Programme Funding Specialist Job in Kenya

Programme Funding Specialist

The Opportunity

We have an exciting internal secondment opportunity for you to join the Resource Mobilisation, Communications & Engagement team in the Centre as the Programme Funding Specialist.


Save the Children has agreed an ambitious new global strategy for 2022-24 and has developed an accompanying Global Funding Framework to inform and shift how SCA can work together as a movement to drive greater funding impact for children. By 2024 our ambition is for Save the Children to be a $3bn plus organisation, with institutional funding constituting around 60% of this income. Growing, diversifying and optimising our institutional income will be critical to achieving this ambition and success in this area will be dependent on changes to our behaviours and ways of working that mark and facilitate a shift to prioritise collaboration and embed mutual accountability.

The Programme Funding Specialist role is part of the Save the Children International (SCI) Centre office’s Programme Funding and Institutional Partnerships (PFIP) team, which works across the global Save the Children Movement to optimise and align our programme funding portfolio in support of our ambition for children and to drive improvements to our ways of working with institutional partners.

Over the past 3 years, the PFIP team has worked to establish quality foundations and drive continuous improvement in institutional partnership management practices and performance across the Movement. It has also led and piloted new initiatives – such as the Big Bets framework – to identify new and existing partnerships with high potential for quality growth and development and ensure collective support to realise their potential. This work has been carried out with the support and close collaboration of Save the Children Member offices who lead and manage the external relationships with partners as well as the internal account management.

This role is an exciting opportunity to join the PFIP team to lead and collaborate on key projects supporting our Market and Governance Development workstreams. The role will work closely with the Global Head of Institutional Partnership Development & Growth and Global Lead for Institutional Funding Governance & Risk Assurance to deliver strategic inputs to support delivery of the Global Funding Framework. These may include but will not be limited to leading a review of cross organisational donor due diligence practices, overseeing the annual account allocation refresh, managing PFIP inputs to the Quality Framework and ‘Good to Great Partnership Guide’ and related content on OneNet page’, and coordination of reporting on our Big Bets and Income engines, as well as other projects to enhance accountabilities and performance and maximise the efficiency and effectiveness of the PFIP team.

This work will include close collaboration with the other parts of the PFIP team (Market Development, Insight Development; Portfolio Development; People Development; Governance and Strategy Development) and with other teams at SCI Centre. It will rely on strong and productive relationships with key stakeholders across the movement, including cross-functional teams within SCI, Regional Resource Mobilisation teams and institutional funding teams across the members.

In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly.



  • Knowledge of general and donor-specific good practices in institutional partnership management (both internal and external)
  • Excellent project management skills, including stakeholder engagement and cross-functional project delivery
  • Attention to detail and the ability to follow tasks and ideas through to completion
  • Experience and knowledge of award or institutional partnership management, or comparative experience.
  • Experience of coordinating and developing content and undertaking knowledge management in a complex organisation
  • Understanding of capacity building approaches; experience and knowledge of developing specific tools and guidance would be an advantage.
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills
  • Experience in complex stakeholder management and collaborating with others across a matrixed environment, including ability to influence and gain agreement for ideas and proposals from a variety of stakeholders
  • Commitment to Save the Children values
  • A high degree of flexibility and adaptability in order to respond to changing needs


  • Experience of working with Save the Children in an award management or institutional partnership management-related role.

We can offer circa £49,000 per annum (If based in UK) with an option of flexible working hours. If the role is based outside of the UK, National T&C (including pay) will apply.

This role can be based in any existing Save the Children International Regional or Country office location on approval, provided the successful candidate has proof of eligibility to work from the preferred location.

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The Organisation

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive environment where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

How to Apply

Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your salary expectations.


Deadline: 23 Mar 2023 – 23:59 UTC

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.

Save the Children does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.