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Director, Global Program Partnerships - HQ

Results Canada


Closing Date:   June 30, 2017
Organization:   Right To Play International
Department/Division:   Headquarters
Work location:   Toronto, Canada



Right To Play is a global organization committed to improving the lives of children and youth affected by conflict, disease and poverty. Established in 2000, Right To Play has pioneered a unique play-based approach to learning and development which focuses on quality education, life skills, health, gender equality, child protection and building peaceful communities. With programming in over 20 countries, Right To Play transforms the lives of more than one million children each week using play and sports, both inside and outside of the classroom. In addition to our work with children, Right To Play advocates with parents, local communities, and governments to advance the fundamental rights of all children.

Right To Play is headquartered in Toronto, Canada and has operations in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

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The Director, Global Program Partnerships reports to the Vice President, Program Development and Evaluation and is responsible for working in close cooperation with the broader Program Development and Evaluation team, Regional Offices, and Country Offices. Together with the Global Program Partnerships (GPP) team, the Director, Global Program Partnerships leads the organization’s global efforts to engage, manage and steward critical funding and program partners.

The Director plays a leading role in the cultivation and stewardship of key donor relationships, the development of prioritized funding proposals and the effective management of strategic grants.

The Director, Global Program Partnerships will be based in Toronto with up to 15% of time travelling to Right To Play program countries.


Job Responsibility #1: Grant Management and Stewardship (40% of Time):

  • Ensures that stewardship plans are created and followed for key donor relationships.
  • Ensures grant management teams are in place, including country and regional staff, as well as communications, program finance, technical specialists, monitoring, evaluation and learning, policy and advocacy, and training and capacity building. Regularly convenes teams to ensure effective grant management and donor stewardship.
  • Manages overall grant management process for an identified portfolio of complex, cross- regional grants, including Global Affairs Canada, and a select group of Foundations and Governments.
  • Ensures compliance to donor agreements, most notably ensuring the GPP team is producing top quality narrative and financial reports which are submitted in a timely manner.
  • Works with GPP team and regional office to develop grant management tools and systems to ensure efficient and effective implementation.
  • Based on the identification of need, coordinates and participates in planning and support visits to relevant regions and countries.
  • Regularly communicates with field teams and conducts intermittent travel to regional and country offices.
  • Ensures the promotion of best practices and lessons learned by documenting and communicating project successes and areas of improvement through internal communication channels and with partners externally.

Job Responsibility #2: Partnership Development and Donor Cultivation (30% of Time):

  • Oversees the development and implementation of a four-year global program partnership strategy, ensuring the creation of a robust pipeline of high-probability funding opportunities linked to Right To Play’s organizational strategy and country strategic plans, as well as the effective management of existing relationships.
  • Develops a Global Affairs Canada funding strategy that seeks to further develop and grow Right To Play’s partnership with Global Affairs Canada.
  • Oversees the process of scoping, assessing and recommending new funding opportunities. Leads research on prospective new donors, maintains lists of potential new funders, and oversees a strategy for outreach to new funding partners.
  • Cultivates and directly manages donor relationships, where appropriate, and provides support to the VPs and CEO to enable them to successfully steward critical relationships.
  • Represents Right To Play at events, roundtables, conferences and meetings.

Job Responsibility #3: Proposal Development (15% of Time):

  • Oversees and ensures appropriate support for the creation of proposal development teams to manage prioritized fundraising opportunities.
  • Oversees proposal development teams, ensuring that the proposal development process adheres to sound project management principles, engages appropriate team members and specialists, and obtains necessary sign-off from leaders within the organization.
  • Writes or reviews major funding proposals and budgets, ensuring that the products submitted achieve a standard of excellence and are compatible with both internal and donor policies.
  • Ensures a smooth transition from proposal development to program implementation and helps facilitate positive relationships and strong communications with donors, partners and country offices.

Job Responsibility #4: Team Leadership and Management (15% of Time):

  • Leads the development of the GPP team’s annual and quarterly work plans. Ensures key deliverables are planned, that the team’s work is well coordinated within the broader organization, and clearly communicated to key organizational stakeholders.
  • Supervises, mentors, and supports each team member, helping each individual to set and achieve appropriate professional development goals.




  • Undergraduate degree in International Development, Political Science, International Relations or related field.
  • Master’s degree in a related field.


  • Minimum 7 years of progressive experience in the humanitarian aid and development sector, including field experience.
  • Proven experience creating successful development and humanitarian proposals for a variety of government, foundation, and other institutional donors.
  • Proven experience managing multi-country grants from governments and foundations, especially Global Affairs Canada.
  • Experience with staff development and talent management.


  • Highly organized and able to manage timelines involving multiple inputs under tight deadlines;
  • Exceptional critical thinking and problem-solving skills;
  • Excellent operational, organizational and communication skills;
  • Strong communication and presentation skills and ability to develop relationships with partner organizations in aid and development field as well as various government agencies;
  • Self-starter, able to achieve results with little supervision and to work independently;
  • Diplomatic;
  • Ability to lead, guide, coordinate, and facilitate projects and strategic planning processes and establish short and long-term goals.


  • Fluency in oral and written English

    • Fluency in oral and written French
    • Experience with remote leadership


    • Ability to travel internationally is required

    Compensation:   We offer a competitive salary and benefits package Employment Start Date:   Immediately
    Contract Duration:   Indefinite Term



    If you are interested in applying for this position, please send your resume and cover letter to and kindly include “Director, Global Program Partnerships” and your name in the subject line. Please indicate your salary expectations in the cover letter.

    While we thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

    Right To Play is a child-centered organization. Our recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to the safety and protection of children in our programs. The successful candidate will be required to provide a satisfactory police record check as a condition of employment.

    All applicants are notified that, where needed, accommodation for disabilities will be provided on request. This includes accommodation for attending interviews and assessment tests. Please note that Right To Play does not assist with relocation.

    To learn more about who we are and what we do, please visit our website at




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