London, Greater London
Dependent on experience
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

About Us:  

At Marie Stopes International we are unapologetically pro-choice. We believe that every woman has the right to make choices about her own body and her own future. As one of the world’s leading providers of contraception and safe abortion care, we give women the means to do so. Our team members, working across 37 countries, provide high quality, safe services to women, when and where they need them. Because when a woman can determine her own future, she can contribute to creating a better, more sustainable future for everyone.

The Role:

This role is a critical advisory role to the Senior Director, Global Programmes Unit, and oversees engagement with all private foundation-funded programmes, ensuring that MSI is positioned as a partner of choice.

This is a leadership role with accountability for performance and high-quality stewardship of MSI’s significant private foundation funding portfolio, and associated engagement and positioning. This includes direct line management of specialist teams and individuals overseeing all foundation funded projects, with a contract values in excess of £200m.

This role is accountable for ensuring that best practices and lessons learned from implementation are widely disseminated both internally and externally.

The Director brings a robust blend of implementation experience, strategic thinking, significant high-level relationship management, and deep technical understanding of MSI programming.

About you

To succeed in this role, you must have:


To perform this role, it is essential that you have the following skills:

  • Proven ability to design and implement successful donor strategies that deliver strategic outcomes at multiple levels.
  • Anticipation of market, competition, donor and client trends, interpreting these and reacting to changing environments and opportunities.
  • Excellent relationship management and negotiation abilities with a broad range of stakeholders.
  • High-quality operational management abilities, including stewardship of complex donor-funded and multi-country projects involving implementation of donor compliance systems and processes.
  • Prioritisation that delivers value to clients, colleagues, donors and other stakeholders.
  • Ability to anticipate resistance and prepare in advance to effectively influence others towards achievement of results.
  • High-quality operational management abilities, including stewardship of complex donor-funded and multi-country projects involving implementation of donor compliance systems and processes.
  • Exemplify MSI leadership behaviours, with demonstrated coaching skills and the ability to inspire those around you.
  • Ability to embed clear roles and responsibilities, delegate authority and accountability appropriately, reward initiative and provide constructive development feedback.
  • Anticipate workload demands on today and tomorrow’s talent requirements.
  • Demonstrate integrity in decision-making and execution: balancing MSI and stakeholder interests, while advancing MSI short and long-term interests.
  • Sensitivity to wider political and organisational issues.
  • Commitment to implement corporate decisions with high-energy levels.
  • Excellent English verbal and written communication skills, and ability to organise and present information in a compelling way.
  • High-level of personal resilience and confidence.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of sexual and reproductive health rights.


To perform this role, it is essential that you have the following experience:

  • Demonstrated record of developing excellent relationships with a broad range of foundation funders and other stakeholders.
  • Experience of working with a range of donors, including LAD, the Children’s Investment Fund, and the Gates Foundation amongst others.
  • Demonstrated experience of successful strategy development.
  • Demonstrated experience of implementing effective donor compliance systems and processes.
  • Significant experience of leading complex international programmes and projects, including in- country operational experience at a senior level.
  • Demonstrated experience launching, implementing and closing multi-country donor portfolios
  • Demonstrated excellent portfolio and personnel leadership skills, and ability to develop, coach and motivate a high-performing team.


Personal Attributes:

MSI is dedicated to equal opportunity for all and recognises that every individual is unique. Whilst we always seek to embrace individual differences and celebrate the diversity of our workforce, we also want to ensure that every team member is suited to their role and that they are given the best opportunity to succeed.


The personal attributes described below have been developed in accordance with the job description and other contextual factors relating to the role and are considered essential.


For this role, we’re looking for an individual who has:

  • A Leadership style which is inclusive and consultative. An active listener who can clearly communicate strategic priorities and inspire a team to deliver
  • Results Driven: Identifies with - and strives to enable - MSI to deliver against its objectives and financial requirements. A solution-focused individual who thinks ‘outside the box’ and can diplomatically challenge the status quo whilst maintaining harmony.
  • Entrepreneurial and resourceful: a self-starter and creative risk taker who is able to act decisively when unexpected events present opportunities for advancing MSI’s global mission.


In addition you will be pro choice on abortion


For more information about the role, please view the job framework on our website.


Salary: dependent on experience


Closing date: 26th December 2019 (midnight GMT). Interviews may take place before this date for exceptional candidates.


Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and post holders to share this commitment.


Posted on: 12 December 2019
Closed date: 26 December 2019
Tags: Management, Project Management

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