Donor Compliance Adviser

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International | Legal and Donor Compliance
United Kingdom - London (Global Support Office)
Closing date

About Us:

Marie Stopes International (MSI) is a global organisation providing personalised contraception and safe abortion services to women and girls. Our local teams of professionals are passionate about the work they do in communities across 37 countries. The services we provide give a woman the power to choose when she has children so that she’s free to pursue her plans and dreams for herself and her family.

The primary responsibility of this role is to further MSI’s Goal: The prevention of unwanted births and its mission of ensuring an individual’s right to: children by choice, not chance

The Role:

The Donor Compliance Advisor ensures that MSI does not enter into commitments with donors or partners that cannot be fulfilled by the organisation or are not in accordance with MSI’s internal policies or do not uphold the organisation’s best interest. S/he plays a key role as the first step in the approval process for any document legally committing the organisation, in relation to donors funding.

S/he is also responsible for making sure that such commitments made to donors are respected and met by MSI, so that projects and programmes are implemented in accordance to the donors’ regulations and expectations.

The Donor Compliance Advisor provides qualified advice to and informs departments across MSI (e.g. international operations, country programmes, donor leads, programme design and development) in matters related to donors’ regulations, sound funding management, and organisational applicability of donors’ requirements and expectations.

The Donor Compliance Advisor develops, sets up and disseminates systems (i.e. policies, procedures, workflows, tools etc.) that facilitate organisational quality control and meeting donors' requirements, and to gain time efficiencies. S/he also monitors the accuracy of the data included in the Funding Management System (information system gathering data on MSI’s donor funding).

S/he works closely with the other advisors and the head of the unit, so that to ensure collective learning. S/he also has a strong collaboration lines with the regional teams, MSI’s donor lead teams, finance-related teams and the programme design and development team.

About you

To succeed in this role, you must have:

Skills & Experience:

  • Experience working in at least one of the following areas – Essential:
    1. working overseas in project management with an international organisation in the development or humanitarian sector; and/or
    2. working on the financial aspects involved in project implementation overseas and related donor’s requirements; and/or
    3. working with the legal aspects of contract management, from legal, commercial or INGO practice.
  • Experience in providing remote support to programme implementation teams (e.g. country teams) and to HQ-based teams – Essential.
  • Experience in coordinating tasks, gathering information, facilitating consensus etc. between different stakeholders – Essential.
  • Experience of managing cross-organisational projects, generating interest and buy-in from other relevant parties – Essential.
  • Experience working with Microsoft Office package, with strong skills in Word – Essential.
  • Experience working with other organisations in a consortium kind of relationship (i.e. where the organisation receives or provides funding from/to other organisations as sub-awards) – Desirable.
  • Experience in extracting and analysing data from a database – Desirable.
  • Experience with auditing processes (e.g. financial, data audit etc.) at project, country or head office level – Desirable.


Qualifications and Training:

  • Bachelor degree or equivalent, in relevant field – Essential. Master degree – Desirable.
  • Working knowledge of French – Essential for one position and Desirable for two positions.
  • Training in law or accounting – Desirable.
  • Training in project cycle management, NGO management, donor fundraising or other areas related to funding management in the context of development and humanitarian work by international organisations – Desirable.
  • Working knowledge of Spanish – Desirable.

Personal Attributes:

  • Very strong organisation skills, being able to manage a large and diverse portfolio, with competing priorities within the funding portfolio, but also in relation to internal team objectives and from demands from stakeholders – Essential.
  • Strong negotiation skills in the area of donor funding, and sound judgement in identifying essential elements and risk areas that can affect the efficient implementation of the project and/or meeting the donor requirements – Essential.
  • Proactive in identifying and addressing issues at an early stage. Problem-solving attitude – Essential.
  • Ability to manage a large and varied workload, work under pressure and meet deadlines – Essential.
  • Very strong attention to detail – Essential.
  • Excellent communication skills, with experience in distance and cross-cultural communication, as well adapting the style depending on the audience – Essential.
  • Strong writing skills – Essential.
  • Able to explain complex donor’s regulations and process to different audiences – Essential.
  • Self motivated, flexible and adaptable to the needs of the position and the organisation – Essential.


For more information about the role, please view the job framework on our website.

In addition, you will be pro-choice


Location: London, W1T

Closing date: 20th March 2019 (midnight GMT). Interviews may take place before this date for exceptional candidates.

Salary: £34-40,000 (dependant on experience)



Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and post holders to share this commitment.

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