Sidcup, Greater London
£23,000 - £27,000 gross per year plus benefits
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Position: Programme Officer

Reporting to: Senior Programmes Manager

Location: Sidcup, Greater London

Contract Type: Permanent and full-time

Salary: £23,000 to £27,000 per annum (commensurate with experience) plus benefits

The Programme Officer (PO) will be based in our London office where we have two technical teams delivering projects focused on social policy 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 but only when the current COVID restrictions are lifted.

This is a great opportunity to develop your programme management skills if you are looking to progress into a programme management career.

Our Sidcup head office is home to a team of 30+ who are committed to transforming social policies to ensure that the world’s most vulnerable people are not forgotten. We work hard and are passionate about what we do. We find time to discuss important issues and ways we as a company can support initiatives that we are passionate about. We also find the time to socialise, when not in lockdown and have a casual culture around the office that allows for interaction across all levels in the company. 

Please note that due to the COVID-19 crisis, all employees are currently working from home but we are slowly working towards a safe return to the office.

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



The Programme Officer will be part of the Programme Management and Administration Team. This is a junior role and you will be responsible for providing day-to-day project administrative support for small to medium size projects within our UK office.


Main Responsibilities

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

Project Delivery

  • Ensure effective and high-quality project management across several programmes, of small to medium size and complexity, meaning that projects are delivered within their agreed timeline, budget, scope and to high quality, working alongside the project Team Leader and Head of Unit
  • Ensure project procedures, administration and systems are functioning and effective across programmes under their management
  • Provide project management deliverables (such as work plan and financial reports) to client
  • Oversee the financial management of projects, including managing the budget, maintaining the budget tracker, completing forecasting, preparing client invoices, processing supplier invoices, and completing regular financial reporting
  • Update work and resource plans
  •  Manage procurement (within assigned authorities)
  • Make and review budget reallocation proposals where necessary, for Head of Unit review
  • Ensure compliance with the client contract, and contracts for external consultants, and identify and address any contract risks
  • Ensure that consultants are given effective support and develop a strong allegiance to DP
  • Provide oversight and support to field operations teams
  • Facilitating travel arrangements for project staff
  • Support project Team Leaders on communications and team engagement
  • Support project Team Leaders on technical delivery where appropriate
  • Support project Team Leaders in building strong and productive relations with clients and partner organisations
  • Update Teamworks work plans and project data to enable capacity planning
  • Update SharePoint information to ensure project libraries are current and comprehensive



  • Monitor staff capacity across their programmes, and support the Head of Unit in forward capacity planning
  • Contribute to the improvement of programme management policies and procedures
  • Support the Head of Unit on other unit management tasks as required


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 6 weeks in a year, when COVID restrictions permits.
  • 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;
  • Proficiency in another language.


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.
  • Closing date for this post will be Friday, 3rd September 2021.
  • Applications should be sent by email.

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.

Applicants please note the Privacy Notice on our website.

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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Refreshed on: 18 August 2021
Closed date: 02 September 2021
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