Closing date: 25 October 2019
Job Type: Paid
Location: Rugby, Warwickshire
About the role
We are looking for two experienced professionals to work as International Operations Managers. You will be part of a small International Operations Team, providing support to our regional and country offices worldwide.
The International Operations Managers play a key role in helping Practical Action achieve its wider goals. You will have responsibility – working with our offices – to develop and manage a wide range of projects. You will be the primary contact with those offices in the UK, liaising with a range of departments.
Critical to the success of the role will be a strong understanding of business development and contract management, including facilitation of consortia and partnerships, opportunity identification, quality proposal development and donor compliance rules. The ability to engage, communicate and build relationships with a range of colleagues across Practical Action – particularly in our international offices – will also be vital.
The role will require you to engage, communicate and work with colleagues to understand often complex projects, strategies and internal/donor procedures. It will require you to work with our offices to ensure these issues are fully understood locally.
You will have significant professional experience in the field of international development, preferably with a good portion of that gained in overseas contexts.
You will be able to demonstrate experience of project and award management, including planning, proposal development, budgeting, resource management, problem solving, monitoring and delivering on time, to quality and within budget.
You will have a proven ability to work in differing cultural contexts, using the most appropriate methodologies for strong communication in each context. In addition, you will have strong writing skills.
Some knowledge, experience and/or interest in safety & security and wider risk management would be an advantage.
We are seeking to appoint a fluent Spanish speaker to one of the two posts available. Fluency in French, Arabic or another relevant language would be an advantage for both posts.
Why join us?
The opportunity to work for an organisation that is making a positive difference to the lives of people worldwide, a friendly and supportive culture, working with values driven and highly engaged colleagues, work life balance and flexible working – these are just some of the reasons we think Practical Action is a great place to work.
Our brand new open plan offices are located in the centre of Rugby and near to Rugby train station but we also offer free parking.
In addition, we offer the following benefits:
We are an international development organisation putting ingenious ideas to work so people in poverty can change their world.
We help people find solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems. Challenges made worse by catastrophic climate change and persistent gender inequality. We work with communities to develop ingenious, lasting and locally owned solutions for agriculture, water and waste management, climate resilience and clean energy. And we share what works with others, so answers that start small can grow big.
We’re a global change-making group. The group consists of a UK registered charity with community projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America, an independent development publishing company and a technical consulting service. We combine these specialisms to multiply our impact and help shape a world that works better for everyone.
We treat all applications for employment on their merits and do not take into consideration any factors that are not relevant to the job such as disability, race, age, religion, gender, gender reassignment or sexual orientation.
Practical Action is committed to safeguarding and protecting children and vulnerable adults and as such candidates will be subject to pre-employment checks.
Please note that should we recruit a suitable candidate before the closing date, we will close applications earlier than the specified date.
The successful applicant must have the pre-existing right to both live and work in the UK.
Closing date for applications: Friday 25th October 2019
Interview dates: mid-November 2019
Please mention Bond when you apply for this position.