Senior Advisor, Programme Design and Development

United Kingdom - London (Global Support Office)

This vacancy is now closed


About Us

MSI Reproductive Choices is one of the world’s leading providers of sexual and reproductive healthcare. We believe that everyone should have the right to choose. From contraception to safe abortion and life-saving post-abortion care, we are committed to delivering compassionate, affordable, high-quality services for all.

Today, our organisation has over 9,000 team members working in 37 countries across the world. Our success lies in the fact that MSI teams are locally led, entrepreneurial and results-driven, and are passionate about delivering high quality, client-centered care in their own communities. As a social business, we focus on sustainable delivery, efficiency, and funding models that are built to last, so that the women and girls we serve today will have a choice in the future too.

We know that access to reproductive choice is life changing. For some, it can mean the ability to complete an education or start a career. For others, it means being able to look after the family they already have. For everyone, it means the freedom to decide their own future, creating a fairer, more equal world. 

About the Role

The Programme Design and Development (PDD) team, as part of MSI’s Partnerships and Philanthropy department, plays a critical role in securing new donor funding to drive the strategic growth of our global partnership. PDD works with MSI’s country programmes, donor leads, and technical teams to design programmes and develop winning proposals. The PDD team plays a pivotal role in supporting country programmes with strategic fundraising efforts and diversification of MSI’s institutional funding base.

As a part of MSI’s PDD team, you will independently lead the development of dynamic and successful programmes and proposals for institutional donors, including bilateral and multilateral donors, private foundations, charitable trusts, and host country governments. Working closely with in-country and technical teams across the organisation you confidently handle single- and multi-country proposals processes, including bid writing and coordination. You will also own the country fundraising action plans process, facilitate programme design processes, negotiate partnerships, and building the capacity of MSI country programmes to effectively conduct local donor engagement. You will provide mentorship and capacity-building to PDD officers.

About You

We recruit talented, dynamic people with diverse backgrounds and experiences, all united by a belief in our mission and a focus on delivering measurable results. We’re proud to be an equal opportunities employer and are committed to creating a fully inclusive workplace, where everyone feels able to participate and contribute meaningfully. You must be open-minded, curious, resilient, and solutions-oriented, and committed to promoting equality, and safeguarding the welfare of team members and clients alike.

To succeed in this role, you must have:

  • Demonstrated experience working in business development in international development or the humanitarian sector
  • Experience in proposal writing and development for institutional donors, including demonstrated experience with USAID.
  • Proven experience in managing complex proposal processes with multiple stakeholders under tight deadlines
  • Proven experience in strategic planning and programmatic design
  • Experience developing and reviewing budgets
  • Experience and demonstrated ability to manage a heavy and fluctuating workload
  • Experience in working with statistical and financial data
  • Proven experience in representing the organisation with donors or other stakeholders
  • Proven experience leading partnership discussions and negotiations.


  • Proven track record of writing and managing complex, high-value, and/or multi-country proposals and securing grants and contracts from donors, foundations, and trusts
  • Proven relationship building skills and ability to work jointly and effectively in cross-cultural settings and with a wide variety of stakeholders
  • Demonstrate confidence in handling difficult situations
  • Solid analytical skills and ability to present complex concepts in clear and concise formats
  • Exceptional problem-solving abilities and ability to perform confidently under pressure
  • Ability to take initiative and achieve results with limited supervision
  • Strong attention to detail and follow-up
  • Excellent people and negotiation skills.


  • Relevant Master’s Degree (MPH, MA, MBA) or equivalent;
  • Outstanding English writing skills. All applicants will be required to undergo a written evaluation as part of the recruitment process.

Personal Attributes

We seek exceptional individuals who are aligned to MSI’s mission and entrepreneurial mindset. You must be a strong communicator, self-motivated and solutions-seeking, committed to driving social change in an environment that measures sustainable results and impact at an individual and global level. You must be able to work effectively with and across diverse teams and be comfortable with ambiguity. 

  • Pro-choice
  • Team player, energetic, enthusiastic, and positive
  • Quality-focussed and results-orientated
  • Take initiative
  • Highly organised and action orientated
  • Decisive and confident
  • Resourceful and determined
  • Determined to succeed
  • Self-awareness
  • Willing to travel (approximately 10% travel).

For more information about the role, please view the job description and person specification on our website.

Location: London Support Office, W1T  or any country where MSI operates

Full-time: 35hrs a week (UK only)

Contract type: Permanent

Salary:  £46,000 - £51,000 + benefits (UK salary range only) For applicants not based in the UK, the role will be banded within the national context

Closing date: 27th March 2023 (midnight GMT). Interviews may take place before this date for exceptional candidates.

For internal employees applying from an MSI country programme, the role will be positioned within the existing salary structure of the country. Local terms and conditions of the country will apply.


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