Cost Recovery Project Manager

London (Greater)
£40,000 - £45,000
17 Sep 2019
29 Sep 2019
Full Time
Contract Type

Cost Recovery Project Manager

1 year fixed term contract



At ActionAid International we help people to use their own power to fight poverty and injustice. Because that’s how real change happens – for women, for communities, for whole societies. 

Funding from institutional donors is making up an increasing volume of ActionAid’s income, and with our new Strategy 2028 we have plans and potential to further scale this up. However, with increased access and scale of institutional income around our Federation of 45 country offices, we need to manage our cost recovery practices more effectively and ensure informed decision making is embedded across the federation to enable financial sustainability. This is a critical organisational-wide change project, and we invite you to join us as Cost Recovery Project Manager to provide strategic direction for these important changes as well as operational support.

With experience of project management and familiarity with INGO cost recovery practices plus experience of working with institutional donors such as EU, ECHO, DFID, USAID and UN, you will lead the roll out of a cross organizational cost recovery project. Managing (and refining where necessary) the development and implementation of the cost recovery policies and practices, the supporting training programme and ongoing development of expert trainers, you will ensure informed decision making is embedded across the ActionAid federation to enable financial sustainability from restricted funding sources.

A natural influencer and communicator, you will work with other key project teams to align and embed cost recovery practices and refine project monitoring and evaluation systems and tools. You will also lead on risk assessment, identifying risks and developing mitigation plans and provide strategic direction and operational co-ordination to this important function.

You are now looking for a position that will utilize your extensive project management talents to the full and where you can make a significant difference. We are a global team working alongside communities to create long-term positive change for poor and excluded people. We are making a real difference to the lives of over 15 million people in 45 countries. Join us and help us deliver our vision.

With a professional qualification in project management and ideally a degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Studies, Auditing, Economics or a related field you will have a good understanding of financial reporting, review and analysis. You will have a proven track record of implementing financial change management projects, including the ability to provide clear guidance on donor policies and procedures and of designing and delivering training and coaching to a wide audience. A team player, you must also be able to prioritise and work with minimal supervision and work effectively in a multi-cultural environment, often at a distance. Most importantly, you must have a passion for social justice, activism and advocacy and working within a culture of excellence that values experimentation and continuous improvement.

If you have the technical expertise and strong management skills to make a significant difference to our organisation we would be delighted to hear from you. To apply, please visit our website via the link and apply online. Please send your CV and motivation cover letter by Midnight, Sunday 29th September 2019. In the subject line please write ‘Cost Recovery Project Manager – Your Name ’.

You are requested to highlight in the motivation letter how specifically you meet the criteria for this role.  To be considered for this role, you must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the UK. 

If you do not meet all the essential criteria, please don’t apply as we only invite candidates for an interview if they meet all of the essential criteria listed on the job description. In addition, your application will be stronger if you meet at least some of the desirable criteria.

Due to high volumes of applications received, should you not have received feedback on your application within two weeks of the closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful. We reserve the right to withdraw any of our vacancies at any time.

ActionAid is committed to providing equal opportunities for everyone regardless of their background. We value diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community in particular women who are currently underrepresented in senior positions. We regret that agency candidates will not be considered.


Work-life balance

  • Flexible working, working from home
  • Generous annual leave
  • Extra 5-day annual holiday purchase
  • Pension contributions
  • Employer-paid life assurance


  • Interest-free season ticket loans
  • Tax-free Bike2Work scheme


  • Reimbursement for eye tests and glasses
  • Enhanced maternity leave
  • Enhanced paternity leave

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