Senior Programme Manager - (June 2022)

WFD needs two Senior Programme Managers to join our fantastic Africa and Asia and Americas teams! Our work helps strengthen democracy in over 30 countries and the impact of what we do is far reaching. If you want to make a positive difference, and work with people who care about this mission, then we would like to hear from you.

Location: Good work life balance. UK-based with the option for remote working.

Benefits: Civil Service pension- defined benefit: Generous employer contribution up to 27.9%. 

25 days paid annual leave and 8 public holidays.

Contract details: Permanent. Full time.

Friendly, supportive, and engaging environment (working with people who are passionate about positive change and strengthening democracy around the world).

Senior Programme Manager (SPM) x2 

  • SPM for Sub- Saharan Africa

  • SPM for Asia and Americas

WFD's programme teams has a vacancy for two Senior Programme Managers (SPM). The exact portfolio of will be developed to ensure well-balanced role, and aim to reflect personal interests too.

Based in the UK, your role will be to support current and new potential programmes within the regions; These are mostly national programmes but we hope to add some regional programming.

In terms of geography, the Africa team covers the following countries; Kenya, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, The Gambia and Uganda. And the Asia and Americas team covers; Bangsamoro (Philippines), Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Venezuela.

Your role will be to oversee programme implementation, provide guidance to our programme teams in terms of delivery, manage programme quality, impact and budgets, broaden and deepen relationships with partners and donors, and respond to business development opportunities. You will be a senior member of the regional team and will support the Regional Director in providing HQ leadership across the portfolio. 

About You

We are looking for programme managers with experience of leading significant and impactful international development programmes. A background in politics is not a key requirement; however it is essential that you have high level programme management (minimum 4 years’ ) experience.

This is a UK based role; therefore, applicants should only apply if they are eligible to work in the UK. 

Occasional overseas travel to support activity implementation and oversee activities as directed maybe required with this position, pending COVID-19 restrictions.

For more information please download the JOB DESCRIPTION

WFD’s Competency and Skills Framework

WFD’s competency and skills framework describes the behaviours required for each position. This position provides a support function within the organisation, candidates applying for this position will be assessed at interview against the competencies relevant for a Management Level position. For more information about the WFD’s Competency and Skills Framework please visit

Please indicate, in your application, if you have a preference for either the SPM Africa, the SPM Asia and Americas role or both.

This vacancy will close on 29th June 2022