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Save the Children

TITLE: Global ‘Strategic Partnerships for Programme Impact’ Lead


LOCATION: Centre – London, UK or any existing Save the Children International Regional or Country office worldwide

GRADE: B, Mid-Senior Level



Level 2: either the post holder will have access to personal data about children and/or young people as part of their work; or the post holder will be working in a ‘regulated’ position (accountant, barrister, solicitor, legal executive); therefore a police check  will be required (at ‘standard’ level in the UK or equivalent in other countries).


In line with the organisation’s Theory of Change, the Grand Bargain and principles of localization, Save the Children’s 2022-24 Global Strategy calls on the organisation to drive strategic partnerships, with diverse local, national and global actors, as an enabler towards impact on the lives of children, in line with strategic goals. In order to elevate and amplify impact from partnerships, a deliberate outcome-driven approach that aligns with Save the Children’s partnership principles is required. Key milestones to achieve this have already been defined.

One such milestone is the ‘Strategic Partnerships for Programme Impact’ workstream. To deliver this, the Global ‘Strategic Partnerships for Programme Impact’ Lead will be responsible for driving the implementation of the work-plan for the benefit of all contexts.

Reporting to the Head of Partnerships, this includes the following:

  1. Lead the implementation of the Strategic Partnerships for Programme Impact workstream to support SCI’s global ambitions to maximise impact, in collaboration with other SCI centre partnerships and functions leads, members and thematic colleagues.
  2. Support strategic partnership approaches (specifically related to programming) at the global and regional levels, through the development of tools, guidance and templates as well as providing advice to colleagues.
  3. Lead on knowledge management, sharing and learning of Strategic Partnership approaches and best practices – including equitable partnering.

In this one-year position, the postholder will be responsible for establishing the workstream and forming working relationships and collaboration (including with senior stakeholders) that will contribute an aligned approach to Strategic Partnerships and to the long-term success of the workstream. The postholder will also deliver on core activities to support development of partnerships that will contribute to achievement of the Global Goals.

In the event of a major event, deadline, incident or risk related to partnership work, the role holder may be expected to work outside the normal job description and be able to vary working hours accordingly.


Reports to: Head of Partnerships

Budget Responsibilities: None

Role Dimensions: The Global Strategic Partnerships for Impact Lead works across multiple teams and functions and across multiple levels within the wider Save the Children movement including with COs, RO(s), Centre and members, and may work closely with partner organsiations.


Lead Strategic Partnerships for Programme Impact Workstream

  1. Work with the Head of Partnership, to co-lead the establishment of Strategic Partnerships for Programme Impact Workstream, in close consultation and engagement with Strategy and Funding Partnerships leads among others. This will include developing the workplan and leading on the delivery of core activities.
  2. Communicate widely and often to catalyse and embed a common understanding and approach on Strategic Partnerships for Programme Impact
  3. Work with the Head of Partnerships to co-lead the governance and collaboration on the Strategic Partnerships for Programme Impact Workstream.
  4. Ensure that the SC movement is working as one in its pursuit of strategic partnerships with common language around offer and approach.

Business Partner to support Strategic Partnerships to achieve thematic plans

  1. Mainstream knowledge and learning into existing tools, guidance and templates for all contexts (or development and humanitarian contexts, as appropriate) on partnership strategies, partnership scoping as well as partnership inception and management to support strategic partnership work at the global level.
  2. Work closely with 4 Global Goal Teams and other thematic leads to provide ‘business partner’ support on partnerships strategies, scoping, inception and management to leverage 1-2 strategic partnerships per Goal.
  3. Identify partnership competencies, skills and expertise and develop and implement capacity strengthening initiatives on partnerships expertise.
  4. Align and collaborate with other partnerships colleagues (e.g., funding partnership colleagues) to provide coherent support across different types of partnership, drawing and building on existing work tools and approaches.

Knowledge management and learning

  1. Lead on knowledge management, sharing and action learning, collaboratively with partners, on strategic partnerships to capture and share best practice and impact from strategic partnerships.
  2. Communicate widely on Strategic Partnerships, in close alignment with partnerships colleagues, to improve visibility of global strategic partnerships, including country and regional level outcomes and impact.
  3. Influence key decisions on the value and importance of Strategic Partnerships.
  4. Monitor and report on progress on Strategic Partnerships enabler and support monitoring of partnerships progress for Global Goal Plans and other thematic work.
  5. Input into and support the roll-out of Partner Pulse check and case studies to assess the quality of partnerships.

Contribute to a positive working culture within IP Operations

  1. As a member of the IP Operations team, support and contribute towards a positive team culture that celebrates diversity, shares learning and which is inclusive.

BEHAVIOURS (Values in Practice)


  • holds self accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values

  • holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities – giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved.


  • sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same

  • widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others

  • future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.


  • builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters

  • values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength

  • approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.


  • develops and encourages new and innovative solutions

  • willing to take disciplined risks.


  • honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity

The post holder must commit to work in an international agency that respects racial diversity and fights racism in all forms; and to model positive behaviours and respect to all colleagues, partners and communities.


  • Strong knowledge of and practical experience in partnership management in country and/or regional settings, to include partnership strategy development, partnership brokering and partnership management, both in development and humanitarian contexts.

  • Significant senior experience working with rights-based approaches and or relevant thematic areas such as, but not limited to, partnerships.

  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including a proven ability to influence at high levels, to liaise with a wide range of people at all levels and across different cultures and to act with credibility, tact and diplomacy in a federated structure, across different teams.
  • Familiar with partnership principles and the localisation agenda.

  • Excellent planning, management and coordination skills. Strong time management skills with an ability to plan ahead, anticipate requirements, problems and obstacles. Ability to juggle competing priorities successfully, and to work to tight deadlines with the capacity to organise a substantial workload comprised of complex, diverse tasks and responsibilities

  • Experience using Sharepoint-based knowledge management systems.

  • Excellent business partnering, communication and relationship building skills. Demonstrated ability to develop and manage productive relationships with SC member agencies and senior staff

  • Significant training, facilitation and capacity building skills

  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office and business intelligence/reporting/monitoring systems.

  • Proficiency in English (verbally and in writing).

  • Strong and clear commitment to Save the Children’s values.

  • Partnership Brokering certification desirable.

We can offer circa £54,150 per annum (If based in UK) with an option of flexible working hours. If the role is based outside of the UK, National T&C (including pay) will apply.

This role can be based in London or any existing Save the Children International Regional or Country office location on approval, provided the successful candidate has proof of eligibility to work from the preferred location.


Technical competencies:

  • Inspires others to embrace the values and principles that underpin partnerships and the localisation agenda (Leading edge)
  • Leads formal and informal engagement with diverse, strategic partners based on shared, long-term visions (Leading edge)
  • Promotes the unique role of Save the Children in partnerships to promote the rights of children (Accomplished)

Generic Competencies

  • Being the Voice of Children: Utilises being part of a global movement to promote change in the policy and public sphere on child related issues
  • Advancing Equality & Inclusion: Drives an enabling environment for gender equality and inclusion, and prioritising the most deprived and marginalised children

Additional job responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.

Equal Opportunities

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.

Child Safeguarding:

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

Safeguarding our Staff:

The post holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI anti-harassment policy

Health and Safety

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.

JD written by: Nicola Hypher

Date: December 2022

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