Senior Programme and Consortium Manager (USAID Funded)

GlobalGiving UK
£43,000 - £46,000
Closing date: 2 November 2020
Job Type: Paid
Location: London
We are seeking a highly skilled project manager to organise and coordinate a multi-stakeholder, action research programme. The programme is focused on exploring civil society structures and approaches to encourage philanthropy that is community-led.
  • Salary: £43,000 - £46,000 + 5% pension contribution following successful completion of probation period
  • Contract: Fixed term (January 2021 to December 2022)
  • Working hours: Full time
  • Location: Home-based (working from home with some travel to central London for meetings. International travel required when possible)
  • Line managed by: UK Executive Director

 
The Opportunity
 
GlobalGiving seeks a highly skilled project manager to organise and coordinate a multi-stakeholder, action research programme. The programme is focused on exploring civil society structures and approaches to encourage philanthropy that is community-led. You will have experience of project managing high value aid projects, ideally with USAID (or similar) funding, and have excellent communication skills to lead on partner liaison, content creation and dissemination of learning. You’ll need to be adaptable (especially considering the context of COVID-19) with a sharp focus on achieving defined results. You’ll manage an innovative programme that will be primarily implemented by a local team in the Philippines, and work with at least two consortium partners, the USAID Mission in the Philippines, and GlobalGiving’s project team. The Senior Programme and Consortium Manager will interact with GlobalGiving’s wider teams in the Philippines, London and Washington DC, particularly with the Evidence and Learning team. 

The Senior Programme and Consortium Manager will be responsible for coordinating the inception, start-up, implementation and evaluation of the two year USAID funded project called Assets, Agency and Trust, that is the culmination of a project designed with two consortium partners (Global Fund for Community Foundations and Nonprofit Finance Fund), the USAID Mission in the Philippines and others. Through the duration of the project, you’ll ensure the project is delivered to a high standard, develop engaging content and disseminate learning to ensure research impact is sustained beyond the life of the project. 

The Programme: Assets, Agency and Trust

GlobalGiving (the consortium lead) and its consortium partners (Global Fund for Community Foundations and Nonprofit Finance Fund) strongly believe that community ownership is key to sustainable development and that resources generated by and for a community can create durable and thriving societies. Assets, Agency and Trust aims to explore existing and emergent forms of Civil Society domestic resource mobilisation in the Philippines through the lens of Community-Led Philanthropy. Through action research, networking and dialogue, fundraising and philanthropy pilots, and institution strengthening, we aim to generate evidence on how different civil society actors can change in order to encourage locally-owned development solutions. This programme is funded by USAID as part of its Local Works initiative. 

The Role

The Senior Programme and Consortium Manager will provide programme governance coordination in collaboration with the in-country Chief of Party Program Lead (who will be based in the Philippines and who will provide day-to-day field-based project management and be the primary point of contact with the USAID Philippines Mission), work with the project team to produce and disseminate high quality research content, and develop external communications strategies. The Senior Programme and Consortium Manager will report to the Executive Lead (who is the Global Lead for Evidence and Learning at GlobalGiving).

Main Responsibilities:

Project and Consortium Management

  • Provide in depth programme oversight and ensure effective programme operations, including consultant hiring and project management processes
  • Ensure effective coordination of the consortium members so that the programme is implemented in an efficient manner and delivers a coherent and useful body of evidence and learning
  • Work closely with the in-country Program Lead (Chief of Party) to ensure they are set up to manage and account for all research, meetings and technical activities in country
  • Provide line management to the Research and Learning Specialist for this programme
  • Support the recruitment of suitable consultants as required
  • Develop and maintain a thorough knowledge of community philanthropy, fundraising, within the project context and broadly, and remain active in wider sector dialogue on these topics
  • Engage with other consortium partners and stakeholders to deliver activities.
  • Support the authorship of action research reports and ensure they meet required standards

Programme Governance

  • Coordinate and lead international steering committee meetings, attend project meetings and ensure excellent project management documentation 
  • Ensure high quality narrative and financial work plans and reports, grant management, monitoring and evaluation, linking and learning, and financial management - in collaboration with other team members
  • Work with colleagues, ensure all necessary partner due diligence is completed and recorded
  • Ensure all contractual obligations are being met including, for example, that safeguarding training is conducted for all staff working on the project
  • Be the primary internal contact point for the programme at GlobalGiving and attend and present at staff meetings to share progress, learning and challenges
  • Prepare regular progress reports for key stakeholders 
  • Be responsible for effective internal communications to ensure key project learning feeds into GlobalGiving’s wider strategy to deliver on its mission to transform aid and philanthropy to accelerate community-led change
  • Coordinate with other departments within the organization to ensure project and funder administration is delivered with excellence 

Strategic Communications

  • Develop and implement an external communications strategy for the programme 
  • Contribute to reports and other external communications
  • Produce engaging content for external audiences
  • Be an external spokesperson for the project, representing GlobalGiving and the programme at meetings, events and conferences 
  • Ensure strategic connectivity between this programme and other sector initiatives to increase the programme’s impact

Other

  • Support colleagues (in London and globally) on other activities from time to time

Person Specification:

We are looking for a dynamic, detail-oriented and passionate person to join the team. Specifically, we are looking for someone who has had experience of setting up and working on programmes funded by aid agencies, who can also be creative, flexible and down-to-earth when it comes to project delivery. You’ll be working with stakeholders in different countries so cultural sensitivity and understanding is a must. Please note the qualities we are looking for below and make reference to your experience and skills in your cover letter and application questions.

Experience:

  1. 10+ years project management experience: setting up, managing and monitoring high value, complex social sector projects.
  2. Experience working on projects funded by aid agencies with a strong familiarity of government mechanisms, policies, guidelines and restrictions (ideally with USAID).
  3. Experience working in partnership or multi-agency consortia with demonstrable interpersonal skills.
  4. Experience working with remote teams and using digital tools as the project will require regular contact with people in the US, the UK, South Africa and the Philippines, and line managing staff, ensuring they deliver their best and grow professionally.
  5. Experience managing or working on action research projects for social change and/or in the philanthropy space is an advantage.

Capabilities:

  1. An exceptional project manager who can work at pace, bringing a diverse group of people and organisations together to effectively implement a complex project.
  2. Demonstrable ability in administration, financial management, award compliance and sub-award management, and tracking activity performance and costs.
  3. An eye for detail who can develop and keep meticulous records and documentation, with the ability to analyse written and numerical data to draw out insights effectively.
  4. A problem solver who is undaunted by complex projects and issues that may arise, who is able to resolve issues swiftly and collaboratively.
  5. Knowledge of the international development, charity, or social sectors more broadly.
  6. A passion for the project concept of community-led change, ideally with an understanding and experience of the philanthropy sector.
  7. A strategic communicator able to develop effective strategies to reach diverse audiences, produce engaging content and reach into networks to ensure content is disseminated.
  8. An excellent writer, fluent in English, able to produce engaging research reports for the intended audiences, edit writing, and provide constructive feedback.
  9. Comfortable with digital technology for communication and management.
  10. Able and willing to travel internationally (the Philippines and the US) 
  11. Willing to work flexible hours to ensure connection with colleagues in the Philippines, UK and USA.
  12. Ability to communicate in Filipino will be beneficial.

About GlobalGiving

GlobalGiving exists to transform aid and philanthropy to accelerate community-led change. Our aim is to develop an alternative model for philanthropy and development that put communities in the lead. You should be motivated by our mission to do development differently. We are driven by our values: to never settle, remain always open, commit to wow our partners, and listen, act, learn so we innovate and strive for the best.

You will be part of a small but mighty team based in London, with colleagues based in the United States and China and consultants in Mexico, China, Tanzania and the Philippines. We care about using our time, talents, and energy to change the development system by putting people first. We use technology to connect resources and people globally and nurture social connections formed both online and in person.

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

Application notes

To apply, complete the questions and submit your CV and a one page cover letter that addresses why you are interested in this role and your suitability, including examples from your experience. 

The deadline to apply is 2nd November 2020 at 9am GMT. The first round of interviews will take place from 12th - 16th November, followed by the second team Interviews from 23rd - 24th November and the final meeting with the CEO on 27th November 2020. Please state in your application if you are unable to make any of these days for an interview. 

Note: Candidates must already have the full legal right to work in the UK without restriction prior to application and be present in the UK for the duration of the term of employment.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity in our organization. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

You'll need to upload your CV, a detailed cover letter showing how you meet the requirements for the role and provide answers to the three competency questions.

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