Institutional Donor Partnerships Development Specialist

The Opportunity
Save the Children International has an exciting opportunity for you to join our team as the Institutional Donor Partnerships Development Specialist in the UK or in specific existing Save the Children International office locations.
Save the Children has agreed an ambitious new global strategy for 2022-24 and has developed an accompanying Global Funding Framework to inform and shift how SCA can work together as a movement to drive greater funding impact for children. By 2024 our ambition is for Save the Children to be a $3bn plus organisation, with institutional funding constituting around 60% of this income. Growing, diversifying and optimising our institutional income will be critical to achieving this ambition and success in this area will be dependent on changes to our behaviours and ways of working that mark and facilitate a shift to prioritise collaboration and embed mutual accountability.
The Institutional Partnerships Development Specialist roles are part of the Save the Children International (SCI) Centre office’s Programme Funding and Institutional Partnerships (PFIP) team, which works across the global Save the Children Movement to optimise and align our programme funding portfolio in support of our ambition for children and to drive improvements to our ways of working with institutional partners.
Over the past 3 years, the PFIP team has worked to establish quality foundations and drive continuous improvement in institutional partnership management practices and performance across the Movement. It has also led and piloted new initiatives – such as the Big Bets framework - to identify new and existing partnerships with high potential for quality growth and development and ensure collective support to realise their potential. This work has been carried out with the support and close collaboration of Save the Children Member offices who lead and manage the external relationships with partners as well as the internal account management.
The specific purpose of the Institutional Partnerships Development Specialist role is to build on these foundations to ensure targeted and timely support to a set of ‘focus’ accounts and Member offices and continue to develop a strong culture of learning and mutual accountability around our institutional partnership work. The post holder will strengthen and improve ways of working across teams and offices, identify and roll out partnership and account management best practice approaches, processes, tools and systems, enhance accountabilities and performance and maximise the efficiency and effectiveness of the account management set up. The role will also support the development of effective communities of practice around institutional funding and partnership management to share learnings and best practice globally.
This work will include close collaboration with the other parts of the PFIP team (Insight Development; Portfolio Development; People Development; Governance and Strategy Development) and with other teams at SCI Centre. It will rely on strong and productive relationships with partnership development specialists and institutional funding teams across the members and with relevant SCI teams, principally at the regional level. In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly.
  • Significant experience and knowledge of institutional donor partnership management, or comparative experience.
  • Knowledge of general and donor-specific good practices in institutional partnership management (both internal and external)
  • Understanding of capacity building approaches; experience and knowledge of developing specific tools and guidance would be an advantage.
  • Demonstrable experience in complex stakeholder management and leading others across a matrixed environment, including ability to influence and gain agreement for ideas and proposals from a variety of stakeholders
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills, including influencing, negotiation and coaching
  • Commitment to Save the Children values
  • Attention to detail and the ability to follow tasks and ideas through to completion
  • A high degree of flexibility and adaptability in order to respond to changing needs
  • Experience of working with Save the Children in an institutional partnership management-related role.
We can offer circa £49,000 per annum (If based in UK) with an option of flexible working hours. If the role is based outside of the UK, National T&C (including pay) will apply.
This role can be based in the UK, or in a specific existing Save the Children International Regional or Country office location on approval, provided the successful candidate has proof of eligibility to work from the preferred location.
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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 salary expectations. A copy of the full role profile can be found at
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.
Save the Children does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.

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