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Corporate and Private Partnerships Manager (Iran Nationals Only) - Iran

Tehrān (Iran)

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is a non-governmental, humanitarian organization with 60 years of experience in helping to create a safer and more dignified life for displaced populations.

NRC started operations in the Islamic Republic of Iran in 2012. We deliver high quality humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable displaced in 5 provinces of Iran in the sectors of Education, Food Security and sustainable Livelihoods, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Shelter and Housing, as well as Information, Counselling and Legal Assistance (ICLA).

In line with the NRC Global Strategic Directions for 2018-2020, the Corporate and CORPORATE AND PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP MANAGER will be taking lead on developing, implementing and monitoring NRC’s corporate and private engagement strategies and activities. This work will be done under supervision of the Country Director and with technical support from the Head of Corporate Partnerships in Oslo, Norway.

All NRC employees are expected to work in accordance with the organization’s core values: dedication, innovation, inclusivity and accountability. These attitudes and beliefs shall guide our actions and relationships.

NRC reserve the rights to close the vacancy before its deadline if find suitable profiles.

Job description

1. Role and responsibilities
The key role of the CORPORATE AND PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS MANAGER is to generate new partnerships and/or funding support through engagement with the corporate sector, business leaders as well as individual philanthropists and private foundations. He/she is responsible for building NRC’s relationships with Iranian business leaders and international corporations with operations in Iran to develop joint projects as well as pro-bono, in kind and funding support to NRC. In addition, he/she will develop, implement and monitor a private fundraising strategy which aims to reach out to individual philanthropists and private foundations wanting to support vulnerable displaced children and youth in Iran.
The following is a brief description of the role.

Generic responsibilities:
1. Develop a Corporate Partnership Strategy for NRC Iran, in line with NRC’s global Corporate Partnership Strategy and Policy;
2. Develop a Private fundraising strategy for NRC Iran aiming to reach out to individual philanthropists and private foundations;
3. Identify partnership opportunities, broke and cultivate relationships, design partnership arrangements, facilitate partner negotiations, and formalize partnership deal structures;
4. In case of joint project with a Corporate or Private partner, contribute to proposal development together with the NRC programme unit;
5. With support of Advocacy and Communication unit, responsible for preparation of communication materials and tools (brochures, reports, infographics, web-based, social media, etc.) tailored for both engaging in a partnership and reporting back to partners;
6. Design, implement and be accountable for the organization of VIP events targeting corporate partners, business leaders, philanthropists and private foundations;
7. Ensure that tasks and activities in the unit are executed according to strategies, plans and procedures ;
8. Analyse and monitor the corporate and private fundraising environment as well as market trends relevant to humanitarian collaborations;
9. Monitor and evaluate partnerships and fundraising income, activities and costs ;
10. Any other task and responsibility falling under the mandate as instructed by the line manager.

Specific responsibilities:
1. Follow up leads and dialogues with corporates, business leaders, philanthropists and private foundations ;
2. Working consultatively and collaboratively with all NRC Iran units to identify concepts and suitable opportunities for corporate and private partnerships ;
3. With support of the Communication Unit, develop and implement solid communication with our corporate partners and private supporters (field reports, social media, web-based, etc.)
4. Work in partnership with Oslo based Head of Corporate Partnerships to ensure global and in country strategies are aligned;
5. Conduct due diligence/vetting of potential corporate and private partners and establish system to secure overview


• Minimum 5 years of relevant work experience within project management and/or corporate social responsibility, event management, or a relevant professional qualification ;
• Extensive knowledge of the Iranian corporate sector (international and domestic companies) ;
• Demonstrated ability to engage at senior levels in business and development sector contexts, and to build trust-based relationships with senior-level executives ;
• Experience working with stakeholders across the public, private, and non-profit sectors, and an existing network of contacts to draw upon if possible ;
• Demonstrated experience in creating new partnerships – including identifying partnership opportunities, brokering and cultivating relationships, designing partnership arrangements, facilitating partner negotiations, and formalizing partnership deal structures;
• Documented results related to strategic relationship building, partnerships and networking , and putting in place systems for relationship management;
• Highly developed written and oral communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively with other units (internal) and partners (external) ;
• Experience in developing and implementing fundraising or marketing/sales campaigns initiatives. Experience in event management for VIP guests ;
• Excellent project management skills ;
• Entrepreneurial mind-set and ability to devise creative win-win solutions.

Personal qualities

• Fluency in Farsi and English, both written and verbal ;
• Ability to multi-task and work with short deadlines ;
• Ability to work independently and proactively with limited daily support and supervision ;
• Knowledge of Afghan displacement crisis is an asset ;
• Previous work with charities or NGOs in Iran or abroad is an asset.


  • Persian (Farsi)
  • English

We offer

Contract until end of 2017 with 1 year extension possibility.
This is a National Position

Miscellaneous info

  • Travel: Some travelling must be expected
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: NRC - Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Location: Tehrān (Iran)
  • Grade: Mid/Senior - Internationally recruited position - Mid/Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Emergency Aid and Response
    • Operations and Administrations
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
  • Closing Date: 2017-10-25

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