grant kick-off meetings, dissemination of key information to staff, donor steering committees, & donor monitoring missions. Ensure project teams are apprised of donor compliance measures, deadlines, & expectations. Undertake coordination related to grants & support the maintenance of grant management tools.

Strategic Leadership (5%)

  • Actively participate as a member of the country’s Senior Management Team (SMT).

  • Support the CM in monitoring progress against the country's strategic plan.

  • Other duties as assigned.


Qualification, Experiences and Competencies

  • A Master’s degree in International Development, Political Science, International Relations, or other relevant field plus a minimum of five (5) years of relevant work experience with a minimum of three (3) years of senior management experience in donor dialogue and communications, preferably in the field of international development.

  • Proven experience within a thematic sector of interest would be considered an asset (i.e. climate, education, early childhood development, civil society, employability/entrepreneurship).

  • Must have excellent writing skills and ability to organize large amounts of complex data. Excellent English language skills and proficiency in writing and editing complex products for purposeful structure, clarity of ideas, and logical, persuasive presentation.

  • Experience in management, leadership, and mentoring staff with a willingness to visit programs in the field.

  • Working with Governments and development partners to form positive relationships to mobilize resources.

  • Demonstrable experience in securing large competitive and unsolicited funding from institutional donors and emerging market donors. Extensive knowledge of the global and in-country donor landscape/mapping.

  • Demonstrated ability to develop and track implementation of resource mobilization strategies and to mobilize relevant internal stakeholders to deliver a donor engagement strategy.

  • Track record of leading hybrid teams of direct and indirect reports, staff, and consultants.

  • Must possess exceptional communication and interpersonal skills and experience in hands-on management, leadership, and mentoring staff, with a willingness to visit programs in the field.

  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and rapidly and analyze diverse information from varied sources.

  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, good personal organization skills, personal ownership, and accountability to meet deadlines, work under pressure, and achieve agreed-upon results, including securing financial contributions from donors.

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