Pact UK Business Development Lead and Project Manager

  • Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 25 February 2020
  • United Kingdom
  • Closing on 26 March 2020
  • Current

Job Description

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant. Pact is a recognized global leader in international development. Our staff have a range of expertise in areas including public health, capacity development, governance and civil society, natural resource management, poverty, fragile states, monitoring and evaluation, small-scale and artisanal mining, microfinance and more. This expertise is combined in Pact’s unique integrated approach, which focuses on systemic changes needed to improve people’s lives.

Department

Pact UK (PUK) - Pact UK, established in 2016, is the UK-based member of the Pact family (Registered Charity Number 1165725) with a remit to develop and grow our relationship with the UK government, particularly DFID, the European Union and other EU-based partners including those from the private sector.

Position Overview

The Pact UK Business Development Lead and Project Manager will work with a wide range of Pact staff and teams worldwide - including but not limited to technical experts, finance staff, and country offices - to develop and implement new projects and prepare proposals in response to donor requirements, with particular expertise and focus on DFID and the EU. Ideal candidates can blend the strategic, analytical thinking needed to craft a winning proposal with the tactical skills needed to address the day-to-day details of proposal, project, and relationship management. Around 25% international travel is expected. Length of travel will vary based on specific needs. The role is home-based and reports to the Executive Director of Pact UK.

This role has been structured to provide a motivated candidate the opportunity to grow and develop by working at all levels of a new and fast-growing international development organization as part of a broader international family. The post-holder will have significant exposure to the Board of Trustees, executive level management, external relationships, business development, and project management.

Key Responsibilities

Leadership:

  • Partner in advancing the mission and serve as a standard bearer of organisational philosophies and behavioural competencies;
  • Inspire, champion and spread a culture of shared success that makes true our belief that every imaginable problem has a solution and that when we dedicate ourselves to pursuing it, our efforts will be rewarded with a better world
  • Assist the Executive Director in matters regarding the charity Trustees

Strategic Implementation:

  • Ensure clear articulation of Pact UK purpose and mission within Pact;
  • Work to sync all Pact UK activities and initiatives in support of Pacts’ overall business strategy
  • Work to identify and support new business opportunities;
  • Network with donors to gather intelligence on up-coming funding opportunities;
  • Ensure cross organisational collaboration, shared success and joint action particularly during project implementation;

Country Office Support:

  • Develop country office teams by playing a key role in the technical and delivery design on projects, ensuring that all relevant proposals are technically, operationally and fiscally sound and capitalise upon Pact’s worldwide knowledge base;
  • Facilitate requests from the country office teams to strengthen project quality;
  • Provide strategic engagement in positioning Pact for ongoing engagement with donors in both existing and new country offices;
  • Where necessary lead and engage on project management of Pact UK projects;
  • Ensure that best practices are documented, disseminated and used for improved programming;

Business Development:

  • Provide guidance to Pact Country Offices throughout the proposal development lifecycle, including but not limited to pre-positioning for new opportunities; managing live proposals; coordinating and submitting responses to questions; coordinating after-action internal reviews and gathering feedback from donors on submitted proposals; and supporting handover to program managers and project start-up, if relevant;
  • As proposal manager, lead the development of proposals, coordinating the process by establishing and adhering to timelines for technical and cost volumes; troubleshooting solutions to unexpected challenges; ensuring that proposals meet specifications and deadlines as well as Pact’s quality standards; drafting sections of proposals; finalizing documents; and coordinating submission, conducting research for anticipated opportunities; developing drafts of proposal sections; supporting recruitment of key personnel; developing past performance references, and other required proposal development tasks;
  • Assist with identifying training needs, including developing and delivering training modules tailored to the needs of headquarters and field-based Pact staff;
  • Support the development of manuals, general operating procedures templates, guides and other tools;
  • Maintain accurate information in Pact’s database, ensuring records are always up to date

Basic Requirements

  • BA in International Development, or similar field, and at least nine years of relevant experience;
  • Demonstrated experience in progressively responsible management and leadership positions;
  • The right to reside and work in the UK;
  • Experience in a complex non-profit international development organisation with demonstrated ability in strategic vision, planning, and effective execution (including project management);
  • Hold established relationship with DFID either in the field or in London;
  • Excellence in working effectively in groups and independently and within a matrix structure;
  • Experience with managing teams of culturally diverse employees in a global environment;
  • Experience building, partnering and maintaining excellent relationships with a variety of donor organizations, corporations, foundations and others;
  • Understanding of business and business practices preferred, either through education or other practical business- and for-profit related activities;
  • Ability to effectively present programmatic data and financial information to a diverse range of people;
  • Ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally;
  • Curiosity, drive, discernment, passion of purpose.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Masters Degree and at least seven years of relevant experience (or equivalent);
  • Professional polish and poise, with proven experience in developing partnerships at the institutional level, building working teams, coalitions and alliances between organisations;
  • Knowledge of international development issues from the perspective of DFID and other governments, especially in natural resource and extractive industries development, health, human rights, and integrated community development;
  • Practical experience with donors in the international development space, plus and a proven track record in generating funds/contracts to advance programmatic objectives;
  • Proficient at public speaking, and a degree of external facing presence;
  • Familiarity with Salesforce



Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, citizenship status, genetic information, matriculation, family responsibilities, personal appearance, credit information, tobacco use (except in the workplace), membership in an employee organization, or other protected classifications or non-merit factors.

About the Organization

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. The promise of a healthy life. Of a decent livelihood. Of sustainable natural resources that benefit communities. Now more than ever in its 42-year history, Pact is helping millions of people who are poor and marginalized discover and build their own solutions and take ownership over their future.
Pact enables systemic solutions that allow those who are poor and marginalized to earn a dignified living, be healthy, and take part in the benefits that nature provides. Pact accomplishes this by strengthening local capacity, forging effective governance systems, and transforming markets into a force for development.

Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, citizenship status, genetic information, matriculation, family responsibilities, personal appearance, credit information, tobacco use (except in the workplace), membership in an employee organization, or other protected classifications or non-merit factors.

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