Projects & Partnerships Development Officer

Deadline: 18th September 2018

Salary is on our Grade C pay scale £32,592 per annum (Full-time equivalent)

Minority Rights Group is looking to hire a new Projects and Partnerships Development Officer to join our London Team.

The main purpose of the job is to ensure that MRG is able to respond to the growing needs of minority communities across the world by:

  1. Formulating and designing new projects and initiatives that will attract financial support and thus enabling MRG to run projects that have the potential to change the lives of minority communities
  2. Developing strong partnerships with a wide range of stakeholders (including minority activists, CBOs and NGOs, like- minded organizations and intergovernmental agencies amongst others) to maximize opportunities to guarantee the successful implementation of these new pieces of work.

Main duties and responsibilities

The tasks include, but are not limited to:

  1. Design new initiatives (short to long-term) in direct partnership with relevant stakeholders in order to meet the identified needs of minority communities in selected countries/regions. This will involve: engaging with minority organizations and/or activists to define priorities and objectives of planned work, liaising with key stakeholders to gather information and exchange views/ideas on agreed priorities for work to avoid duplication of work on the ground and respond to community identified needs and priorities. The work will involve sophisticated use of project design and management tools (e.g. problem and solution trees, PRA type tools, logical framework, theory of change and budget) to formulate quality projects and interventions. Project will need to respond to needs on the ground but also remain within MRG’s strategic priorities and guiding principles.
  2. Either personally design projects in countries, regions or thematic areas where MRG does not currently have in house expertise or experience, and/or provide advice to individual staff who are designing a new project or project phase and potentially working with them on specific tasks and processes depending on their expertise and confidence.
  3. Lead on ensuring that MRG’s staff team and local partners are well informed about and able to effectively use current and emerging tools, methods, ways of working, good practice and learning in the field of program design & management. This involves delivering specific training when required. 
  4. Be the key person in terms of ensuring that learning from past and current work is fed into the design of new work (as appropriate).
  5. Actively seek to build up partnerships and contacts with stakeholders including like- minded organizations, activists, intergovernmental agencies and donors to maximize opportunities for the successful implementation of the designed initiatives in the long term.
  6. Assist colleagues from the Development & Partnerships team as well as our local partners to put together and submit funding proposals to identified donors to secure funding for the newly design projects.
  7. Liaise and coordinate work with other colleagues working on the same thematic areas/countries or already in contact with the same organizations to maximize opportunities and avoid duplication.

As needed

  • Undertake such other tasks as may reasonably be requested by the Head of Fundraising
  • Attend staff and other relevant meetings including external events
  • Respect and work towards full implementation of MRG’s gender and equal opportunities policies in all the work involved in this post
  • Travel to identified countries will be expected (up to 10 weeks travel per year might be involved in this post to a wide range of countries, primarily in the South.)Although the primary purpose of this post is as described above, the post holder may be required to work partly or wholly on other areas of MRG’s work. This is to allow MRG to move staff away from work which is un-funded or under-funded or is no longer a priority for the organisation, to work on areas which have more funding, are growing or which are understaffed. This will normally involve the post holder in carrying out tasks similar or identical to those listed in this job description but applied to different programmes or projects. This is a full-time position that will be based in London with possible travel.

For more information, please download the full Projects Partnerships Development Officer JD and PS.

How to apply:

All candidates who wish to apply for the above post must submit their completed MRG Application Form together with the Equal Opportunities Questionnaire to by Sunday 18th September 2018.

Please note we do not accept CVs.

To be considered for this opportunity you must either already have or be able to show us that you would be able to obtain work permission to live and work in the location where the role may be based.

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