Manager, Programs and Partnerships

Aga Khan Foundation, USA
September 29, 2021
Springfield, Virginia
Post Type
Experience (minimum)
5-10 Years
Education (minimum)
Travel Required?
Base Salary
$90,000 - 100,000


Manager, Programs and Partnerships



The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) is a non-denominational international development agency established in 1967 by His Highness the Aga Khan. Its mission is to develop and promote creative and sustainable solutions to problems that impede social development. AKF is a member of the Aga Khan Development Network, a group of agencies with mandates that include the environment, health, education, microfinance, rural development, disaster reduction, the promotion of private-sector enterprise, and the revitalization of historic cities. AKDN agencies conduct their programs without regard to faith, origin, or gender.


The Manager, Programs and Partnerships is a senior member of the AKF-USA team whose primary role is to lead AKF-USA’s institutional resource mobilization and business development efforts with the United States Government, as well as foundations, philanthropic organizations, and other partners. The incumbent also manages a portfolio of projects and programs, and supports the management of relationships with relevant stakeholders. The Manager, Programs and Partnerships is responsible for overall management and oversight of a team of Program Officers to ensure high quality business development and implementation of grants in the organization.


  • Leads Aga Khan Foundation’s business development efforts across all sectors in the United States and globally as necessary. This includes regularly reviewing business forecasts of the US Government funding agencies, monitoring calls for new funding applications, building relationship with funding partners, including Foundations and philanthropic organizations.
  • Supports the development of a long-range pipeline of current and future funding opportunities with North American institutional donors, foundations, and other partners corresponding to AKDN priorities and Board-approved strategies.
  • Oversee the development and review of specific concept notes and proposals (competitive and unsolicited) for North American donors. When needed, provide direct hands-on support at the field level (or elsewhere) in the design of concept notes and proposals.
  • Provides supervision and mentorship to Program Officers, coaching them to become exemplary grant managers and members of the AKF Program and Partnerships Team in North America.
  • Acts as focal point for AKF’s portfolio of programs in the United States and Canada, and provides overall guidance, oversight, quality control and coordination for all projects in the portfolio, liaising closely with the Communications, Resource Mobilization and Finance Teams.
  • Supports systemic improvements in pipeline development and grant management and tracking of results through effective processes and instruments as needed.
  • Presents at, and organizes meetings, conferences, programs, and knowledge sharing regarding AKF programming with external audiences in North America and other Aga Khan Foundation offices worldwide.
  • Participates in cross team collaboration with other departmental senior staff to develop processes and procedures, and resolve issues.
  • Prepares briefing notes, summaries, background papers and program analysis for a variety of audiences as needed and assigned.


  • Master’s Degree in International Development, Public Health, or other related fields.
  • Seven (7) years of experience in institutional resource mobilization and non-for-profit business development in the United States.
  • Minimum three (3) years of experience in managing the United States Government funded grants.
  • Minimum three (3) years of experience in leading, supervising, and coaching staff.
  • Experience of managing Global Affairs Canada’s grants will be an additional asset.
  • Demonstrated and thorough understanding of major US donor policies, budgets, financial management, program design, monitoring and evaluation, and performance-based management.
  • Demonstrated skills in relationship building and interpersonal communications.
  • Demonstrated excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Good judgement, analytical thinking, and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, culturally diverse environment.
  • Ability to travel to programming countries in Africa and Asia.



Incumbent reports to the Deputy Director of Programs and Partnerships (North America) and maintains a consultation line with the Regional Director of Programs and Partnerships (North America). The position is based in AKF-USA’s office in Washington DC.


The salary range for this position is $90,000 to $100,000 per annum, in addition to a competitive benefits package.


Please submit a resume and cover letter together with the names and contact details of three professional references to: subject line: “Application for Manager, Programs and Partnerships position”


Deadline for application: October 19, 2021


AKF-USA is committed to advancing gender equality and inclusion through our programming and operations in the USA and overseas. AKF-USA employees requires all employees to review and abide by the AKF Gender Equality Policy.


AKF-USA recognizes the importance of safeguarding and is committed to ensuring it manages a wide range of risks such that beneficiaries, staff, other associates, and the organization as a whole are kept safe from harm. AKF-USA requires all employees to review and abide by the AKF Safeguarding Policy.

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