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Programme Performance Advisor (Institutional funding)
Salary: £34,574 - £38,934 pa (incl LA)
Based: London, Waterloo, with flexibility for the post to be based at an international location in Africa (local country employment terms and conditions would then apply)
Does development work? Is it good value for money? Development is under unprecedented public scrutiny, especially when it is funded by the taxpayer. Christian Aid doesn’t shy away from this challenge. We welcome it. Now we need you to help us rise to it.
Summary of the Role:
This is an exciting and challenging opportunity to contribute to Christian Aid’s impact on poverty, by improving our ability to understand, demonstrate, learn from and improve the performance of our international programme work. You’ll be part of a global team of Performance Advisors, working closely with teams on the ground and getting your hands dirty to improve the performance of our flagship programmes, while also shaping Christian Aid’s organisational understanding of impact and results.
Key Tasks and Ideal Candidate:
You will work with Christian Aid staff teams and partners across Asia and Africa managing large and complex programmes funded by government and institutional donors. These include major, high profile programmes with the ambition and resources to achieve impact at national level on good governance, social exclusion and resilient livelihoods.
You’ll help programme teams to apply Christian Aid’s approach to programme cycle management and M&E to the reality of their context and the requirements of donors. You will support them to develop specific results frameworks for institutionally funded programmes, and play an active role in developing new programmes and tenders. You’ll give hands-on support to help them identify and use the right tools and processes to manage, monitor and review progress, lessons and results.
As a result, they’ll have the evidence they need to write reports, and to reflect and learn from experience. You’ll work with them to use what they learn to strengthen their performance and cost effectiveness. Above all, you’ll support them to focus on impact for the people who matter most to us – women and men living in poverty.
You’ll have the intellectual firepower to cut quickly through complex information and find out what really matters, even under intense deadline pressure. You’ll have a deep understanding of programme cycle management, monitoring and evaluation methods, and a background in dealing with institutional donors.
But most important will be your ability to light a spark in your colleagues and build strong relationships – to foster ownership of the performance challenge, and to help them reflect and learn, make sharper decisions and achieve better results.
Please show your suitability for this post by giving answers to the following questions. Using the guidance notes may help you formulate your answers.
Describe a situation where you worked with others to develop a donor funded programme management/monitoring and evaluation plan for a complex project or programme, and put this in to practice so that the plan was feasible, useful and met t he demands of different stakeholders.
Strive for Improvement
Describe a situation where you analysed a large volume of management or performance information to identify opportunities to achieve better results, and how you used the results of your analysis to inform new decisions or ways of working.
Describe a situation where you supported colleagues in different teams or organisations to adopt a new approach to programme management, M&E or learning, and how you dealt with challenges or resistance to change.
We value the contribution each person makes to the success of our organisation. That’s why you can expect a wide range of rewards and benefits, including a generous holiday allowance, an interest-free season ticket loan, and flexibility that will ensure you enjoy a good work/life balance.
If this post is UK based, non-EC nationals will require current and valid permission to work in the UK. If this post is based in an international location (Africa, Asia or Latin America) then the post holder will require a valid work permit for the respective location. Please make it clear on your application which locations you could work and confirm you eligibility to work there.
To apply for this post, please download an application pack email your completed UK & Ireland application form by clicking 'Apply now' (quoting the reference number).
Please note CVs will not be accepted.
Job reference: 279/OK
Closing date: 12 noon, Monday 21 May 2012
Interview date: TBC
Christian Aid values diversity and aspires to reflect this in our workforce. We welcome applications from people from all sections of the community, irrespective of race, colour, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief.