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Job announcement: Strategic Partnership Manager



Diakonia works for a just, equal and sustainable world free from poverty, oppression, inequality and violence.

At the centre of this work is our Strategy for Change and Rights Based Approach, which embodies Diakonia’s view of how change happens. The results achieved by Diakonia and its partners over the years strengthen the conviction that there is no stronger driver for change than when people know their rights and organize themselves together in order to claim those rights. This belief inspires Diakonia to contribute towards challenging unfair structures that prevent people from living their lives in dignity.

Through the empowerment of people living in poverty and marginalization to qualitatively participate in democratic processes as actors in their own right and by challenging duty bearers, real and sustainable changes can be made. Power analysis from an intersectional approach and a focus on gender equality are crucial for obtaining sustainable results. Women and girls are specifically prioritized in all of Diakonia’s work.


Diakonia is a faith-based Swedish development organization. We support and work with around 400 local partner organizations in about 30 countries. Together with our partner organizations, we form a global network that works to ensure that more people are able to live dignified lives.

Diakonia is present in Latin America and have partner organizations in Bolivia, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru and Paraguay. The regional office is located in Bogotá, Colombia. Our partners represent a broad variety of organizations working on different matters and at different levels.

Diakonia is today highly dependent on institutional funding from Swedish Sida and the EU. This makes us financially vulnerable in a time where the need to defend Human Rights and fight injustices is at a critical stage in Latin America with extremely worrying tendencies of shrinking democratic space, gender inequalities, violence, polarization, exclusion, and disrespect for the rule of law.

At the same time there are indications that there are potential support and funding, in particular in the United States, that Diakonia to date has not been able to engage with and tap into. To explore these and other possibilities is a highly prioritized and internally strongly supported task for Diakonia Latin America.

This is why we now seek to add to our team a Donor Relations Manager to help us build this capacity and these relations with the overarching purpose and mission to increase funding and financial sustainability for Diakonia Latin America

Location: First preference at Diakonia’s regional office in Colombia, second preference at one of our country offices in Bolivia, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay, or Peru, third preference to be home based from one of the following countries: Canada, USA, Mexico, Argentina, Costa Rica, Panama, Chile or Brazil. Start date: August 15 or as per agreement.

Type of employment: Consultancy contract for one year, with possibilities of extension or permanent position on the basis of evaluation.

Place in the organisation: the Strategic Partnership Manager reports directly to the Regional Director based in Bogota. Travel requirement: The position implies numerous travels per year. Fee: In line with regional salary structure and policy.


  • Engage with existing and new donors to build intelligence, trust and partnership with the overarching purpose to increase funding for Diakonia’s programmes in Latin America.
  • Find new strategic donors for Latin America with particular focus on the North American market, but also in Europe, Asia and Oceania.
  • Provide regional and country management with analysis, intelligence, inputs, contacts and capacity building to facilitate strategic partnerships with donors, in particular new ones.
  • Provide tactical input in how to make and package attractive proposals and reports, including components of innovation, including proposal writing as per need.
  • Accompany programme staff in donor engagement activities.
  • Contribute to the development of effective marketing materials and relevant guidelines.
  • Develop and keep updated donor engagement strategies, donor intelligence and knowledge management.
  • NB: all donor engagement activities are to be carried out in close collaboration with relevant Country or Programme Manager.


We are looking for a person with an innovative and flexible mind with the social skills to forge partnerships built on trust, interest and a strong commitment and support for the rights holders of Latin America. You are familiar with the usual donor-recipient dynamics in the development aid sector of proposal writing and reporting but eager to go beyond it and think outside the box in new ways to communicate and create mutual engagement among new and existing donors. You are willing to explore new donors, such as foundations, philanthropists, social investors, trust funds, corporate donors, institutions or other entities. You are a mobile person willing to travel extensively and work independently while always grounded in Diakonia’s work and its local partners in close collaboration with programme staff.


  • Minimum of 5 years of experience of donor engagement and resource mobilisation.
  • Documented success in resource mobilisation.
  • University degree of relevant specialization.
  • Excellent social and communications skills.
  • Experience from development aid sector in Latin America, including proposal writing and programme design.
  • Existing contacts with and knowledge of potential new donors for Diakonia Latin America.
  • Documented knowledge of Diakonia’s thematic priorities.
  • Willingness to completely commit to Diakonia’s values, mission, vision, policies and strategies.
  • Very good writing and speaking language skills in English and Spanish.


  • Experience in campaigning and advocacy.
  • Experience of working with faith based organisations.
  • Experience from similar positions.

Send two documents: Your curriculum vitae and a cover letter explaining why you consider that you can assume this position and what is the possibility of starting work on the date stipulated in these terms of reference and your fee aspiration, to the following email address: latinamerica@diakonia.se

Diakonia will only contact the preselected persons.

Deadline to submit applications: Until Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

Send the two (2) documents, and please indicate in the subject: " Strategic Partnership Manager ".

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