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Partnership Manager - DfID - Trade, Enterprise & Employment

Posted 9 months ago

Since 2009, Comic Relief has worked with the government’s Department for International Development (DFID) by jointly funding projects that support health, inclusive education, urban slums, trade, enterprise and women and girls in Africa.  DFID is also co-funding Comic Relief’s Common Ground Initiative which aims to invest in small and African Diaspora organisations based in the UK to help some of the poorest and most disadvantaged communities across Africa create real and sustainable change.
We are looking for a Grant Manager, known as a Partnership Manager, to lead Comic Relief’s co-funded initiative with DfID on: Trade, Enterprise and Employment (TEE).
Background to the Trade, Enterprise and Investment Portfolio
Much of sub-Saharan Africa is experiencing rapid economic growth; however, despite this, poverty levels remain stubbornly high. One particular challenge is that small enterprises that want to grow are constrained by their internal capacities and a poor enabling environment (informal institutions, politics, incentives, spaces for dialogue, public sector systems). This means that even where the poor have good entrepreneurial ideas or are able to start enterprises it is difficult for them prove their concept and then prepare their organisation for growth or scale-up. Further, women are disproportionately excluded from economic growth. In this context inequality is likely to continue to grow across the region.
The aim of this exciting £20M portfolio of 15-20 grants, which focuses on marginalised women and young entrepreneurs, is that enterprises (small businesses, small-scale farmers/producers and cooperatives) will experience sustainable growth resulting in improved livelihoods for 85,000 poor people in sub-Saharan Africa. In the medium term we expect the grants we have made to contribute to:
Enterprises adopting sustainable practices to meet local market requirements
 Local enabling environment (informal institutions, politics, incentives, spaces for dialogue, public sector systems) changes that support sustainable enterprise development
In order to achieve this, Comic Relief is funding partners and enterprises to:
develop their capacity to support enterprise growth
 influence local stakeholders to support changes in the business environment
Person Specification
As an experienced grant maker or project manager in Trade, Enterprise or Employment, you will manage a diverse portfolio of funded projects and proactively oversee risk, compliance, partnership management, and budget control.  You will work with colleagues to allocate resources, ensure compliance and provide regular stakeholder reporting. Through international and local travel you will also meet with partners, supporting them to deliver social change as well as champion stories of success and share key learning.
It is important that you have an excellent understanding of international development and technical expertise in Trade, Enterprise and/or Employment.  It is essential that you have significant experience in grant making and/or programme management and an in-depth understanding of best practice in these areas.  Comfortable building and nurturing relationships, you must excel at stakeholder management and relish working in a collaborative environment. Financially astute, you will also possess strong project management, communication, presentation and interpersonal skills. 
You might have been working with small scale farmers in sub-Saharan Africa and are looking to consolidate your technical experience in an office based role, or might be an experienced trade or enterprise programmer wanting to gain grant making experience or you might be a trade or enterprise specialist excited to own and manage a diverse and engaging portfolio of partners and projects with a well-respected and experienced grant maker such as Comic Relief.
We positively welcome, and seek to ensure we achieve, diversity in our workforce and that all job applicants and employees receive equal and fair treatment, regardless of age, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or nationality. We encourage applications from disabled people and we will guarantee a first stage interview to all disabled applicants who sufficiently demonstrate in their application how they meet the essential criteria for the job as outlined on the person specification of the job description.
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Position details


£36,000 - £39,000


Vauxhall, London