Local recruitment: Beacon Project - UK Programme Manager


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Beacon Project – UK Programme Manager

Contract:Ā Permanent

Salary:Ā Ā£45,579 – Ā£47,858 with excellent benefits

Location:Ā The Potholder can be based in eitherĀ WaterAid London office or from an office of Anglian Water, one of the Alliance partners, or home-based.

Hybrid Working: For the London office;Ā A minimum of 40% of working time is spent face to face, either in the London office or as a result of external engagement or travel for WaterAid. WaterAid is located at Canary Wharf, London, and this will be your location and contract base.

About WaterAid:
Want to use your skills in programme and project management to play a vital role in making clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone everywhere?

We need passionate, creative and dedicated people. In return, you will be encouraged and empowered to be yourself at your very best. Together, we will make a bigger difference.

Join WaterAid as the UK Programme Manager for the Beacon Project to change normal for millions of people so they can unlock their potential, break free from poverty and change their lives for good. On top of that you’ll be joining a 2020 Great Place to WorkĀ® award-winning organisation.

About the Team:
The WaterAid South Asia regional team team provide direction and support to the Country Programmes located in the South Asia region (Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal and Pakistan) across all aspects of WaterAid’s operations including programme and project delivery, policy and advocacy, fundraising and technical support.

About the Role:
As our resourceful and collaborative UK Programme Manager you will manage the day-to-day aspects of UK-side project deliverables and support the Project Team in Nepal in the coordination, planning and delivery of wider project outputs.

In this role, you will have overall responsibility for the delivery of UK-side project activities through excellent management of resources and workstream structures.

You’ll also:

  • Lead on communication and stakeholder management
  • Guide the long term direction and sustainability of the project
  • Appropriate governance set up and managed, to facilitate change to timeframes, costs or outputs.
  • Regular reporting to project team and project sponsors.
  • Creation and maintenance of project documentation such as risk logs and RACI.
  • Mapping key stakeholders and their respective positions of influence within the project.
  • Spending time actively working with key stakeholders outside of formal meetings, to develop relationships.
  • Plan for the continued sustainability of the project through development of long-term strategic plans for the Project and ensuring all workstream activities are aligned to this plan, and the overall project objectives.

About You:

  • Strong and demonstrable Project/Programme Management experience and recognised project management qualification
  • Assertiveness and excellent organisational skills and resilience, to ensure that deadlines are met, including managing other people’s input
  • Experience of communicating effectively and engagingly with a wide variety of stakeholders including chairing, facilitating and presenting
  • Understanding of and interest in international development and, ideally, experience of international third sector project delivery
  • Strong understanding of the structure of water industry in the UK along with an understanding of water and waste water treatment processes and engineering designs / concepts
  • Experience of communicating effectively and engagingly with a wide variety of stakeholders including chairing, facilitating and presenting

Closing date:Ā Applications will close atĀ 23:59 on 3rd December 2023. Availability for interview is required in the week commencing 11th December 2023. Video interviews are available to candidates unable to attend the London office.

How to Apply:Ā To see the full job pack, please click ‘Apply’. Please apply by submitting your CV and a cover letter into one document in either Word Document or PDF format.

Pre-employment screening:Ā In order to apply for this post, you must be able to demonstrate your eligibility to work in the UK. All our vacancies require a basic Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to comply with our Safer Recruitment policy.

Our Benefits:

  • 36 days’ holiday (including 8 Bank Holidays)
  • Option to buy an extra 5 days annual leave
  • We offer a generous pension plan with employer contribution of up to 10%
  • Wide range of flexible and agile-working arrangement
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Free annual eye tests
  • Pay as You Give charitable giving scheme
  • Enhanced Maternity and Adoption/Surrogacy pay, Shared Parental Leave and Paternity Leave
  • Sabbaticals
  • Volunteer Day

Our Commitment

Our People Promise:

We will work with passion and focus to ensure safe and sustainable water, toilets and hygiene are available to everyone, everywhere. WaterAid is a place of purpose – where people have a real commitment and shared responsibility for the impact we have. We are a global community with diverse backgrounds and perspectives, motivated by inspiring, stimulating work. We are determined to put the wellbeing of our people first, to be a place where people feel safe and able to contribute their voices and truly live our values.

Equal opportunities:

We are an equal opportunity, disability-confident employer and are dedicated to achieving the highest standards of diversity, equity and inclusion. We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, beliefs, customs, traditions and ways of life. This includes, but is not limited to, race, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion, national or social origin, health status, and economic or social situation.


We are also committed to protecting everyone we come into contact with. We have a zero-tolerance approach to abuse of power, privilege or trust across our global work, and any form of inappropriate behaviour, discrimination, abuse, bullying, harassment, or exploitation. Safeguarding the people and communities we work with, our staff, volunteers and anyone working on our behalf is our top priority, and we take our responsibilities extremely seriously.




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