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Development Assistant (Partnership and Programmes)

£20,000 - £22,000
London, UK
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Youth Business International is looking for a dynamic and confident Development Assistant (Partnerships and Programmes) to work in its London office to support the Development Team. This is an exciting new role, perfect for an ambitious person wanting to develop a fundraising or Programme development career in international development. This role will allow you to develop your research abilities, fundraising skills, programme development knowledge, planning and understanding of international NGOs. The person we are looking for will have strong interpersonal skills, be highly organised and able to see work through to completion.

About YBI

Youth Business International (YBI) is the global network of expert organisations in over 50 countries supporting underserved young entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into successful businesses, creating jobs and strengthening communities.

Young people are a critical resource. However, with 66 million young people currently unemployed across the world, this potential is not being realised. Furthermore, of those that are working, many do not earn enough to lift themselves out of poverty. Thus, addressing the youth employment crisis is imperative, not only for the well-being of young people but also to ensure sustainable, inclusive growth and social cohesion globally.

Over the last three years (2015 - 2017), the YBI network has supported 175,445 young people with entrepreneurship training and helped 64,637 young people to start or grow a business. In total, 427,402 young people have been engaged through outreach activities.

YBI’s organisational values are embedded in the work we do:

Tenacity - We won’t give up until every young entrepreneur has the opportunity to succeed

Collaboration - We work together as a team, building trust to connect and empower

Quality - We strive to set the highest standards in youth entrepreneurship support

You will work across the YBI Network Team and with members around the globe on a range of projects. Maintaining our reputation as a leading global network requires a highly skilled, knowledgeable, energetic team to manage our internal business functions. As a part of this diverse and talented group of individuals, you can play a vital role in Youth Business International success.

Background to the role

The Development team is evolving and will be now be managing both our funding partnerships and our programme development. As a result we are looking for someone to support the team in their delivery whilst also learning and evolving their skills. This post will be integral to the team’s success with a varied portfolio of work. It is an exciting time to join the team as it evolves and grows in strength.

Key responsibilities

The successful candidate will have a desire to develop their skills, be a team player and support the Development team. The successful candidate will be involved with:

  • Research on both donors to allow us to explore opportunities where we are aligned and can develop exciting and sustainable partnerships;
  • Research into programmatic approaches to support the team to develop the most relevant and vital programmes;
  • Bid development through the generation of proposals to UK trusts and foundations;
  • Managing the pipeline database to ensure it is up to date and relevant;
  • Attending sector meetings to develop knowledge of best practice, to promote YBI, and to cultivate new donor opportunities;
  • Contributing to the development of annual plans and budgets;
  • Supporting the work of the team to deliver with an opportunity to develop new skills.

About you

You will excel in and enjoy working within and across the teams in our London and Bogotá office. You will have communication, research skills and understand the importance of relationship building.  You will have a desire to grow and develop your skills. Enthusiastic and driven, you will be well organised and dynamic.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying, please send your CV (maximum 2 x A4) and a covering letter to Your covering letter (maximum 2 x A4) should:

  • Explain why you want this job;
  • Explain how your background and experience make you a suitable candidate – please use examples of specific projects and achievements;
  • Show what relevant skills and knowledge you will bring, referring to the person specification;
  • Confirm you have an existing right to work in the UK (we are unable to accept applications otherwise)
  • Confirm where you saw this job advertised

Closing date: 9:30am Monday, 22nd October 2018

First Round Interviews: Friday, 26th October 2018

YBI is an equal opportunity employer and we are opposed to discrimination on any grounds. We are committed to creating a diverse environment therefore all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to disability, race, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, or ethnic or national origin.

At YBI, your right to privacy is important to us. By applying for this job, your information will be entered into our recruitment system for YBI’s employment purposes only and for no longer than one year after the post has been filled; then personal data will be disposed of in the GDPR compliant manner. We store all data securely and will not disclose it to any third parties without your consent. Please see our Data Protection Policy hereto find out more.


Job Details

  • London, UK
  • Full Time
  • 37.5 Hours Per Week
  • £20,000 - £22,000
Applications close on: Monday, 22nd October 2018 at 9:30am

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