Programme Coordinator – Learning from Consortia

Bond
£30,922 - £33,396
This vacancy will now close at midnight tonight, Monday 1st June, due to a high level of applications received.
Closing date: 2 June 2020
Job Type: Paid
The main purpose of this role is to provide coordination and support to the Learning from Consortia programme.

Contract Type: Fixed term to 30/9/2020 with possibility of extension 

Reporting to: Head of Organisational Effectiveness 

Manages: Not applicable 

Accountability: Internally to Learning from Consortia programme leadership and programme delivery, Bond’s senior management and externally to Bond’s members

Main purpose of the job

The main purpose of this role is to provide coordination and support to the Learning from Consortia programme.

The Learning from Consortia programme has been developed around DFID’s UK Aid Connect (UKAC) funding stream and this fund ‘support(s) consortia to create innovative solutions to complex development challenges that deliver real change to poor people’s lives’. UKAC has eight themes: promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights; disability inclusion; working towards global security and stability; building civil society effectiveness; building open societies; tackling child labour and modern slavery; addressing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender inclusion; supporting tolerance and freedom of religion or belief.

DFID have 14 consortia that have formed through UK Aid Connect funding running over a 4-year period from 2018-2022/23. The Learning from Consortia (LfC) programme aims to do three things: learn from the consortia experience; support the consortia to deliver more effectively, drive learning on effective consortia working across the consortia, DFID and beyond. The programme will adopt a learning approach, pulling together, collating and analysing the learning, knowledge and experience on consortium working within UK Aid Connect from up to 14 different programmes of work. There is a huge opportunity to learn and share the lessons from the consortia in such a way as to offer wider benefit for current and future initiatives, to address the current gaps in understanding and packaging and disseminating to inform donor and civil society practice.

This role will provide programme coordination support during the inception phase of the programme, and as the programme transitions into full implementation.

Main responsibilities

Programme planning and reporting (40%)

  • Support the programme design and planning phase, to ensure all stakeholders are clear on tasks needed and their timelines and how the programme plans relate to overall programme delivery
  • Work with the Programme Manager to establish, coordinate and maintain reliable cross-organisational Learning from Consortia programme monitoring, reporting and learning systems and approaches, supporting consistent practice across different teams.
  • Support the Project Manager and Business and Operations Manager in developing quarterly and annual donor performance and progress reports.
  • Develop and maintain a database of project outputs and reports.
  • Take responsibility for MEAL components of the LfC programme.
  • Actively participate in programme planning, risk management, reporting and relevant review processes

Programme support (50%)

  • Work closely with the Programme Manager to ensure tasks are clear, meetings are supported and programme documentation is filed appropriately and securely.
  • Monitor the progress of the programme against agreed targets.
  • Coordinate peer learning, and discussions on policy and practice in the sector by supporting the convening of relevant working groups for the 14 UK Aid Connect consortia.
  • Provide support to the leads of relevant working groups to ensure they produce work plans and deliver agreed outputs.
  • Liaise with programme partners, external consultants and DFID counterparts as needed.
  • Coordinate and update external-facing programme content on Bond’s website and Salesforce.
  • Support programme budget monitoring processes.
  • Support the roll out of digital programme management systems and collaboration tools.
  • Provide flexible and proactive good quality administrative support for the LfC programme.

Administrative and Cross-Organisational support (10%)

  • Manage enquiries from Bond members and other stakeholders, providing advice or escalating to other Bond staff as necessary.
  • Support Bond’s events team on the design, planning and delivery of key events, such as the Bond Annual Conference.
  • Maintain effective liaison with other teams on organisation-wide initiatives, representing the Learning from Consortia programme team internally e.g. at the weekly communication meeting.
  • Periodically undertake administrative tasks for team-wide activities including capturing outputs from key meetings and overseeing logistical arrangements for such activities.
  • Other reasonable tasks or duties as required by your line manager or Bond.

Person specification

Essential

  • Bond Commitment - Commitment to Bond, its vision, mission, values, strategy, policies and processes.
  • Sector experience – Demonstrated commitment to the international development and humanitarian sectors through paid employment or substantial volunteering experience.
  • Programme/ project management – experience of international development programme/ project design, delivery, and measuring their quality and impact.
  • Consortia working and programme learning experience - Practical knowledge/experience of consortia working, learning from programme implementation.
  • Coordination and Event management – Excellent convening and coordination skills, with experience of organising and supporting events and meetings
  • Communication – Good verbal and written communication skills and proven ability to communicate with a wide range of people, from the UK and overseas.
  • Work planning - Effective workload management skills (defining tasks, prioritisation, self- organisation and working to deadlines) and ability to use initiative to solve problems.
  • Team player - Ability to work flexibly as a member of a small team, as well as independently and on own initiative, with some experience of working successfully within a team environment.
  • Use of Technology & Data Analysis – Fully competent in using MS Office and databases such as Salesforce and on-line tools such as SurveyMonkey, project management software such as trello, and other digital collaboration tools. Used to analysing data and exploring its implications.
  • Travel – willingness to travel within the UK for meetings and events as needed within Bond’s policies.

Desirable

  • MEAL experience – some experience of programme/ project Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning.
  • Membership organisations - Experience of membership-based organisations such as networks and coalitions, ideally within the charity/NGO sector.
  • Sector learning - experience of how organisations and the international development and humanitarian sector learn from experience, evolve and improve.

Benefits

Bond offers a competitive salary and benefits package including:

  • Interest free season ticket loan
  • 27 days leave as standard for all employees. Additional staff privilege days, normally the period between Christmas and New Year
  • 7% pension contributions (staff pay 3.5%)
  • Flexible working hours
Region: London and the southeast
Sector: Projects and programmes

Application notes

How to apply

To apply, please submit your CV (maximum 4 pages) and cover letter (maximum 2 pages), addressing the essential areas of the person specification and outlining why you are the right candidate for this role by midnight on 1st June 2020.

Interviews will be held no later than midnight of 1st June 2020. Bond reserves the right to review applications on a rolling basis before the advertised deadline and proceed with interviews.

Applicants must have the right to live and work in the UK.

Bond and equal opportunities

Bond values diversity and works to advance equality. We encourage and welcome applicants from all sections of the community. In order to assess and ensure the continued effectiveness of Bond’s Equal Opportunities Policy, all applicants are asked to complete a short questionnaire when applying. You are not obliged to answer the questions but the more information you supply the more effectively we can monitor our equal opportunity practices. Completion of all questions is voluntary and failure to answer any question(s) will not affect your application in any way.

The information you supply will be treated in confidence and will not be seen by any member of the selection panel responsible for the appointment. The questionnaire will be detached from your CV and cover letter, stored anonymously and used purely to provide statistics for monitoring purposes

Please mention Bond when you apply for this position.