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Head of Resource Mobilisation: MDBs

Haywards Heath, West Sussex (Hybrid)
£57,820 - £68,024 per year
Contract (Two Year Fixed Term Contract – Renewable or Consultancy Agreement)
Job description

Uniting to Combat NTDs are looking for a Head of Resource Mobilisation: MDBs to secure resources for neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) from multilateral development banks and donor governments.

Salary: Local terms and conditions apply or UK: £57,820 - £68,024

Location: Africa (location will need to be practical to deliver the assignment in Central, East, West or Southern Africa) UK, Japan, Canada, USA or Germany.

Contract: Two Year Fixed Term Contract – Renewable or Consultancy Agreement

Hours: This is a full-time role with some flexibility around hours worked and some home working


Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are a group of preventable and treatable diseases that affect about 1.65 billion people around the world. The World Health Organization currently recognises twenty-one diseases as NTDs.

Uniting to Combat NTDs is a global advocacy organisation that exists to end NTDs by mobilising resources in support of the World Health Organization's NTD road map and the Sustainable Development Goals. We envision a world where no-one suffers from these preventable and treatable diseases. We are hosted by Sightsavers and offer a great place to work. 

In February 2023, we conducted a mid-term review of our 2021-2030 strategy to assess its continued relevance in light of the substantial global challenges that have emerged since its inception. While we re-affirmed the strategy's continued importance, we recognized the imperative of intensifying our efforts in resource mobilisation to address persistent funding gaps, the absence of dependable, long-term funding mechanisms for global NTD programs, and significant changes to the global health architecture.

Our target over the next five years is to mobilise over US$2bn towards the WHO NTD road map from a range of sources, existing and new, including from donor governments, multi-lateral development banks, affected countries, and innovative financing. Our success will be measured by the volume of funding we are able to mobilise for countries and individuals affected by NTDs.

The role:

We are looking for an experienced Resource Mobilisation expert to be responsible for securing resources for NTDs from from multilateral development banks (MDBs) and donor governments, in line with the Uniting strategy and in support of the delivery of the WHO road map 2020-2030 targets and SDG goals and end NTDs by 2030. Our target from these sources is US$1bn over five years from existing and new donors.

Principal accountabilities include sustaining and increasing funding from MDBs and donors, developing targeted proposals and activations and harnessing strategic advocacy and intelligence.

Key activities will involve:

  • Sustaining and increasing funding from MDBs 
  • Leading the development and implementation of tailored engagement strategies for MDBs.
  • Proactively engaging in fostering strategic relationships, including identifying and influencing key leaders of MDBs to prioritise and finance NTDs
  • Establishing and developing a funding pipeline and actively convert pipeline into signed funded projects.
  • Developing targeted proposals and activations
  • Harnessing strategic advocacy and intelligence

To succeed in this role, you will need:


  • Significant experience working with and influencing policymakers and knowledge of major donor and multilateral institutions. Track record of building positive relationships with MDBs, governments and donors is critical.
  • Strong understanding, experience and expertise in resource mobilisation, global development policy and advocacy, working with governments, WHO and coalition partners,
  • Experience in the design and execution of resource mobilisation strategies to increase donor funding for health and development and policy strategies with donor and country governments and multilateral institutions
  • Extensive experience in advocacy in public health or related field or equivalent combination of experience, education, and training that includes the following: professional experience in public health, international development, or related field
  • Understanding and experience of a partnership approach to programme implementation
  • Established relationships with major multilateral and bilateral donors
  • Experience of working in a complex and highly diplomatic environment with multiple stakeholders with varying power relationships

This is an involved role, please read the full job description for further details. Please note that there is a single Head of Resource Mobilisation: MDBs opportunity which could be based in a variety of locations, including the UK, Africa and other locations.

This role will be hosted and contracted by Sightsavers. In locations where we do not have an employing entity, the successful candidate will be engaged as a consultant. Please complete an application via the Sightsavers recruitment portal. Location-specific salary and benefits details will be confirmed prior to interview. We anticipate that remote interviews, including a presentation, will take place in mid/ end May 2024 and applications will be reviewed upon receipt.

Please note that there will be an expectation that you can travel locally and internationally for up to eight weeks per year. For UK-based roles, team members are required to attend in-person meetings in Brighton or London approximately once per month.

Closing date: 12 May 2024

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Posted on: 22 April 2024
Closed date: 25 April 2024 at 15:00
Job ref: 2024-1275
Tags: Fundraising