Social Development Direct (SDDirect) is a leading provider of high-quality, innovative social development expertise, consultancy and research services. As a medium-sized, specialist firm, we offer in-depth thematic expertise in safeguarding; and gender-based violence; governance and inclusive services; security, justice & peace-building; and inclusive economic empowerment.
We have a strong track record, over 20 years, of providing high quality services that include technical advice and support, research, development assistance programme design, delivery and management, monitoring and evaluation. Our clients are leading international development agencies, international NGOs and Foundations. Read more about us and our work at: www.sddirect.org.uk.
We are a wholly owned subsidiary of Plan International UK, a leader in gender-based programming for children.
Overall purpose of the role
The Programmes Officer is a junior-level staff position within the Programme Management Unit and plays a pivotal role in the day-to-day delivery of active contracts.
The role will support project operations and finance across a number of projects. The Programmes Officer will work with different teams involved in the project delivery, working directly with the technical delivery team and liaising with Finance, HR and Business Development.
Main duties and responsibilities
Project Management – 90%
- Responsible for project handover from Business Development including set up of projects on Salesforce.
- Preparation and submission of forecasts, financial reporting and invoices to client.
- Responsible for resourcing, negotiating and issuing contracts for new project personnel.
- Lead project closeout to capture lessons learned.
- Participate in the development, review, and tracking of progress against project work plans.
- Act as contact point for clients and partners for non-technical support and day-to-day operations.
- Support project teams with the development and presentation of internal and external reporting.
- Lead risk management on allocated projects: identifying, assessing, mitigating and escalating risks.
- Support review of project document such as budgets and reports to ensure compliance with relevant internal policies and procedures.
- Work alongside the Technical Lead to manage project budgets include financial reconciliation and reviewing variances.
- Lead project management monthly meetings.
- Co-ordinate and organise project meetings.
- Monitor project delivery against agreed contracts requirements to ensure compliance with donor terms and conditions.
- Responsible for processing travel requests on projects in line with internal policies and procedures.
- Responsible for maintaining the Project Management Information System (Salesforce) and where relevant, managing information on the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI)
- Builds and maintains strong relationships with experts/consultants and act as point of contact for contractual and logistical support.
- Escalates any identified conflict of interest on projects.
- Support the coordination of upsell opportunities on active projects.
- Projects may require the Programme Officer to take up tasks which are not included in the above list.
Internal Operations – 10%
- Supports corporate management and internal operations where required, for example financial processes (monthly and annual forecasting).
This is not an exhaustive list as duties may vary from time to time in consultation with the post-holder.
Experience and Knowledge
- One-two years’ minimum of work experience
- Demonstrable evidence of project management experience with an understanding of Prince 2 standard or equivalent.
- Good financial acumen
- Proficient IT and Microsoft Office skills.
Planning and self-management
- Works with respect and dignity for all colleagues and contributes to a cooperative team working environment.
- High degree of organisation and accuracy.
- Excellent attention to detail.
- Ability to work both independently and as a part of a team when required.
- Sound problem solving and decision-making skills.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Experience in building effective working relationships.
How to apply
If you are interested in joining our dynamic team, please email your tailored CV with a cover letter by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 20th August at 5pm. We will be reviewing these on a rolling basis. Please use this email subject line: ‘**Programmes Officer – Your Name’**.