External Relations Consultant

About Theirworld

Founded 22 years ago, Theirworld has grown to become a leading global children’s charity committed to the best start in life for children and young people by ending the education crisis and unleashing the potential of the next generation.

If you care about issues like climate change, gender equality, inclusion, helping refugees and ensuring the voices of young people are represented at all levels of decision-making, then education is the key to unlocking big change in these areas. If you want to make change happen, join us!

We believe in unlocking big change from a supportive and inclusive environment. This is why, in 2024, we are in the second year of an innovative 4-day-working-week trial which sees all employees working Monday to Thursday with the office closed on most Fridays.

This is in addition to hybrid working with most staff taking one day a week based in the office.

Other benefits include:

  • Regular in-house training
  • Travel
  • Highly competitive salaries

About the role

Theirworld is seeking an experienced economist, development and/or humanitarian policy and advocacy practitioner to join the team as an External Relations consultant working on the Act For Early Years campaign The primary responsibility will be to manage external relationships with key countries and international donors and oversee the process of tracking early years investment commitments across all relevant domains. The consultancy will require a 10-days a month commitment and will be for a one-year duration. The consultant will work remotely, and the position may involve international travel as needed (expenses covered).


Eight years ago, world leaders made a commitment to ensure by 2030 ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-primary education so that they are ready for primary education. These targets are not being met. Launched in March 2023, Theirworld’s Act for Early Years campaign aims to bring about a transformation in early childhood support to get the world back on track.

The campaign advocates for an increase in the support and public funding to ensure every child gets the best start in life. It is a call to action to make a lasting difference for the future learning, health, well-being, and social and economic outcomes of the world’s youngest citizens. Our aim is to secure $1bn in investment in early childhood development programmes around the world for young children up to primary school starting age.

Key responsibilities

External Relationship Management:

  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with key international donor countries and relevant multilateral institutions.
  • Act as a liaison between Theirworld and external stakeholders, fostering engagement and support for our Act for Early Years campaign and broader early years initiatives.
  • Engage in in-person government relationships to advocate for increased investment for the early years.
  • Establish a system for sharing regular updates on insights of donor decision makers to inform Theiworld’s Advocacy and Campaigns
  • Create easily accessible messaging, data, briefings and information about donors and government support for the early years to inform advocacy and campaigning

Donor Investment Tracking System:

  • Develop and oversee a comprehensive system to track new donor and domestic commitments for the early years.
  • Oversee and guide the work of the Theirworld’s research assistant to monitor and analyse announcements, speeches, strategies, press releases, and other relevant sources for new commitments.
  • Collaborate with internal Theirworld teams to ensure accurate and up-to-date information on commitments.

Public Reporting:

  • Work closely with Theirworld’s communications colleagues to ensure that new commitments are shared publicly on the Act for Early Years campaign website.
  • Provide timely updates on progress and milestones achieved in unlocking new investments for the early years.

Qualifications and Skills


  • Proven experience in managing external relationships with key international donor countries.
  • Demonstrated expertise in tracking and managing financial commitments, preferably in the context of development initiatives.
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills, with the ability to represent Theirworld effectively in various forums.
  • Familiarity with government processes and decision-making related to funding allocations for children’s development (e.g., education, health, nutrition, social protection, responsive caregiving etc.).


  • Strong understanding of early childhood development issues and commitment to addressing the learning crisis in children.
  • Strong understanding of the multiple, interlocking domains that comprise the early years policy and advocacy space (education, health, nutrition, social protection, responsive caregiving etc.)

Apply for this role

If you are interested in applying for the position or would like to know more about the role and responsibilities, please contact Michael Simpson at [email protected]. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Applicants should present in their application a CV, and a cover letter describing why they would be well placed to deliver this assignment.