Girl Effect: Senior Manager, Institutional Partnerships


Reporting Lines: Country Director,
Location: Abuja
Contract Type: Fixed Term
Application Deadline: February 18, 2019
Start Date: March 2019

Who We Are

Girl Effect builds youth brands and mobile platforms to empower girls to change their lives.

We’re a creative non-profit, empowering girls to change their lives. Started by the Nike Foundation, we are experts in media, mobile, brand and international development: a unique mix of skills that we use to solve global problems in a different way.

We work across the world in the places where girls are marginalised and vulnerable. We create for young people in ways they love and interact with. And it’s all delivered through the media and mobile tech they use every day – from apps that build skills, to TV dramas that explore vital issues, to magazines written by girls.

What You’ll Do
As Girl Effect increases the scale of its reach and impact, we aim to leverage the funding of our original founders and grow our investment and funding further. The Partnership team in London is responsible for Girl Effect’s fundraising and partner relations, working closely with Girl Effect’s CEO and COO to manage our income strategy and fundraising campaigns. We seek philanthropic gifts together with institutional and corporate grants to maintain the operations of Girl Effect and undertake new opportunities.

As Senior Manager, Institutional Partnerships of GE Nigeria, you will lead on fundraising and partner/donor engagement including development donors, donor governments as well as other INGOs and organisations with whom we can partner on proposals for donor funding.
You will also lead on ensuring our current projects are expertly managed in strict adherence to donor agreed deliverables and timelines. You should have experience working with established NGOs to achieve mission aligned social impact and will have the credibility to grow Girl Effect’s network while also leading on and establishing a culture of fundraising within the organisation.

Critical to your success will be your ability to communicate and influence through compelling, sophisticated and technically excellent proposals. In addition, you will secure, develop and manage key donor/partner accounts.

Key Responsibilities
Project Management:

  • Lead on managing all current GEN partnerships (including TEGA) ensuring agreed donor deliverables and timelines are strictly adhered to.
  • Provide oversight to the TEGA Project Manager and ensure the process for conducting a research project, ensuring all projects are delivered on brief, on time and budget.
  • Develop fruitful and positive relationships with new GEN partners, inputting to TORs, finalising contracts efficiently and ensuring training needs are identified and fulfilled to facilitate adherence to GE Policies e.g. Safeguarding.
  • Manage key accounts as assigned, acting as a senior representative to enhance and amplify these relationships, whilst ensuring a pathway to organic growth.
  • Grant manage all successful bids to ensure an adequate kick off with all those involved in the project/programme, schedule regular (quarterly) review meetings to ensure the project/ programme is on track to ensure that all deliverables, compliance and reporting requirements are being met and conclude with a close out meeting and lessons learned.

Representation and Fund Mobilisation:

  • Apply GE cost recovery model and further develop our institutional pipeline, actively identifying potential prospects and tracking them through the cultivation process.
  • Lead on the development and implementation of new prospecting plans, keeping abreast of development trends and peer organisations’ work in this field, and maximising opportunities for Girl Effect.
  • Lead on developing high quality and compelling proposals working with key contacts across the organisation and helping to shape a product portfolio designed for impact and scale.
  • Build and secure strong relationships with relevant Governments ministries, officials and institutions in Nigeria who will be key to the appropriate credibility and visibility of both the brand and the Girl Effect Nigeria entity.
  • Work closely with our marketing and communications team, networking and building our profile with partners and potential investment from others and actively seek opportunities to showcase Girl Effect Nigeria’s work.
  • Explore and build partnerships with key development actors to broaden the reach of the Girl Effect brand and content and how this can accelerate the work of another partners’ work on adolescent girl programming.
  • Complete weekly input to the Global partnerships report any agreed monthly/ quarterly reports and other reports as well that may be required from time to time.
  • Monitor results across the team and ensure that regular reports of key metrics and results are provided to the Country Director and/or Deputy Country Director.
  • Join regular meetings and calls in relation to fund management and partnerships.
  • Ensure adequate knowledge and systematic file management on the google drive such that it is easy for anyone to find information on fundraising, partnerships, proposals and so on.


  • Relationship management including strategic direction, stewarding of the relationship, team coordinating and reporting within GEN as well as with the Partnership team in London.
  • Participate in decision making as part of a matrix organisation to motivate and engage a global team and share best practices.
  • Drive strong working relationships with the Global Team to ensure global priorities are balanced and integrated into local thinking and share best practices to accelerate cross-learning.
  • Live and promote ‘The girl Effect Way’ – our principles and working habits that tie us all together to and contribute to a strong local team.

Who You Are

  • At least 10 years of experience working with a major INGO in a fundraising and partnership function.
  • You have in-country experience, cultural understanding and existing contacts in the development sector, philanthropic sector and Government with particular reference to potential statutory and state funders.
  • Extensive project management and fundraising experience, with a proven track record of winning and managing multi-million, multi-year bids from key government donors such as DFID, USAID, Global Affairs Canada, SIDA etc.
  • Good awareness around trends in development funding both at a global level and in emerging markets.
  • You are able to think strategically and translate this into practical engagement.
  • Familiar with key Foundation/NGO/multilateral players of interest to identify strategic alignments & opportunities.
  • Familiar with building consortia partnerships and engaging ‘established in the field’ community of NGOs to jointly go after bids and designing programmes.
  • Extensive experience of establishing and managing grants – from proposal writing, producing pitch decks and programme design, through to evidence metrics and annual reporting.
  • A driven networker, keen to forge new relationships and build strong synergies between organisations and individuals.
  • A strong team player, able to set a vision and work across the organisation to create new opportunities and deliver results.
  • Experience of managing complex projects and ensuring plans are delivered on time and on budget.
  • A powerful communicator and a strong leadership capability, bringing the wider team on the partnership journey and effectively managing communication about our work with partners.

What Else You Should Know
As we continue to scale and grow – we are hugely ambitious for our future and we are looking for people who are driven by this to change the world for girls.
Our teams are a diverse mix across sectors (non-profit and commercial) and specialisms (from Brand and Creative through to Gender and Evidence). You’ll learn and grow in an environment that will challenge you to think and work with a fresh perspective. At Girl Effect, you can expect to work somewhere where you will be stretched and developed in your role, a place where you can build your career and work with talented, engaged people committed to our cause to create a lasting impact.

Apply for this position here.


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