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Humanitarian Vessel (HV) Partnerships Manager


GSD’s mission is to conduct immediate, post-disaster humanitarian relief in underserved communities worldwide, leveraging diverse skill sets and community-based solutions to alleviate human suffering, enhance resilience and foster sustainability.

Job Title: Humanitarian Vessel (HV) Partnerships Manager

Reports to:  HV Operations Director | GSD Chief of Staff (in interim)

Location: Remote work is available


Global Support and Development (GSD) is hiring a high impact Partnerships Manager for the soon-to-be launched Humanitarian Vessel (HV). This is an opportunity to get in at the ground floor to help develop a highly innovative, high impact program, and to help shape the future of humanitarian support and disaster response in the Caribbean Region. To strengthen our rapid disaster response capabilities, GSD is developing a humanitarian vessel that will be a hub for humanitarian assistance. Once launched in the summer of 2022, the vessel will be able to carry up to 60 humanitarian aid responders and the equipment needed to support GSD’s efforts.

As part of the HV team, the Partnerships Manager will play a critical role in unlocking opportunities for positive impact in frontline communities most vulnerable to natural disasters. This role will support the broader effort of promoting the HV as a humanitarian platform to be used in partnership by and for local communities. The bulk of this role involves direct outreach to key stakeholders at the regional, national, and local levels, strengthening key relationships, and developing creative and impactful ways for partners to work with GSD’s HV in supporting disaster preparedness and response.

This job IS:

  • Partnering with multiple stakeholders and genuinely loving the collaborative experience;
  • Constantly seeking creative solutions to challenging problems;
  • Extremely hands on work. Building strong relationships in communities requires putting the time in to build trust;
  • Caring deeply about the communities with which you work.

This job IS NOT:

  • Politics, pandering, or posting about your job on social media because you want to impress others with the cool project you’re working on. This job is about helping real people and communities who are underserved and on the frontlines. 
  • Always working from the comfort of your own home. You’ll be expected to spend weeks at a time on the vessel, depending on the itinerary and scheduled partner engagements (but remember, you and your team design and organize these!) 
  • Siloed. The Partnerships Manager is about the opposite of working alone. You will work across the entire HV program and GSD’s broader team to integrate strategic partnership frameworks and initiatives to set all players up for success.

Table Stakes:

  • You’re goal driven and solution focused. Where others see a hurdle, you see an opportunity to forge a new path forward.  Do not apply for this job if you’re afraid of tackling the most pressing challenges to society. The harder the challenge the more we thrive. We promise to support you as you run towards challenges when others run the other way.
  • You wake up excited about creating real change in the world, and you spread this positive energy throughout your day. Your excitement and passion are contagious and make others excited to partner and work alongside you. We commit to celebrating your achievements. 
  • GSD values a healthy work-life integration and we proactively want to acknowledge that there will be, at times, last minute demands that will require your flexibility. We’re in the business of disaster response, and we cannot pick and choose when a disaster happens. It’s our job to be ready to respond when and where we can be of service. 
  • We are committed to pushing the boundaries of humanitarian assistance and disaster response, while also respecting those who have laid the groundwork. We support healthy and reasonable innovation while also acknowledging that our actions can directly impact people’s lives. This is a responsibility we do not take lightly. 

Please also:

  • Be service oriented, compassionate, and community-first;
  • Be a culture maker, not a trend follower;
  • Possess excellent and inclusive communication skills;
  • Be aware that humility and confidence do not have to be mutually exclusive;
  • Know that your experience and worldview matter.

Essential Functions:

  • Develop partner networks and strategic partnerships in the Caribbean and international humanitarian sector;
  • Develop and implement a partnership and engagement strategy to increase the reach and impact of the HV program that aligns with GSD’s ongoing efforts;
  • Conceptualize new partnership initiatives that advance the mission of the HV;
  • Develop systems and procedures in support of the identification, engagement, and development of strategic partnerships;
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to develop and communicate final recommendations for growing partners;
  • Develop and manage partner agreements;
  • Provide timely and accurate reporting of pipeline, strategic partnerships, and engagement activities;
  • Maintain alignment with GSD’s mission and HV’s Concept of Operations (CONOPS).

Reasonable accommodations 

Reasonable accommodations not resulting in undue hardship will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties of the job.


Candidate should have:

  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college, or equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Seven (7) or more years in a full-time professional role supporting corporate communications, strategic partnerships, or equivalent experience delivering multiple stakeholder outcomes;
  • Ability to coordinate multiple projects simultaneously under pressure;
  • Strong organizational skills, the ability to shift tasks rapidly, be self-motivated, and have strong verbal communication skills;
  • Five (5) or more years in a supervisory role in a private sector or government organization;
  • A combination of the following:
    • Experience and a track record of success in working in a multinational, multi-organizational setting where collaboration has been key;
    • Multiple years in a start-up organization;  
    • Seven (7) or more years in a government agency focused on development programs or multinational engagement;
    • Seven (7) or more years in a non-profit humanitarian organization.

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:

  • The working environment is varied and may include work on shore and on the HV.
  • The incumbent must: 
    • Have the physical capability to live and work aboard the HV for extended periods of time;
    • Demonstrate adequate hearing and speech to communicate effectively and detect any audible alarms;
    • Have no medical condition, disorder, or impairment that will prevent the effective and safe conduct of the seafarer’s routine and emergency duties;
    • Not be suffering from any medical condition likely to be aggravated by service at sea or to render the seafarer unfit for duty or to endanger the health and safety of other personnel on board;
    • Not regularly take medication that has side effects that will impair judgment, balance, or any other requirements for effective and safe performance of routing and emergency duties on board;
    • Be able to travel and work irregular or extended hours;
    • Be able to regularly stand, walk, sit for prolonged periods;
    • Be able to use hands/manual dexterity, reach or stretch, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, speak, hear; and
    • Be able to climb or balance occasionally.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate and may vary.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral

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