Partnerships Manager, Institutional Funding At WaterAid

Want to use your skills in business development, donor management, and consortia building to play a vital role in making clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone everywhere?

Join WaterAid as Partnerships Manager, Institutional Funding to change normal for millions of people so they can unlock their potential, break free from poverty and change their lives for good. On top of that you’ll be joining a 2020 Great Place to Work® award-winning organisation.

The Institutional Funding and Partnership (IFP) as a custodian of International Programme’s Restricted Programme Funding Strategy is responsible for supporting WaterAid to secure and manage sustainable restricted funding to deliver on its programme ambition through:

  1. Cultivating and securing income from WaterAid Institutional Donors for all WaterAid Federation programmes
  2. Supporting the effective design of restricted funded programmes/bids (esp. on strategic, high value and/or complex opportunities) across all income streams (Institutional, Members, Strategic Partnerships)
  3. Ensuring the enabling environment is in place for the effective management of all restricted income (Institutional, Members and Strategic Partnerships) across WaterAid UK.

WaterAid is pursuing an ambitious strategy for growth and diversity of restricted funding, broadening its base among UK and European donor markets, multilaterals and IFIs, and with special emphasis on commercial opportunity.

How to Apply:

To see the full job pack, please click ‘Apply’. Please apply by submitting the following information into one document in either Word Document or PDF format. Please name the file with your full name.

* Your Cover Letter * Your CV including your location and the right to work eligibility * Short answers to the following three questions on a separate page, in no more than 500 words in total: o What are the top skills/experience that you have gained relevant to this role? o What is your approach to developing new relationships with institutional donors? o What do you believe are the biggest challenges faced in consortia development for funding opportunities?

Applications will close one minute before midnight (UK BST) on Sunday 26 June 2022. Shortlisting and interviews will take place on a rolling basis and the application process will close if suitable candidates are found prior to the advertised closing date. Early application is strongly encouraged.

As the Partnerships Manager, Institutional Funding you will be critical in building the profile of WaterAid with key institutional donors, identifying and creating funding opportunities, and working across the whole federation and with consortia primes/leads to position WaterAid to be the partner of choice for WASH.

We are looking for a strategic networker with the ability to identify and transform opportunities into tangible results. With a strong business development and partnership development background, you will have significant expertise and knowledge in the ways of working of key bilateral and multilateral donors such as the FCDO, EU, SDC, French and Dutch Government, Green Climate Fund, African Development Bank and the World Bank.


This is a full-time permanent role that can be based in the UK, or any of the following WaterAid Programme Countries – Mozambique, South Africa, Senegal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Zambia subject to right to work eligibility in the respective countries. This post will have to work closely with colleagues that are currently based in the UK, so time zones that make working in another country practicably feasible will be a consideration when choosing applicants.


Salaries and benefits for different countries will vary in line with the location of the successful candidate, and depending on experience. The role is within the salary banding of Grade 3 in the UK and Grade F in Country Programme. Please contact on salary bands for a particular location if required.

Additional Information:

Please note that we are unable to provide sponsorship for this post. In order to apply for this post, you must be able to demonstrate your right to work eligibility in the country to which you wish to work.

For UK based applicants, WaterAid is located at Canary Wharf, London and this will be your location and contract base. We support and enjoy a hybrid working environment, this includes regular attendance in the London office to connect with each other. We look forward to discussing with you how you can best deliver in your new role.

WaterAid is committed to ensuring that wherever we work in the world there is no tolerance for the abuse of power, privilege or trust. WaterAid reinforces a culture of zero tolerance towards any form of inappropriate behaviour, abuse, harassment, or exploitation of any kind. The safeguarding of our beneficiaries, staff, volunteers and anyone working on our behalf, is our top priority and we take our responsibilities extremely seriously. All staff and volunteers are required to share in this commitment through our Global Code of Conduct. We will conduct the most appropriate pre-employment references and checks to ensure high standards are maintained.

WaterAid is an equal opportunities, disability-confident employer and committed to achieving the highest standards of diversity, fairness and equality. Should you have a disability and require any additional support, please contact us at

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