Programme + Partnerships Manager at GlobalGiving UK

The Programme + Partnerships Manager role is for someone creative, energetic, and driven by a passion for working with and through people to make the biggest difference possible. Our ideal candidate will be curious and decisive, approachable and collaborative, ambitious and organised, and excited to work with people and organisations in unusual and creative ways. This is an integral role within our London team with responsibility for line management, project oversight, fundraising, and partnership development. You will work closely with the UK Executive Director and global colleagues to achieve our goals.

You might have experience from a variety of sectors but will have a passion for social development and a desire to grow GlobalGiving’s impact. Your skill set should include excellent writing and presentation skills, pragmatic and consultative staff management, and the comfort to be flexible and adaptable to opportunities—every day will be different! This role needs someone who thinks creatively, seizes opportunities, adapts by listening to constituent and sector feedback, and has the confidence to be an external champion for our work.

You will be part of a small but mighty team based in London, with colleagues based in the United States, India, and China. We care about using our time, talents, and energy to change the development system by putting people first. We use technology to connect resources and people globally and nurture social connections formed both online and in person.

GlobalGiving exists to transform aid and philanthropy to accelerate community-led change. We are driven by our values: to never settle, remain always open, commit to wow our clients, and listen, act, learn so we innovate and strive for the best.

The Programme + Partnerships Manager role is all about working with people to deliver relevant and effective programmes that align with our mission and goals. Our current programmes include building the capacity, independence, and sustainability of grassroots charities globally; grant programmes to support smaller organisations; and skilled professional volunteering programmes that benefit charities around the world. We deliver programmes in partnership with others and work closely and collaboratively with partners, company clients, and funders. This role requires creativity while being realistic and practical.

As part of a small team, you’ll need to be comfortable managing and supporting staff as they grow and thrive and taking initiative to step in and deliver where needed to support the wider activities of the organisation. The Programme + Partnerships Manager will work with the UK Executive Director and others across our global team to conceptualise, develop, and propose programmes to funders and collaborators. You’ll be proactive in writing proposals, preparing budgets, and working with people to gain consensus on a programme approach.

Key Responsibilities

Programme & Staff Management (40%)

  • Manage projects and staff who deliver programmes that support our network of nonprofit partners and further our mission to transform aid to accelerate community-led change. This may include some remote staff management.
  • Oversee project delivery, provide coaching and guidance to staff, and support the delivery of activities as required
  • Develop a light-touch, pragmatic project management approach
  • Design and use structured feedback, reflection, and evaluation approaches to assess the impact of programmes and iterate on those programmes dynamically
  • Ensure an appropriate level of internal communication and reporting on programmes (including written updates to the UK Executive Director and contributions to updates for our global team and board)
  • Contribute to the design of our civil society strengthening and philanthropy programmes to embed and scale approaches, in coordination with senior leadership

Partnership Management & Development (30%)

  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with external contacts, including funders, company clients, collaborators, delivery partners, and others
  • Build healthy working relationships with colleagues to ensure our programmes align with our global strategies and scale to reach a wider network of GlobalGiving nonprofit partners

Fundraising & Communications (30%)

  • Use your creativity, knowledge, and focus to develop concepts for programmes that align with our goals and strategies, and present ideas in a compelling way for funding bids
  • Contribute to the research and development of new funding opportunities
  • Develop proposals for collaboration with companies and funders
  • Attend events, make presentations, and network with relevant stakeholders
  • Manage existing and new funding relationships, including writing proposals, reports, and sharing learning with funders
  • Analyse data and write updates for funder reports
  • Communicate externally about GlobalGiving and our programmes to broaden our influence and reach


  • Act as a deputy for the UK Executive Director at meetings or events as needed
  • Support colleagues (in London and globally) on other activities from time to time


  • 3+ years’ experience managing projects, ideally in the social sector
  • 2+ years’ experience managing a team to meet their goals and grow as professionals
  • Knowledge of the international development, charity, or social sectors more broadly, such as social enterprise, technology, and innovation or CSR
  • Experience of working on projects that involve one or more of the following is desirable: charity capacity building, training or facilitation, policy, volunteer management, partnerships with funders or government
  • Excellent external client management skills and experience building productive partnerships
  • Experience writing successful funding applications
  • Excellent writing skills and the ability to summarise data and insights succinctly and quickly
  • Ability to work with remote colleagues to achieve results
  • A competent facilitator with experience helping teams work productively and learn from one another
  • A confident networker with the ability to present our mission in a compelling way, including through public speaking and presentations
  • Ability to multitask and prioritise key activities
  • Excellent critical thinking skills
  • Comfort with digital systems and using technology for social good
  • Experience working for a small, lean organisation is desirable

Salary: £30,000 - £34,000 pro rata + 5% pension contribution following successful completion of probation period

Contract: Permanent

Working hours: Part time and full time considered (22.5 - 37.5 hours per week)

Location: Central London (WC1N)

To apply, you must include a detailed cover letter that addresses how you meet the requirements for this role including examples. Applications that do not include a detailed cover letter will not be considered.

The deadline to apply is 27th June 2018 for applications and interviews will take place 2nd-5th July. Please state in your application if you are unable to make any of these days for interview.

Candidates must already have the full legal right to work in the UK without restriction prior to application.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our organization. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

“GlobalGiving is my second family I love waking up every morning to come into work because I know I will be met with smiles and genuine interest in what I did over the weekend or how I am doing. Half the time it doesn’t even feel like work. I just sit in an open office with all my friends trying to change the world.”
— Anonymous Employee Review
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