ECHO Partnership Manager

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01 Dec 2019


TITLE:  Partnership Manager (ECHO)

TEAM/PROGRAMME: EU Donor Relations Unit (EU DRU)

LOCATION: Brussels

GRADE: (please leave this blank)



Fixed Term  with opportunity for extension


Level 1:  the post holder will not have contact with children and/or young people, or access to personal data about children or young people, as part of their work; therefore a police check will not be mandatory for this post unless the content of the post changes, in which case the Child Safeguarding level should be reviewed.



The DG ECHO account has nine Save the Children members[1] and the DG ECHO Partnership Manager at Save the Children leads on behalf of the global Save the Children movement on achieving the DG ECHO account objectives in line with the strategy.


  • Provide vision and strategic direction to the organisation, and wider movement influencing a complex global network of internal and external stakeholders (including at the most senior levels) to optimise our engagement with DG ECHO.
  • Strengthen, develop, and optimise both existing and new partnership opportunities, across the global movement, maximising funding, and influence, with DG ECHO.
  • As a senior member of the EU Donor Relations Unit (EU DRU) and a senior staff member in the organisation, and movement, contribute to the development of the wider strategic agenda, lead on cross member account specific initiatives by engaging wide spectrum of stakeholders, as required.
  • Input to the change process and play a role in finalising design and ways of working while continuing to embed changes and improvements.




Reports to: Head of EU Donor Relations

Staff reporting to this post:

Direct: 1 direct report (ECHO trainee)

Indirect: None

Budget Responsibilities: None

Role Dimensions:

The Team: The EU DRU is comprised of two EU partnership experts across a portfolio that covers ECHO and DEVCO/NEAR. The team seeks to deliver exceptional global partnerships, optimising both funding and influence. The team works closely with colleagues in Save the Children Members and with Save the Children International (SCI) country and regional teams to deliver on our partnership objectives. The team is at the forefront of driving the institutional partnership agenda and approach for both the European Members of Save the Children and the Save the Children global movement, ensuring Save the Children is the partner of choice.


The Context:  The role operates in a dynamic environment and works closely with the similar functions of the Save the Children Members of the EU Account, as well as with SCI Centre, Regional and Country Offices and, where relevant, with key European peers and networks.

The EU Partnership is undergoing significant changes to increase the impact of Save the Children’s breakthroughs during notable external changes, e.g., Brexit.


Provide vision and strategic direction for Save the Children’s EU Account and wider movement influencing a complex global network of stakeholders to optimise our engagement with DG ECHO including:

  • Liaise with wider organisation and movement key stakeholders, providing evidence and advice and leadership on key partnership opportunities;
  • Continuously develop and pro-actively drive both Save the Children’s overall DG ECHO strategy, and strategies for each partnership opportunity;  
  • Influence Save the Children’s strategic positioning vis-à-vis DG ECHO, opportunities, and market trends with an aim to expand strategic collaboration and maximize funding and influence opportunities;
  • Provide leadership in 1) maximising synergies and leveraging expertise across all appropriate Save the Children divisions, members and 2) ensuring effective participation to existing/new co-ordination mechanisms that exist across the movement’s full suite of thematic areas;
  • Maintain processes (Standard Operating Procedures) and structures (EU Donor Relations Working and Management Groups) in support of effective account management;
  • Drive an efficient, transparent and timely coordination of Members on all relevant topics, including the allocation of funding opportunities;
  • Monitor the value of the accounts/portfolio against set targets, as well as explain/escalate variances;
  • Secure support and buy-in of critical stakeholders from across the organisation to contribute to our engagement with DG ECHO.


External engagement and positioning of Save the Children as a key partner with DG ECHO, including:

  • Provide current and creative analysis, insight, intelligence, and direction on DG ECHO, and on the general market, including trends, strategies, staff, inter-relationships between donors, and other entities;
  • Hold oversight and leadership of the movement’s overall engagement strategies and key moments across DG ECHO and market and actively personally engage, representing Save the Children externally;
  • Personally, hold external relationships and networks within the sector, with both technical and managerial staff, at all levels of seniority, but particularly at the most senior levels;
  • Represent Save the Children in the relevant Voice platforms (FPA Watch Group and Task Force, Grand Bargain Task Force);
  • Ensure Save the Children’s ‘offer’ adds value beyond delivering programmes – leveraging impact through co-creation, evidence generation, convening and influencing;
  • Identify and develop ‘partnership making’ and ‘relationship building’ opportunities with new and existing funding modalities (2021 ECHO Framework Partnership Agreement and Programmatic Partnership) and partners by working closely with donor contacts, supporting, and facilitating engagement across the nine members of the EU Account and the donor, and working closely with other Save the Children teams. 


Other Accountabilities:

  • Provide support, challenge and coaching to wider EU DRU team members, and beyond the EU Account’s Members, to develop and embed our partnership and account management approach, to increase the EU DRU team and EU Account profile and to optimise the benefit of the team’s work to the wider organisation and movement;
  • Lead on identified and priority cross-team and Members initiatives, key focus areas of work and/or entities within the wider EU Account portfolio;
  • Carry out the responsibilities of the role in a way that reflects Save the Children's commitment to safeguarding children in accordance with the Child Safeguarding Policy.

BEHAVIOURS (Values in Practice)


  • holds self accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
  • holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved.


  • sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same
  • widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.


  • builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters
  • values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
  • approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.


  • develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • willing to take disciplined risks.


  • honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity



  • Education to Master’s level, with a qualification in international development, international relations, economics, politics, law, or a related field is desirable. Education to Bachelor’s degree level is essential. 5 to 7 years of relevant professional experience;
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills in English are essential.  A good working level of French will be a strong advantage.


Essential Technical Skills:

  • Extensive experience within and knowledge of the EU humanitarian assistance trends and networks;
  • Extensive professional experience with DG ECHO or within similar roles for comparable organisations would be considered an extremely strong advantage;  
  • A strong record of accomplishment in strategic account management;
  • A proven record of accomplishment in partnership building, brokering relationships with partners, and engagement at a senior level;

·         Experience of influencing and delivering results cross organisationally within a large complex organisation;

  • In depth experience and knowledge of current thinking and future trends and thorough understanding of contemporary development and child rights issues;
  • Strong and demonstrated team leadership skills.


Personal Skills:

  • Leadership skills, with an external orientation, situational agility, strategic vision, and commitment to delivering results;
  • Excellent relationship building skills with the ability to network with, and influence, senior people both internally and externally to achieve a pre-defined outcome;
  • Insightful and analytic, with the ability to communicate thinking clearly to both internal and external audiences;
  • Entrepreneurial, with the ability to identify opportunities and execute them strongly, using novel approaches or techniques as appropriate;
  • Commitment to Save the Children’s mission, values and approach (includes child focus and equal opportunities);
  • Strategic planning skills, in relation to positioning with donors, and in prioritising engagement focus;
  • Self-driven, with the ability to take a pro-active approach, work on own initiative, solve problems and think creatively in fluid or less structured environments;
  • A proven team player - someone who is open, ambitious, and who is able and willing to deliver beyond his or her personal brief;


Additional job responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.

Equal Opportunities

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.

Child Safeguarding:

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

Safeguarding our Staff:

The post holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI anti-harassment policy

Health and Safety

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.

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[1] Save the Children’s Account Members for ECHO: Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and UK.


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