Senior Program Manager (Maternity Cover - 12 months)

the freedom fund uk
£45,000 - £52,000
Closing date: 1 February 2021
Job Type: Paid
Location: London
This is an exciting and demanding role for an outstanding individual with experience in managing and implementing development and human rights programs.

About the position

This is an exciting and demanding role for an outstanding individual with experience in managing and implementing development and human rights programs. The successful candidate will manage our Asia-Pacific regional seafood program, including two grassroots country programs (‘hotspots’) in Thailand and Indonesia. The seafood program is focused on reducing labour exploitation and forced labour in seafood supply chains in key countries in the region and has a strong focus on improving accountability and oversight in the supply chain, improving worker agency and safer migration. Knowledge and experience working in labour rights, business and human rights and migration is preferred.  S/he will join a growing London-based office and work closely with the Freedom Fund’s consultants in Thailand and Indonesia and in partnership with our joint-implementer, Humanity United, to design and deliver quality programs, measure their impact, and support research and learning on behalf of the wider anti-slavery sector. S/he will line manage a small number of posts in Thailand and Indonesia.


  • Oversee Freedom Fund Asia-Pacific seafood program grants, including to two grassroots country programs (‘hotspots’) granting to approximately nine local CSOs across Thailand and Indonesia, and co-manage with Humanity United up to 10 grants to international organisations.
  • Line manage country-based teams in Thailand and Indonesia who are responsible for the day-to-day delivery of hotspot programs.
  • Monitor program strategy, impact and performance against objectives.
  • Identify, commission and oversee relevant technical assistance and capacity building for local grassroots partners when required.
  • Manage relationships with relevant grant management staff and partners.
  • Commission/manage program evaluations by independent research institutions and ensure that lessons are appropriately shared and acted upon.
  • Coordinate with the Freedom Fund’s global initiative team, particularly the strategic litigation and supply chain global initiatives.
  • Provide research, monitoring and evaluation and other support as directed.

Qualifications and experience

The Freedom Fund seeks an energetic, thoughtful and committed Senior Program Manager for this 12-month maternity cover position. The ideal candidate should be capable of operating with a high level of professionalism in a range of global settings. The successful candidate will have experience working with poor and marginalised communities, a track record of implementing development programs with a strong monitoring and evaluation component and a thorough understanding of labour rights, supply chains and migration issues.


  • At least ten years of directly relevant experience, with significant time in the Global South
  • Direct experience of working with marginalised communities
  • Management experience
  • Experience of designing, implementing and reviewing strategies
  • Experience employing rigorous monitoring and evaluation techniques and clear understanding of possibilities and limits of M&E in development
  • Experience working with private and public donors
  • Experience preparing and managing budgets
  • Strong understanding of labour rights, business and human rights (in relation to supply chains), safe migration and worker agency in the international development context
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Entitled to work in the UK without work permit sponsorship from the Freedom Fund


  • Advanced degree
  • Experience in the anti-slavery sector and in countries with a high incidence of slavery
  • Experience working on issues related to labour migration
  • Experience in Thailand and/or Indonesia
  • Knowledge of languages other than English
  • Experience in grant-making

Personal attributes


  • Team player committed to the Freedom Fund’s values and passionate about human rights issues
  • Ability to build relationships with a wide range of individuals from diverse backgrounds
  • Ability to work independently, displaying strong initiative in solving day-to-day problems with limited direction
  • Ability to motivate and support direct reports and build a high functioning team
  • Outstanding oral and written English communication skills and ability to present information in compelling ways
  • Willingness and ability to travel extensively (estimated 25% of time)


  • £45,000 - £52,000 per year, depending on experience
  • 10% non-contributory pension scheme
  • 25 days holiday per year, plus public holidays
Region: London and the southeast
Location: London
Sector: Projects and programmes

Application notes

Applications should be submitted in English and include a CV, cover letter (maximum one page) and contact details of two professional referees, one of which must be the applicant’s current / most recent line manager or current / most recent Head of HR.

Please send applications by email in PDF format to [email protected], including ‘Senior Program Manager’ in the subject line before 9.00am GMT on Monday 25th January 2021. 

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