Local recruitment: Senior Partnership Manager, UK Government and EU Donors 


London, UK 🇬🇧

Brussels, Belgium 🇧🇪

Contract: Permanent, Full-time

Location: The role can be based in the London, United Kingdom, or Brussels Region, Belgium subject to the right-to-work eligibility in the respective country.

Salary & Benefits: Salaries and benefits for different countries will vary in line with the location of the successful candidate and depending on experience. See further details below:

Role-based in:

  • United Kingdom: Grade 3: Circa £47,000 per annum depending on experience with excellent benefits
  • Belgium: Attractive offer similar to the United Kingdom. Salary Ranges are based on various factors including the labor market, job type, job level, internal equity, and budget

Hybrid Working: UK location – A minimum of 40% of working time is spent face to face, either in the London office or as a result of external engagement or travel for WaterAid. WaterAid is located at Canary Wharf, London and this will be your location and contract base for candidates based in the United Kingdom.

About WaterAid:
Want to use your skills in Business Development to play a vital role in making clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone everywhere?

We need passionate, creative and dedicated people. In return, you will be encouraged and empowered to be yourself at your very best. Together, we will make a bigger difference.

Join WaterAid as Senior Partnerships Manager, UK Government and European Donors to change normal for millions of people so they can unlock their potential, break free from poverty and change their lives for good. On top of that you’ll be joining a 2020 Great Place to Work® award-winning organisation.

About the Team:
The role is part of WaterAid UK’s Institutional Funding and Partnerships (IFP) Team in the International Programmes Department. The IFP team contributes to WaterAid’s mission by cultivating and securing income from institutional and non-institutional partners for all of WaterAid’s programmes globally. The IFP team supports the effective design and delivery of restricted funded programmes, with a special focus on strategic, high value and/or complex opportunities.

About the role:
The overall purpose of this role is to optimise funding from UK Government and Key European donors, through evolving and implementing a strategy for business development in line with the International Programmes’ Dept’s Restricted Funding Strategy. This will focus on ensuring WaterAid is well positioned for sustainable WASH programming.

As our ambitious and engaging Senior Partnerships Manager, UK Government and European Donors you will drive a targeted networking and influencing approach and lead internal coordination to leverage our engagement successfully and optimise funding opportunities. You will provide the organisation with high level donor analysis, and provide donor deep dives to help inform a range of internal audiences.

In this role, you will:

  • Lead, develop and implement a strategy for increasing resource mobilisation for WaterAid’s international programmes from the UK Government and prioritised European donors
  • Build partnerships with suppliers and partners and provide an analysis of the landscape of different key suppliers for different donors
  • Provide effective internal coordination to best leverage WaterAid’s contacts and skills with these donors
  • Build, maintain and track global relationships with donors (as well as cultivating and facilitating ‘in-country’ relationships with country/regional level offices);
  • Ensure a strong pipeline of funding opportunities across WaterAid’s country programmes from UK govt. and EU donors;
  • Provide WaterAid staff/programmes with up-to-date intelligence on highlighted donors, its key funding partners and funding opportunities.

About You:

  • Substantial experience and knowledge of the institutional funding space, specifically UK government and a range of EU donors, with a deep understanding of these donors’ routes to market
  • Substantial and successful experience/track record in business development work, proactive donor engagement, relationship and partnership building
  • Strong stakeholder management, communication and coordination skills at all levels internally and externally;
  • Ability to combine strategic thinking with operational delivery;
  • Strategic networker with the ability to identify and transform opportunities into tangible results
  • Ability to work under own initiative
  • Ability to travel in order to attend external events and meetings in the UK and across Europe, and to occasionally visit WAUK regional and country offices
  • Experience managing consultants
  • Strong written and spoken French and or German an asset (Desirable).

How to Apply: To see the full job pack, please click ‘Apply’.

  • Please apply by submitting your CV and a cover letter in one document in either Word Document or PDF format.
  • Please indicate your location and the right to work eligibility in your Cover letter.

Pre-employment screening: In order to apply for this post, you must be able to demonstrate your eligibility to work in the respective country. All pre-employment checks will be carried out according to the applicable laws in the respective country.
All our UK-based vacancies require a basic Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to comply with our Safer Recruitment policy.

Closing date: Applications will close at 23:59 on 8th October 2023. Shortlisting and interviews may take place on a rolling basis and the application process will close if a suitable candidate is found prior to the advertised closing date.

Our Commitment

An inclusive workplace:

We are committed to being an organisation where everyone is included, respected, and empowered to be their best. We represent and celebrate our staff, partners and everyone we work with, and create a culture where everyone can reach their full potential.

Equal opportunities:

We are an equal opportunity, disability-confident employer and are dedicated to achieving the highest standards of diversity, equity and inclusion. We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, beliefs, customs, traditions and ways of life. This includes, but is not limited to, race, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion, national or social origin, health status, and economic or social situation.


We are also committed to protecting everyone we come into contact with. We have a zero-tolerance approach to abuse of power, privilege or trust across our global work, and any form of inappropriate behaviour, discrimination, abuse, bullying, harassment, or exploitation. Safeguarding the people and communities we work with, our staff, volunteers and anyone working on our behalf is our top priority, and we take our responsibilities extremely seriously.




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