Partnership Manager

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Partnership Manager

University of Global Health Equity (UGHE)  Kigali, Rwanda


Position Title: Partnership Manager

Reports to: Director of Partnership Development

Supervises: Kigali-based Partnership Coordinator

Location: Kigali, Rwanda

Hiring Manager: Director of Partnership Development

 Position Overview

The Partnership Manager will be principally responsible for building UGHE’s fundraising efforts in Kigali, and other cities within Africa. This person will strengthen and steward current relationships, network to bring new prospects into the UGHE fold, support corporate and foundation partnerships in which major prospects are key players, and create engagement opportunities for donors and prospects.

This position will be supported by a Kigali-based Partnership Coordinator and work closely with a team based in the United States that includes the Director of Partnership Development, Associate Director of Prospect Research, Senior Partnership Officer, Senior Foundations Officer, and Partnership Coordinator.

Overall Responsibilities

  • Work closely with the Director of Partnership Development to develop and implement UGHE’s philanthropic strategy in Rwanda, East Africa, and the African continent.
  • Work closely with the Vice Chancellor, the Dean of the School of Health Sciences and other members of the Senior Leadership Team in implementing fundraising and external affairs strategy.
  • Identify, cultivate, solicit and steward a portfolio of individual and corporate prospects
  • Develop and implement donor strategies for cultivation and solicitation.
  • Use sophisticated prospect research techniques supported by the Boston office to help grow the market in Rwanda and other countries in the continent.
  • Ensure all major donors within the Manager’s portfolio are well-informed, acknowledged in meaningful ways, and appreciated in an appropriate manner throughout the year.
  • With support from the Partnership Coordinate and the office of the Dean of Health Sciences, manage academic partnerships with teaching institutions, interns and visitors.
  • Draft and edit proposals, reports, and briefings as appropriate.
  • Drive the global donor stewardship program at UGHE.
  • Supervise the Partnership Coordinator.


  • Three-Five years of professional development experience (preferred) or in a related field with increasing responsibility, including direct experience and proven results in sales or fundraising and donor communication.
  • Success in the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship donors.
  • Ability and willingness to travel in order to meet personal development goals.
  • Success managing and prioritizing all tasks associated with donor development work, including writing successful and compelling proposals and making in-person gift solicitations.
  • Experience identifying and sustaining new donor constituencies.
  • Experience working in close partnership with senior leaders and Boards of Directors to collaboratively achieve fundraising goals.
  • Proven ability to use metrics to drive decisions and achieve strategic objectives.
  • Demonstrated track record of success in a fast-paced, complex organizational structure.
  • Passion for UGHE’s mission and ability to effectively serve as an ambassador for the organization.
  • Strong negotiation skills and maturity to navigate complex relationships.
  • Fluent in English with strong writing skills.
  • Proficiency in French desired but not required.

Organizational Overview

The University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) is a new kind of university focused on training the next generation of global leaders in health care delivery. The university launched in Rwanda in September 2015 with its flagship degree program: the Master of Science in Global Health Delivery. Through an academic experience uniquely rooted in the values of equity, students are empowered to both ease suffering at the bedside and drive transformational, systemic changes to the health system.

UGHE is an initiative of Partners In Health (PIH), an internationally recognized non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a preferential option for the poor in health care. In over nearly three decades of operating alongside public sectors in countries around the world, PIH has developed a model to deliver high-quality health care to some of the world’s most marginalized communities. Nowhere has this impact been more profound than in Rwanda, where Inshuti Mu Buzima—PIH’s sister organization—and our government partners have driven innovation for a decade.

Members of the UGHE community are tenacious and resolute in our drive to attain social justice, make common cause with those in need, listen to and learn from others, and operate with honesty and humility as we uphold academic integrity and intellectual curiosity. The University of Global Health Equity seeks individuals committed to these values to join the team.