Partnerships Specialist/Associate in Partners In Health Freetown, Western Area, Sierra Leone

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Job title: Partnerships Specialist/Associate

Work Location: Freetown with regular travel to field locations including Kono

Department: Policy & Partnerships

Reports to: Director of Policy & Partnerships

Line Management: No

Application Status: External

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Business Development

  • Work across the organization and with Director of Policy and Partnerships to translate PIH-Sierra Leone’s vision, and clinical and program strategies into high-quality programs supported by well-structured, mission-aligned partnerships
  • Draft technical proposals, concept notes, program briefs and other materials for potential funders and support in developing pitches to partners
  • Manage communication flow with Boston Public Sector Partnership & Foundations and program and clinical teams, including responding to requests, ensuring timely submissions, and defining work flows
  • Lead on reporting and analysis of funding opportunities and fundraising pipeline, and co-develop fundraising strategy with Director of Policy and Partnerships
  • Research, identify and cultivate potential new partnerships

Project Development and Management

  • Travel regularly to field locations in rural Sierra Leone (approx. 2 weeks/month – sometimes more) to work with clinical and program colleagues on project development and management
  • Develop high quality, written program reports to tight deadlines, working across the organization to bring together and analyze program, clinical, M&E, advocacy and other information and data
  • Support proposal development and project design, working closely with teams to translate clinical and program strategies into structured programs supported by compelling and coherent theories of change and narratives
  • Support program, clinical and M&E teams in developing and adhering to high-quality theories of change, work plans and M&E systems to increase organizational impact and meet agreed targets in funded partnerships
  • Drive results by identifying implementation challenges and lessons learnt, working across the organization to build consensus and momentum in project implementation
  • For projects that do not have a dedicated project manager, ensure key activities, procurements and donor stewardship activities take place as planned, intervening as needed
  • Ensure donor-funded project portfolio supports PIH-Sierra Leone’s strategy, proactively working to minimize mission drift and undue burden on clinical and program teams
  • Support interviewing and hiring, as well as development of job descriptions, for new programs and projects
  • For a portfolio of projects, ensure strong stewardship of the project, including routine grant/programmatic analysis to evaluate program efficiency; report writing; development of Memorandums of Understanding and other documents and policies to further project impact; and other support to clinical and program teams as needed
  • Ensure lessons learnt and policy priorities feed into program design

Partner Relations

  • Represent PIH with peer NGOs in consortia during collaborative bids for large grants from public sector donors, and in the management of collaborative projects
  • Support Director of Partnerships in managing PIH-Sierra Leone’s strategic relationships, including MOHS, the World Bank, UK Government, Global Fund, NGO partners and private donors, through speaking credibly to PIH-SL impact and responsive stewardship
  • Support development of Memorandums of Understanding between PIH-Sierra Leone and partners including but not limited to government, working with clinical and program colleagues and Boston Legal Team
  • Build strong relationships with all partners through transparency, flexibility and mutual respect, for collaboration, information-sharing, joint advocacy and funding partnerships
  • Coordinate donor visits and meetings with current and potential partners, working across the organization to effectively present PIH’s impact to external audiences

Grants Management and Compliance

  • Maintain and update grants tracker
  • For a portfolio of active grants/projects, support grant launches and check compliance of programs against requirements, working closely with grants, finance, program, clinical and operations staff
  • Review, update and develop organizational policies, working with Chief Operations Officer, Chief Medical Officer, HR Director, Finance Director and others to ensure organizational policies meet grant requirements, liaising with Boston-based colleagues as needed
  • Conduct other grants management and compliance activities as needed, working closely with Boston-based Grants Management & Compliance colleagues
  • Develop and report on KPIs for Policy and Partnerships Team, on the grants/partnership side

Prevention of Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment

At Partners In Health, we are committed to ensuring that those who benefit from our work- including our patients, families and community members – as well as our staff are treated with dignity and respect and protected from sexual exploitation, abuse and sexual harassment. A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Partners In Health’s PSEAH policy. Partner In Health will request information from applicants’ previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms their understanding of these recruitment procedures.

Education and Work Experience Requirements


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Multiple years relevant work experience in a relevant sector e.g., healthcare, public health, international development, government, professional services, academia, social justice
  • Committed to travelling to field locations in rural Sierra Leone approximately 2 weeks a month, sometimes more
  • Strong communicator able to form and steward strong relationships with external parties
  • Track record of successfully delivering complex, fast-paced projects with multiple stakeholders and deliverables, to tight timelines
  • Experience independently drafting high-quality, technical written deliverables, synthesizing information from multiple sources
  • Strong user of Microsoft Word, Outlook and internet applications; comfortable with PowerPoint and Excel
  • Strong interpersonal skills, and ability to work effectively with a range of stakeholders
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail, and ability to structure and recall information, and develop processes and systems for project and information management
  • Ability to work with humility and achieve results, including in settings with resource limitations, through entrepreneurial mindset, planning and persistence
  • Passion for PIH’s mission and commitment to social justice and developing a preferential option for the poor in healthcare


  • Master’s degree in relevant subject e.g., public health, policy, development, business
  • Experience in Sierra Leone or similar African/low-income country setting
  • Prior experience working in global public health and/or clinical settings, especially in PIH priority areas (e.g., infectious diseases, NCDs, maternal health, clinical education)
  • Prior experience in fundraising and business development, including proposal writing and development of pitch decks
  • Prior experience in development and management of donor-funded projects , including report writing, donor stewardship and grant management
  • Prior experience with one or more of the following donors: USAID, FCDO, World Bank, Global Fund, Global Affairs Canada, private philanthropic foundations
  • Strong Excel, PowerPoint and/or graphic design skills

Social Justice

We are a global health and social justice organization that responds to the moral imperative to provide high-quality health care globally to those who need it most. We strive to ease suffering by placing patients at the center of all care, bringing the benefits of modern medicine to all.

Method of application

Interested candidates are required to apply through our website: In your application, please ensure to include names, addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers of three (3) referees. This position will remain open until filled.

Company: Partners In Health

Vacancy Type: Full Time 

Job Location: Freetown, Western Area, Sierra Leone

Application Deadline: N/A

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