Orpington, Greater London
£23,000 - £25,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Are you interested in the management of some exciting projects in different countries. Want to work in a dynamic environment?

Development Pathways is a leading advisory services and project management organisation in the areas of social protection, social development, poverty and vulnerability analysis, payment systems and financial inclusion, monitoring and evaluation, research and training. We have our head office in London, UK, and a subsidiary in Nairobi, Kenya. Our offices are located in the Orpington area (Greater London, United Kingdom) and Nairobi (Kenya).

The Programme Officer (PO) will be based in our London office where we have three technical teams delivering projects focused on social policy, financial inclusion and social and economic analysis, delivered across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Pacific. The PO will be responsible for providing project management and administrative support for a range of individual projects within our different technical teams. The job will involve some international travel, but no more than 6 weeks per year.

For more information about our organisation, please visit our website.


The Programme Officer will be responsible for providing the day-to-day project management and administrative support for a range of individual projects within our UK office.


Main Responsibilities and Duties

The responsibilities of the Programme Officer will cover all aspects of project management, including contracting, financial and logistical processes, as specified below, with responsibilities growing as his/her capacity develops:

Project Management and Administration

  • Overall responsibility supporting implementation of individual projects to help ensure timely delivery of high-quality project deliverables, in coordination with the Team Leader;
  • Undertake risk management of assigned projects, escalating to senior management when appropriate;
  • Lead on project tracking including on team input days, deliverable deadlines, invoicing schedules, finances, etc.;
  • Maintaining and updating project folders and management documents, spreadsheets and databases, ensuring that all relevant information is saved in a clear and accessible manner;
  • Contributing to the establishment of new and improved project management processes, policies and procedures;
  • Training staff and consultants on project management policies and procedures;
  • Reviewing, drafting and managing client and consultant contracts;
  • Communicating and building strong relationships with consultants and clients;
  • Supporting the Senior Operations Manager in ensuring the development and implementation of systems for project management, and other tasks as required.


  • Financial management of individual projects to ensure that spending is in line with contracts while managing any variances and providing financial forecasts to the Finance Manager;
  • Monitoring and ensuring compliance with the client contract and invoicing schedule;
  • Reviewing consultant and staff invoices and expense claims;
  • Preparing and raising client invoices in a timely manner;
  • Keeping project related financial documentation up to date.


  • Planning and coordinating project field missions with staff and consultants;
  • Identifying services required for field missions and adhering to agreed budgets;
  • Facilitating travel arrangements for staff and consultants, e.g. accommodation, visas and flights;
  • Drafting country briefing manuals and ensuring they are kept up to date.

Person Specification


  • A university degree in a relevant area, e.g. international development, international relations or project management;
  • Excellent organisational skills with the capacity to work with little supervision; 
  • Time management skills, with the ability to work under pressure, manage own workload and prioritise tasks;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to communicate appropriately and professionally with people at all levels and from diverse backgrounds;
  • Professional fluency in written and spoken English; 
  • Excellent numeracy skills and proficiency with excel;
  • Commitment to social justice, gender equality and women’s empowerment.


  • Previous experience in project management;
  • A Master’s degree;
  • Proficiency in another language.

Terms of Employment and Benefits

Recruitment will be at the junior level and is a permanent and full-time post. Along with basic salary, the successful candidate would receive an attractive package of the following:

  • Entry into the company pension scheme;
  • Entry into the company bonus scheme;
  • Flexible working hours;
  • 30 days holiday in a year (excluding public/bank holidays);
  • Company group life assurance;
  • Company laptop;
  • And, upon satisfactory completion of the probationary period of 6 months, access into the company private health insurance scheme.

The successful candidate may be expected to travel overseas on work-related assignments, up to a maximum of 4 weeks spread over a year.


Equality Statement

Equality and diversity are at the core of Development Pathways’ values. In the selection of our staff, we are committed to gender balance and diversity without distinction as to race, sex or religion, and without discrimination of persons with disabilities: well qualified candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Our staff are expected to work collectively and individually to promote a constructive and sensitive approach to others from a variety of backgrounds, where the work of others is valued and respected.


How to apply

We invite interested candidates who meet the requirements to email their applications.

 Applications should include:

  1. A one-page cover letter explaining why you are applying for this position, and how your recent relevant experience and skills meet the requirements for this position;
  2. A Curriculum Vitae (maximum of two pages) specifying your qualifications, education and relevant work experience.

If successful, we will expect the names, email addresses and day-time contact numbers of two referees, one of them being your current line manager/supervisor (please do not send this information with your application).

Also, please note that this position is open to those who have the right to reside and work in the UK, so we will expect relevant proof of such if asked for an interview (please do not send this information with your application).

Closing date for this post will be 23rd February 2020.

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Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and a successful candidate may be selected prior to the closing date. Candidates are encouraged to submit their application as soon as possible.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to complete a brief assessment and to participate in an interview. 

Due to the high number of applications expected, unfortunately, only successful candidates will be contacted.

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Refreshed on: 07 February 2020
Closed date: 22 February 2020
Job ref: DP_PO_JAN20
Tags: Intl Development, Project Management

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