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Senior Portfolio Manager - UK Government Partnerships

Comic Relief
London (Central), London (Greater)
£ 41,500 - £ 45,300pa
Closing date
30 Apr 2021
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Senior Portfolio Manager - UK Government Partnerships

£ 41,500 - £ 45,300

London and Currently Remote

The Senior Government Funded Portfolio Manager will oversee all government funded accounts under their direct and indirect responsibility, to ensure the effective management and delivery of co-funded initiatives with government funding partners and the grants within them. They will support those that they manage to ensure delivery of all commitments in line with partnership agreements. With the support of the Head of Government Partnerships, they will ensure that funding is progressive, impactful and communicable.

They will work with the Head of Government Partnerships to identify and leverage new partnership funding opportunities.


  • Oversee the delivery of government funded accounts (FCDO, DCMS or others) managed by you and by direct reports, ensuring impact, learning and delivery are in line with partner commitments and Comic Relief’s strategic goals.
  • Support direct reports to lead on grant making and management, reporting, risk, partnership management and budget management for their respective government funded initiatives.
  • Respond to risks or concerns escalated by direct reports as required, further escalating these as appropriate.
  • Work with Assurance, Finance and Fund Design teams to ensure ongoing compliance across the portfolio with legal requirements, our grant conditions, partner reporting requirements and best practice in international development and social change.
  • Personally manage and take responsibility for co-funded initiatives as required, and for the grants within these initiatives. Proactively manage these partnership accounts including taking the lead on grant making and management, reporting, risk, partnership management and budget management.
  • Identify and internally champion stories of change and key learning points from your portfolio of grants, working with Evaluation & Learning colleagues and Communications teams to contribute to our internal and external communications.
  • Working with Evaluation & Learning colleagues, ensure learning plans for partner-funded initiatives are designed and delivered, and support direct reports to share learning from the portfolio across Comic Relief’s wider grant and investment portfolio.
  • Be an ambassador for collaborative cross-functional working both within the Impact and Investment department and across the wider organisation.
  • Represent and positively promote Comic Relief in appropriate fora, networks and consortia.
  • Support, lead and manage direct reports through regular one-to-one’s and clear performance objectives and KPI’s whilst ensuring consistency of approach across a disparate portfolio.
  • Work with the Head of Government Partnerships to build a supportive team culture, ensuring learning and best practice is shared across accounts, filling in where necessary to lead team meetings.
  • 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 ways 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. Travel (including international travel) may be required within this role.


  • Significant experience of making and/or managing large or complex grants.
  • Excellent understanding of best practice and effective grant management.
  • Track record of managing high performing teams and individuals.
  • Excellent understanding of monitoring, evaluation and learning, with a commitment to applying what we learn to improve practice.
  • Excellent financial awareness and budget management skills.
  • Strategic thinker that can create, evaluate and develop ambitions into success.
  • Effective relationship builder with strong emotional intelligence and political awareness to proactively challenge and persuade senior stakeholders and partners.
  • Dynamic, confident and fun professional that can effectively lead and foster teams through collaborative and cross-functional working.
  • Decisive problem solver with high resilience and a positive and solution orientated approach.
  • Strong communicator with a flexible, engaging and inspirational style.

To apply please visit our website via the link.

Role closes - 12:00pm, 30th Apr 2021 BST (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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