Head of Government Partnerships
Fixed Term Contract - Maternity Cover
£50,000 - 62,000pa
London, and currently remote
The Head of Government Partnerships leads Comic Relief’s partnerships with the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO, formerly DFID)and the UK’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) (specifically the Tampon Tax Fund) and has strategic overview of the whole portfolio including directly managing some high-risk and strategic investments. They will ensure that funding is progressive, impactful and communicable. The post holder will ensure that learning, sustainability and exit planning are prioritised for all government funded investments. The post holder will lead the Government Partnerships team (7) to ensure delivery of all commitments in line with partnership agreements and to drive forward new opportunities for government funding.
As a member of the Impact & Investment leadership team, they will lead on identifying and agreeing partnerships aligned with our social change strategy, in order to bring in £18m-£22m annual income from existing and new funding partnerships.
- Provide strategic leadership of Comic Relief’s global portfolio of Government Funded partnerships, while taking responsibility for new partnership development with government (UK and non-UK)
- Explore opportunities to partner with government departments outside of existing relationships and develop these relationships further - up to 20% of the role should be spent on identifying and developing relationships with public sector funders to bring in new income
- Work closely with the Assurance, Finance and Learning & Fund Design teams to ensure compliance with partner agreements, logframes/approved programme deliverables, partner reporting and due diligence requirements, including safeguarding and counter fraud.
- Lead the Government Partnerships team (approx. 7) to design and deliver funding programmes with positive social impact, aligned with Comic Relief’s social change strategy.
- Take personal responsibility for high risk, value or complex relationships with funded partners.
- Act as a point of elevation for the team and work closely with colleagues in Assurance and Finance to oversee portfolio budgets and ensure specialist, technical input is received in relation to financial risk.
- Communicate in an open, honest and transparent way with potential applicants, funded partners and funding partners.
- Ensure that people with lived or learnt experience are actively engaged within the way we design our funding calls and manage our funding portfolios.
- Within the way we design our funding calls and manage our funding portfolios, creatively find ways to unlock the inherent power of communities and organisations in determining their own development course.
- Work closely with the Learning and Fund Design team to embed ongoing learning and long-term sustainability across the portfolio of investments.
- Externally champion Comic Relief within Government and particularly the issues within the Social Change Strategy.
- Represent the Impact & Investment Directorate at regular Comic Relief Social Impact Committee meetings.
- As a member of the Leadership Team within Impact & Investment, support the Executive Director in setting and reaching departmental KPIs, and ensuring alignment between Comic Relief’s funding approach and the social change strategy.
- Work with the Partnership Development Manager, Corporate Partnerships and Philanthropy teams to develop, broker and leverage government partnerships - advising on and developing potential funding and delivery models.
- Recruit, lead, manage and support direct line reports through regular one – to – one’s and clear performance objectives and KPI’s and create a culture of collaboration and flexibility within the team.
Essential Skills and Competencies:
- Proven leadership and management of high performing teams.
- Significant experience within the impact and investment arena, with experience working closely with government and funding partners on complex social change programmes. Experience of working in international development and in partnership with the FCDO (formerly DFID) desirable.
- Influencing and negotiation skills with the proven ability to broker new partnerships, especially with funding organisations.
- Strategic and analytical thinker with the ability to see the bigger picture and make appropriate and effective decisions.
- Effective relationship builder with strong emotional intelligence and political awareness to proactively challenge and persuade senior stakeholders and partners.
- Strong communicator and planner with a flexible, engaging and inspirational style.
To apply please visit our website via the link.
Role closes - 9:00am, 11th Nov 2020 GMT (Europe/London)