External Affairs Officer

This vacancy is now closed

Job reference
International | Human Resources
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:

As the External Affairs Officer, you will contribute to the fulfilment of MSI’s mission by supporting approaches to and developing partnerships in new sectors, including contributing to and leading on the development of arguments for how SRHR intersects with issues such as climate change, gender equality, humanitarian crises, youth, and nutrition, and contribute to the business cases for forming partnerships to support these efforts. The External Affairs Officer works with colleagues to identify, cultivate and work with emerging non-government donors and partners, such as foundations and private donors. This includes building and maximising existing relationships and horizon-scanning to identify new opportunities to expand MSI’s donor base and sources of funding.


Key responsibilities:


  • Monitor policy processes and developments relevant to MSI, and support development of internal MSI positions to ensure continued leadership of and alignment with the wider sector;

  • Effectively identify and influence relevant debates, opportunities and policy initiatives that can support MSI’s global priorities;

  • Support and lead, as appropriate, with support of Director of External Affairs, and Director of Policy and Partnerships, the development and internal alignment of organisational positions on important ODA subject areas including SRHR in humanitarian settings, climate change/resilience/conservation, rights/gender/education;

  • Support External Affairs colleagues to identify and cultivate relationships with governments, multilaterals, parliamentarians and key stakeholders;

  • Work with the Partnerships and Resource Mobilisation team to identify, cultivate and steward relationships with UK and European private donors such as foundations, individuals and corporations;

  • Work with the advocacy team to support the transfer of knowledge, documentation and dissemination of learning, best practices, case studies and successful strategies;

  • Events management.

About you

To succeed in this role, you must have:

Skills and Experience:

  • Demonstrated experience of working and supporting diverse priorities across varied teams;
  • Demonstrated experience of analysing and synthesizing complex documents;
  • International development experience ideally implementing service delivery programmes is an advantage;
  • Demonstrated experience in providing support and training to increase advocacy capacity;
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct policy analysis and produce briefs or factsheets;
  • Demonstrated experience of initiating and maintaining support systems in an office environment.

Qualifications and Training:

A relevant degree, for example public health, human rights, international development, politics or other social science.

Personal Attributes:

  • Proactive; ability to work on one’s own and as an integral part of a team; problem solver.
  • Confident and professional.
  • Analytical focus – strong detail orientation and numerate.
  • Ability to develop and manage relationships with internal and external stakeholders; sensitive to a multicultural environment and the communications needs that accompany this.

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

In addition, you must be pro-choice to be considered for this role.

Location: London, UK

Closing date: 10th May 2019 (midnight GMT). Interviews may take place before this date for exceptional candidates.

Salary: £30,500.00 per annum

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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