Institutional Partnership Adviser United Kingdom

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    1 month ago
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    Partnership and Resource Mobilization
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The starting salary for this position is £59,352 (including £3,000 London Weighting).

The position is based in London, with minimum 3 days per week working in our office in Marylebone.  Applicants must already have the right to live and work in the UK.


The Institutional Partnership Adviser (IPA) will work at the NRC UK Representation Office which is part of the Partnerships and Policy Department (PnP). The role will be supervised by the Director of the UK Representation Office, with a technical reporting line to the Director of Institutional Partnerships in Oslo.

PnP is responsible for NRC’s strategic relations with institutional donors and is the “centre of excellence” on donor/partner relations in NRC, thereby providing support to all Departments, and Regional, Country and Representative Offices in the organisation.

Role and responsibilities

The Institutional Partnership Adviser is NRC’s lead expert adviser on UK institutional donors. As such, the IPA is responsible for relevant strategic relationships and for building internal capacity and maintaining a help desk on donor related issues.

The Institutional Partnership Adviser shall have specific responsibility for UK government donors. Currently, this is primarily the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, but will also include other ODA spending departments and devolved administrations/ Crown Dependencies.

The Institutional Partnership Adviser will also have the thematic responsibility as a global focal point for mapping and developing NRC’s approach to climate and environment targeted funding streams. However the scope and scale of this thematic responsibility depends on the direction and needs of the organisation which is not yet determined.

Full Job Description is available here: JD – Institutional Partnerships Adviser UK.docx

Responsibilities related to NRC’s strategic donors

Be the NRC focal point for expertise on UK institutional donors and their relations with NRC:

  • Be the lead for NRC’s strategic engagement with the donor, especially at Head Office (HO) level
  • Maintain NRC’s position as a professional and relevant partner, establish close relations and share information internally in NRC on their policies and priorities.
  • Advise NRC colleagues on communication lines with the donor, annual funding cycles, and best practice when it comes to resource mobilisation
  • Maintain an overview of NRC’s past and present engagement with the donor
  • Assist with setting up, preparing as well as participate in donor meetings

Assist with resource mobilisation:

  • Track and share information about new funding opportunities
  • Undertake “donor mappings” upon request from NRC Country Offices and departments
  • Be responsible for prequalification processes in order to access donor funding
  • Manage the processes related to prioritisation of internally competing proposals

Provide help-desk support and capacity build staff on fund raising and donor rules

  • Stay updated on donor conditions, rules and regulations. Ensure that key information about these is regularly updated and available to NRC staff in order to facilitate compliance
  • Provide advice on donor expectations and requirements in proposal and reports, proactively and on request
  • Provide advice on clauses in grant agreements, service contracts and consortia agreements
  • Document learning and good practice related to the individual donor

Network and advocate for improved financing conditions 

  • Network, share information and undertake joint lobbying (vis-à-vis donors) with other NGOs that receive financial support from the same donor
  • Advocate for and negotiate improved conditions with the donor, whenever relevant

Liaise with other NRC units on donor related issues

  • Stay updated on NRC‘s priorities and funding needs
  • Ensure that NRC’s donor relations are adequately reflected in external communication

Responsibilities related to other (new/smaller) donors

In line with available capacity and as instructed by their line manager, the IPAs are responsible for the following tasks related to other donors:

  • Inform about NRC’s internal procedures for approving new donors
  • Assist with setting up, preparing as well as participate in donor meetings
  • Track and share information about relevant new funding opportunities
  • Develop an overview of donor rules and regulations
  • Manage the processes related to prioritisation of internally competing proposals
  • Assisting in reviewing grant agreements, service contracts and consortia agreements, if requested

Other responsibilities – Climate 

In line with NRC’s Climate and Environment Strategy 2030, NRC is further developing programmatic approaches to adaptation and clean energy. In line with this, it is an objective for NRC to explore opportunities to grow climate finance as a funding stream.

This responsibility includes

  • Responsible for mapping climate related funding streams that match with NRC programmatic priorities in the UK and coordinate the mapping of climate funding globally with other Representation Offices.
  • Contribute to recommendations to NRC senior management on an organisational approach to climate funding.
  • Further climate responsibilities may also be developed

The Institutional Partnership Adviser is also responsible for maintaining NRC representation and contribution to the BOND network and other relevant NGO fora.

Critical interfaces

By interfaces, NRC means processes and projects that are interlinked with other departments/units or persons. Relevant interfaces for this position:

  • Strategic engagement with and resource mobilisation from partners: critical interface with all units in NRC, particularly the Field Operations and NORCAP departments, and Country/Regional/Representation Offices
  • Help-desk support and capacity building: critical interface with the Regional Offices, Country Offices and all other units in NRC implementing donor funded projects
  • Compliance/alignment between donor rules, regulations and their general expectations on partners with NRC’s internal policies, guidelines, procedures and tools: critical interface with all centres of excellence in NRC (Global Finance, Logistics, HR, M&E, Legal Adviser, etc.)
  • Advocacy on humanitarian financing, including improved donor conditions: critical interface with NRC Geneva and the Institutional Partnership Section


1. Professional competencies 

Generic professional competencies for this position:

  • University degree or equivalent qualification
  • Minimum 5 years of experience from a humanitarian/development organisation and/or from a donor administration, either at Head Office/capital or field/embassy level
  • Documented results in resource mobilisation, including with developing proposals and reports to government donors, UN or similar
  • A thorough understanding of Project Cycle Management, especially of the logical framework approach.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including negotiation skills
  • A conscientious and structured person with strong planning and administrative skills, including computer skills (MS Word, MS Excel, MS Powerpoint, and preferably also Agresso)
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal

Context related skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Knowledge of FCDO, including strategic priorities, organisational setup and funding mechanisms, is a clear advantage.
  • Prior experience with both grants and commercial contracts is an advantage
  • Prior experience with climate funding mechanisms is an advantage

2. Behavioural competencies

  • Handling insecure environments
  • Planning and delivering results
  • Working with people
  • Analysing
  • Communicating with impact and respect
  • Coping with change

Applicants are asked to complete the online application including a CV and a supporting statement / cover letter

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee. We work in crises across more than 31 countries, providing emergencies and long-term assistance to millions of people every year. We stand up for people forced to flee, advocating their rights. NORCAP, our global provider of expertise, helps improve international and local ability to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from crises. NRC also runs the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre in Geneva, a global leader in reporting on and advocating for people displaced within their own country.
Employment with NRC may lead to employment in or deployment to Regions, Countries, Areas or Offices that may be host to considerable health, safety and security risks. NRC takes this very seriously and we have procedures in place to reduce known risks, but will never be able to take away all risks.
NRC is an equal opportunities employer and aims to have staffing diversity in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, nationality and physical ability.
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