FCDO Strategic Partnership Manager

Job Description:

Where you fit in

This post is an exciting and challenging opportunity to enhance the impact and effectiveness of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and Shell Foundation’s Strategic Partnerships. FCDO and Shell Foundation (SF) jointly deliver the Transforming Inclusive Energy Markets (TIME) – part of the Transforming Energy Access (TEA) platform funded from the UK’s Ayrton Fund – and the Catalysing Agriculture by Scaling Energy Ecosystems (CASEE) partnerships. FCDO’s aim is to help achieve universal increased access to energy (SDG7) and focus on providing clean, renewable reliable sources of energy for households, to power agriculture and SMEs.

We do this through testing and demonstrating innovative enterprise-led solutions that address key market bottlenecks and have the potential to scale up without long-term dependence on subsidy from donors.

The partnerships take an “ecosystem” approach, addressing core market barriers and bottlenecks for the sector as a whole (i.e., supply, demand, finance & institutions), helping to de-risk the sector for new and emerging innovators and enterprises, by piloting and scaling up new, untested business models that can be replicated by new entrants and by reducing market barriers that constrain growth. this unlocks private investment to further amplify impact and support growth of the sector. The partnerships leverage the respective expertise of FCDO (including beyond Research and Evidence Directorate) and Shell Foundation. The Partnerships operate Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and increasingly the Indo-Pacific.

Given the importance of ensuring that the programmes benefit from the strengths of each partner, and that all programme activities remain closely aligned with the agreed goals of the partnership, FCDO and SF intend to recruit and appoint an FCDO Strategic Partnership Manager (FSPM) to be seconded into the SF team.


What’s the role?

As FCDO Strategic Partnership Manager you will act as liaison between the Shell Foundation and FCDO to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the programmes. You will have a first-hand knowledge of how FCDO works, and, ideally, experience of working with private sector partners. You will be based within SF, with regular visits to FCDO offices, and occasional visits to country posts, required.

More specifically, your role will include:

  • Supporting the SF and FCDO programme teams in the strategic direction and delivery of the programme and provide insights as to how to ensure effective delivery and to maximise impact of the partnerships.
  • Ensuring that the SF/FCDO relationship management of the partnerships is co-ordinated  and coherent and is aligned to FCDO and SF’s interests and objectives; Critical to this will be developing good working relationships with both partners for the effective delivery of the partnership objectives;
  • Assisting in the reporting and administration of the programmes to ensure that it is in-line with programme requirements.
  • Supporting Shell Foundation in the co-ordination of inputs to programme management or funding proposals from across FCDO in the UK and country offices.
  • Proactively engaging with the FCDO country network in geographies where SF is currently investing, or considering investing, to explore strategic alignment and synergies between FCDO priorities in country and the priorities of the TIME and CASEE partnerships. This will involve helping country offices to access/navigate SF evidence and market intelligence, but also leveraging this network to pull through insights into TIME/CASEE investment decisions.
  • Working with and enabling co-ordination with other partner organisations funded by FCDO that are closely aligned to the delivery of SF projects for example other Ayrton Fund programmes and TEA partners.
  • Working with SF, FCDO and TEA Communications teams to design and deliver an effective communications strategy with FCDO for the partnerships, including high level co-ordination with private office and other stakeholders across FCDO.
  • Leading on networking and facilitating exchange between SF (their private sector partners and respective grantees) and FCDO’s Research and Evidence Directorate (RED), policy teams and country offices, including through workshops, exchanges, and conferences as appropriate.
  • Managing FCDO advisory capability to feed into the programme, including identifying and communicating with independent reviewers, technical experts and managers of related FCDO programmes;
  • Supporting SF’s M&E Manager in monitoring and evaluation in line with the FCDO business case and SMART rules, agreed key performance indicators (KPIs) and ensuring delivery of results on the ground;
  • Facilitating dialogue with other potential development partners and donors to leverage in additional funding for FCDO/SF programmes;
  • Supporting SF in scoping the options for creating a partnership with FCDO for scaling the lower carbon EV transport enterprise market in Sub Saharan Africa and South East Asia.
  • It is proposed that the Manager will spend 65% on the TIME Partnership, 25% on the CASEE partnership, and 10% on potential new partnerships related to renewable energy in SSA, South Asia & Indo-Pacific.


What we need from you

We’re keen to hear from individuals who have an excellent communication skill and have a proven ability to coordinate or liaise and manage relationships between multiple programme partners.

Required Professional Skills and Experiences:

  • Demonstrable recent track record working in FCDO or other government department in a programme relevant to this position; understanding of FCDO structures, systems, and processes.
  • Overseas experience, including significant practical experience of working in developing countries and emerging economies (including countries in either Africa and/or Asia).
  • Evidence of effective programme management and organizational skills.
  • Proven track record in maintaining effective relationships with large programme partners, including private sector partners to ensure delivery of results.
  • Flexibility and a capacity to deliver high quality work under pressure.
  • Accomplished communicator, with extremely high level of skill in written and spoken English’, and experience of producing high quality briefings.
  • A strong interest, backed up by some practical experience ideally, of sustainable development/social investment issues, preferably including some experience of working with high level external stakeholders in developing countries.


Candidates with below additional experiences will be preferred:

  • Experience of working on SMEs/private sector development in other parts of Indo-Pacific is desirable.
  • Proven experience in low-income consumer energy markets globally including strong established networks with public and private sector organizations relevant in this sector;
  • Track record in building business partner relationships.
  • Entrepreneurial flair (thinking creatively and being comfortable with taking known risk);
  • A good understanding of political economy issues, drivers of change and markets in relevant sectors and geographies.
  • Knowledge and application of effective monitoring and evaluation.


Practical Requirements:

  • Ability and willingness to travel – The role may require travel In Sub-Saharan Africa and the Indo-Pacific region of up to a maximum of 30 days a year.


Co-ordination & Management

The post will be line managed by SF, but with a dotted line accountability into FCDO Senior Responsible Owners (SRO) of the TEA and CASEE programmes. The position will actively engage with key departments within FCDO, including RED and the FCDO’s Business Engagement Hub.


Contract Duration

Start date for the post will be initially for two years, with potential for extension based on performance, for the duration of the Shell Foundation – FCDO strategic partnerships (confirmed at this point until March 2026).


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Join us and you’ll be adding your talent and imagination to a business with the ambition to shape the future – whether through supporting innovators to test new technology and enterprise models to supporting transformational energy and transport services that people living in low-income communities need to improve their health, education and income, everyone at Shell Foundation does their part.


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