Farringdon, Greater London (On-site)
39,100 to 46,000
Contract, Full-time
Job description

The job of a Save the Children’s UK Global Partnerships and Communities Lead is strategic and rewarding

  • Are you a seasoned strategic partnerships professional with extensive experience securing and managing global partnerships for NGO’s and/or social enterprises?
  • Do you have demonstrable success and expertise in building and managing complex relationships, often through others, with a variety of stakeholders.?
  • 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

The Humanitarian Leadership Academy (HLA) as part of SCUK’s humanitarian department provides high-quality humanitarian capacity strengthening for the Save the Children movement, as well as the wider sector, as part of our shifting the power agenda. 

The HLA’s mission, as a team within the humanitarian department, is to enable people around the world to prepare for and respond to crises in their own countries, by providing quality learning opportunities. The HLA’s approach spans from focused needs-based learning in countries hit by crises to the huge international reach of our learning platform, Kaya.  They are a global team that has a full suite of in-house skills to provide and develop the offer; technical and learning experts, platform specialists, a digital and design studio, communications support and more.  The HLA enables SCUK to offer the most effective and impactful humanitarian capacity strengthening resource for both the Save the Children movement, the wider humanitarian sector and beyond.  

Job Purpose

The HLA has set out an ambitious new 2022-24 strategy focused on localisation, impact and sustainability. To make its strategic ambitions a reality, the HLA will unleash its potential as a social enterprise through the power of strategic partnerships and global communities. 

The HLA will focus on building an active, engaged and thriving global community of strategic partners. It will maximise its existing partnerships with external partners (e.g. ISDB, Red Cross, Devex), internal partnerships with the Save The Children Movement, while securing new global strategic partnerships to unlock value to HLA; whether that be through direct impact, operational strengthening, comms & marketing or increased income. 

You will focus on driving the strategic direction of global partnerships and ensuring the development and management of strategic partnerships across the HLA. This will be done directly with strategic partners and by providing guidance and management frameworks to support how HLA manages partnerships across different functions.  

In particular, you will work closely with colleagues across HLA, its regional centres and the Save the Children Movement, on programmatic partnerships (NGO’s, Academia, Social enterprises and the private sector) in-line with our strategic pillars (Leadership, Civil Society Strengthening, Technical Expertise). One key to success will be in spotting potential for shared value and working with other parts of the Save the Children movement to develop opportunities. 

As the network of partners, clients and learners expands the HLA aims to build a unique partner community on Kaya (HLA’s global e-learning platform with over 460,000 users and 50 partners). Here,  organisations and individuals will can come together to address problems and create solutions in the humanitarian system. This role will be key to maximising the potential of Kaya as a Marketplace platform and impactful humanitarian community. 

This is an exciting role at the forefront of strategic partnerships and would suit a strategic, ambitious, and passionate professional that is able to secure new and maximise existing strategic partnerships, with a keen eye for spotting value across partnerships, and working in a highly collaborative manner, to develop a thriving global community. 

Main Accountabilities 

As Global Partnerships and Community Lead: 

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive partnerships strategy that supports the organisations to unlock the value of partnerships across the HLA
  • Set up and develop strategic partnerships portfolio - Identify and secure new global strategic partners, maximise existing partnerships and ensure cross-pollination of opportunities across partnerships from both the commercial and charitable side of the HLA 
  • Account management of strategic partnerships - Manage global strategic partnerships with the likes of ISDB, Red Cross and Bond, and maximise the multi-faceted elements of the relationship 
  • Internal/Save Partnership Management - Manage the relationship with the Save the Children Movement and Save members, unlocking the multitude of opportunities across the globe alongside the HLA regional centres, learning/programme, income generation and impact teams. 
  • Develop partner products and the HLA’s community worldwide - Working closely with the HLA team to develop relationships with partners to support the growth of the HLA's learning network (whether that be academia to create/curate paid for courses or pro-bono with the private sector to support with scaling up of operations) and support in the creation of a thriving Kaya partner community. 
  • Develop an Account Management Framework - Create and get buy-in for an account management framework which standardises account management across HLA partnerships 
  • Integrate partnerships into a CRM system -Working closely with the Head of Operations, integrate partnership operations and account management into a CRM system 
  • Accountable for relevant strategic projects that are a priority for the Humanitarian Leadership Academy, leveraging resource from across the entire unit to deliver on HLA’s goals and priorities that are imperative to the HLA's success. 
  • Responsible for team budget management 

As a senior member of the HLA team 

  • Represent the Academy in public forums and contribute through wider thought leadership on strategic areas of this body of work
  • Lead and manage a team of people, ensuring the development of an inclusive and supportive environment, strong and effective ways of working which motivates and encourages innovation and creativity across the team
  • Develop and build strong relationships with a cross section of stakeholders, including decision makers' influencers and partners, within the Save the Children movement and internal and external to the wider humanitarian sector.  
  • As a member of the Senior Management Team within the HLA, and alongside the other Heads of Teams, ensure that there is a sense of collective responsibility to draw upon the resources and expertise across all teams to drive forward sustainable, yet ambitious growth across the unit and that supports the localisation agenda

Person Profile 

The ideal candidate is a seasoned strategic partnerships professional with extensive experience securing and managing global partnerships for NGO’s and/or social enterprises. A naturally entrepreneurial networker with a collaborative approach and creative orientation.  You will have the persistence and positivity to instil a change in how the HLA views and manages strategic partnerships. An ability to work across diverse sectors (NGO’s, Academia, Social Enterprise, Private Sector). 


• Significant partnerships experience in a charitable organisation and/or social enterprise  

• Experience of leading on the production of partnership strategies 

• Strong evidenced complex project management experience including cross organisational or multi-stakeholder projects ensuring that targets are met within the timeframe and budget set. 

• Demonstrable success and expertise in building and managing complex relationships, often through others, with a variety of stakeholders. 

• Strong representational and communication skills, able to articulate a vision, strategy, or ideas clearly and concisely 


• Ability to build and work as part of a high performing team and work effectively across the different functions to ensure maximum effectiveness and impact 

• Instinctively collaborative with the ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with partners and stakeholders 


• An instinctively analytical and strategic thinker 

• Familiarity with the development and humanitarian sector and working across partnerships 

• Highly effective in influencing, negotiating, and lobbying with senior stakeholders 

• 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

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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