Associate Director, Government Partnerships

United Kingdom - London (Global Support Office)

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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 Associate Director, Government Partnerships will lead MSI’s strategic engagement with European government donors and will be accountable for securing income from European governments.

MSI has established, longstanding, and significant funding relationships with a range of European government donors (including Denmark, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Norway and Sweden) and networks. We are seeking a seasoned and dynamic leader with extensive experience of European government donor engagement and fundraising to build and consolidate these funding relationships to position MSI as a partner of choice for government donors, identify and secure new funding within both our existing and emerging government donor base. A significant focus of the role is to increase MSI’s visibility and influence with these donors through leading MSI’s strategic donor engagement at both MSI’s global support office and country programme levels. This is not a traditional new business role. While you will be working with colleagues on timely and quality written submissions to a range of donors, this role is about positioning, influence and creating new funding opportunities.

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 perform this role, it is essential that you have the following skills and experience:

  • Demonstrated leadership experience and team management at a senior level
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the key issue and debates related to sexual and reproductive health rights
  • Established network with European government donors (including the current MSI funders listed above), sector decision-makers and SRH/partner networks
  • Proven track record in successful government fundraising (£5m+ awards) through engagement with government donors, senior policy makers and civil society with clear outcomes 
  • Excellent verbal and written English communication skills and ability to organise and present information in a compelling way to a range of internal and external audiences.
  • Experience in mentoring and supporting country programme and MSI’s Global Support Office colleagues to lead donor engagement efforts, such as pitching, presentations and donor facing document reviews
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines, perform under pressure and a reputation for consistently delivering results to a high standard
  • Able to inspire and facilitate cross-disciplinary collaboration to advance MSI’s global mission
  • Strong analytical and strategic skills
  • Full working proficiency in another European language (preferred, ideally French)

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. 

For this role, we’re looking for an individual who is:

  • Pro choice
  • Committed to their team members and clients, with a focus on traditionally marginalised groups
  • Able to role-model inclusive and culturally appropriate attitudes and behaviours
  • Ability to flourish in a results driven culture, while managing competing priorities
  • Demonstrates expected MSI team member behaviours
  • Pro MSI philosophy of social enterprise and cost recovery
  • Ability to travel up to 12 weeks a year

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

Location: London Support Office (hybrid working).

Full-time: 35 hours a week, Monday to Friday (UK contracted hours)

Contract type: Permanent

Salary: £54,000 - £63,500 per annum for UK based candidates. Discretionary bonus + benefits.

Closing date: 18th July 2023 (midnight GMT+1). 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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