Programme Policy Manager

Association of Commonwealth Universities - Chevening Secretariat

The Chevening Secretariat seeks a Programme Policy Manager to join our leadership team. Funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) as part of its Strategic Partnerships, Public Diplomacy and Soft Power activity, the Chevening Scholarships programme will celebrate its 35th anniversary in 2018. The Programme is administered by the Chevening Secretariat, hosted by the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU).

Chevening gives approximately 1700 individuals from 160 countries the opportunity to study at Masters level in the UK every year. Since 1983, it has built a network of nearly 50,000 alumni across the world, extending UK influence overseas. Chevening continuously seeks to improve and refine its delivery to maintain its place as a leading global scholarship programme.

As Programme Policy Manager, you will support the Chevening Secretariat and the Scholarships Unit at FCO in the development and delivery of policy initiatives and work with Secretariat colleagues to ensure that the administration of the programme is aligned with FCO priorities. You will be responsible for leading on a range of projects and activities, including planning, strategy implementation, reporting and evaluation. You will work with a variety of high level stakeholders in the UK and overseas, including VVIPs, preparing briefings and other policy documents.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Leading on the implementation of the FCO’s Chevening Strategy
  • Developing policies and high-level policy recommendations
  • Secretariat for the Chevening Programme Board
  • Support for budget management and funding allocations
  • Develop and maintain a range of stakeholder relationships in the FCO and other government departments.
  • Leading on the programme’s insight and evaluation work, including research projects.

This is stimulating role in a dynamic and fast-paced environment, fundamental to the success of the Chevening programme. The role requires a good understanding of policy engagement and collaboration, and strong interpersonal and influencing skills. The successful candidate will be adept at drafting policy-oriented documents, confident in managing a range of stakeholder relationships and experienced with budgets. You will join a highly motivated team, and as such, you will be expected to perform effectively under pressure, often balancing conflicting priorities, and using tact and diplomacy when dealing with stakeholders, in the UK and internationally. You should be able to demonstrate excellent organisational skills, a proactive and flexible attitude, and meticulous attention to detail.

Benefits include 31 days holiday per year (including 4 Christmas closure days) plus bank holidays, competitive pension scheme (10% employer contribution and 5% employee contribution), season ticket loan, childcare voucher scheme and excellent support for learning and development.

For further information and details of how to apply, visit

As Programme Policy Manager you will be employed by ACU Trading Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of the ACU.

You will be based at the Chevening Secretariat, Woburn House, for approximately two days per week, and at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) for approximately three days per week.

Please note that the successful candidate will need to FCO security clearance; the process for which will be undertaken on behalf of the appointee by the FCO.

Please see for further information about the scholarships programme.

At the ACU, we welcome and encourage applications from everyone regardless of gender, race, religion, marital status, disability, age, and sexual orientation.

Interviews: 18 January 2018

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