Strategic Partnership Lead

Voluntary Service Overseas, United Kingdom

Skill Required:, Business Development/ Resource Mobilization
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
18th March, 2021

Job Description

VSO is the world’s leading international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty. Working in 24 countries around the world, our unique role in international development is to place committed volunteers with carefully selected organisations where their skills can have the greatest impact. Our extraordinary volunteers live and work in some of the world’s poorest communities. Sharing their unique skills and experience to generate new ideas and new ways of doing things, helping the communities they work in lift themselves out of poverty. We’re not about delivering quick fixes, but instead we focus on long-lasting, sustainable change, that will impact generations to come. Join us and help us work towards our vision of a world without poverty.

Role overview


Based in the UK and working within the Strategic Partnerships Team, this role will manage VSO’s relationship development and proactive positioning with major global foundations and other priority institutional donors. The role will include development and management of a focused engagement plan for a small number of key foundations, subsequent engagement and relationship development and high quality bid development. This will enable VSO to position for and secure high value new business opportunities to grow VSO’s global programme portfolio and deliver significant impact.

Skills, qualifications and experience

Competencies and Behaviour

At VSO we believe progress is only possible by working together. Whether you want to join us as an employee, or as a volunteer working in your own country, overseas or online, our selection process includes an assessment based on these core competencies:

  •  Ability to be open minded and respectful
  •  Ability to be resilient and adaptive to new situations
  •  Ability to facilitate positive change and build sustainable working relationships
  •  Ability to seek and share knowledge

Equal Opportunities

  • VSO promotes equal opportunities and values a diverse workforce

We also offer a range of additional benefits:

  • A friendly and supportive office environment
  • Opportunities for flexible working and working from home
  • Generous annual leave of 37 days (inclusive of public holidays)
  • Competitive pension with Scottish Widows (matched at 5%)
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Free parking
  • Lockers and shower facilities
  • Fun free lunch time activities like boot camp
  • Professional development
  • Employee and Volunteer Assistance Programme offering free, confidential support and guidance on a wide range of topics from money matters to legal issues, as well as counselling and a helpline.
  • VSO reserves the right to close this job early if we receive a sufficient number of applications.


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