International Policy & Partnerships Manager, FTC, Ref 19/011

Flexible Location (must be able to commute to one of the Fund’s Office locations)
£33,000 - £37,000 per annum pro rata + generous benefits (Include London Weighting)
11 Feb 2019
10 Mar 2019
Full Time
Contract Type

Contract: Fixed Term for 12 months

Location: Flexible Location (must be able to commute to one of the Fund’s Office locations)

About us

We are the largest community funder in the UK – we’re proud to award money raised by National Lottery players to communities across the UK. Last year alone we gave out over half a billion pounds (£508.5 million) of National Lottery funding to over 11,000 community projects across the UK, enabling even more people and communities to bring their ideas and ambitions to life.

At the heart of everything we do is the belief that when people are in the lead, communities thrive. National Lottery funding is open to everyone and we’re privileged to be able to work with the smallest of grassroots groups right up to large UK-wide charities.

We are looking for diverse and talented people who share our values and are passionate about funding great ideas that matter to communities and make a difference to people’s lives.

The Role

The National Lottery Community Fund’s international funding strategy is focused on supporting disabled people to improve their livelihoods in Tanzania and Uganda. 15% of the world’s population live with a disability, 80% of whom live in developing countries. The absence of disabled people from most mainstream development programmes has increased inequality, led to missed international targets, and is slowing economic and social progress in communities across the world. With the commitment as part of the Sustainable Development Goals to Leave No One Behind, this is an ideal moment to build momentum on disability-inclusion. Ensuring disabled people have access to development would mean that the global goal of eliminating extreme poverty could become a far more realistic aim.

Our international funding strategy looks to put disabled people at the heart of activities to achieve access to better livelihood opportunities whilst also generating evidence as to what works. It forms part of The National Lottery Community Fund’s UK Portfolio, which tests and grows bold ideas that put people in the lead to address long-term social issues and to improve the quality of life across the UK and internationally.

We are recruiting a dynamic Policy and Partnership Manager to join the team working to deliver this new international strategy.

You will use your advanced critical thinking skills and expertise within international development to support the delivery of The National Lottery Community Fund’s international strategy in East Africa.


You will support Portfolio Officer’s to carry out high quality assessments, overseeing the preparation of, and recommend proposals for funding, in line with our international strategy and People in the Lead framework.

You will lead on supporting the development of one or more strategic grant proposals, through working in partnership with lead applicants or a consortia.

You will support Portfolio Officers with managing grants, in particular where safeguarding or financial risks have been identified.

You will carry out high risk due diligence or investigations where required, working with finance, audit and legal colleagues.

Alongside management colleagues, you will provide high quality leadership and direction to the International team.


You will lead the International Strategy’s Monitoring Evaluation and Learning Framework implementation, including managing the MEL delivery contract.

You will be attuned to developments on policy and practice in the international development sector and be positioned to engage with international development and civil society networks, able to gather intelligence and learning to support the ongoing development of the programme. 

You will maintain/ identify and build effective working relationships with key INGOS and in-country stakeholders and relevant funders.

You will be part of continuous improvement, identifying, recommending and implementing improvements and sharing international learning internally and externally.

You will need to travel internationally approx. 4-6 weeks per year working with organisations in East Africa. You will also need to travel extensively in the UK, working with UK organisations and participating actively in a UK-wide team. 

The Person

In your personal statement you will need to demonstrate the following:

  • Policy analysis skills, experience in producing policy briefings and in disseminating practice/evidence widely, in particular in areas of interest to the Fund, namely East Africa and in supporting disabled people

Practical experience of delivering international development projects with experience of participatory

  • approaches and strong communication skills that are matched to audiences
  • Extensive experience in convening knowledge-sharing events and issue-based roundtables, and in delivering training
  • Practitioner and/or lived experience/expertise
  • Advanced critical analysis skills with strong written and verbal skills
  • Experience of managing people, resources and projects
  • Energy and initiative, flexibility in your approach with a ‘can do’ attitude, a willingness to deliver work at pace and to test out and learn from new ways of working

For you

We seek to develop our staff and offer a wide range of personal development opportunities.

We offer a wide range of generous benefits including:

  • Generous annual leave and company pension scheme
  • Flexible working to support staff with their work/life balance, taking into account things such as caring responsibilities, worship and attendance at religious festivals
  • Enhanced paid maternity, paternity and adoption leave
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Season ticket and cycle to work loans
  • Paid volunteering leave

How to apply

To apply online and further details about our application process, the Fund’s work, and our range of excellent benefits, please visit

If you have any questions or want to know more about the role, please contact

Closing date:  10 March 2019

Interview date: Workshop and interview will take place on 1st & 2nd April 2019 in London

The Fund is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

We are committed to increasing employment opportunities for people with disabilities and will respond positively to meet individual needs throughout the recruitment process. Once in post, the Fund will ensure that any appropriate reasonable adjustments to our workplace are made, in order to support colleagues with any form of disability.

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