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Senior New Business Development Manager at Save the Children

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Save the Children

SC Malawi New Business Development Manager Job Description
TITLE: Senior New Business Development Manager

GRADE: TBC – National/International Light CONTRACT LENGTH: 2 years


Level 3: the post holder will have contact with children and/or young people either
frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or
overnight) because they work country programs; or are visiting country programs; or
because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.



The Country Office Senior New Business Development Manager will support the PDQ
Director, the Country Director and other country programme staff to grow Save the Children
funding and partnerships at country level in order to resource the Country Strategic Plan.
To achieve the country’s programme ambitions in line with SC’s Global Breakthroughs, the
Country Snr NBD Manager will be responsible for leading the development of the annual
funding strategy, developing an engagement plan across members, donors, implementing
partners and other necessary stakeholders, and creating and managing an efficient system to
identify and develop new funding opportunities and play a leading role, alongside Senior
Technical Advisers and partner staff, in proposal development.

The post holder will be expected to work across the Movement (Regional Offices, Members,
and other Country Offices as necessary) in achieving the country funding strategy and be the
primary link with Regional Offices for all NBD best practices and capacity building efforts.


Reports to: PDQ Director

Dotted Line: Resource Mobilisation team at regional office
Staff Reporting to this Post: NBD Coordinator
Budget Responsibilities: TBC

Key working relationships: Act as day-to-day focal point with regional resource
mobilisation team, ensuring appropriate coordination between members and country team.
Engages with CO SMT, Finance, Awards, Technical Experts/Operations, PDQ Director, and
other necessary stakeholders to coordinate strategic resource mobilization across the
country office.


Funding Strategy and NBD Change Management – 5%

  • Lead the development and delivery of country funding strategy which aligns
    program demand (Country Strategic Plan) with funding supply (donor landscape),
    with a focus on and priority thematic areas. This strategy will include both public and
    private funding sources.
  • Drive and accelerate sustainable portfolio growth for Save the Children Malawi,
    working in alignment with the regional and global funding strategy
  • With guidance and support from regional resource mobilisation team, supports
    country TE, Finance, AM, PDQ staff with capacity building around business
  • Ensure best practice ways of working by attending regional BD Communities of
    Practice and embedding best practice and NBD RACI into country ways of working.
  • Establish continuous learning efforts in order to implement best practices and learn from process so future BD efforts are improved.

Relationship Management – 10%

  • Support the PDQ Director, the Country Director, and Technical teams to build
    strong relationships and funding partnerships. Proactively engage and support PDQ
    Director and CD on a strategic basis with institutional, corporate and foundational
    donors at country level in order to facilitate technical programme exchanges,
    influence policy and thinking, and identify key areas of potential cooperation,
    including programme funding.
  • Represent Save the Children as needed with key institutional, corporate, foundation
    and other donors.
  • Cultivate excellent working relationships with and serve as generalist focal point SC
    Members and donor agencies on aspects of new business development
  • Propose and facilitate creative ways of donor engagement, working with
    communications and operations teams to execute.
  • Ensure teams have best practice approach and system to planning, and undertaking
    stakeholder engagement with identified prospects and ongoing key partnerships.
  • Maintain an updated donor engagement plan and tracker, leading and following up
    on agreed actions with relevant teams as needed and ensuring key contacts and
    donor strategies are kept up to date at country office level.

Strategic Portfolio Planning – 10%

  • Support strategic planning and operational processes and tools that achieve high
    quality award portfolios.
  • Understand and effectively communicate the country’s pipeline and priority funding
    gaps, as agreed with PDQ Director and country leadership. These may include
    thematic/program gaps, co-financing gaps, and operational sustainability gaps.
  • Proactively work with the regional and Member resource mobilisation teams to
    drive improvement in strategic portfolio planning across the movement.
  • Ensuring timely and comprehensive handover of pipeline and approved project
    documents to Awards and Operations for timely pre-award actions.
  • Stay informed about the successes and challenges of awards implementation to be
    able to update donors on progress and discuss new opportunities and inform new


Capture Planning and Opportunity Preparation – 20%

  • Facilitate conversations with PDQ, TE, and Operations teams to gather intelligence,
    assess competitiveness, make Go/No Go decisions, and adequately resource teams
    for pursuing all strategic funding opportunities.
  • Identify, research, and disseminate information on new funding opportunities from
    bilateral, multi-lateral, and other institutional and non-traditional donors
    (foundations, corporates etc.)
  • Explore and test potential private sector and other new types of partnerships and
    keep abreast of local funding environment.
  • Ensure close collaboration and joint decision making with Director PDQ, Director
    Programme Operations and the Country Director and consultation with Member
    and regional offices on new (strategic) funding opportunities
  • Ensure availability of and effectively utilize a suite of high-quality communications
    materials on our programmatic work in our donor and member engagement
  • Maintain and build capacity in systems or processes for collecting donor,
    implementing partner, and competitor intelligence and information.

Oversee Proposal Development – 50%

  • Work with Senior/Technical Advisers to develop project ideas which can be shared
    with Members and potential donor
  • Facilitate the GO/NO GO Process at CO level and with SC Members
  • Manage the development of high-value or complex proposals for donor awards and
    bids for donor contracts, including playing a lead or support writer role as needed.
  • Provide leadership and co-ordination to the proposal development team, overseeing
    all SC Malawi proposals under development.
  • Interface closely with S/TAs, Programme Operations, HR, Finance and Supply Chain
    teams to ensure all information is provided in timely and quality manner to progress
    proposal and budget development.
  • Ensure that concept notes and funding proposals align closely with Country Strategy
    Plan, Thematic plans, geographic priorities, master budgets and Monitoring &
    Evaluations, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) frameworks as well as SLT
  • Identify support needs for proposal development and wider NBD capacity building
    and work with PDQ Director to broker technical assistance and other resources to
    support with Members and Regional Office.
  • Receive and review donor compliance resources from Save the Children Member
    and circulate to all relevant staff, including any necessary proposal guidance or
  • Working with Partnerships Manager, use all available information to ensure that the
    selected partner(s) are most suitable to carry out the proposed actions in the
  • Represent Save the Children International generally (along with technical experts) in
    consortium meetings regarding proposal development.
  • Support country leadership’s strategic decision making to form programming
    consortia, including pre-teaming agreements, which strengthen both programming
    and resource mobilization outcomes.
  • Ensure participation of partner staff in proposal development processes as early on
    and as extensively as possible.
  • Ensure that proposal development process follows the signed off country NBD
    guidelines on NBD RACI, sign off processes, proposal team roles, staffing guidelines,
  • Ensure that final proposal is compliant with Save the Children and donor
    requirements, including:
  • Programme Quality Framework is addressed in all new proposals and that key
    elements of programme quality are included (e.g. child participation, child
    safeguarding, lessons learned from past proposals, accountability, risk assessments,
    effective partnership strategy, etc.).
  • Proposals are evidence based, grounded with SC’s Common Approaches and
    work across SC’s Theory of Change.
  • Project design incorporate all crosscutting concepts including gender inclusion, localisation and climate, where appropriate.
  • Review proposal budget to check that the budget complies with the donor and member and Country office requirements including co-financing, CAM, ICR, budget thresholds for MEAL, Advocacy etc.
  • Ensure all proposal and concept note submissions to donors are reviewed and approved by the SMT and Member and other staff in country as appropriate before submission to the donor.
  • Ensure tracking of active funding opportunities, submission deadlines, financing available. Ensure all appropriate donor and SC proposal formats are available and adhered to in country.
  • Monitor proposals pipeline and win rates, ensure that updated trackers are available for planning purposes, inform SMT.
  • Humanitarian: Drive effective and joined-up strategic resource mobilization for Emergencies within the country.
  • Execute other activities as requested by Line Manager.

People Management, Mentoring and Development -5%

  • Be effective as a mentor and coach for the staff that report to this role, as well as
    other senior program staff that contribute to developing proposal writing
  • Establish strong working relationship across technical, Operations, Finance and
    Awards team members to ensure quality contributions to new business development
  • Proactively build and maintain skills and competencies in PDQ team required for
    leading and/or in-putting for first class program design and wider new business
    development processes, including positioning, and capture.
  • Support the development of an organisational culture that reflects our broad-spectrum programming values, promotes accountability and high performance,
    encourages a team culture of learning, creativity and innovation, and frees up our
    people to deliver outstanding results for children and excellent customer service for
    our members and donors.

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
  • 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


Master’s Degree in International Development, Project Planning and Management, Social
Studies and related.
Background in business development, donor and relationship management, strategic
portfolio analysis and planning, and change management required.
Previous training in project design, proposal development tools and approaches is required.
Previous training in child rights programming is desirable.



  • 7+ years demonstrated experience identifying and securing funding from DAC
    government donors, multilateral agencies, corporate donors and/or foundations.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading assessments of funding landscapes, and
    developing programme funding strategies to meet strategic goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to solve complex issues through critical thinking, analysis,
    definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy in.
  • Highly developed networking skills and ability to form productive working
    relationships with external donor agencies.
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including communicating
    with impact, influencing, negotiation, and coaching.
  • Demonstrated people leadership skills, able to effectively manage both direct
    reports as well as lead staff in all countries around the region in a matrix
    management relationship.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a member of a senior management team,
    contributing constructively beyond the role’s specific resource mobilization remit.
  • Experience in project and change management related to organisational development projects and international, cross-functional teams with a proven history of delivering results.
  • A high degree of flexibility and adaptability in order to respond to changing needs. Ability and willingness to change work practices and hours in the event of major emergencies including travelling at short notice and for extended periods of time.
  • Fluency in English and [Language essential in country, eg French]. Desirable
  • INGO experience and an excellent grasp of operational issues.
  • A detailed understanding on funding mechanisms for development work such as Save the Children’s.

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

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 antiharassment policy.
Health and Safety

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