Practical Action – Head Of Restricted Funding Strategy.

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Salary: Grade and Salary will be in accordance with the country in which the role is recruited

Location: UK, Nepal, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Peru

Employment status: Long term, permanent or rolling contract depending on country

About the role

We are looking for a Head of Restricted Funding Strategy to lead Practical Action’s group wide restricted income generation and continue to build on the recent years’ successes in diversifying our partners and income sources.

In a rapidly evolving donor and political context, you will take the lead on coordinating group wide efforts to increase our income from a wide range of funders. In such a fast changing funding climate, it will require sustained and focused leadership to maintain and grow and diversify Practical Action’s funding base. This role had been developed to provide dedicated leadership and innovation to achieve our ambitions, and to support teams working in different countries to meet their goals.

Through this role we want to:

  •  Develop Practical Action’s group wide strategy for restricted income generation
  •  Strengthen group wide approaches and relationship management with key funders and institutional donors
  • Ensure the whole organization is working to clearly defined funding priorities with effective collaboration between local and global teams
  •  Commission market intelligence, to drive future direction for restricted funding strategy, and to inform skills development
  • Build organisational competence in developing proposals for emerging new funding streams
  • Lead our global business development network to build skills, capabilities, share learning and improve our overall fundraising performance

As part of the Marketing Area Senior Management Team, you will work with the Director, the Head of Partnerships and Philanthropy and other key senior colleagues to ensure we have a diversified income portfolio and that we are pursuing the best funding strategies for each of the markets in which we operate.

About you
You will have considerable professional experience as a leader in securing and managing donor relationships with particular expertise with multi-laterals, bi-laterals and/or pooled funds and/or institutional fundraising within an international development context or similar.

You will have proven leadership capabilities and the ability to represent the team, the organisation and our work as well as the ability to work collaboratively across teams, influence and enable where direct line management does not exist, and to contribute strategically.

You will have a strong track record in making sound decisions, based on evidence, opportunities and risks.

Why join us?
The opportunity to work for an organisation that is making a positive difference to the lives of people worldwide, a friendly and supportive culture, working with values driven and highly engaged colleagues, work life balance and flexible working – these are just some of the reasons we think Practical Action is a great place to work. This is a global role, and therefore this role has the possibility of being based in the UK, or within a country where we have an entity. The postholder will be required to have the relevant Right to Work for the country which they are applying and the terms of conditions of employment will be in accordance with that country.

Remote working / home working is possible with this role

About us
We are an international development organisation putting ingenious ideas to work so people in poverty can change their world.

We help people find solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems. Challenges made worse by catastrophic climate change and persistent gender inequality. We work with
communities to develop ingenious, lasting and locally owned solutions for agriculture, water and waste management, climate resilience and clean energy. And we share what works with others, so answers that start small can grow big.

We’re a global change-making group. The group consists of a UK registered charity with community projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America, an independent development publishing company and a technical consulting service. We combine these specialisms to multiply our impact and help shape a world that works better for everyone.

Practical Action believe that having a diverse workforce and inclusive workplace culture based on respect will enable us to be an effective organisation. We seek to create an inclusive workplace in which people are accepted as individuals, regardless of their differences and where they feel their contribution is valued. We treat all applications for employment on their merits and do not take into consideration any factors that are not relevant to the job such as disability, race, age, religion, gender, gender reassignment or sexual orientation.

Additional information

  • Please note that should we recruit a suitable candidate before the closing date, we will close applications earlier than the specified date.
  • We treat all applications for employment on their merits and do not take into consideration any factors that are not relevant to the job such as disability, race, age,
    religion, gender, gender reassignment or sexual orientation.
  •  Practical Action is committed to safeguarding and protecting children and vulnerable adults and as such candidates will be subject to pre-employment checks including criminal checks and terrorist financing.
  •  The successful applicant must have the pre-existing right to both live and work in a country where Practical Action has an entity.


If you want to work for a changemaking organisation with significant people ambitions, then we would like to hear from you. To apply go to and follow the links to submit a copy of your CV, with links to examples of your work, and a supporting statement that describes your suitability for the role.


Closing date for applications: Tuesday 23rd November 2021




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