Portfolio Manager

Comic Relief
London (Central), London (Greater)
£34,000 - £42,500pa
Closing date
16 Nov 2020
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Portfolio Manager

12-month Fixed Term Contract

£34,000 - £42,500pa

London, and Currently Remote

As part of the Government Partnerships team, the Portfolio Manager – DCMS will ensure the effective design, delivery and management of  initiative(s) co-funded with the UK’s Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the UK Devolved Administrations using funds raised from the Tampon Tax Fund and the grants within them.                                                                 

Key responsibilities:

  • Take personal responsibility for initiatives co-funded with DCMS and the UK Devolved Administrations and for the grants within these initiatives.
  • Proactively manage these portfolios including taking the lead on grant making and management, reporting, risk and portfolio management and budget management.
  • Elevate any risks or concerns to the Head of Government Partnerships as required.
  • Work with Assurance, Finance and Fund Design teams to ensure ongoing compliance across the portfolio with legal requirements, our grant conditions, DCMS or the UK Devolved Administrations reporting requirements and best practice in UK grant making.
  • Identify and internally champion stories of change and key learning points from the portfolio of grants, working with Evaluation & Learning colleagues and Communications teams to contribute to our internal and external communications.
  • Working with Evaluation & Learning colleagues, contribute to the design and implementation of learning plans for initiatives co-funded with DCMS and collaborate with colleagues to share learning from the portfolio across Comic Relief’s wider grant and investment portfolio.
  • Regularly visit and meet with funded partners, supporting them to deliver social change.
  • Be an ambassador for collaborative cross-functional working both within the Impact and Investment department and across the wider organisation.
  • Take the lead on all DCMS reporting requirements (including narrative and financial) working with the Investment Coordinator, Finance and Evaluation & Learning colleagues as appropriate.
  • Communicate in an open, honest and transparent way with potential applicants, funded partners and funding partners.
  • Ensure that people with lived or learnt experience are actively engaged within the way we design our funding calls and manage our funding portfolios.
  • Within the way we design our funding calls and manage our funding portfolios, creatively find ways to unlock the inherent power of communities and organisations in determining their own development course.
  • Up to 10% of the role should be spent on identifying, developing and maintaining relationships with Trusts, Foundations and public sector funders in line with our Social Change Strategy and supporting the I&I Leadership Team to secure new partnerships and income as appropriate
  • UK travel is required within this role (dependent on, and in line with, Covid-19 regulations).

Essential Skills and Competencies:

  • Significant grant making and/or management experience.
  • Experience of working with Black and minoritized women at risk of, or experiencing, violence and abuse, or with the specialist organisations that work alongside them.
  • Understanding of best practice and effective grant management.
  • Demonstrable understanding and knowledge of violence against women and girls and broader gender justice.
  • A confident, collaborative, cross-functional professional with strong relationship management skills and the ability to influence a range of stakeholders, build excellent relationships and maximise joint outcomes.
  • Strong communication skills, written and oral, across a range of audiences.
  • Strong planner with outstanding attention to detail, time management and analytical skills.
  • Strong organisational skills, able to effectively prioritise and manage a changing workload.
  • Strong understanding of monitoring, evaluation and learning, with commitment to applying what we learn to improve practice.
  • Strong financial awareness and budge management skills.
  • A fun, innovative and proactive team player with high resilience and who remains solutions focused.

To apply please visit our website via the link and apply online.

Role closes - 9:00am, 16th Nov 2020 GMT (Europe/London)

Inclusivity at Comic Relief

We recognise diversity and inclusion are a source of strength in achieving our mission. We therefore welcome everyone, trusting what makes us different brings creativity, styles and experiences to help us collectively do our best work. That’s regardless of your gender, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, and cultural identity. We especially welcome those from under-represented groups in modern grant-making and fundraising. We are on a journey, but if you join our team you will be part of a community that is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment where we want you to:

  • Be valued for being yourself
  • Do your best work, and be supported to break down barriers so you can succeed
  • Be heard, respected, and treated as an equal, whatever your level, experience or background
  • Be part of a team that is committed to making this happen – with our colleagues, partners, and contributors.

Comic Relief is committed to preventing and protecting all people from harm in their interactions with us. We expect all those that act in our name to uphold our approach to doing no harm.

Our mission, thanks to our comedy heritage and the fantastic relationship we enjoy with the BBC, is 'positive change through the power of entertainment'.

And our biggest tool, in trying to achieve these two goals, is the ability to inspire people across the whole country especially those who don’t normally do charity - to do charity.

As the world has changed and become more complex over the last two decades, so Comic Relief has had to adapt and change too but the fundamentals remain the same - a just world free from poverty. In trying to achieve that vision we make this promise to the people who make those efforts possible - our supporters:

"In order to run itself in a professional and effective way Comic Relief incurs necessary costs. Raising funds, making grants and organisational overheads cost real money.

Despite these costs, Comic Relief is still able to promise that for every pound the charity gets directly from the public, a pound goes to help transform the lives of people living with poverty and social injustice. If Sport Relief raises £20 million, Comic Relief will spend at least £20 million doing just that.

It can make this promise because its operating budget is covered in cash or in kind from all types of supporters like corporate sponsors and donors, suppliers, generous individuals and government (including Gift Aid) as well as from investment income and interest"


Comic Relief is obviously a charity - but it's also a business too.

The money we raise is allocated to a wide range of grants and social investments aimed at delivering real and long-lasting change to the poorest, most vulnerable people at home and across the world; as well as informing the public and young people in particular about global citizenship and the underlying causes of extreme poverty.

That money comes in from a number of different sources. Traditional charitable fundraising obviously plays a vital role. The public contribute to Comic Relief's annual campaigns by raising money through sponsorship and by making donations online, by post, by telephone and through major banks and building societies. This support, from almost the very day Comic Relief was formed, has been both humbling and inspirational.

On the business side of things, Comic Relief works with key corporate partners to produce products and promotions that are profitable. The clearest example of this is the Red Nose that is the emblem of Red Nose Day.

Where possible these products tie-in with the charity's commitment to delivering benefits to poor farmers and producers. The Red Nose Day 2007 T-shirt for instance was made with fair trade cotton from Mali, Cameroon and Senegal and there will be a fair trade Maraba Bourbon coffee grown in Rwanda, a country to which Comic Relief has had a clear commitment since the appalling genocide of 1994.

Another way Comic Relief raises funds is via the creativity made available to the charity. Comedians from time to time offer access to key brands like Little Britain for commercial exploitation. The charity also develops and owns key sub-brands like Robbie the Reindeer and Monkey, both of which deliver a revenue too.

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