Director (Partnership Development)

 (via ReliefWeb)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Senior (10+ Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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We are looking for a charismatic leader with a track record in building strategic partnerships, a good understanding of the trends in the sector and a clear vision on the changing roles of NGOs and partnerships 3.0. Someone who is not afraid to think out of the box. An inspiring networker who feels at ease in an agile and innovative organisation. Someone who can play a leading role in preparing Simavi for the future by developing new partnerships and bringing in diversified funding to support more women and girls in a sustainable way.


Our mission is a healthy life for all. We strive for a world in which women and girls are socially and economically empowered and pursue their rights to live a healthy life free from discrimination, coercion and violence. Read more about our work at

Your role at Simavi

As the Director Partnership Development (PD) you will lead Simavi towards new, strategic partnerships and diversified funding beyond 2020. Together with the PD team, you develop and implement a clear vision and strategy on how to profile Simavi towards donor institutions, large foundations, family foundations and the private sector. All this in line with our mission, Theory of Change and the other circles’ strategies.

You lead the PD circle in identifying funding opportunities, building strategic partnerships, ensuring the necessary political attention and developing evidence informed and impact oriented programmes. You are the Circle Lead of the Partnership Development Circle (incl. Business Partnerships and Lobby & Advocacy) with three Account Managers Institutional Funds, a Fundraiser Corporates & Foundations, a Fundraising Officer and a Public Affairs Officer. You report to the Managing Director.

Your result areas

1. Ensure a comprehensive partnership development strategy is available

a. Lead the development and implementation of the partnership policy, partnerships & fundraising strategy, country strategies and lobby & advocacy strategy, taking a coordinated approach.

b. Identify and set priorities for partnerships and fundraising in line with the developed strategies and Simavi’s Theory of Change.

c. Develop a clear vision on how to profile Simavi, together with other circles, including attendance at key conferences: national and international.

d. Ensure alignment with strategies of other circles, especially Programme Implementation, Marketing & Communications and Finance & Operations.

2. Ensure that political attention, will and sufficient financial support is available for Simavi’s mission

a. Review the strategy and work plans of the L&A Officers.

b. Monitor and evaluate the impact of the lobby and advocacy activities according to the strategy.

c. Be an ambassador for Simavi at national (Dutch) and international level to contribute to lobby and advocacy.

d. Ensure the coherence between L&A, Partnership Development and programme development.

3. Programme development and identification of funding

a. Identify trends and developments, relations and potential partnerships and donors relevant for Simavi’s programme development and programme funding.

b. Active networking with policy makers, potential and existing partners and donors.

c. Pro-actively scout, create and develop innovative concepts for new partnerships and programmes (both on content and finance) in line with Simavi’s Theory of Change.

d. Identify funds and possible partnerships with donor agencies, other NGOs, private sector and other strategic partners.

e. Lead the development of country specific fundraising plans and monitor this.

f. Ensure all relevant Simavi information to support programme development is available and up-to-date.

g. Review programme propositions and proposals, as well as budgets.

h. Ensure a systematic, high-level overview of contacts, networks, and platforms, and a proper account management system.

4. Ensure that the purpose and responsibilities of the Circle are met

a. Develop the annual plan and budget in line with Simavi’s strategic direction.

b. Enable optimal quantitative and qualitative personnel presence, (re)assigs roles to role owners and guard the fit.

c. Guard the professional and personal development of staff.

d. Assign (financial) resources and set priorities.

e. Define, monitor and report on the KPI’s to ensure efficient use of resources and guard the budgets.

f. Represent the Circle in the Circle Lead meetings .

The dream candidate

  • A charismatic leader with a relevant network.
  • Academic level with minimum of 10 years’ experience in partnership development in the international development sector, in fields relevant to Simavi’s areas of intervention (WASH & SRHR).
  • Proven success and track record in fundraising with institutional donors, international foundations, including excellent writing skills.
  • Sound knowledge of programmatic planning models, business models, monitoring systems, and proposal writing.
  • Proven experience at Management Team level at an international NGO or funding/donor side.
  • Experience in working with the private sector is a plus.
  • Inspiring leader with strong conceptual and analytical skills.
  • Good networker with excellent communication skills in English.
  • Exceptional interpersonal, representational and diplomacy skills.
  • Eye for detail, application of strong financial rigor, discretion and integrity.
  • A passion for women centred and rights based health programming.
  • Willing and able to travel.

What do we offer?

Simavi offers a result-driven and challenging position in an international working environment, with considerable ways to make a difference. Besides a fun and healthy working environment (i.e. weekly boot camp sessions, agile way of working and healthy lunches), we are an equal opportunity employer meaning we don’t discriminate in our hiring practices and we actively seek a diverse applicant pool. Our five core values lie at the basis of everything we do: just, sustainable, empowering, inspiring, connecting.

We offer a contract for 12 months for 36 hours per week with possible extension. The salary we offer depends on the years of working experience you bring along and will be within the salary range of

€ 4,800 and € 5,840 gross per month on a fulltime basis of 36 hours per week. Furthermore, part of our terms of employment are: 22.5 vacation days per year, 8% holiday allowance, mobile phone allowance, commuting allowance (as of >10 kilometres), a pension insurance and a disability insurance.

Our office is located at Naritaweg 135, which is a 2 minutes’ walk from train station Amsterdam Sloterdijk.

How to apply:

How to apply?

Do you recognise yourself in the profile and do you want to contribute to Simavi’s mission and vision? Please upload your motivation letter and resume (in English, max. 4 pages) before 5 January 2020 via this application link:
If you have any questions, please sent an e-mail to

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The procedure consists of two interview rounds (incl. an assignment to prepare in advance of the 1st interview), an assessment and a reference check.

Because physical and emotional safety of children is crucial for Simavi, we do not accept any form of abuse. Child safeguarding is addressed in our recruitment and selection process.

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