Regional Partnerships Director – Asia

BBC Media Action

BBC Media Action is the BBC’s international charity. We support the independent media essential to democracy and development; and support people facing insecurity, inequality and poverty with information they can trust – to protect health, bridge divides and challenge prejudice. With our partners we reach millions through creative communication and trusted media, helping people have their say, understand their rights,…

Job Information

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    Duty Station Nepal
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    Type of Appointment Contract
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    No. of Openings 1 opening
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    Salary Negotiable / Monthly
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    Job Level : Senior Level
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    Job Experience : 10 Years
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    Job Category NGO | INGO | Charity
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    Job Qualification : Related Field
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    Posted Date : Dec 26, 2021

Job Description

Package Description

Salary: Competitive, on local BBC salary scale

Contract type: Fixed team for 24 months, with potential for extension

Job purpose:

This senior role supports and strengthens the partnership brokering and programme development capacity of country-based programmes in Asia, with the ultimate aim of increasing the number, range and impact of BBC Media Action’s projects. The post-holder will particularly focus on forming, maintaining and making the most of relationships with institutional donors, implementers and other stakeholders, and leading on securing new projects including regional and multi-country projects in Asia. The role also contributes to strategy development and profile raising, working closely with country directors, the regional director and the central partnerships team.

Key responsibilities and accountabilities:

  • Secure new projects by identifying opportunities, negotiating with potential partners and leading on project design and proposal writing.
  • Form and maintain relationships with key external stakeholders, including donors, consortium leads and implementing organisations, representing BBC Media Action appropriately and proficiently.
  • Support country directors in BBC Media Action’s offices in Asia to respond to and secure emerging project opportunities and build relationships with new institutional donors.
  • Raise the profile and visibility of BBC Media Action’s work and capabilities in the region, especially among institutional donors and implementers of development projects.
  • Contribute to organisational learning and understanding of trends and challenges in Asia.
  • Contribute to efficient and coordinated partnership management and programme development by sharing contacts and intelligence with country-based and central teams.
  • Contribute to cross-border collaboration and sharing of learning and resources between projects working on common thematic areas with regional impact.
  • Work closely with global colleagues to manage relevant global relationships with donors and implementers and produce intelligence and tools to support partnership and project development across the organisation.

Required Qualification & Experience

Knowledge, skills, training and experience requirements:

  • Proven senior experience in international development.
  • Proven ability to raise funds and secure projects from institutional donors.
  • Significant experience of working constructively with consortium leads and other implementers to develop and secure donor-funded programmes.
  • Proven track record of building and managing external relationships as well as working at a high level in a representative role.
  • Excellent communication skills both oral and written, with the ability to write well and persuasively in English and fluency as a public speaker.
  • Experience working in one of BBC Media Action’s thematic areas.
  • Excellent understanding (or the ability to quickly develop understanding) of BBC Media Action editorial values, its methodologies and approaches.
  • Demonstrable understanding or experience of the use of media and communication for development.
  • Dynamism, proactivity, personal resilience and demonstrable ability to adapt to changing and uncertain circumstances.
  • Experience of living and working in Asia.


  • Strong technical understanding of the communications for development sector, including media development and communications for behaviour and social change.
  • Experience of developing complex budgets.
  • Understanding of compliance requirements of a range of donors (including USAID, FCDO, Sida, GAC and UN agencies).
  • Experience of working in media, media development or communications.
  • Experience of monitoring and evaluation.

Safeguarding considerations

  • This role involves designing projects that involve regular staff contact with children and vulnerable adults as programme contributors, research participants, and/or partner trainees;
  • The role involves being resident in and/or regularly visiting a country where poverty, police corruption and criminal impunity may be significant risk factors. Informal and unsupervised contact with children and vulnerable adults is likely to be frequent, including when not at work;
  • In view of the risk areas identified above, an enhanced plus barred DBS check or the equivalent criminal record check for those resident outside England and Wales is required.

How to Apply

Applications are welcome from individuals with the existing right to work in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia or Nepal. BBC Media Action will not sponsor visas or provide relocation packages for these roles (although visa support for necessary business travel will be provided). The successful applicant will be employed and based in their home country, with salary set according to BBC Media Action’s pay scales in that country.

To apply, send your CV and a short covering letter, setting out how you meet the knowledge, skills, training and experience requirements listed in the job description, to: by 2359 (Bangkok time) on Sunday 16 January 2022.

Proposals are also welcome from consultants operating in the region who have the capability to provide the services described. In addition to a CV and covering letter, proposals from consultants should include:

  • Details of the proposed location where the consultant will be based (this must be within South or South-East Asia)
  • Confirmation that the consultant has appropriate registrations and is tax compliant in the location proposed.
  • A proposed outline pricing model.