Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
£37565 - £45912 per annum
Job description

The incumbent will be responsible for developing and leading a pilot programme to ensure maximum learning and impact, managing research and partnerships. They will also be responsible for developing and influencing public policy, building on the learning from the programme.

Client Details

A foundation promoting intercultural understanding through language education.



  • Lead and manage the Foundation's new ESOL Programme aligning objectives with delivery, setting targets and ensuring quality and quarterly reporting and that programme learning impact is measured and in line with agreed strategy

  • Develop, refine and implement the programme strategy working with the SMT

  • Develop and manage relationships with other funders and key sector stakeholders

Policy, Research and Influencing:

  • Working collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders, develop and deliver an advocacy strategy at relevant levels of Government and sector stakeholders for the Foundation's work on adults and young people with English as a second or additional language

  • Lead on horizon scanning, monitoring, responding to and influencing national policies across Government departments and other sector bodies by developing and implementing responses

  • Develop and maintain external partnerships with key stakeholders, including voluntary and statutory bodies, civil servants and Government bodies, thank tanks, academic institutions and networks to strengthen policy and influencing activity and represent the Foundation externally


  • Working with the external evaluator, oversee the implementation of robust evaluation processes and impact measurement

  • Coordinate evaluation of the programme with the external evaluator including embedding evaluation frameworks into the programme and with partners

  • Coordinate lesson learning from monitoring and evaluation and support sharing of best practice and policy insights

Partnerships and Grant Management:

    • Ensure timely and effective reporting on grants and review of partnerships

    • Working with the Programme Co-ordinator, develop and implement detailed project plans and programme management systems whilst maintaining flexibility and ability to respond

    • Following agreed policies and frameworks, oversee relevant contracting processes or grant agreements including developing an understanding of different contracting options

    • Maintain full and accurate records and audit trails of correspondence, contracts and grant reporting, working with the Chief Finance Officer to ensure accurate records showing grants made, due and committed

  • Oversee risk and due diligence assessments for potential grantees


  • Maintain the Foundation's systems to ensure compliance with all current charity, data protection, equalities and other laws and regulations


  • Significant experience working in a comparable role in either the charity sector, or in education

  • Experience of leading and managing multidisciplinary programmes

  • Experience of influencing Government and public policy in the Foundation's areas of interest or in a related area

  • Experience of developing, planning and ensuring quality within a programme

  • Experience of developing budgets and budget management, grant monitoring and reporting

  • Demonstrable experience in developing and maintaining collaborations with a wide range of partners

  • Experience and knowledge of measuring, evaluating and reporting impact

Personal Skills/Qualities:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to interact effectively at all levels with partners and senior stakeholders including brokering new partnerships

  • Ability to develop policy positions and articulate these convincingly to decision makers and stakeholders

  • Ability to drive the development and delivery of the programme and able to think laterally and creatively about opportunities

  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills including the ability to write for different internal and external audiences

  • Well-developed ICT skills, including word-processing, Excel, Salesforce, database applications and projects

Job Offer

£ 37,565 - £ 45,912

Posted on: 20 February 2020
Closed date: 19 March 2020
Job ref: 14083484/001
Tags: Policy/Research, Project Management