Partnerships Programme Manager

Grassroot Soccer (GRS) is an adolescent health organization that educates, inspires, and mobilizes young people to overcome their greatest health challenges, lead healthier, more productive lives, and be agents of change in their communities. GRS uses the power of soccer to connect young people with the mentors, information, and health services they need to make smart choices about their health. With proven results and a constant focus on research and innovation, Grassroot Soccer has reached more than 2 million young people in over 50 countries since 2002.

Position Summary

The Grassroot Soccer Partnerships Team (GRSP) oversees GRS’ relationships with a wide a range of implementing partner organisations across over 50 countries. The team supports these organisations to replicate the GRS model and provides remote and occasional in-person technical support to these organisations to increase their capacity to deliver GRS interventions in their communities.Working closely with the Partnerships Director, Training Manager, and the Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) Officer, the Partnerships Manager will manage a portfolio of partners across various geographies. The Partnerships Manager will be responsible for managing each partner relationship, developing a partnering strategy for each partner, and overseeing any grant mechanisms or agreements with the partner. This will include establishing partnership agreements, work plans, and budgets, and supporting the partnership with the necessary technical assistance across the timeline for partners from program design to evaluation and learning. The Partnerships Manager will ensure all partnerships contribute to the mission of GRS through strong M&E and alignment to GRS impact model. The Partnerships Manager will work across multiple teams in the organization, ensuring strong relationships, communication, and effective planning and execution of all projects.

These efforts will ensure GRS remains a leading organization in adolescent health promotion and strategically guides the organization to achieve its scale strategy and goal of enabling young people to have the life-saving skills they need to thrive. The Partnerships Program Manager will report to the Global Partnerships Director.

To Apply: Please submit a CV and cover letter to Title the email “Partnerships Program Manager”. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Application Deadline: 14 December 2017


  • Partnership Cultivation & Strategy - 25%: Cultivate and strengthen relationships with a wide variety of partners including local implementing partners, donors, government agencies, and multi-lateral agencies. Attend conferences, networking meetings, and workshops to meet with potential enabling and implementing partners. Participate and lead on partner prospecting trips to assess, select, and negotiate partnerships with stakeholders in key geographies • Assist with Implementing Partner identification and selection; respond to partnership requests, conduct information sharing calls/meetings.
  • Technical Program Design – 15%: With input from other staff, design partnership programs in line with GRS strategy and mission, and identify and pursue opportunities for continual innovation and improvement. Closely collaborate with necessary enabling and implementing partners to bring proposals to life through practical design of implementation plans, deliverable timelines and project milestones, and partnership infrastructure. Build technical program designs for all new partnerships that account for GRS’ impact model the 3C’s and the 3A’s. Conduct program planning and design assessment trips to field sites as necessary to integrate the program design with the partnership strategy, local context, and partner expectations.
  • Program Management - 30%: Accountable for execution of high quality GRS Partnership projects, and ensuring all projects meet targets and deliverables as outlined in proposals and grant agreements. Harmonize GRS’ ongoing technical assistance (partner assessment, program design, curriculum adaptation, partner capacity building and training, M&E, Biz Dev, Operations, etc.) through specialized support as determined through phone/Skype calls, emails, in person visits or assessments. Develop and manage program budgets that achieve grant deliverables within allotted parameters. Liaise regularly with Implementing Partners and field staff including Master Coaches to ensure that programs are delivered as planned, milestones are met and deliverables are fulfilled.
  • Business Development - 20%: Assist Business Development (BD) team and Partnerships Director with lead prospecting, partner prospecting, and development of country strategies. Assist with maintenance of GRSP’s pipeline in our internal tracking system (Little Green Light-LGL) as well as Partnership documentation in Accounts pages of our M&E system (Salesforce). Identify and follow up on new funding opportunities and interests for new and current partners. Assist with technical grant writing, budgeting, and concept writing.
  • Special Projects – 10%: Take lead on special projects that support the partnership strategy, research of partner projects, or provide thought leadership to the organization or innovation of partnerships and technical assistance. Communicate partnerships evidence by contributing to posters, presentations, panels and abstracts for conferences and or special events. Serve as ambassador to GRS on all travel and at externally facing events, conferences, trips.
  • Please see full job description for additional responsibilities.

Specifications & Competencies

  • Education: Post-graduate Degree or Masters preferred (Development studies, Public Health, Public Administration, or related field).
  • Communication Style: Strong interpersonal, analytical, and problem-solving skills for managing programs across various countries and staff / volunteers / partners from various cultures. Ability to work with drive and enthusiasm and to function in a team-oriented environment. Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to implement procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively in cross-cultural team. Proven ability to solve problems independently without direct supervision. Excellent written and verbal communication and relationship building skills. Strong written and verbal communication skills in English; preferred speaker of Spanish, French Portuguese, or Swahili.
  • Work Experience: International grant/program management experience. Comprehensive understanding of SRHR, HIV and malaria as relates to adolescence and the latest research in the field of positive youth development. 4+ years of experience in adolescent health or program implementation of international health projects preferably in Africa.
  • Work Style: Attention to detail. Ability to to work in a fast-paced environment with tight deadlines and high programme targets. Ability to manage daily work assignments with little supervision. Ability to interact professionally with diverse groups especially in a cross-cultural environment.
  • Please see full job description for additional information and how to apply.

Job Overview

Date Posted

November 9, 2017


Cape Town, South Africa

Job Type

Full Time


1-year fixed term contract.