Programme Officer

22000.00 - 25000.00 GBP Annual
20 Apr 2019
24 Apr 2019
Job Type
Contract Type

Action on Poverty's vision is a fair world free from poverty and discrimination where every person is empowered to fulfil their potential. We aim to bring about sustainable economic and social improvements, building self-reliance by working with some of the most vulnerable people obtain a livelihood, through enterprise (including agricultural) and employment.

Our target beneficiaries are poor and vulnerable people who are particularly marginalised, excluded through their disability, gender, age, HIV/AIDS status, conflict, ethnicity or environment. We assist them to participate in mainstream markets, enabling them to access incomes and to create and/or develop sustainable livelihoods. We also tackle the reasons for their vulnerability and exclusion, building on the self-reliance and dignity secured through economic solutions to tackle stigma, discrimination and abuse of rights.

Exciting times??? This is a new post.

You will be joining Action on Poverty at an exciting time, developing ground breaking projects, expanding our networks and impact within our remit of Building Livelihoods and Transforming Lives. You will be a critical part of this stage of Action on Poverty's development.

The role of Programme Officer is to assist with programme development, applications and management, with particular reference to large trusts and institutions, with the aim of building the PO's capacity to take on increasing responsibility as new programmes are developed.


Programme Development and Management Assistance

Contribute to:

  • Programme management and administration according to needs identified by the Chief Executive
  • Timely and quality submission of concepts, proposals and budgets, to a range of institutions to meet project and organisational targets.
  • Researching potential donors, to identify new funding and programme opportunities to meet funding needs.
  • Keeping abreast of the interests, trends, and practises of the development sector.


  • Play a key role in exploring new partnership approaches and ideas for programme development, with Corporates and others as appropriate.
  • Contribute to the strategic planning of programme development.

Management of Medium/Large Trusts

  • Research and identify new funding opportunities amongst medium/large Trusts and Foundations, managing the portfolio to ensure continued growth to meet funding needs.
  • Develop and submit high quality funding applications to Trusts and Foundations.
  • Together with the Chief Executive and other staff, contribute to the development and maintenance of relationships with new trusts and foundations, working with colleagues to develop and share information on topics of interest to build relationships, through newsletters, verbal reports etc.
  • Ensure effective and timely reporting - written and verbal - to meet the requirements of the donor.


  • Assist with monitoring and tracking progress of donor submissions.
  • Maintain and update the database for trust applications and responses, conforming to Action on Poverty's data protection policy.
  • Make a strong contribution to the use of technology in performing the above roles in programme development and in communicating about our projects.
  • Represent Action on Poverty at donor meetings, events and other networks as appropriate, seeking new ideas, contacts and development processes.
  • As the role develops, contribute to building the capacity of Action on Poverty's partners where appropriate. This is likely to require travel overseas in due course.
  • Contribute to the work of other Action on Poverty colleagues in communications and relationship building, including the timely provision of well written and engaging information and engagement with social media.
  • Contribute to monitoring and sharing donor trends with other Action on Poverty staff.
  • Undertake or participate in other organisational projects as requested by the Chief Executive, including supporting the implementation of other new programme development or fund-raising initiatives.

Person Specification


  • Living and working in the global south, preferably for 2 years in programme management and with experience in East or West Africa.
  • Preparing proposals for institutions and trusts in a development context.
  • Experience of livelihoods and enterprise development and issues facing particularly vulnerable groups would be preferred.
  • Researching and maintaining new donor relationships.
  • Budget construction and presentation.


  • Some understanding of livelihood development, rights based approaches and of the issues facing severely vulnerable, stigmatised people.
  • Understanding of development concepts, best practice and trends.
  • Understanding of the requirements of institutional and trust fundraising in a development context.


  • Excellent written skills with a proven ability to write and edit a range of materials suitable for different audiences
  • Able to process and analyse complex technical information and present it in the most appropriate form
  • Be 'technology savvy' in the roles and responsibilities identified.
  • Research and analytical skills
  • Good time management skills, able to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Ability to build lasting and positive relationships with external stakeholders
  • Ability to work with remotely based partners
  • Good listening and oral communication skills
  • Good numeracy skills and a good working knowledge of excel

Hours: Based on a 40 hour week. Core hours Monday to Friday are expected but flexi-time is in operation and flexible working arrangements with time working from home will be considered.

Holidays: The annual entitlement is 25 days plus Bank Holidays.

Important Dates:

Closing Date for applications: 2 pm Tuesday 23rd April 2019

First Interviews anticipated date: Thursday 2nd May 2019

All interviews will be held at our offices in Pershore, Worcestershire.