United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Head of Programme

Organization: Overseas Development Institute
Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Closing date: 22 Apr 2018


Head of Programme – Development Strategy and Finance

Contract: Permanent

Salary: £63,889 – £78,538 per annum

Location: London

Ref: DSF/02/18

The UK’s leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues.

About us

ODI (www.odi.org.uk) aims to inspire and inform policy and practice to reduce poverty by locking together high-quality applied research and practical policy advice.

Our Economics and Finance Department is seeking a Head of Programme to lead and manage the Development Strategy and Finance programme.

The Development Strategy and Finance (DSF) programme provides cutting-edge, policy-relevant research on bilateral and multilateral development agency strategy and finance. Our objective is to make these agencies and the global development financing architecture more fit for the future.

The Head of the Development Strategy and Finance is responsible for leading and managing the work of the programme, including developing, fundraising for, conducting and managing high-quality and innovative research, policy advice and public affairs. He/she is expected to inform policy and practice on the programme agenda at both international and governmental levels.

The Development Strategy and Finance programme works closely with other Economic and Finance themed programmes comprising of the Public Finance and Institutions programme, the International Economic Development programme (IEDG), the Growth, Poverty and Inequality Programme and the Chronic Poverty Advisory Network (CPAN). There is also shared communications, public affairs and partnership functions working across these programmes.

The post-holder will work closely with the Managing Director and other Heads of Programme to ensure that The DSF programme contributes to the wider strategy and a collaborative suite of programmes.

You will be responsible in particular for:

  • Developing within the context of the overall ODI strategy, medium-term and periodic (mainly annual) strategies for the Programme, including Business Plans;

  • Development of external partnerships and funding streams

  • Strengthening the influence and impact of research and policy work in the DSF Programme;

  • Managing operations for DSF (including oversight of the systems, processes and support staff).

  • Leading ODI’s engagement with Europe both during and after Brexit.

About you

  • A degree and post-graduate qualification in a relevant discipline

  • Extensive knowledge of key issues and organisations in international cooperation and development, especially development strategy and finance

  • Very strong personal record in the relevant field, including a track record of high-quality publications

  • Proven ability to fundraise and build programmes of work

  • Demonstrated capacity for advisory and public affairs work, based on an analytical approach and understanding of policy-making

  • First-hand work experience in developing countries, international organisations and/or national government

  • Proven ability to lead a team covering research, policy advice and public affairs, including encouraging good and managing poor performance

  • Excellent project management skills

  • First-class analytical skills

  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, including presentation skills and interpersonal skills.

  • Experience of working with the media is desirable

  • Strong decision-making skills, ability to innovate in order to overcome problems.

  • High level skills in consultation, negotiation, persuasion and influencing.

How to apply:

Closing date: 22 April 2018

Interview date: 9 May 2018

For more information, please download an application pack from our website at www.odi.org.uk/jobs. If you are experiencing difficulties downloading, please telephone 020 3327 7290 or email recruitment@odi.org.uk.**

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