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Policy, Partnership & Grant Acquisition Associate

Job Description

Position title

Policy, Partnership & Grant Acquisition Associate

Reports to

Director of Policy & Partnerships


Freetown, Sierra Leone

Partners in Health (PIH) seeks a dynamic social justice-oriented professional to lead policy, advocacy and partnership development for a growing organization. The Policy, Partnership & Grants Acquisition (PPG) Associate will work to position PIH to cultivate key in-country relationships, generate proposals, and support our policy and advocacy  work to raise revenue to replicate PIH’s programming.

Specific Responsibilities

Development & Grants Acquisition

  • Work with the Director of Policy & Partnerships to develop high quality proposals and communication with donors to speak credibly to the work of PIH and build momentum for partnerships and funding
  • Lead in-country components of proposal development process, including liaising with program managers, finance and Boston development team on budget and narrative development in collaboration with Director of Policy & Partnership, Director of Finance, and the Chief Medical Officer
  • Develop local engagement strategy in partnership with the Director of Policy & Partnerships to identify high potential funding agencies, build targeted engagement tactics, and position PIH to acquire funding through consortiums, sub-granting, unsolicited, or solicited local opportunities
  • Draft concept notes, program briefs and other materials for potential funders and support in developing pitches to government or development partners
  • Maintain the fundraising pipeline to assess potential and generated revenue and present to the Senior Leadership team on a quarterly basis
  • Proactively develop ways to more effectively measure and evaluate resource mobilization (in-kind and cash) efforts
  • Manage communication flow with Boston Public Sector Partnership & Foundations teams, including responding to requests, ensuring timely submissions, and defining work flows

 Policy & Advocacy 

  • Coordinate or lead policy analyses to assess the application of leading evidence as well as equity assessments to help advocate for improved pro-poor policies
  • Position PIH as leading thought and technical partner to MOHS, including sharing and supporting the scale-up of PIH’s proven, evidence-based interventions
  • Contribute to GoSL policy and program development through participation in working groups and technical advising, and coordinate with PIH technical experts in areas of key interest to MOHS to provide inputs to technical processes

Government & Partner Relations

  • Through the Director of Policy & Partnerships, support strong relationships with partner organizations for collaboration, information-sharing, and joint advocacy
  • Support teams in formalizing and managing programmatic partnerships, including consortium building
  • Build strong relationships with all key partners through transparency, flexibility and mutual respect. Ensure PIH is entering into partnerships with humility and generosity of spirit.

Strategic Planning

  • Support the Executive Director & Director of Policy & Partnerships in developing and implementing PIH’s overall strategy, including supporting PIH’s 5-year strategic planning process
  • Prepare assessments for the Senior Leadership Team on alignment of new funding opportunities with our strategic objectives


  • Bachelors degree required. Masters in public health, public policy/administration or other related field preferred
  • 3-5 years experience working in a resource-limited environment and/or on social justice-oriented policy/advocacy work required. Strong preference for public health background and understanding of clinical and programmatic health interventions.
  • Demonstrated strong analytical, leadership, and problem solving skills, including a strong action and solutions-oriented nature
  • Ability to navigate complex government and donor processes with multiple influencers, and to negotiate and achieve consensus, use discretion and diplomacy
  • Excellent planning and prioritization skills, including supporting teams in prioritizing across competing and growing needs and limited resources
  • Strong project management and time management skills; highly organized and detail-oriented
  • Proven ability to build relationships with a range of stakeholders and drive immediate results
  • Entrepreneurial mindset, including ability to work independently, self-motivate and propose and implement new initiatives with minimal oversight and direction
  • Demonstrated strong writing skills, including excellent technical writing skills related to key health areas (i.e. RMNCH, mental health, etc.)
  • Ability to work independently and effectively in high-pressure, fast-paced environment and handle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to navigate ambiguity effectively and move from ad-hoc and reactive processes to forward-thinking organizational practices
  • Ability to work with humility and achieve results
  • High levels of proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and internet applications
  • Passion for PIH’s mission and demonstrated commitment to social justice and human rights.

Partners In Health is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law


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