Farringdon, Greater London (On-site)
£46,750 - £55,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

The job of a Save the Children's UK Europe Partnerships Manager is strategic and rewarding.

  • Do you have experience of managing partners at a strategic level and have a good working knowledge of how relations between NGOs and governments are managed?.
  • Do you have strategic planning skills, in relation to positioning with donors, and in prioritising engagement focus?
  • Do you have strong existing external network/working relationships with key senior staff within institutional partners (preferably UN agencies)?
  • Are you motivated by our vision of creating a world where every child doesn't just survive, but thrives, and can go on to change the world?

If the answers to these questions are yes, we would love to hear from you!

About Us

We are Save the Children. Together we fight for children every single day so that they can make their mark on the world and build a better future.

We stand side by side with children in the toughest places to be a child. We do whatever it takes to make sure they survive, get protection when they're in danger, and have the chance to learn.

The Partnership Development (PD) team is at the heart of Save the Children's future. Comprised of partnership experts across a portfolio of institutional partners, we support Save the Children's ambitious vision for 2030 to ensure every last child grows up healthy, educated and protected. We aim to deliver influence, income and reputational value to support organisational priorities as well as securing wider transformational value through strategic long-term partnerships on a national and global scale.

Job Purpose

The Europe Partnership Manager leads on an active portfolio of government partners including Belgium, France and Ireland and oversees our liaison with the European Union via Save the Children Europe. These relationships are all at different stages of maturity and all offer opportunities to grow partnerships with the governments and aid agencies in each country. Some of these partners are solely managed by SCUK, while others require active interactions with other Save the Children Members.

As a senior member of the PD Team and a people manager, the Europe Partnership Manager will also be relied on to develop staff, share knowledge widely around the organisation and build networks of collaboration. If you speak French, even better!

Main Accountabilities

Influence a complex global network of stakeholders, particularly those at the most senior level, to optimise our engagement. This includes:

  • Liaison with key stakeholders across the global organisation, providing evidence, advice and leadership on key partnership opportunities.
  • Developing and pro-actively driving Save the Children's relationships with European partners, and strategies for each partnership using a global perspective.
  • Providing leadership in 1) maximising synergies and leveraging expertise across all appropriate Save the Children divisions and SC members; and 2) ensuring effective participation in existing/new co-ordination mechanisms across SCUK's full suite of thematic areas.
  • Monitoring the value of the programme funding portfolio against set targets and explaining/escalating variances.
  • Securing support and buy-in of other teams from across the organisation to contribute to our quality engagement with UN agencies.

External engagement and positioning of Save the Children as a key partner, including:

  • Providing current analysis, insight and intelligence on the partnership portfolio deploying it efficiently to drive the full potential of our relations.
  • Holding oversight and leadership of SCUK's overall engagement strategies and engagement opportunities, representing Save the Children externally.
  • Holding stakeholder relationships and networks within the sector, with technical and managerial staff, at all levels of seniority.
  • Ensuring Save the Children's ‘offer' adds value beyond delivering programmes – leveraging impact through co-creation, evidence generation, convening and influencing.
  • Identifying and develop ‘partnership making' and ‘relationship building' opportunities with key stakeholders in capitols, regionally and locally.

Other Accountabilities:

  • Provide support and coaching to PD team members to develop our partnership and management approaches, to increase the PD team profile and to optimise the benefit of the team's work to the wider organisation and movement.
  • Lead on identified and priority cross-team initiatives, key focus areas of work and/or entities within the wider PD team portfolio.


Person Profile


  • Strong existing external network/working relationships with key, and particularly senior staff within institutional partners (preferably UN agencies) in global, regional and local contexts.
  • Strong record of accomplishment in strategic account management.
  • Proven experience of accomplishment in partnership building, brokering relationships with partners and engagement at a senior level.
  • Experience of influencing and delivering results cross organisationally within a large and complex organisation.
  • In depth experience and knowledge of current thinking and future trends and thorough understanding of contemporary development and child rights issues.


  • Excellent relationship building skills with the ability to network with, and influence, senior people both internally and externally to achieve a pre-defined outcome
  • Entrepreneurial, with the ability to identify opportunities and execute them strongly, using novel approaches or techniques as appropriate.
  • Insightful and analytic, with the ability to communicate clearly to both internal and external audiences.
  • Self-driven, with the ability to take a pro-active approach, work on own initiative, solve problems and think creatively in fluid or less structured environments.


  • Strong leadership skills, with an external orientation, situational agility, strategic vision, and commitment to delivering results.
  • Strategic planning skills, in relation to positioning with donors, and in prioritising engagement focus.
  • A demonstrable commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion and their practical application and integration in the work environment
  • A commitment to Save the Children UK's aims and core values of accountability, ambition, collaboration, creativity, and integrity


Remote Working:

The majority of SCUK employees are currently working remotely within the UK in line with UK Government guidance. Commencing July 2021 we will transition to flexible and hybrid ways of working (i.e. a mixture of remote/home and office-based working) as social distancing restrictions ease.

We are happy to discuss flexible working options at interview.


Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion: 

Save the Children UK is committed to diversity and equality of opportunity in all aspects of our work both external and internal. We strive to be an inclusive employer and particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups such as returning parents or carers who are re-entering work after a career break, people who are LGBT+, from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, with a disability, impairment, learning difference or long-term condition, with caring responsibilities, from different nations and regions, and from less advantaged socioeconomic backgrounds. 

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Posted on: 26 April 2022
Closed date: 26 May 2022 at 23:59
Tags: Management