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UK Partnership Advisor - Maternity Cover


  • Organization: Trócaire
  • Location: London
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Sales and Marketing
  • Closing Date: 2022-08-15

Trócaire works in partnership with local and church organisations, supporting communities in over 20 developing countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East to bring about lasting change. Trócaire envisages a just and peaceful world where; people’s dignity is ensured, and rights are respected; basic needs are met, and resources are shared equitably; people have control over their own lives; those in power act for the common good. 

Working collaboratively on the management of Trócaire’s UK donor portfolio, the UK Partnerships Advisor plays a critical role in supporting Trócaire to increase funding from UK Government grant mechanisms (incl. FCDO and Dept of Environment) and UK based Trusts and Foundations. The successful post-holder will work closely with Trócaire’s HQ and country teams to identify opportunities and increase the UK grants portfolio in line with organisational targets for development and humanitarian work. 

You will be a self-starter, comfortable working remotely with proven ability to deliver exceptional results in a complex, multi-stakeholder environment.  You will have excellent strategic thinking and planning skills.  You will be an experienced networker, confident in interacting with others at all levels.  You will have a comprehensive understanding of the UK funding landscape and a track-record of developing successful funding proposals and effective management of UK funded grants. 

The successful candidate will work as part of the Global Partnerships and Funding Unit (GPFU) with staff based in Ireland and in each of Trócaire’s country offices overseas. As the role is UK focused, the post holder will liaise closely with Trócaire’s Belfast based Northern Ireland office and will be responsible for HQ level management of a pipeline of grant contracts held by Trócaire’s Northern Ireland office.   The post holder will liaise closely with other Directorates including Corporate Services (Finance, Human Resources and Standards and Compliance), Internal Audit, Global Programmes Directorate, the Advocacy team and the International Directorate management teams.

For the candidate with the required experience and passion for the role, Trócaire offers a competitive package of salary and benefits. 

Reporting to Global Partnership and Funding Manager (based in Maynooth) and dotted line to the Head of Region, Northern Ireland, this is a maternity cover contract and is based in London  (desk space provided by a sister agency) and will require periodic travel to Maynooth and Belfast offices.    
Safeguarding Programme Participants-Children & Adults    Trócaire is committed to Safeguarding people within our programmes from Exploitation and Abuse and has specific policies on this commitment (including a Global Code of Conduct) which outlines the expected behaviour and responsibility of all staff, consultants and other organisational representatives. Any candidate offered a job with Trócaire will be expected to sign Trócaire’s Safeguarding Policies and Global Code of Conduct as an appendix to their contract of employment and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these documents

Key Duties & Responsibilities

Donor focal point for UK funding
•    The UK Partnerships Advisor – plays a key role as donor focal point, for UK Government Funding, leading proposal development, due diligence audits, support to grant set up, on-going grant management, including relationship management with the donor/fund manager.
•    The post holder is responsible for managing Trócaire’s pipeline of UK funding.   
•    Lead the development of global level/multi-country grant applications with country teams as needed.
•    UK Aid Match is an important funding stream for Trócaire. Working closely with the implementing country office, this post is responsible for relationship management and oversees the grant application process, grant set-up and management of UK Aid Match funding.  
•    Build on work to-date in scoping and accessing relevant grants from UK based Trusts and Foundations and increase and diversify Trócaire Northern Ireland’s institutional income. 
•    Liaise regularly with country management and GPFU staff to identify funding priorities and match them to available opportunities. 
•    Maintain familiarity with UK Government requirements for proposal quality and compliance and provide support to country teams in their preparation of proposals/tenders.
•    Develop capacity statements and other marketing materials.

Strategy Development, Implementation and Capacity Development
•    Contribute to the ongoing development, implementation and monitoring of Trócaire’s engagement strategies on UK Government funding and UK Trusts & Foundation (T&F) funding for development and humanitarian programmes.
•    Develop and maintain a professional and productive relationship with current and potential UK based institutional donors, carrying out research and proactively pursuing potential new funding opportunities, as required.
•    Work with country teams to ensure Trócaire is well-positioned to apply for funding, profiling, engaging with UK Government staff, Philanthropies and consortium scoping.
•    Keep abreast of key strategic developments and emerging issues with UK Government funding, represent Trócaire in engagement with UK Government officials, build key contacts with INGO peer agencies and consortium partners.
•    Provide support and training on accessing and managing UK Funding.

Coordination & Communication 
•    Ensure the timely identification and tracking of funding opportunities from the UK Government and UK Trusts and Foundations.
•    Responsible for maintaining and updating Trócaire’s Funding Management Information System (Salesforce) on funding opportunities and dissemination to teams. 
•    Provide regular pipeline and grant management updates and reports to Trócaire Northern Ireland Management and Board and the GPFU team, and international teams, including quarterly income reports.   

Networking, Representation and Visibility
•    Develop and maintain effective relationships with UK Government, peer INGOs, private sector enterprises and others 
•    Participate in peer networking and other events in the UK, including BOND working groups and other formal or informal networks, as relevant. Provide regular updates to Trócaire management.
•    Represent Trocaire on UK Trust and Foundation networks to increase access and diversify income with a view to increase and diversify Trócaire Northern Ireland’s income.
•    Represent Trócaire with key stakeholders, organise events and ensure Trócaire is profiled within the UK sector.
•    Support engagement strategy around UK networking and representation for country management teams. 

•    Travel to country offices and support remotely, Trócaire teams responding to applications, as required.
•    Provide regular written updates to management and other staff 
•    Attend/skype into regular meetings and trainings in Trócaire HQ and elsewhere
•    Participate fully as a member of the GPFU team, contributing to joint initiatives such as the quarterly and annual funding workshops, annual work-planning and in strategic planning. 
•    Participate in regular Trócaire Northern Ireland team meetings, providing updates to the team and annual staff updates to the Trócaire Northern Ireland Board
•    Undertake other duties as may be assigned by the Global Partnerships and Funding Manager and the Head of Region, Northern Ireland, that are consistent with the nature of the job and its level of responsibility.

Behavioural Competencies in Line with Trócaire’s Competency Framework
•    Leading: Reflecting our values of Participation & Accountability, acts to inspire and lead others to achieve their potential, demonstrating Trócaire’s values with integrity in order to achieve our organisation’s objectives.
•    Communicating: Reflecting our value of Participation, being one organisation, communicating clearly and transparently across, teams, units, divisions, locations and other external organisations. Getting our message across with impact.
•    Collaborating: Reflecting our values of Participation & Solidarity, partnering effectively as One Trócaire organisation and, in solidarity, maintains positive relationships built on trust and respect.
•    Stewardship of Resources: Reflecting our value of Accountability and decision-making around the best use of resources. Using our resources transparently, sustainably, ethically, fairly & with integrity; acknowledging Trócaire’s reputation in the use of resources.  
•    Delivering Results: Reflecting our values of Accountability & Perseverance, getting a quality job done through effective performance, planning and decision making.
•    Continual Improvement & Learning: Reflecting our values of Participation & Courage, constantly looking to learn and develop self, employees, and partners to better fulfil Trócaire’s’ mission.
•    Flexibility & Change: Reflecting our values of Participation & Courage, adapts positively to change and to different ways of doing things; manages or takes part in change processes in a way that is appropriate to role in the organisation.

Person Specification – Essential Requirements 

  • Third level qualification in international development, humanitarian response or other relevant area.


  • 5+ years’ experience in the area of institutional donor-oriented business development, at least 2 years of which should be in developing and implementing institutional grants, preferably in an NGO environment.
  • Demonstrable previous experience with UK Government mechanisms.     


•    Good judgment, ability to think strategically, make informed decisions and implement them.
•    Excellent networking, interpersonal and relationship-building skills
•    Strong planning and organisational skills; ability to prioritise tasks
•    Ability to write clearly for a range of audiences.  High level of English written and oral communication skills.
•    Computer proficiency, especially in the use of information management systems (e.g. Salesforce)
•    Project Management


•    Confident in interacting with senior donor and peer representatives
•    Ability to work as part of a global team and on own initiative
•    Resilience and ability to deliver excellent results against tight deadlines
•    Creativity and innovative thinking


•    Ability and willingness to travel within Europe, UK and to Trócaire’s programme countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, sometimes at short notice
•    A flexible approach
•    Valid permission/eligibility to live and work in the UK

Person Specification – Desirable


•    Relevant qualification at Masters Level


•    Experience of working overseas in international development or humanitarian settings 
•    Experience in applying for and managing UKAID Match Funded grants is desirable


•    Programme development and design
•    Budgeting and commercial finance skills


Closing date for applications is Monday 15th August 

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