Holborn, Greater London
Unpaid role, expenses paid
Voluntary, 24 hour per week
Job description

Reference R.2021/01

Reporting to PENHA Board of Trustees

Place of work: PENHA office in London

Contract Duration One year (with the possibility of extension upon satisfactory performance)

Salary Unpaid volunteer/pro-bono (three days per week).

Application Deadline 31.07.2021

Start date 15.08.2021

PENHA, the Pastoral and Environmental Network in the Horn of Africa, is an African inspired and African led organisation working among pastoralist and agro-pastoralist communities. Its main mission is to promote sustainable development among pastoral and agro-pastoral communities through gender equality, resilience, enterprise and innovation, and regional cooperation across the Horn of Africa.

PENHA works include programme and project implementation; policy and advocacy; and research and networking within the Horn Region and internationally.

The overall purpose of hiring a new PENHA Programme Manager (PM) is to guide and coordinate PENHA international programmes towards the realisation of its mission and goals, including managing PENHA’s staff/volunteers in the London office. He or she will also contribute to: PENHA’s strategic planning, networking, fundraising efforts in the UK, internationally as well as through PENHA country offices as one of his/her primary tasks. The post holder has the opportunity to strengthen the position and enhance PENHA’s UK profile and portfolio.

Roles and Responsibilities

Fundraising and networking

  • Develop a fundraising plan that is consistent with the strategic priorities of the organisation in close collaboration with the PENHA teams in the UK and the Horn of Africa.
  • Contribute to PENHA’s proposal development efforts and networking with relevant partners within the UK and internationally.  
  • Seek out new funding opportunities and initiate applications for grants and other funding sources in collaboration with the PENHA staff members.

Project management and liaison with country partners

  • Ensure proper execution and monitoring of ongoing PENHA projects in the UK and support internationally as deemed necessary.
  • Ensure production of quality narrative and financial reports for the UK projects in a timely manner and present to PENHA trustees.
  • Manage the programmes and initiatives within PENHA UK.

Communications and representation

  • Keep a smooth and regular flow of communication between PENHA in the UK and PENHA country offices.
  • Support the communication team in the production of the newsletter and its timely distribution as well as using digital media for promoting PENHA works.
  • Represent the organisation externally in meetings, conferences etc. and with key stakeholders.

Office administration, management and finances

  • Supervise and review staff/volunteers/interns performances of the London office.
  • Manage the PENHA office by ensuring the implementation of policies, guidelines, working procedures and health and safety requirements.
  • Chair PENHA office meetings and ensure proper recording of minutes.
  • Attend quarterly Board meetings.
  • Manage PENHA UK organisational finances and project funds, and ensure the timely completion of the annual audit and other financial requirements, including:
  • Produce quarterly progress reports for the Board of Trustees.
  • Produce annual reports by compiling the PENHA UK and regional offices activities for the UK Charity Commission.
  • Ensure payment of salaries and bills.
  • Maintain office financial records.

Skills and Qualifications

Desirable Educational Qualifications and skills

MA in Development Studies, Economics, Business or Public Management or social sciences or related sciences, and a working experience of environment, climate change, peace and security, gender or/and pastoralism, ideally in the Horn of Africa, would be an advantage.


  • Good fundraising track record from multiple donors including the public and private sectors.
  • Good leadership, networking, analytical and communication skills.
  • Commitment to PENHA’s values and ways of working.
  • Good understanding of the work and role of international NGOs.
  • Prove right to work in the UK. 
  • Experience of working in Africa including the Horn of Africa or similar experiences from elsewhere.
  • Past experience of working for an international or national civil society organisation.

Remuneration and termination

This is an unpaid volunteer position, but the lunch and local London travel expenses will be reimbursed.

The job is not a guarantee for long term employment, however, based on satisfactory performance and availability of resources, the contract can be extended.

The contract can be terminated with two months written notice.

Application process

Please email an updated CV and a covering letter expressing an interest in the position before the deadline.

Contact person: Bereket Tsegay

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More about PENHA

The Pastoral and Environmental Network in the Horn of Africa (PENHA) is an African-led organization established in 1989 by a group of research ... Read more

Posted on: 15 June 2021
Closing date: 31 July 2021
Job ref: 2021/01
Tags: Intl Development, Business Development

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