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Partnerships Manager

Salary rangeConfidential | Contract type: Permanent

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Job Summary

Reporting to the CEO, the Partnerships Manager identifies, tracks, cultivates, nurtures and accounts for cash and in-kind investments and sponsorship from or through corporations, academic institutions, development partners, public agencies and individuals. You will also serve as the focal point for special thought leadership initiatives of the Africa Digital Media Group – the Institute, Foundation and Studios.

This position offers an exciting opportunity for a creative and diligent self-starter to identify potential partners worldwide, coordinating engagement avenues for exchange, academic and investment partners alongside philanthropic, development, individual and corporate donors. You will also create pipeline-tracking databases, develop promotional content and supporting documentation (pitch decks, proposals, budgets, financial models, etc), create and employ tools to memorialize, monitor and deliver win-win joint projects, improve our reporting to partners and track impact and financial accountability metrics.


  • Refine and document the existing partnerships strategy, linking it to a specific workplan and KPIs.
  • Establish structures, systems and processes for the mobilization, documentation, tracking, management of grants and donations (both cash and in-kind) as well as investment funds and non-tuition commercial income.
  • Work with Senior Monitoring & Evaluation Advisor to develop and deploy a robust results framework including an impact baseline and ongoing metrics and quality assurance for all Group entities.
  • Ensure that donor initiatives are in full compliance with all external laws and internal policies.
  • Identify a pipeline monitoring application that tracks leads, interactions, metrics and reports.
  • Write high-quality proposals, budgets, contracts and reports to support and advance partnerships.
  • Build and maintain ongoing relationships with individual and institutional partners, continually scan the environment, initiate contact and advise seniors on potential partnerships.
  • Generate ideas and execute thought leadership initiatives (eg. proprietary webinars, e-newsletters, awards, podcast, expo, etc.).
  • Look for relevant competitions, accelerators and awards and submit and track applications.
  • Monitor and adapt to trends in education, government, donor and corporate sponsorship
  • Participate in policy dialogues as well as speeches, conference panels and other public events
  • Collaborate with Communications team to develop digital-driven outreach strategy and thereafter update and populate the ADMF and ADMS websites, program reports (including accounts), marketing collateral, Hubspot workflows, promotional videos and social media outreach
  • Develop and implement periodic outreach campaigns (eg. crowd-funding campaigns around specific products, events or individuals)

Job Requirements

Required education: Bachelor's degree
Required relevant work experience: 5 years
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)
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