The Senior Advisor for Strategic Partnerships works to increase Ipas's impact and funding through strategic partnerships with other organizations. The Senior Advisor leads our efforts to position Ipas to participate in consortia for competitive bids from DFID and other major donors and to develop additional funding collaborations with a broad spectrum of partner organizations. The Senior Advisor is also responsible for keeping abreast of developments in the innovative financing arena, working closely with Ipas leaders to develop relationships with a variety of non-traditional funding partners. Primary Responsibilities
Identify and help cultivate relationships with a broad range of organizations to pursue new joint funding opportunities in service of Ipas's mission.
Build our intelligence into key peer organizations' technical capacities to inform bidding and other funding decisions and strategies at global, regional, and country levels.
Sharpen Ipas's understanding of how funding is allocated within key funding institutions issuing competitive tenders and RFPs and provide strategic guidance on establishing and further strengthening Ipas's relationships with those institutions.
Lead Ipas's response to RFPs for competitive bids from initial intelligence gathering and pre-solicitation activities through proposal submission.
Develop and implement a plan to build Ipas's capacity in all stages of competitive bidding, including strengthening pre-solicitation processes, strategic communications, intelligence-gathering efforts, positioning Ipas for consortia, partnership negotiations, and proposal development approaches.
Identify new potential non-traditional partner organizations aligned with priority funders and provide strategic guidance on establishing and strengthening relationships with them.
Research and develop a plan to pursue innovative financing mechanisms, including large-scale pooled-funding opportunities and "big bets" opportunities, to be implemented in collaboration with Development colleagues and senior leadership.
Contribute to Development Team processes, meetings, and special initiatives.
Serve as an external representative of Ipas with partners and donors in collaboration with other staff.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Master's Degree with 5-7 years of relevant experience
Substantive knowledge of institutional and bilateral donors supporting women's health and rights and global health
Strong knowledge of sexual and reproductive health and rights
Demonstrated success with international development competitive bids
Familiarity with innovative financing mechanisms for global health
Excellent negotiation skills
Excellent interpersonal and communications skills
Excellent English writing and editing skills
Ability to travel 10%
Experience working in a non-profit organization
Experience with written and oral presentations
Proficiency with MS Office Suite
Proficiency in another language (French, Portuguese, Spanish)
Extensive experience in international development, including travel and overseas residence, and with working with country teams
Excellent organizational, project management, and time management skills
Capacity-building and coaching skills
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