Senior Advisor Programme Design and Development (12-month contract)

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International | International Operations
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.

Marie Stopes International operates through a network of channels (Clinics, Social Franchise, Marie Stopes community-based Ladies, Outreach and Public Sector Strengthening). This network is complemented by our Social Marketing (AKA Commercial Sales) operation which provides and supplies medical abortion and emergency contraception and other contraceptive and sexual reproductive health products within and outside our service delivery channels.

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 Function:

The Programme Design and Development (PDD) team is responsible for the design of new donor-funded programmes and the development of competitive proposals at Marie Stopes International. The team works with MSI’s country programmes, technical and clinical teams, and the External Affairs department to develop competitive and strategic programmes to drive the strategic growth of the organisation and to expand and diversify donor funding. Forming part of the International Programmes Department, the PDD team plays a pivotal role in deepening MSI’s capacity in programmatic strategy, technical design, and partnership development at the global and country level.


The Role:

As a part of MSI’s PDD team, you will work with country programmes to develop dynamic and successful proposals for institutional donors, including bilateral and multilateral donors, private foundations, charitable trusts, and host country governments. You will work closely with in-country and technical teams across the organisation to lead the development of single- and multi-country proposals, including lead writing and bid coordination. You will also play a key role in developing country fundraising action plans, facilitating project design processes, engaging with partners, and building the capacity of MSI country programmes to execute effective new business development strategies. You will provide mentorship and capacity-building to PDD Advisors and the PDD Officer.

About you

To succeed in this role, you must have:

Skills and Experience:

  • Demonstrated experience working in international programme management, business development, or international development. Experience in international health and with bilateral donors such a DFID;
  • Proven experience in managing complex projects with multiple stakeholders under rigorous deadlines;
  • Proven track record of developing technical strategies for complex proposals and in securing high-value contracts from donors, foundations, and trusts;
  • Proven experience in strategic planning, programmatic design and budget development;
  • Proven relationship building skills and ability to work jointly and effectively in cross-cultural settings and with a wide variety of organisations;
  • French language skills strongly preferred
  • Exceptional problem solving abilities and to perform gracefully under pressure;
  • Ability to take initiative and achieve results with limited supervision;
  • Solid analytical skills and ability to present complex concepts in clear and concise formats;
  • Strong attention to detail and follow-up;
  • Experience developing, reviewing, and/or monitoring budgets;
  • Experience and demonstrated ability to manage a heavy and fluctuating workload;
  • Experience in working with statistical and financial data;
  • Excellent people and negotiation skills;
  • Developing country work experience preferred;
  • Advanced computers skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe);


  • Relevant Master’s Degree (MPH, MA, MBA) or equivalent;
  • Outstanding English writing skills. All applicants will be required to undergo a written evaluation as part of the recruitment process


Personal Attributes:

  • Pro-choice;
  • Team player, energetic, enthusiastic, and positive;
  • Quality-focussed and results-oriented;
  • Calm under pressure;
  • Self-starter;
  • Highly organised, action oriented, and decisive;
  • Confident and professional;
  • Resourceful and determined;
  • Sound judgement;
  • Determined to succeed;
  • Good listener;
  • Emotional intelligence;
  • Integrity;
  • Driven by quality;
  • Willingness to travel required (approximately 10% travel).


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


Location: London, W1T

12 month fixed term contract

Closing date: 22nd October 2019 (midnight GMT+1). Interviews may take place before this date for exceptional candidates.

Salary: £46,000 - £48,000


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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