SE1, London
£34,315 - £39,338 pa
Contract, Full-time
Job description

Starting Salary: £34,315 - £35,763p.a.

Contract: 12 months Maternity Cover

Job Purpose:     

 To support CAFOD’s programmes in Latin America, Caribbean and Mozambique in line with agreed strategies, by working closely with colleagues and partners in programme development, securing institutional funding for CAFOD-supported programmes and partnerships and management of contracts with donors. The scope of the post falls into the following broad functions:

  • Programme development in line with Country and Sub-regional Strategies: in co-operation with partners and programme colleagues, support the design, development and, where appropriate, also implementation of CAFOD supported long-term development programmes[1].
  • Programme funding & partner fundraising capacity: lead, facilitate or support the preparation of funding applications to institutional donors, in close co-operation with programme colleagues and partners. This includes keeping up-to-date with donor strategies and priorities, and raising awareness of donor requirements and partner obligations to fulfil these as well as supporting partners in strengthening their own capacity to fundraise.
  • Contract Management: lead on reporting, monitoring and evaluating institutionally funded programmes, in line with CAFOD and donor standards.
  • Internal and external representation: as appropriate and in coordination with the Country Representative / Programme Manager, liaise and manage relations with donors. Furthermore, engage with internal stakeholders, including working groups and communities of practice on cross-organisational work, particularly with the International Programme Funding Unit on donor engagement strategies;
  • Systems and compliance: ensure the effective use of CAFOD’s systems to share knowledge and inform decision making and implementation. This includes ensuring compliance with agreements, regulations and requirements attached to our work and donor contracts;
  • Donor focus: where appropriate, in co-ordination with the International Programme Funding Unit, support the development of specific donor engagement strategies, including, where appropriate, assuming “donor lead” responsibilities for specific donor/s.


Job Scope:

The post-holder will be responsible for building effective working relationships with colleagues in the Latin America, Caribbean and Mozambique country teams, with other PDFOs across the International Development Group, as well as with colleagues in the Emergency Response and Advocacy Groups, and the International Programme Funding Team. The role has also a number of cross-organisational functions linked to work with CAFOD’s Education, Fundraising, Finance and Communications teams.

Whilst this post is focused on LAC and Mozambique, the post-holder may be required to support other programmes and colleagues during particularly busy times or emergencies. The post-holder will be expected to undertake international travel for approximately 2 months a year.


The post-holder reports to the Head of the Latin America and Caribbean Region. He/she is not a budget holder but may carry out some supervision tasks for staff members.

Key Responsibilities:

Programme development in line with the direction set by appropriate Country/Sub-regional Strategy

  • Work closely with LAC and Mozambique programme staff and partners in the region in the design, development and implementation of high quality programmes and projects in line with the sub regional and country strategies and programme frameworks;
  • Contribute to the development of resource development plans, as well as identifying new funding opportunities;
  • Where appropriate, support work on regional or joint programme funding opportunities, including contributing to proposal development for corporate or multi-country proposals (e.g. Match Fund, PPA).
  • Where necessary and in consultation with line manager, participate in surge requests from other International Development or Emergency Response teams;
  • Keep up-to-date with donor policy developments and trends, in LAC and Mozambique, and represent CAFOD in funding review groups/networks in the region as appropriate.


Programme funding and partners’ fundraising capacity

  • In agreement with partners and programme staff, assess partner capacities and systems to manage and implement institutionally funded programmes and jointly develop funding proposals;
  • Lead, co-ordinate or support the preparation of funding applications with donors such as: ECHO, DEC, DFID, EC, UN, Comic Relief, Big Lottery Fund, major trusts etc.;
  • Contribute to investing in partners’ capacities, by jointly identifying funding needs, developing plans to strengthen capacities, such as proposal writing, programme development, monitoring & evaluation, etc., or identifying sources of support.


Contract Management

  • Working with programme staff and partners, and where relevant the International Programme Funding Unit, to manage donor contracts, including financial and narrative reporting, and monitoring and evaluation (including facilitating external evaluations) of institutionally funded programmes, in line with jointly agreed standards (Programme Cycle Management), donor requirements, and CAFOD’s value of Stewardship;
  • Support programme staff and partners on development of accounting frameworks and work plans, etc.


Internal and external representation

  • In agreement with the Head of Region, Country Representatives and Programme staff, develop, nurture and manage relationships with donor organisations, and create opportunities to share CAFOD’s programme experiences with donor staff;
  • Communicate with other teams within CAFOD to ensure that the programme is well understood, and that information is available for fundraising and communication needs. This may involve participation in sessions/events with supporters, communities of practice, working groups, etc.;
  • Work with partners to assess regularly the quality of the relationship, ensuring that effective communication channels are in place, and that funding-related issues are timely addressed;
  • In agreement with partners and programme staff, contribute to raising the profile of partners’ work with relevant donors in the region and/or globally.

Systems and compliance

  • Effectively use CAFOD’s programme management information systems[2] to ensure programme and project information and documentation is up-to-date. This will include producing management information to support decision making;
  • Ensure compliance with agreements, regulations and requirements attached to our work, including liaising with IPF donor leads on donor compliance requirements.


Note: This list of duties and responsibilities is not exhaustive, and the post-holder may be required to undertake other relevant and appropriate duties as required. This job description is subject to regular review and modification.


Safeguarding for Children and Vulnerable Adults

CAFOD recognises the personal dignity and rights of children and vulnerable adults, towards whom it has a special responsibility and a duty of care and respect.  CAFOD, and all its staff and volunteers, undertake to do all in our power to create a safe environment for children, young people and vulnerable adults and to prevent their physical, sexual or emotional abuse.  CAFOD is committed to acting at all times in the best interests of children and vulnerable adults, seeing these interests as paramount.  Any candidate offered a job with CAFOD will be expected to adhere to CAFOD’s Safeguarding policy and sign CAFOD’s Code of Behaviour as an appendix to their contract of employment and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these documents.


Understanding our context

-Understanding international development:Understanding and experience of international development and programme management and quality standards within this context

Working together

-Communicating; Able to communicate with colleagues and partners at a distance and across cultures

-Looking outwards; Understanding of effective and values-based partnership work between northern and southern organisations and communities.

Making change happen

-Managing resources: the ability to prepare and monitor budgets, contribute to assessing the appropriateness of partner financial systems, and ensure compliance with, knowledge and understanding of financial management tools and requirements of institutional donors

- Achieving results; experience of developing successful funding applications for institutional donors; experience of participatory project design, and use of analytical tools.

- Managing our performance: experience of developing and implementing monitoring systems to track the effectiveness of programmes.

 Job-specific competencies

  • Understanding of development issues and challenges in Latin America.
  • Experience of institutional funding work- priorities, trends and donor conditions within the international development sector.
  • Experience of using programme cycle management tools effectively to deliver work within an agreed programme framework.
  • Able and committed to strengthen or complement the capacity of partner organisations and colleagues.
  • Financial management and budgeting understanding and experience and confidence in using financial spreadsheets.
  • Ability and willingness to travel to the region (2/3 months per year), sometimes at short notice and to areas of potential risk;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English, Spanish and/or Portuguese
  • Experience of working on LAC and / or Mozambique



  • First-hand work experience with a values-based partnership approach (between northern and southern organisations and communities).


 Please click here for a full list of CAFOD’s Staff Benefits


Come and join us and help make a real difference in the lives of the world’s poorest communities.

CAFOD is an equal opportunities employer. Recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults.


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