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Strategic Partnerships Manager

Company Name
Living Goods (view profile)
Location Nairobi, Kenya
Date Posted September 12, 2017
Category Advocacy & Partnership
Job Type Full Time
Duration Full time
Closing date for applications 15/10/2017
Experience Required 5+ years


The Organization
Living Goods aims to improve the lives of tens of millions of underserved people by ensuring every woman and child has access to basic community health. We have developed a model for community health that has been independently proven to reduce child mortality by 27%. And we do this extremely cost-effectively at a net cost of less than $2 per person per year. Our goal now is to spread impact by strengthening community health systems across the developing world. But to achieve multi-national scale and to truly create systemic change, we need to do more than grow our own direct operations. We must also spread impact through strategic partnerships with government and NGOs.
Living Goods partners closely with the Governments of Kenya and Uganda to improve community health in areas where we have direct operations. We are also spreading impact and strengthening community health systems through assisted networks led by Governments and NGO partners including BRAC, Care International, the Clinton Foundation, Marie Stopes, and PSI. We seek to build on this success and in a big way, particularly working more closely with government. That’s where you come in!
The Opportunity

We are recruiting for several new senior Partnership Management roles to join our growing Community Health Strenthening team (CHST) in identifying, developing and managing partnerships in new and existing countries. This role involves a range of activities including cultivating new opportunities aligned with government priorities, building relationships with potential implementing partners including technology providers and designing Living Goods’ interventions in new countries. You will lay the groundwork for Living Goods to support community health systems strengthening in new countries, and will typically oversee a handover to our start-up operations team and in some cases, help with the start-up of new country operations. This is a flexible, exciting role and one that is squarely positioned both at the heart of Living Goods’ strategy, and at the leading edge of our drive towards transformative change. As Living Goods is growing rapidly, this role will continue to evolve and we are open to shaping roles to fit people’s strengths and interests.

The ideal candidate is an accomplished, results-focused professional with vision and entrepreneurial spirit. This is a full-time role, based in either Nairobi, Kenya or Kampala, Uganda. You will be part of the Community Health Strengthen Team, but will also have a dotted line to the Country Director for any work based in our current countries, and can expect up to 50% travel.

• Identify and target new opportunities to work with Governments and other implementing partners including mHealth service providers.
- Develop and maintain a strong network, of NGOs and Governments, to build a pipeline of opportunities.
- Conduct research on potential opportunities to expand operations or provide technical assistance to the public sector or other implementing partners.
- Manage and prioritise the pipeline of opportunities.
• Develop and manage opportunities for Living Goods to expand operations in existing countries through new partners and into new countries.
- Ensure engagement and support for new opportunities through the management of internal and external stakeholders.
- Carry out in-country scoping trips.
- Undertake program design and budgeting work in conjunction with operations teams.
• Where relevant, lead the initial set-up of operations or structures to deliver technical assistance in existing and new countries or successfully transition to a set up team or Operations team.
• Collaborate with Living Goods’ Business Development team to support the preparation of bids and proposals in response to Government, Foundation or other Donor solicitations that support the strategic partnerships objectives
• Work with the Advocacy team to further any partnership opportunities or build relationships with relevant organisations.
• Remain up to date on trends and developments in community health, health financing and mHealth solutions; innovations in community health work and work closely with business development teams to understand bilateral funding opportunities (i.e.USAID, DFID).
• Represent the organization in external high-level meetings, workshops and conferences

Qualifications and Experience
• A minimum of 5 years of experience, interacting at the senior management level, in scoping new opportunities, strategic partnerships
• Relevant experience scoping partnerships with Governments and NGOs in the health sector, preferably in Sub Saharan Africa
• Emerging markets experience, preferably in Sub Saharan Africa
• Proven Experience of working strategically and in developing organizational strategy
• Superior quantitative and qualitative analytical skills
• Project leadership and management experience.
• Proven ability in driving initiatives with minimal support
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to interact effectively at a senior level of Government and diverse spectrum of stakeholders
• Master’s degree preferable in Public Health, Public Policy, Public Administration, Business Administration or equivalent experience.
• Experience in management consulting and public health, a plus

A competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with experience including health insurance and bonus opportunity. The opportunity to be your best while making lives better for those in need.

Life at Living Goods
Living Goods is aiming to make disruptive changes, dramatically improving the lives of underserved communities. We think big, but we operate small and nimble. At Living Goods, you will have the chance to use your creativity and work with your teammates to conceive and test new ideas every day. If you work well in a dynamic, highly collaborative culture, if you set high standards for yourself and your colleagues, if you know how to fail fast and learn fast, if you meet challenges with calm determination and a sense of humor, you will thrive at Living Goods. See
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