Bid Management Lead in London at WaterAid

Date Posted: 1/21/2020

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Job Description

Want to use your skills in Bid Management to play a vital role in making clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone everywhere?

Join WaterAid as Bid Management Lead to change normal for millions of people so they can unlock their potential, break free from poverty and change their lives for good. On top of that you'll be joining a 2018 Great Place to Work® award-winning organisation.

WaterAid UK has an ambitious new strategy to grow the size of it programmes through restricted income - over the next five years WaterAid UK plans to grow its restricted income for its programmes by a minimum of 35%. It is expected that this growth will primarily come from institutional partnerships with some of the world's leading bilateral development agencies, including DFID, USAID, SIDA and DEVCO. The organisation is therefore now at a turning pointing in its approach to institutional funding and is making significant investments into its capacity and capability to deliver growth. Within this context, the newly formed Institutional Funding and Partnerships Team is leading on the operationalisation of this new strategy as well as increasing the expertise and capability of the staff working on resource mobilisation and institutional partnership building.

As our Bid Management Lead you will work across the organisation with your team to help deliver a step change in WaterAid's approach to bidding on restricted funding, driving up success rates.

The role will initially be fixed term for 36 months. There is likely to be significant travel involved to our international programmes. The role is envisaged as London based and full time but for the right candidate there can be flexibility on this.

In this role, you will:

- Build and implement a strategy for improving bid management capability in line with the IPD Institutional and Restricted Funding Strategy

- Ensure an effective and timely supply of bid management capability across the range of strategic funding opportunities in the pipeline

- When appropriate, lead the development of bids for strategic, complex or high value funding opportunities (including multi-country funding opportunities)

- In collaboration with our Technical Unit, develop good practice on proposal/programme design for strategic, complex or high values opportunities.

- Build and maintain a repository of standard 'boiler plate' information for funding bids (e.g. capacity statements, track record, CVs, organisational capability sections, etc)

To be successful, you'll need:

  • Comprehensive knowledge, understanding & evidence of successful application of major principles of good practice relating to bid management
  • Experience/ evidence of strategy development and implementation
  • Experience/ evidence of successfully leading, motivating and coaching teams at a senior level to achieve individual & team goals.

To see the full job pack, please click "Apply"

Please apply by submitting your CV and a cover letter into one document in either Word Document or PDF format.

Applications will close at 23:59 on Sunday 23rd February 2020. Availability for the 1st interview on the w/c 2nd March and w/c 9th March for 2nd interview.

Salary: £48,900 - £51,500 with excellent benefits.

Other Information

WaterAid benefits include:

  • 36 days holiday (including Bank Holidays)
  • Option to buy an extra 5 days annual leave
  • We offer a generous pension plan with employer contribution of up to 10%
  • Flexible working conditions, including the opportunity for part-time work and home working up to 2 days a week
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Free annual eye tests
  • Pay as You Give charitable giving scheme
  • Enhanced Maternity and Adoption/Surrogacy pay, Shared Parental Leave and Paternity Leave.
  • Sabbaticals
  • Volunteer Day

WaterAid is currently located at Durham Street, Vauxhall. However, we will be leaving our current location in the summer of 2020 (likely to be June/July 2020) and moving to 20 Canada Square, Canary Wharf. Therefore the London Office location and contract base, if you are successfully offered the role, will change. This will be discussed at the interview stage with you.

We are unable to provide sponsorship for this post. In order to apply for this post, you must be able to demonstrate your eligibility to work in the UK.

WaterAid is fully committed to protecting those with whom it comes into contact in WaterAid is committed to ensuring that wherever we work in the world there is no tolerance for the abuse of power, privilege or trust. WaterAid reinforces a culture of zero tolerance towards any form of inappropriate behaviour, abuse, harassment, or exploitation of any kind. The safeguarding of our beneficiaries, staff, volunteers and anyone working on our behalf, is our top priority, and we take our responsibilities extremely seriously. All staff and volunteers are required to share in this commitment through our Global Code of Conduct.

We will conduct the most appropriate preemployment references and checks to ensure high standards are maintained. WaterAid is an equal opportunities, disability-confident employer and committed to achieving the highest standards of diversity, fairness and equality. Should you have a disability and require any additional support, please contact us at