Head of Partnership Development

Head of Partnership Development

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Union for International Cancer Control

  • Job title: Head, Partnership Development
  • Reports to: CEO
  • Location: Geneva, Switzerland
  • Availability: As soon as possible

About UICC

The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) is a non-government organisation based in Geneva which serves an international and diverse population of cancer organisations to unite the cancer community to reduce the global cancer burden, to promote greater equity and to ensure cancer continues to be a priority in the world health and development agenda. We have achieved this by building a membership base of over thousand organisations and engaging in partnerships with more than 60 organisations across the United Nations, academia, health and the private sector.

UICC convenes members and partners to encourage collaboration and new thinking through keystone events (World Cancer Congress, World Cancer Leaders’ Summit and World Cancer Day). Through our capacity building activities, UICC supports its members do a better job tomorrow than they do today and increase their impact by scaling up their relevance, reach and sustainability in their own settings. With our members and partners, we drive forward the key advocacy priorities building upon key international agreements (eg the Sustainable Development Goals, the Global Action Plan on NCDs and the 2017 Cancer Resolution at the World Health Assembly) to ensure that these global goals and targets are translated into national action.

UICC has a team of 40 people based predominantly in Geneva, Switzerland led by a CEO, reporting to a Board of Directors. It has an annual income of approximately $10m and has plans to continue to grow in the coming years. The UICC works in excellent offices in Geneva situated close to the United Nations and the World Health Organisation, with whom it has formal relations.

In recent years, UICC has received international awards for its Congress, Summit, use of social media, website and membership engagement. We consider ourselves to be a top-quality NGO which aspires to deliver excellence at all times. UICC is proud of its people and invests in professional development. We aim to achieve a good life/work balance. We conduct monthly staff engagement surveys to encourage employees to be actively involved in improving the way we work together. The survey shows that the organisation is a very good employer benchmarked to other organisations in the sector.

In addition, UICC offers its staff a range of advantages which include:

  • an excellent pension plan (2/3 contributions from UICC)
  • business travel insurance and loss of income insurance premiums 100% paid by UICC
  • excellent office facilities equipped with new technology.
  • the opportunity to work two days remotely per week*

*Subject to compliance to current Swiss regulations and those that apply to cross-border employees.

Summary of the position

UICC believes in a partnership approach to address the key challenges faced in cancer control globally. UICC has a track record of working in partnership with organisations from all sectors to take forward its important agenda. Practically every aspect of our work involves the engagement of organisations drawn from the UICC membership or the partners, who together help us have the impact we aspire to.

UICC is looking for a Head, Partnership Development who will lead the partnership team, implement the UICC business strategy and take responsibility for the growth and engagement of the UICC partnerships in coming years. UICC has an ambitious workplan which demands the full engagement of others to support, resource and complement the work of a dynamic team.

The Head, Partnership Development will lead, manage and develop a team of 4 managers with responsibilities for a portfolio of multi-sectoral partners and concurrently, develop and implement plans to bring new partners to UICC. The Partnership Development Team is responsible for securing a significant amount of the total operational budget of UICC and therefore the team, and this role, are critical to the annual success of the organisation. The Partnership Development team works closely with all other teams in UICC to ensure that UICC work is funded and the best partners join us to amplify the impact we have.

The Head, Partnership Development will be part of the management team of UICC which drives the organisation forward meeting the ambitions of the Board.  The management team has significant autonomy and works with the President and the Board.  UICC’s governance framework empowers the CEO and their team to implement the plans the Board of Directors agrees on an annual basis.

Main responsibilities

The main responsibilities of the role are:

  1. A critical leadership role in UICC
  • A member of the UICC leadership team, driving the organisation forward.
  • Working closely with the CEO to set out the long-term plans for partnership engagement.
  • Working closely with the CEO to implement the financial model effectively.
  • Leading, managing and developing the Partnership team.
  • Implementing excellent tracking systems and reporting to ensure that the management team is aware of the partner and funding situation.
  • Interface with the Board of Directors to ensure they are supportive of the work of the team and engaged in partnership management
  • Representing UICC at events around the world.


  1. Developing and executing partnership plans
  • Developing, leading and managing the recruiting efforts to increase the partnership baseline to achieve the goals set by the UICC business plan.
  • Developing the partnership offer to be in line with UICC’s long-term strategy.
  • Coordinating UICC’s interactions with all partners.
  • Oversighting the partner portfolio to ensure that it is balanced and in line with Board requirements.


  1. Managing the partnership base with excellence
  • Managing excellent relationships with all UICC partners including regular meeting to ensure that partners are fully engaged in the work of UICC and UICC is aware of future collaborations.
  • Ensure that all partner obligations are fulfilled, meeting reporting requirements and responding to calls for information and/or discussions.
  • Conduct regular surveys to assess the quality of partnership relationships.
  • Maximising UICC platforms to promote UICC partners’ activities and ensure that they receive the service they expect from the Partnership team.


  1. Delivering the funding needs of the organisation
  • Developing and implementing the fundraising plan to support the delivery of the UICC business plan 2023-2026.
  • Understanding the organisational financial needs and priorities to coordinate the fundraising requirements of other UICC teams.
  • Identifying innovative business/project/programme opportunities with UICC’s partners and members.


  1. Working closely with all UICC teams
  • Working in close collaboration with all UICC teams to drive UICC’s partnership strategy in line with the organisation’s priorities.
  • Ensuring that all UICC teams are engaged with partners when agreeing programmes of work.


  • Minimum of 7 years proven track record fundraising and in leading a successful fundraising team.
  • Advanced university degree in business administration or equivalent.
  • Knowledge and experience of global health and non-governmental sectors would be an asset.

Skills and competencies

  • Successful track record of developing and implementing a partnership development plan.
  • A proven track record in fundraising or in leading a successful fundraising team.
  • Proven experience in relationship management ideally with a member organisation.
  • Strategic thinker – able to set out long term plans and execute on these.
  • Excellent negotiating and communication skills with the ability to influence decision makers to defend and strengthen UICC business plan.
  • Ability to synthesize complex material accurately and communicate it to potential funders.
  • Experience in using multiple communication channels to engage key stakeholders.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in a small, multicultural, dynamic team.
  • Excellent organisational and planning skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure and within deadlines.
  • Experience with dealing with multiple stakeholders in a multicultural environment.
  • Fluent written and spoken English; other languages will be an advantage.
  • At ease with learning new technologies and excellent command of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point).

The candidate should be eligible to work in Switzerland.


Send your CV and motivation letter explaining how you think your skills and experience make you a strong candidate for this position to careers@uicc.org. Deadline for applications: 8 May 2022

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted