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Senior Manager - External Relations

Reporting to Regional Director


Reference: 4848788

The Organisation

Marie Stopes International (MSI) is a global organisation providing reproductive choice to women and girls across 37 countries. Our local teams of professionals are passionate about the work they do transforming the lives of women and girls through the provision of quality contraception, safe abortion, and sexual health services. The services we provide give a woman the power to choose when she has children so that she's free to pursue her plans for herself and her family. MSI is a pro-choice organisation and it is a requirement that all staff are comfortable with and promote the MSI Core Values - these are Mission-Driven; Client-Centred; Accountable; Courageous.

The Function

The External Relations team, as part of MSIA's International Programs Department, plays a critical role in driving the strategic growth of our global partnership, with a focus on MSI's Pacific Asia country programs, by driving fundraising and building a donor base, raising the profile of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and developing and maintaining relationships with key donors and external partners. The External Relations team is responsible for diversifying our external funding base and increasing the overall financial sustainability of our country programs to deliver services for women. The team plays a pivotal role in strengthening regional and local capacity in the design of our health programming.

Purpose of the Role

This is a senior management position within MSIA's small but effective team. Based in Melbourne, the role will require regular travel to Canberra and occasional travel within the region as necessary. As Senior Manager - External Relations for Australia and the Asia Pacific, you will:

  • Support MSI's strategic engagement with Australian policymakers and parliamentarians, and key stakeholders in the Asia Pacific Region
  • Lead the evolution of MSI's engagement with DFAT, as well as driving a growing portfolio of current and future Australian donors
  • Oversee program design & bid development for MSI in the Asia Pacific region
  • Lead development of MSIA's public fundraising strategy and manage the fundraising team to deliver on targets
  • Be a conduit for transferring knowledge and learning from MSI's programming both to partners across the sector, and from the wider sector into the MSI global partnership

Key Responsibilities

Donor Partnerships

  • Build, lead and sustain a positive relationship with DFAT and other key donors to support continued and increased funding for MSI
  • Act as the main focal point for DFAT: anticipating and being responsive to requests and proactively engaging and serving as a key resource to increase awareness of MSI's global impact and results
  • Understand DFAT policies and requirements, and clearly communicate key points to Strategy and Development of staff in the Melbourne and London support offices and country program staff
  • Develop strategic partnerships with organisations, individuals and companies to enhance MSI's visibility and profile in the region amongst existing and potential donors
  • Liaise with the MSI External Affairs teams in, London and Washington DC on international, regional and in-country external relations initiatives, to support continued and further funding for MSI
  • Liaise and support MSI team members based in country programs to cultivate and strengthen key partnerships, particularly with DFAT post


  • Develop and lead an agile and effective strategy which underpins MSIA's institutional and public fundraising
  • Oversee the Senior Advisor Program Design and Development and the fundraising team (Fundraising Advisor and Fundraising & Communications Coordinator) implement fundraising activities and deliver on targets
  • Oversee, advise on and, as necessary, directly engage in program design and proposal development
  • Engage with the MSIA Board on fundraising and report on results

Australian and Regional Stakeholder Engagement

  • Serve as a spokesperson for MSI at Australian and Asia Pacific regional conferences, presentations, panel discussions, strategic events, committees, working groups, and other meetings
  • Support the transfer of knowledge, documentation, and dissemination of learning, best practices, case studies and successful strategies in relation to MSI's policy engagement
  • Build strong relationships with the NGO sector in Australia, including ACFID and the International Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Consortium (of which MSI is a founding member), to form networks that can positively influence Australian Government policy and practice with regard to SRHR

Parliamentary and Policy Engagement

  • Cultivate, strengthen and nurture constructive and positive relationships with a range of Australian parliamentarians, decision makers and policymakers, academic institutions, opinion leaders and other partners as champions to advance universal access to contraception and safe abortion
  • Positively influence DFAT policy and practice with regard to SRHR
  • Provide strategic advice, support and training to country programs in the region on policy advocacy
  • Work with the Global Strategy and Development Department to monitor international policy and strategy on SRHR and related issues, and provide high level input to keep family planning and safe abortion on the global agenda
  • Leadership and managerial capacity: An experienced manager who can set a vision, build a strategy and lead their team to deliver on performance
  • Collaborative: A confident communicator who is able to negotiate with diplomacy and build relationships at multiple levels
  • Strategic Vision: An analytical thinker who has the ability to see the bigger picture, identify opportunities and tailor strategic plans and adjust goals when circumstances change
  • Results Driven: A solution-focused individual who thinks ‘outside the box' and can diplomatically challenge the status quo whilst maintaining harmony
  • Entrepreneurial and Resourceful: A self-starter and creative risk taker who is able to act decisively when unexpected events present opportunities for advancing MSI's global mission

Skills and Experience


  • Educated to degree level (Master's degree desirable)


  • Team management experience
  • Experience in program development and institutional fundraising
  • Demonstrated record in engaging and influencing senior policymakers, donors and civil society agencies to deliver strategic advocacy outcomes (SRHR experience preferred)
  • International development experience preferred, with a proven track record in implementing/supporting service delivery programs an advantage
  • Experience in public fundraising for the non-profit sector (desirable)


  • Demonstrated ability to produce policy briefs or factsheets
  • Strong analytical and strategic skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to organise and present information in a compelling and succinct manner

Personal Attributes

  • Passion and enthusiasm for development and/or reproductive health issues
  • Responsive, pro-active, and results-oriented.
  • Flexible attitude and team player
  • Pro-MSI philosophy of social enterprise
  • Pro-MSI philosophy of reproductive rights
  • Pro-choice

MSIA is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. MSIA also takes a zero-tolerance approach to fraud and bribery, terrorism and money laundering as well as modern slavery and any unethical behaviour.

The successful candidate will be required to

  • undergo a Police Check prior to commencing any position with MSIA; and
  • sign MSIA's Child Safeguarding Code of Conduct.

Applications Close: 30 Sep 2019