Portfolio Manager – YEF & Unltd

Comic Relief

Oversee and provide an advisory role for two innovative funding programmes centered in our social change strategy

Portfolio Manager – YEF & Unltd

Fixed Term Contract: ASAP – Dec 2022

£36,800- £40,200pa

London and Remote


In this exciting role, the Portfolio Manager will oversee and provide an advisory role for two innovative funding programmes centered in our social change strategy; a £6million partnership, that tackles the root causes of serious youth violence in the UK and a £10m programme working to strengthen social entrepreneurs at the heart of community, specifically those experiencing racial inequality and disability. You will work closely with our two Partners for each programme, the Youth Endowment Fund (YEF) and UnLtd, with a particular focus on ensuring lived experience is at the heart of both programmes.                                                      



  • Building on our knowledge of participation Work with YEF and Unltd to ensure the programmes and ways of working are meaningfully informed by those with lived experience of the issues
  • Work with YEF and Unltd to embed our social change strategy and thematic areas
  • Identify and champion stories of success and key learning points from within your portfolios, working cross-departmentally to share learning and inform external communications
  • Manage the partnership with YEF and Unltd, working collaboratively to ensure reporting requirements and other contractual requirements are fulfilled accurately and on time
  • Represent and positively promote Comic Relief in appropriate fora, networks and consortia
  • Travel primarily across the UK may be required within this role            
  • Work with Finance and line manager to proactively manage partnership budgets
  • Support the Head of Funded Partnerships in producing internal and external reports
  • Represent and positively promote Comic Relief in appropriate fora, networks and consortia
  • Communicate in an open, honest and transparent way with potential applicants, funded partners and funding partners
  • Within the way we design our funding calls and manage our funding portfolios, creatively find ways to unlock the inherent power of communities and organisations in determining their own development course
  • Up to 10% of the role should be spent on identifying, developing and maintaining relationships with Trusts, Foundations and public sector funders in line with our Social Change Strategy and supporting the I&I Leadership Team to secure new partnerships as appropriate



  • Experience or understanding of programme design and grant making, especially applying a participatory and co designed approach
  • Experience or understanding of partnership working
  • Knowledge and experience of working to address the drivers of inequality
  • Understanding of the Social Change Strategy
  • Strong relationship management skills across a range of stakeholders including the ability to influence stakeholders and build excellent relationships.
  • Fun, innovative and proactive team player with high resilience and who remains solutions focused.
  • Good communication and relationship management skills – for dealing with external partners and staff members.
  • Committed to ensuring young people are safe and supported to unlock their full potential



  • Experience and knowledge of working with and developing youth programmes
  • Experience of working with social enterprises, especially those with lived experience of racial inequality and disability


Perks and benefits

  • Flexible working hours
  • Work from home option
  • Wellness programs
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity leave
  • Paid emergency leave
  • Sabbatical Opportunities
  • Professional development
  • Mentoring/coaching
  • Paid volunteer days
  • Payroll giving
  • Team social events
  • Extracurricular clubs
  • Cycle to work scheme


London and the southeast




Effectiveness Funding Management Monitoring, evaluation and learning Projects and programmes Transparency

Application notes

To apply please visit our website via the link and apply online.

Closing: 12:00pm, 13th Oct 2021 BST

Inclusivity at Comic Relief

We recognise diversity and inclusion are a source of strength in achieving our mission. We therefore welcome everyone, trusting what makes us different brings creativity, styles and experiences to help us collectively do our best work. That’s regardless of your gender, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, and cultural identity. We especially welcome those from under-represented groups in modern grant-making and fundraising. We are on a journey, but if you join our team you will be part of a community that is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment where we want you to:

  • Be valued for being yourself
  • Do your best work, and be supported to break down barriers so you can succeed
  • Be heard, respected, and treated as an equal, whatever your level, experience or background
  • Be part of a team that is committed to making this happen – with our colleagues, partners, and contributors.

Comic Relief is committed to preventing and protecting all people from harm in their interactions with us. We expect all those that act in our name to uphold our approach to doing no harm.

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