Partnerships Specialist

Application ends: October 4, 2022

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Job Description


                  Vacancy Announcement

Job title:    Partnerships Specialist
Work Location: Freetown with regular travel to field locations including Kono
Department: Policy & Partnerships
Reports to:  Director of Policy & Partnerships
Line Management  No
Duration of Contract Twelve (12) Months with possibility of extension
Application Status External Advert
Organisation Profile 
Partners In Health (PIH) is an international health organization relentlessly committed to improving the health of the poor and marginalized. PIH partners with local governments to build local capacity and works closely with impoverished communities to deliver high-quality health care, address the root causes of illness, train providers, advance research, and advocate for global policy change. Our delivered services in the field are based in our partnership with the Governments and Ministries of Health and the support to education, training and mentorship to Health care workers and students is one of our pillars for the Health care system strengthening.

PIH currently has implementation programs in Haiti, Rwanda, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Peru, Mexico, Russia, Sierra Leone and Navajo Nation. Through our partnership with Harvard Medical School and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, we support a wide range of programs in dozens of other countries around the world. 

Our Work In Sierra Leone:

Partners In Health Sierra Leone (PIHSL) began supporting the government of Sierra Leone in response to the Ebola epidemic in October 2014. Recognizing the large need for continued investments in the health system after Ebola, PIH is committed to long-term health system strengthening in support of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS), guided by the same principles as our emergency response and our work around the world: public sector accompaniment, integrated and comprehensive services, social justice, nimbleness and flexibility, partnership, community ownership, and evidence-based interventions. In the aftermath of the epidemic, PIH is committed to supporting the delivery of comprehensive health services in Sierra Leone, from the community level to the health center and to referral hospitals.

Position Overview
In Sierra Leone, PIH is building a stronger health system together with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation. Since starting our work in-country to support the Ebola response, our team and work have grown, and today we number over 600, are active in multiple districts and have an annual budget in excess of $20m. We are building a Maternal Center of Excellence and are supporting the Government in replicating our “Kono model” in five additional districts. Our work is supported by individual donors as well as multiple grants by public sector and private sector donors.

Critical to the success of our work, and the ability to improve healthcare for Sierra Leoneans, especially women and children, the Partnerships Specialist works together with the Director of Policy and Partnerships and clinical and program teams on building the relationships with donors, MOHS and partner NGOs and securing and stewarding the funds necessary to do this work. S/he will work on business and proposal development, project management, donor and partner relations and grants management and compliance.

This is an exciting position for a motivated individual and all-rounder, looking to benefit the health of vulnerable women in Sierra Leone. The Specialist will have experience relevant to global health, strong writing skills, a track record of managing complex projects successfully and an ability to build strong relationships with a broad range of stakeholders. S/he will work across our 600+ person organization, working closely with Clinical, Policy and Partnerships, Operational and Financial staff to ensure this program is a success.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 
Business Development

Work across the organization and with Director of Policy and Partnerships to translate PIH-Sierra Leone’s vision, and clinical and program strategies into high-quality programs supported by well-structured, mission-aligned partnerships

Draft technical proposals, concept notes, program briefs and other materials for potential funders and support in developing pitches to partners 

Manage communication flow with Boston Public Sector Partnership & Foundations and program and clinical teams, including responding to requests, ensuring timely submissions, and defining work flows 

Lead on reporting and analysis of funding opportunities and fundraising pipeline, and co-develop fundraising strategy with Director of Policy and Partnerships

Research, identify and cultivate potential new partnerships

Project Development and Management 

Travel regularly to field locations in rural Sierra Leone (approx. 2 weeks/month – sometimes more) to work with clinical and program colleagues on project development and management

Develop high quality, written program reports to tight deadlines, working across the organization to bring together and analyze program, clinical, M&E, advocacy and other information and data 

Support proposal development and project design, working closely with teams to translate clinical and program strategies into structured programs supported by compelling and coherent theories of change and narratives 

Support program, clinical and M&E teams in developing and adhering to high-quality theories of change, work plans and M&E systems to increase organizational impact and meet agreed targets in funded partnerships

Drive results by identifying implementation challenges and lessons learnt, working across the organization to build consensus and momentum in project implementation 

For projects that do not have a dedicated project manager, ensure key activities, procurements and donor stewardship activities take place as planned, intervening as needed

Ensure donor-funded project portfolio supports PIH-Sierra Leone’s strategy, proactively working to minimize mission drift and undue burden on clinical and program teams

Support interviewing and hiring, as well as development of job descriptions, for new programs and projects

For a portfolio of projects, ensure strong stewardship of the project, including routine grant/programmatic analysis to evaluate program efficiency; report writing; development of Memorandums of Understanding and other documents and policies to further project impact; and other support to clinical and program teams as needed

Ensure lessons learnt and policy priorities feed into program design

Partner Relations

Represent PIH with peer NGOs in consortia during collaborative bids for large grants from public sector donors, and in the management of collaborative projects

Support Director of Partnerships in managing PIH-Sierra Leone’s strategic relationships, including MOHS, the World Bank, UK Government, Global Fund, NGO partners and private donors, through speaking credibly to PIH-SL impact and responsive stewardship  

Support development of Memorandums of Understanding between PIH-Sierra Leone and partners including but not limited to government, working with clinical and program colleagues and Boston Legal Team

Build strong relationships with all partners through transparency, flexibility and mutual respect, for collaboration, information-sharing, joint advocacy and funding partnerships 

Coordinate donor visits and meetings with current and potential partners, working across the organization to effectively present PIH’s impact to external audiences

Grants Management and Compliance 

Maintain and update grants tracker 

For a portfolio of active grants/projects, support grant launches and check compliance of programs against requirements, working closely with grants, finance, program, clinical and operations staff 

Review, update and develop organizational policies, working with Chief Operations Officer, Chief Medical Officer, HR Director, Finance Director and others to ensure organizational policies meet grant requirements, liaising with Boston-based colleagues as needed

Conduct other grants management and compliance activities as needed, working closely with Boston-based Grants Management & Compliance colleagues

Develop and report on KPIs for Policy and Partnerships Team, on the grants/partnership side

Prevention of Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment
At Partners In Health, we are dedicated to ensuring that those who benefit from our work, including our patients, families, and community members, as well as our employees, are treated with dignity and respect, and are free from sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment. A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Partners In Health’s PSEAH policy. Partner In Health will request information from applicants’ previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, and/or sexual harassment during employment or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment.  By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms their understanding of these recruitment procedures.


Bachelor’s degree

Multiple years relevant work experience in a relevant sector e.g., healthcare, public health, international development, government, professional services, academia, social justice

Committed to travelling to field locations in rural Sierra Leone approximately 2 weeks a month, sometimes more

Strong communicator able to form and steward strong relationships with external parties

Track record of successfully delivering complex, fast-paced projects with multiple stakeholders and deliverables, to tight timelines

Experience independently drafting high-quality, technical written deliverables, synthesizing information from multiple sources 

Strong user of Microsoft Word, Outlook and internet applications; comfortable with PowerPoint and Excel

Strong interpersonal skills, and ability to work effectively with a range of stakeholders

Strong organizational skills and attention to detail, and ability to structure and recall information, and develop processes and systems for project and information management

Ability to work with humility and achieve results, including in settings with resource limitations, through entrepreneurial mindset, planning and persistence 

Passion for PIH’s mission and commitment to social justice and developing a preferential option for the poor in healthcare 



Master’s degree in relevant subject e.g., public health, policy, development, business 

Experience in Sierra Leone or similar African/low-income country setting

Prior experience working in global public health and/or clinical settings, especially in PIH priority areas (e.g., infectious diseases, NCDs, maternal health, clinical education)

Prior experience in fundraising and business development, including proposal writing and development of pitch decks 

Prior experience in development and management of donor-funded projects , including report writing, donor stewardship and grant management

Prior experience with one or more of the following donors: USAID, FCDO, World Bank, Global Fund, Global Affairs Canada, private philanthropic foundations

Strong Excel, PowerPoint and/or graphic design skills

Social Justice
We are a global health and social justice organization that responds to the moral imperative to provide high-quality health care globally to those who need it most. We strive to ease suffering by placing patients at the center of all care, bringing the benefits of modern medicine to all.
Method of application
Interested candidates are required to apply through our website:   In your application, please ensure to include names, addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers of three (3) referees not later than 12:00pm GMT (Midnight) on Tuesday 4th October 2022