Assistant Programme Manager, BBC Media Action

Job Introduction

The Global Partnerships team performs multiple functions to drive business development efforts at BBC Media Action. It cultivates and nurtures central relationships with key institutional funders and partners; leads the development of multi-regional and global funding applications and bids including frameworks and strategic opportunities; provides targeted support to country-specific business development efforts; and furnishes the organisation with donor intelligence, tools and resources to support country teams to conduct business development.

Role Responsibility

  • Working closely with the Senior Partnerships Manager, ensure that relevant teams have access to concise, pertinent and timely information on donors and funding opportunities.
  • Provide support, including bid coordination, to proposal submissions and funding agreement negotiations as required.
  • Work with the Team Assistant to coordinate the collation of organisational documentation necessary to comply with donor requirements at bid stage and support the development of organisational tools and records to manage this.
  • Oversee the Team Assistant in ensuring that organisational records and donor registrations on donor portals/websites are kept up to date.
  • Develop internally and externally facing business development resources, including print, audio/visual and online materials.
  • Support the Global Partnerships team to gather business development intelligence, identify and contribute ideas to develop funding opportunities and to cultivate new funders and partners that fit the organisational strategy.
  • Field/respond to questions and requests from teams across the organisation, including country offices, related to business development.

The Ideal Candidate


  • Experience in the international development sector.
  • Experience of supporting work to secure new business, including identifying and engaging with potential donors and contributing to project design and writing proposals.
  • Experience of developing communication materials for internal and external audiences.
  • Experience of developing proposals, securing new business from and reporting to donors (e.g. the European Union, USAID, FCDO or others) with an understanding of evaluation frameworks.
  • Very strong verbal and written communication skills.  Excellent attention to detail.
  • Excellent interpersonal, influencing and diplomatic skills, able to build trusting, productive relationships with contacts inside and outside the organization.

Package Description

Band: C
Contract type: Permanent
Location: London

We’re happy to discuss flexible working. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application. There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage.

  • Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • Benefits- We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days (1 of which is a corporation day) with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

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