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

This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic and enthusiastic programme officer to join our friendly team to support projects globally, focusing on social and economic policy challenges!


Position: Programme Officer

Reporting to: Senior Programmes Manager

Location: Orpington, Greater London

Contract Type: Permanent and full-time

Salary: £23,000 to £25,000 per annum



The Programme Officer will be part of our growing Programme Management and Administration Team. You will be responsible for providing day-to-day project administrative support for projects within our UK office


Main Responsibilities and Duties

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

Project Administration

  • Supporting implementation of individual projects to help ensure timely delivery of high-quality project deliverables
  • 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 improvement of project management processes, policies and procedures;
  • Assisting with 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 Programme Managers in ensuring the development and implementation of systems for project management and other tasks as required.

Project and Finance Management

  • Financial support of projects to ensure that spending is in line with contracts while managing any variances;
  • Monitoring and ensuring compliance with the client contract and invoicing schedule;
  • Reviewing consultant and staff invoices and expense claims;
  • Preparing and raising client invoices promptly;
  • 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.

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:

·      Fulfilling work - work directly with end-users in some of the world’s most underserved communities.   

  • Flexible work - Development Pathways offers employees flexible work hours and remote work options.
  • Generous time off - recharge with 30-holiday entitlement plus standard bank holidays.
  • Travel the World- we are committed to seeing our work in action, all around the world up to 4 weeks in a year.
  • Excellent health  and well-being provision – access to the company private health care scheme (after the satisfactory completion of the probationary period, pension scheme and Employee Assistance Programme.       
  • Commitment to professional development opportunities - we encourage our staff to participate in professional learning and development.
  • Provision of a company laptop and working at home benefit.

Person Specification


  • A university degree or project management experience;
  • Excellent organisational skills with the capacity to work with minimal 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;
  • A high-level of attention to detail;
  • Technologically knowledgeable and comfortable with Microsoft Office programmes;
  • Professional fluency in written and spoken English; 
  • Excellent numeracy skills and proficiency with excel;
  • A commitment to social justice, gender equality and women’s empowerment.


  • A university degree in a relevant area, e.g. international development or international relations or project management;
  • Previous experience in project management;
  • A Master’s degree;
  • Proficiency in another language.
  • PRINCE2 or equivalent qualification.

How to apply

We invite interested candidates to please send:

  • Your CV and cover letter explaining why you would be a good fit for the post of Programme Officer and how you meet the above criteria.
  • Applicants must have the right to live and work in the UK.
  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and we retain the right to close this role without notice.
  • Due to the high number of applications expected, unfortunately only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
  • Closing date for this post will be 26th July 2020.

Development Pathways is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate and support diversity and are committed to providing a work environment that is inclusive and free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions are based on individual qualifications without regard to race, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, family or parental status, or disability status.


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Posted on: 26 June 2020
Closed date: 26 July 2020
Job ref: UK-PO
Tags: Intl Development, Project Management

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