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Job Title: Senior Programme Manager

Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Organization: CARE International UK
Closing date: 23 Jan 2022

Post Title: Senior Programme Manager

Salary: £39,878 per annun

Hours: 35 hours

Contract Type: Full time permanent

Base Location: Home based working in the UK until July 2022, with occasional meetings in venues in London. Then London office based. Flexible working requests from July 2022 will be considered.

Why work for us?

At CARE International UK we affirm the dignity, potential and contribution of participants, donors, partners and staff. Our actions are consistent with our mission. We are honest and transparent in what we do and say and accept responsibility for our collective and individual actions. We work together effectively to serve the larger community. We constantly challenge ourselves to the highest levels of learning and performance to achieve greater impact.

CARE recently adopted its Vision 2030, which sets out six impact areas that all CARE members will contribute to achieving. The Programme Management team is one of two teams in the Programme Delivery department at the heart of driving our contribution to the Vision 2030 Agenda through a portfolio of programmes funded by UK institutional donors. A strong focus on girls’ education and humanitarian work is to be complemented in the coming year(s) by an increased focus on climate justice, women’s voice and leadership, and health including Sexual reproductive health and rights.

The Programme Management team works in partnership with CARE country offices, technical teams and partners, to ensure that programmes deliver their stated objectives for the communities with which CARE works, are managed adaptively according to context and learning, and that strong compliance and financial management is in place to meet donor requirements. While the team is not in charge of bidding for new work, it plays a key role in securing cost extensions and follow-on phases to existing programmes and feeding learning from existing programmes into design of new programmes. The team incorporates both Programme Management and Programme Finance Specialists, including a Humanitarian lead and a Contracts and Finance lead.

About you

We are looking for a Senior Programme Manager passionate about saving lives, helping communities to overcome poverty and addressing social justice to join our programme management team. Your values will be aligned with CARE’s and you are experienced at leading programmes delivered through complex grants or commercial contracts in partnerships with stakeholders across different sectors and countries, as consortium lead or on your organization’s input into a large consortium. This will be augmented with relevant qualification(s) and a willingness and ability to travel occasionally (when it is safe to do so) to closely support programmes in different countries. You will like working with people, and effective working as part of a team, with a positive problem-solving attitude. You are innovative with an eye on the big picture while paying attention to the details. You have strong report writing, data analysis and financial management skills, and an understanding of safeguarding in programmes and managing risk in complex settings. You are also committed to tackling discrimination and structural inequality and will be committed to promoting CARE International’s Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and Child Protection policy (PSEA) with team members and in day-to-day practice.

About the role

The Senior Programme Manager is responsible for the overall programme management for a portfolio of projects, from the contracting stage to completion and close out. S/he is the overall lead, managing the relationship with donors and working alongside country office colleagues, partners and technical teams to monitor project implementation, manage risks and ensure programmes are delivered in line with CARE’s agreed procedures, and in compliance with donor/contractual requirements. Specific areas of responsibilities include donor and stakeholder relationship management, programme quality, accountability, MEAL and impact reporting, compliance and risk management.

The successful candidate will be experienced leading on the delivery of complex programmes in an International development or humanitarian (conflict/fragile) setting preferably as part of a consortium. S/he will have some relevant qualification and have proven success managing programmes from a distance and incorporating adaptive/agile programme management. The successful candidate will have some experience delivering projects in one or more of CARE’s six impact areas, and a good knowledge of key donor requirements (particularly FCDO and EU), in relation to large grants and commercial contracts. S/he will have successfully led multi-disciplinary teams in multiple locations to effectively deliver safe and gender sensitive programmes in line with donor/contractual requirements. S/he will have excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, and is comfortable leading workshops and presentations and producing high-quality reports. S/he is experienced building and managing relationships with both internal and external stakeholders, is a positive collaborator and a strong team player.

About CARE

CARE International is one of the world’s leading humanitarian and development charities. We fight poverty and injustice in the world’s most vulnerable places. We save lives in disasters and conflicts. We stand with women, girls and their communities to achieve lasting change for a better future.

Diversity and Inclusion Statement

CARE International UK is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive, respectful and safe work environment where all persons are treated fairly, with dignity and respect. We are committed to dismantling harmful and oppressive structures of power and accordingly center gender equity in our work to save lives, fight poverty and achieve social justice. The post holder agrees to promote and uphold these principles.

CARE International UK operates fair, transparent and non-discriminatory recruitment practices and actively encourages applications from candidates from a variety of backgrounds, and with a range of skills and experiences. We are particularly interested to hear from candidates from Black and minoritised communities, LGBT+ candidates and disabled candidates.

CARE International UK is a disability confident employer. As part of our commitment to disability inclusion we guarantee interviews to disabled candidates who meet the essential criteria for the role. To be considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme please complete the relevant section in the online application form. If at any stage of the recruitment process you require reasonable adjustments, including a copy of the recruitment pack in large print or an alternative format, please contact


CARE International UK has a zero-tolerance approach to any harm to, or exploitation of, a vulnerable adult or a child by any of our staff, representatives or partners. Recruitment to all jobs in CARE International UK includes, in particular, criminal record checks and the collection of relevant references. Safeguarding our beneficiaries is our top priority in everything we do.

Closing date for applications: 11:59, Sunday January 23, 2022

Interview date: January 27 -31 2022

How to apply:

To Apply:

To apply, please visit our website, download and read the Senior Programme Manager Recruitment Candidate Brief, which includes the Job Description and Person Specification. Applications are completed online. If you require a copy of the recruitment pack in large print or an alternative format please contact Please note, Curriculum Vitae’s (CVs) will not be accepted.