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Type of contract
Social Development Programme
£33,420 - £39,896
Closing date
15 Sep 2017



Programme Manager – Social Development Programme

Contract: Permanent

Salary: £33,420 - £39,896 per annum

Location: London

Ref: SocDev/03/17


The UK’s leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues.


About us


ODI (www.odi.org.uk) aims to inspire and inform policy and practice to reduce poverty by locking together high-quality applied research and practical policy advice.


We are looking for a Programme Manager to oversee the day-to-day development and management of the Social Development (Gender and Inclusion) Research Programme and the portfolio of projects.


The Social Development programme is committed to ensuring socially inclusive development and thus works on issues of gender justice, social exclusion, inequality and the eradication of poverty. We consider socially inclusive development in relation to a wide range of sectors and issues and diverse population groups, by age, ethnicity or other identity. Examples of programmes include:

  • Advancing Learning and Innovation on Gender Norms (ALIGN) Platform is a four-year knowledge building and learning collaborative which focuses on convening a Community of Practice to share and utilise evidence and build knowledge on both the harmful implications of, and successful strategies to tackle, discriminatory gendered social norms affecting adolescent girls and young women.
  • Men and intimate partner violence: from research to action in Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan - This project explored the underlying drivers, triggers, risks and influencing factors for intimate partner violence (IPV) in South Asia. The report contains a full account of primary research undertaken in three South Asian countries with high levels of IPV: Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan. This report was launched both at ODI on International Women’s Day and at a two-day convening on Intimate Partner Violence in Karachi, Pakistan.


The Programme Manager will be responsible for developing the programme business model, delivering on the programme strategy and leading on the day-to-day management of the programme, alongside a programme officer. The PM will play a key role in ensuring smooth arrangements for programme implementation for both desk based and in-country work. They will ensure the smooth management of work plans, budgets, reporting and external partnerships. This will include maintaining and developing management tools for tracking project objectives and supporting the Head of Programme and associated team members in the delivery of project outputs and outcomes.


Other key responsibilities and shared roles include:

  • Financial management and reporting: tracking and coordinating financial information flows; managing quarterly expenditure tracking and invoicing to tight donor deadlines, and ensuring compliance with the donor’s Financial Principles, value for money and key performance indicators.
  • Governance: designing and managing the reporting process; responsibility for ensuring regular reporting on performance and compliance to the funder is delivered according to an agreed timetable.
  • Planning and performance support: providing guidance and support to project teams within ODI for planning, delivery and reporting; co-ordinating with key internal support teams; maintaining an overview of output delivery and flagging any risks to the Head of Programme.
  • Manage all business development processes: identification of new opportunities/donors; securing additional funding; leading the process of the preparation of bids and proposals; developing budgets and tailoring technical documentation.
  • Strategic communications and knowledge management in collaboration with the communications officer: coordinating the development and functioning of internal and external communications systems, networks, intranet, website, etc. to ensure strong internal and external relationships for the project; managing activities and supporting teams to promote project output dissemination and uptake, with input from colleagues in the Communications team.
  • Partnerships and external relations: working with the team on formalising key partnerships and relationships for project implementation; facilitating external relations with relevant stakeholders; convening high-level project and stakeholder meetings as required.

About you

  • Masters’ degree in a relevant discipline including degrees relating to gender and international development
  • Demonstrated knowledge and interest in gender and developmentA strong track record of reporting on complex donor-funded (e.g. multi-sector or multi-country) projects or programmes, monitoring performance standards through task-management structures, and delivering convincing and quality reports.Proven track record of effective co-ordination with key internal support functions, in support of project/programme output planning, delivery, reporting and dissemination.
  • Excellent time management skills and proven ability to organise inputs from other individuals and teams in order to meet key project or programme deadlines.
  • Extensive budget administration and reporting experience, ideally including devolved budgets.
  • Significant programme management experience and proven ability to manage multiple project-level inputs within a high-level programme framework.


For the full personnel essential requirements please refer to the full job description.


Closing date: 15th September 2017

Interview Date: 27th September 2017


For more information, please download an application pack from our website at www.odi.org.uk/jobs. If you are experiencing difficulties downloading, please telephone 020 3327 7290 or email humanresources@odi.org.uk.


ODI is an equal opportunities employer                                                                        Charity Reg. No.228248

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