Programme Manager, International Grants (Maternity Cover)

The Royal Society

Interested in strengthening excellence in African science?

The Royal Society, the UK’s premier scientific body, is looking for an exceptional individual to manage one of its flagship Africa grant programmes.

The Royal Society is the independent scientific academy of the UK dedicated to promoting excellence in science. Our International Grants team manage a range of fellowship and grants programmes which provide support for high calibre scientists in the UK and overseas.

We are now looking for an outstanding and highly motivated candidate with exceptional organisational, project and stakeholder management skills and a passion for supporting research capacity strengthening in sub-Saharan Africa to provide maternity cover for managing the Royal Society-DFID Africa Capacity Building Initiative programme.

Proven experience of managing large scale international projects to a high standard is essential. The successful candidate will have worked with developing countries and have a good knowledge of the challenges of building research capacity in Africa and requirements for achieving development impact in-country. You will be responsible for providing comprehensive management and oversight over all projects within the programme. You will be expected to drive the progress of the programme, maintaining robust management and reporting systems and ensuring quality assurance and timely, effective delivery of programme objectives. You will adopt a variety of communication methods to optimise engagement with project partners and to share lesson learning and dissemination of good practice to the wider UK and international science, research and development community. You will be highly numerate with a proven record of accurately managing sizable budgets across multiple local partners. A sound understanding of monitoring and evaluation processes and donor reporting and compliance is essential, and familiarity with the logical framework approach is highly desirable. You will be a multi-tasker and trouble-shooter capable of managing risks and using your initiative to the full, and confident in fostering close working relations with overseas partners and stakeholders from diverse cultures.

This is an exciting opportunity to support capacity development in African science and to work as part of a dynamic and creative team.

Please apply via our website

The closing date is 4 October 2017.
Interviews will be held on 10 October 2017.

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