Organisation: Maire Stopes International

Position: Senior Advisor, Partnerships and Resource Mobilisation

Location: London, UK

Salary: circa £40,000-60,000 depending on experience and ability


Closing date: 20/05/2018 (day/month/year)

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Senior Advisor, Partnerships and Resource Mobilisation

Maire Stopes International


Marie Stopes International (MSI) is a global organisation providing personalised contraception services to women and girls. Our local teams of professionals are passionate about the work they do in communities across 37 countries. The services we provide give a woman the power to choose when she has children so that she is free to pursue her plans and dreams for herself and her family.

The primary responsibility of this role is to further MSI’s Goal: The Prevention of Unwanted Births and its mission of ensuring the individual’s right to: Children by Choice Not Chance.

Job description

You’re going to play a vital role in in the future funding of Marie Stopes. In order to grow, we need to diversify our funding streams (with a commitment to double income from new and emerging donors in the next 24 months) and this is where you come in. We need someone who can look outside the traditional major donors of sexual and reproductive health (DFID, USAID, EU, Nordics, family foundations) to build relationships with emerging government donors who have perhaps not been a partner with MSI to date, for example in the Asia Pacific region (e.g. JICA) or new European donors (Belgium, France). You will help us understand how these governments might invest in Sexual and Reproductive Health and where we can partner with them.

Not only will you need to look to new sources of revenue, but you’ll look to position MSI as a technical partner of choice. You’ll also be creative in your approach to building partnerships to deliver sexual and reproductive health services and rights. This might mean creating links with new sectors and how a focus on sexual and reproductive health and rights can support them in achieving their goals – and working with organisations we don’t yet know well. You’ll need to articulate and evidence arguments for investment from non-SRHR sectors - How does family planning support efforts to support girls’ education, for example?

Essentially the world is your oyster – we need you to be innovative and you’ll be fully supported to ensure that fresh thinking can flourish.

Candidate requirements

This isn’t your traditional Resourcing Mobilisation role – we’ll need you to be highly creative to create those new opportunities. You’ll need to have a new business mindset – not only the imagination to identify new sources of funding but the drive and ability to bring your vision to fruition. You’ll also need the experience, knowledge and gravitas to represent MSI to potential partners and donors with minimal supervision.

Ideally, you’d have professional experience working with partners and donors outside of the Western context, but a clear track record of successful partnership building and resource mobilisation is most important. You will have successfully designed international fundraising and engagement workplans and demonstrated results within a clearly define timeframes, aligned with organisational strategy. You will have experience in market analysis and stakeholder mapping and will help us to move to a more comprehensive ‘client relationship management’ approach to our resource mobilisation efforts.

You will have demonstrated your ability to track and convert political and cultural conversations into partnership opportunities and resource mobilisation efforts. Experience of working with advocacy colleagues to create proposals that address a wide range of elements in delivering development interventions is highly desirable. Your role will be to help us source funding for everything MSI does to deliver sexual and reproductive justice to all: service delivery, advocacy, metrics and evaluation and sector leadership.

Development experience is essential although not necessarily in SHRH – while health related experience would be ideal, we would consider other backgrounds. In-country experience implementing service delivery contracts would be highly desirable.

So if you think you’ve got what it takes to identify, grow and deliver new partnerships and new sources of funding, then this could be the role for you. What are you waiting for?

In addition, you will be pro-choice on children by choice & not chance


  • Collaborative: A confident communicator who is able to negotiate with diplomacy and build relationships at multiple levels.
  • Strategic Vision: An analytical thinker who has the ability to see the bigger picture, identify opportunities and tailor strategic plans and adjust goals when circumstances change.
  • Results Driven: A solution-focused individual who thinks ‘outside the box’ and can diplomatically challenge the status quo whilst maintaining harmony.
  • Entrepreneurial and resourceful:  A self-starter and creative risk taker who is able to act decisively when unexpected events present opportunities for advancing MSI’s global mission.

Experience and Skills:

  • Demonstrated record in engaging and influencing donors, senior policymakers, and civil society agencies to deliver strategic outcomes, partnerships, and funding.
  • Established network of relationships with politicians, decision makers, and international agencies across the UK and Europe.
  • A track record in successful 1) fundraising and engagement with donors, with clear outcomes (SRHR experience preferred) and 2) legislative and policy engagement with policy makers, parliaments, and decision makers
  • Excellent communication skills - excellent verbal and written English communication skills and ability to organise and present information in a compelling way
  • International development experience ideally implementing service delivery programmes is an advantage.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct policy analysis and produce briefs or factsheets
  • Strong analytical and strategic skills
  • Ability to travel regularly within Europe, to the USA, Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Ability to work independently and pro-actively
  • Proficiency in French is desirable.

How to apply

Please send BY EMAIL ONLY a letter of application stating the skills and approach that you would bring to the post with your CV/resume (no photos) in strict confidence by email only to: Karem Armstrong at (see email below)

Please ensure that they are sent as Word or PDF documents with the titles “your name cover letter” and “your name CV” Please put “Maire Stopes Senior Advisor Partnerships” in the email subject line.  Also, please let us know where you saw the post advertised.

 The deadline for applications is Sunday May 20th, 2018

 Please note that this role will be subject to full pre-employment background checks which may include, but are not limited to, employment references, right to work verification, credit check and criminal record check (where appropriate)

Contact person: Karem Armstrong

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Preferred method of response: Email

Closing date: 2018-05-20

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