Partnership Specialist

CARE Nepal

CARE Nepal  is an international NGO with local staff and community partners in more than 90 countries. We create local solutions to poverty and inequality and seek dignity for everyone every day and during times of crisis. CARE puts women and girls at the center of everything we do because they have proven to be the best hope for creating lasting…

Job Information

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    Duty Station Lalitpur
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    Type of Appointment Full time
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    No. of Openings 1 opening
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    Salary Negotiable / Monthly
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    Job Level : Mid-Level
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    Job Experience : 4+ year
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    Job Category NGO | INGO | Charity
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    Job Qualification : Bachelor
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    Posted Date : Jul 19, 2022

Job Description

CARE is an international NGO with local staff and community partners in more than 90 countries. We create local solutions to poverty and inequality and seek dignity for everyone every day and during times of crisis. CARE puts women and girls at the center of everything we do because they have proven to be the best hope for creating lasting change in the world. CARE has been operational in Nepal since 1978 and works in partnerships with government and non-government stakeholders across the spectrum of humanitarian action and long-term development programs.

Start Network is made up of more than 50 aid agencies across five continents, ranging from large international organizations to national NGOs. Together, our aim is to transform humanitarian action through innovation, fast funding, early action, and localization.

Start Fund Nepal is a Start Network program hosted by CARE Nepal. In June 2021, with support from the UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), Start Fund Nepal was launched. The Start Fund Nepal Pilot is a collectively managed emergency financing mechanism, developed in Nepal by Start Network members and partner NGOs with support from Start Fund Nepal and the global Start Fund. The pilot project was completed in March 2022. Phase II of Start Fund Nepal began in April 2022 and will conclude in March 2024. Based on the global guideline, Start Fund Nepal also follows the 45 days implementation cycle, making funding decision within 72 hours of a crisis alert, with awarded agencies starting project implementation in 7 days. It has 21 Members consisting of 15 Global Start Network members and 6 local and national NGOs. The Start Fund Nepal Committee is responsible for the strategic management and operations of the Start Fund Nepal Pilot within the parameters set by the global Start Fund Committee.

Partnership Specialist

Position Description:

The Partnership Specialist will be working closely with Start Fund Nepal members to support in the due diligence process of local/national NGOs, facilitate the onboarding process; ensure that the local/national NGOs have direct, equitable access to Start Fund grants; facilitate the participation revolution and the influence of affected populations; support the local NGO partners’ visibility in humanitarian and public spheres and their engagement with national coordination mechanisms; and support with capacity strengthening.

To be successful in this role, incumbent should perform the aforementioned tasks, document observed changes over time, and share the lessons with the Start Fund team in order to identify key highlights as well as scopes of advocacy in line with Grand Bargaining agenda and Charter for Change. This role will also have a function with implementing projects with the coordinator overseeing financial and auditory lessons from the responses under the Fund, and also supporting the Start Fund alert cycle process from time to time.

The employee shall fully comply with CARE policies and procedure and should be accountable for it.


R1. Partnership Management and Promoting Localization

  • Map out existing networks, organization and individuals related to localization and demonstrate strong relationship with relevant stakeholders.
  • Carry out stakeholder mapping and develop criteria for selection of local and national NGOs.
  • Work with due diligence service providers, and support in the conducting of Due Diligence Assessment (DDA) for identifying new members and based on DDA develop capacity strengthening action plan for member agencies.
  • Identify and design best/new practices of engagement and decision-making by crisis affected communities.
  • Identify and analyze the different funding modalities/mechanisms for local and national humanitarian actors and understand how each can best facilitate the participation revolution and the influence of affected populations.
  • Participate and attend different workshops, meetings, events related to localization and share Start Fund Nepal’s value addition in the country’s humanitarian mechanism through its localization interventions.
  • Maintain liaison with Start Network members, local and national organization for tracking the localization progress.
  • Assist local NGOs to ensure minimum due diligence standards in order to facilitate building strong and sustained national capacities as well as expanding local/national ownership of Start Fund Nepal.
  • Facilitate discussions on localization, local resource mobilization, and explore/initiate partnership with diverse stakeholders e.g. universities, academician, media, network, actors, youth organizations/clubs.
  • Act as a safeguarding focal for member agencies.

R2. Research, Documentation and Communication

  • Document evidence and knowledge generated from the Start Fund Nepal interventions around localization and access to funding.
  • Design and facilitate/conduct in-house and participatory research with local and national organizations on issues around localization.
  • Participate in learning visits and capture the learnings to support the MEAL framework. Support in producing event reports, press releases, case studies, policy briefs.
  • Develop communication materials (audio-visual, poster, proposal, reports and all other internal and external communication especially for alert process) that explicitly mentions the roles/contribution of LNGOs.
  • Support in the development, adoption and roll-out of communication strategy (for external stakeholders/audiences).
  • Support in advocating for ICR sharing.

R3. Organizational Development and Organizational System Strengthening

  • Supporting to conduct Organizational Development workshop for selected member and organizational system strengthening (OSS) plans for the members and ensuring that those plans are effectively implemented and resourced through inclusion of sufficient funding as well as support.
  • Providing regular mentorship support that motivate member agencies to implement the OSS plan and hiring service providing agency and consultant to provide further support to implement their OSS plan.
  • Assist member agencies to review their organizational policy and support them to develop new policy and procedure.
  • Assess the current membership portfolio identifying strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and risks related to current members through previous record details and identify
  • additional needs to support capacity assessment, monitoring, compliance, project cycle management etc., coordinating closely with the program and compliance team.
  • Coordinate with Start Fund admin and finance for implementing the capacity strengthening plan of local actors.
  • Design specific module and handbook for enhancing capacity of members/partners preferably in Nepali to ensure more local contextualization.
  • Conduct field visit for supporting member organization for implanting their OSSP and as well as coordinating with compliance and audit team for providing support.
  • Document best practices around organizational development and capacity strengthening.

R4. Service Function to Secretariat

  • Support Program Manager for managing alert cycle and successfully disburse fund to members.
  • Support members implementing the awarded project in line with programmatic aspects. Capture challenges and barriers for ensuring host compliances in line with audit and
  • financial aspects and flagging financial and programmatic irregularities.
  • Forecast the events and actions in accordance with the SFN workplan and capacity building initiatives and update the line manager.
  • Track and follow up partnership contracts, consultancy contracts with proper documentation of updates and on-time submission of deliverables to line manager.
  • Regular update award letter as per host agency and coordinating host agency to manage award and disbursement.
  • Update member database that required for fund disbursement.
  • Preparing award letter, ensuring signing off from host, chair of SFN and awarded agency and make arrangement for fund disbursement.
  • Managing award management and different tracker to manage the risk and compliance Assist compliance team to monitor high risk members. Play a role in management of risks, and ensuring members are familiar with their obligations as members and as recipients of awards.
  • Support the team for conducting different events under Start Fund Nepal and as required.


Spending Authority: NA

Supervision: as required

Working conditions:

Based at the Central Office.

Required Qualification & Experience

Preferred Qualifications and Experience:

Bachelor degree in Sociology, Anthropology, Development Studies, Disaster Management or any other relevant fields with at least 4 years of working experience in public sector (in Nepal). Demonstrated experience of working with humanitarian NGOs and/or networks in Nepal is desirable for this position.

Skills and Knowledge:

  • Technical skills:
    • Relevant theoretical and applied knowledge on localization and current practices around localization at local and national level
    • Strong familiarities with participatory tools and practicesFamiliarity with feminism and rights based approaches
    • Strong partnership management skills with sound understanding on interagency collaboration and partnerships
    • Sound understanding on Grand Bargain, Charter for Change, Principles of Partnership commitments along with Core Humanitarian, SPHERE standards and IFRC Code of Conduct
    • Strong presentation and writing skills, including project documentation and public communication
    • Proficient IT skills (Microsoft Office, in particular Word and Excel)
    • Translation – English to Nepali and Nepali to English
    • Receptive and adherence to the internal regulation and working requirements
    • Strong understanding of emerging trends within the humanitarian sector
    • Proven experience of delivery of results in partnership and/or networks
  • Personal skills:
    • Good understanding and experience in partnership in localization context
    • Strong project management skills
    • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
    • Critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills
    • Innovative, experimental and having confidence to test new ideas
    • Ability of multi-task management


  • Have partner culture awareness, values the differences among partners and find ways to integrate those differences for a constructive change
  • Comfortable to work with communities, NGOs, CBOs and local government actors
  • Ability and thrust for interagency collaboration and partnerships and passion to foster a culture of trust and open dialogue among partners
  • Highly organized with strong prioritization skills
  • Proactive and able to take lead with minimum resources Innovative
  • Problem solving and decision making Working effectively with others
  • Delivering results

How to Apply

CARE places human dignity at the center of its relief and development work. At the heart of CARE’s efforts to impact poverty and social justice is its engagement with marginalized communities, and vulnerable adults and children. Vulnerable adults and children are particularly at risk of sexual exploitation and abuse. CARE commits to the protection from sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse (PSHEA) of vulnerable adults, involving CARE Employees and Related Personnel. CARE has a zero tolerance toward sexual exploitation and abuse and child abuse. CARE takes seriously all concerns and complaints about sexual exploitation and abuse and child abuse involving CARE Employees and Related Personnel. CARE initiates rigorous investigation of complaints that indicate a possible violation of this policy and takes appropriate disciplinary action, as warranted.

CARE Nepal participates in the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this Scheme, we hereby request information from candidate’s previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the candidate left employment. All CARE Nepal’s offers of employment are subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms his/her understanding of these recruitment procedures.

Interested candidates are encouraged to visit our website at and complete the application process. The last date for submitting the application is 17:00 hours, August 1, 2022.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Telephone enquiries will not be entertained.

“CARE Nepal is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage candidates of diverse background, women and differently abled, to apply”