Job opportunity: Private Sector Partnerships and Business Development Officer

We are looking for a Private Sector Partnerships and Business Development Officer who will work as part of the GRP Secretariat. Applications are due by 30 June 2023.

Founded in 2014, The Global Resilience Partnership (GRP) comprises of over 70 organisations working together to advance climate resilience by identifying and scaling locally-led innovations, sharing and generating knowledge,and shaping resilience policy and investments.  We envision an inclusive world in harmony with nature that is better prepared to cope with shocks, adapt to change, and transform – all within planetary boundaries. 

We are seeking an outstanding candidate for a Private Sector Partnerships and Business Development Officer role as part of the GRP Secretariat. The GRP Secretariat is a diverse, international team that convenes and catalyses actions by the Partners and implements specific activities on behalf of the Partnership. The Private Sector Partnerships and Business Development Officer will be part of a nimble team that operates and collaborates virtually but holds offices in Stockholm, Sweden and in Cape Town, South Africa. This is an independent contractor agreement for 1 year with the possibility of renewal. 

The successful candidate will be dynamic and inspirational with experience in the private sector or private sector relationship management and, cultivating opportunities and new business in a fundraising or grant writing environment. They will have the confidence needed to win support from decision-makers, forge new relationships and thrive on enhancing GRP’s current partnerships.

This role will suit a network builder who is structured, reliable, positive and ambitious, with the ability to find solutions independently and creatively. Candidates should be able to work collaboratively; bringing people together to achieve a common purpose. An interest in climate change resilience and sustainability is a plus. We are seeking someone who is autonomous, proactive, and results-focused. This position is best suited for someone who performs well in a fast-paced environment and sees creative solutions instead of obstacles. The position will report to the Head of Programmes and work closely with the CEO and the Head of Innovation and Scaling. 

Main responsibilities

  • Engage, nurture and develop key private sector partners through GRP’s role as the implementing partner of the PREPARE Call to Action for the Private Sector.  This will include but is not limited to, organising meetings and events, coordinating and amalgamating outputs from private sector partners in concert with the communications team and the US Government, developing a private sector partnership strategy and following due diligence processes for new partners, securing Letters of Intent from partners and partnership agreements. 
  • Work with the Head of Programmes to develop and drive an ambitious, multi-year strategy to increase and diversify funding in line with the principles on locally-led adaptation. 
  • Identify, evaluate, research and cultivate high-potential prospects, including private, public and family foundations, trusts, and bilateral and multilateral donors.
  • Manage relationships with prospective donors, working closely with the Chief Executive Officer and management team, and providing coordination and counsel as needed.
  • Work with the Head of Programmes to contribute to grant reporting requirements.
  • Convey persuasively the mission of GRP to major donors, corporate executives, and others. 

Qualification requirements

  • University degree (Masters level preferable), in a related field. MBA graduate are of particular interest;
    • Minimum of 8 years of work experience with similar tasks;
    • Proven track record of private sector partnership development and resource mobilisation; 
      • Organisation and project management skills, with proven ability in prioritising workloads and meeting deadlines;
      • Adaptive, independent and works well as part of a multi-disciplinary and fast-paced team in a complex international environment;
      • Interest in and understanding of resilience and international development cooperation is an asset but not required;
      • Excellent ability to express oneself in English, both orally and in writing;
      • Availability to travel internationally approximately five times a year. 

      Management arrangement

      • Reports to the GRP Head of Programmes and the CEO
      • Is part of the GRP Programmes team, working in close coordination with the entire Secretariat and with the CEO 
      • Working remotely 

      Terms of contract

      This is a full-time position with a one-year independent contractor agreement that will be subject to renewal. Start date as soon as possible. GRP strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all. You will be part of a dynamic international team that is flexible, nimble and works collaboratively across country borders. The contract will include flexible leave days. 

      Salary range USD 3,000-7,000 per month, final salary will be determined based on level of experience. 


      For role-specific questions please contact GRP Head of Programmes Simone Verkaart


      Please submit your CV (2 pages max) and cover letter (1 page) via this form before 23:59hrs CEST on 30 June 2023. The full Terms of Reference for this role is available here.

      We look forward to receiving your application!