Programmes Manager

Chance for Childhood
£32,000 - £34,000
Closing date: 4 June 2017
Job Type: Paid
Location: Farnborough
Chance for Childhood (CfC) is seeking a Programme Manager to support the growth and management of CfC’s programme portfolio in East Africa.

Job Title:               Programme Manager, East Africa

Reporting to:         Programmes Director

Salary:                   £32-34,000 per annum

Based at:               Chance for Childhood’s Office (Farnborough, Hampshire; 40 minutes by train from London Waterloo; free parking) with up to 4 field trips per year

About Chance for Childhood

We want to see a world where Children enjoy their rights to their fullest potential, with access to justice and education in a fair, safe and resilient society. We strive to achieve this through the following outcomes: i) Government and service providers are accountable to all children, equally, for education, protection and justice; ii) Children are empowered to realise their potential through inclusive education, psychosocial support and participation; iii) Safe, resilient and informed communities enable all children, equally, to enjoy a fair and safe childhood.

Working alongside Chance for Childhood partner organisations, you play a key role in managing and coordinating Chance for Childhood’s work at programme and country level in line with our Global Strategy. As a key member of the Programmes Team you will report to the Programmes Director, whilst maintaining strong relationships with the Fundraising Team and CEO to ensure the smooth flow of information. The post holder will also lead play a key role in developing concepts for new programmes taking a lead role in writing institutional grant applications.

A successful candidate for CfC’s Programme Manager will possess excellent management skills together with proven experience of operating and networking at a management level with global and local partners. We are specifically seeking a ‘hands on’, ambitious, creative, self-starter to think outside the box to support Chance for Childhood’s pursuit of impact and effectiveness through partnership, cooperation and sound governance.

Job Purpose: To manage a portfolio of Chance for Childhood international programmes; lead the development of major/institutional grant proposals with a strategic focus on growing our flagship programmes in DRC, Uganda and Rwanda; and identify and develop a network of prospective International and local partners to support the achievement and development of the organisational programme strategy.

Key Responsibilities:

Fundraising and Development (40%)

  1. Facilitate programme development and funding applications together with the Programme Director, including identifying opportunities, advising on programme design and strategic approach to donors, advice on proposal and budget development.
  2. Develop and maintain familiarity with the regional and thematic priorities of large institutional donor priorities and ensure a detailed understanding of donor grant making schedules, guidelines and procedures, and eligibility requirements, for specific donors and their funding schemes.
  3. Proactively identify grant funding opportunities by developing a detailed knowledge of regional and country level donor environments and funding mechanisms, keeping abreast with changes in the funding landscape, and liaise with Fundraising team to implement timely fundraising strategy
  4. In consultation with local partners, lead on the submission of high quality project funding proposals / applications to institutional donors and other major donors, overseeing the development of concept notes and project proposals, including Theory of Change/logical frameworks and MEL strategy
  5. Capacity-building: identify capacity building needs of local partners and assist in developing capacity building strategies. Support local partners improve their programme development skills and expertise, through identification of training needs and opportunities, and sharing of good practices
  6. Work with the Programme Director on the selection of potential new partners, undertake needs and risk assessment and due diligence
  7. Networking and information sharing within the sector; help develop strategic partnerships with NGOs and academic institutions that would add value, improve coordination or lead to new work opportunities for Chance for Childhood’s programmes strategy.
  8. Make contributions to Chance for Childhood’s strategic plans including Organisational Programmes Strategy and Fundraising Strategy

Programme Management (50%)

  1. Manage a portfolio of partnerships and projects in Chance for Childhood’s countries of operation, with a focus on multi-year grant awards from institutional donors such as Comic Relief and DFID. Ensure strategic guidance and effective support to all local partners so that project are implemented to a high standard. Provide technical support to field offices and troubleshooting.
  2. Monitor the impact of any changes to projects activity plans, ensure issues or challenges are identified early, effectively addressed and communicated internally and/or to the donor as appropriate
  3. Budget development and monitoring: Support projects budgeting and forecast, ensuring ownership of local project team over activity plan and entire project cycle. Ensure timely receipt of financial and narrative reports from partners; analysing and seeking clarification where necessary, agreeing on a remedial plan of action with partners on any issues of concern.
  4. Be responsible for the effective grant management of institutional grants and contracts secured, including coordinating the development of interim and final reports (narrative and financial), to ensure their timely submission in respect of the applicable donors guidelines and requirements.
  5. Complete project monitoring visits as required, contribute project monitoring data to Chance for Childhood’s centralised management information database
  6. Arrange external evaluation of project/programmes and financial audits

Partnership management, networks and good practice (10%)

  1. Build contacts and relationships with other NGOs and local CSOs to learn from, share and apply best practice in acquisition and management of grants.
  2. Support the development of programmes resources or factsheets showcasing lessons learned and distinct approach of Chance for Childhood to the sector

Person Specification

  • Educated to a post graduate degree level in discipline relevant to International Development
  • Five years Programme Management experience with experience working in East Africa preferred
  • Excellent project management and planning skills across multiple projects and competing priorities
  • Flexibility in approach to work with ability to perform in a fast-paced work environment
  • Proven adaptability to external environment and/or changes in internal priorities
  • A strong track record of managing multi-year grant funding from a diverse range of donors. Knowledge of Comic Relief, DFID, and EU preferred.
  • Experience developing, implementing and delivering programmes that support children in low resource settings
  • Understanding or Experience of Inclusive Education and or Justice for Children
  • An excellent communicator in written and spoken English
  • A commitment to Chance for Childhood’s values
  • A commitment to personal learning, development and improvement
  • Fluency in spoken and written French; Portuguese also desirable
  • Applicants must have the right to work in the UK

To Apply

Send your CV and a letter of application (no more than 1 A4 page) explaining your relevant work experience, your interest in this post, and how you meet the points in the person specification above. Please also give details of two referees.

Applications should be sent to

Region: London and the southeast
Location: Farnborough
Sector: Projects and programmes

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