Dalston, Greater London

£39000 - £39000 per year, pro rata

Contract, Part-time, Full-time

Programme Manager

About the organisation

Kaleidoscope Trust is dedicated to promoting and advancing equality and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people internat... Read more

Job Description




Kaleidoscope Trust is a London-based NGO dedicated to promoting and advancing the equality and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT+) people internationally. We work with activists and organisations in 50+ countries to create positive change for LGBT+ people wherever they face discrimination, criminalisation and violence.

Since its foundation in 2011, the Trust has established itself as a leading human rights NGO by developing strategic networks that bring international LGBT+ activists together with British and international policy-makers, parliamentarians, civil society organisations and business leaders.

Last year, the Trust implemented a successful advocacy programme with its partners in The Commonwealth Equality Network, raising the visibility of the human rights of LGBT+ people to an unprecedented degree during the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. As a member of the Equality & Justice Alliance, we co-created and began implementing an innovative programme focused on building intersectional movements to push for the reform of discriminatory laws, combat violence, eliminate hate crimes and increase access to justice for women and girls, LGBT+ people and youth in a number of Commonwealth countries.

Kaleidoscope Trust is now entering an exciting phase of growth in the breadth of our programmatic work. We are a member of a new consortium of NGOs that will be working in five leading cities across Africa to address persistent challenges facing LGBT+ communities. The “Strong in Diversity — Bold on Inclusion” programme will engage societal leaders, sensitise journalists and media houses, strengthen LGBT+ communities’ resilience and produce research-based evidence on the experiences of LGBT+ people in order to drive positive change in the respect for LGBT+ human rights, socio-economic inclusion and well-being. 

The role:

This is an exciting opportunity to join a small, creative and influential NGO, as we expand our staff team and international activities championing the equality and human rights of LGBT+ people to accelerate change to end discrimination.

The Programme Manager’s work will focus on the planning and delivery of the “Strong in Diversity – Bold on Inclusion”, a three-year programme aimed at promoting LGBT+ inclusion and driving positive change for LGBT+ people in five African cities. Between now and March 2022, the programme will:

● Engage societal leaders to convince them to change their – often negative and stigmatising – narratives and actions around issues related to LGBT+ people

● Educate journalists and media houses to better understand the daily lives and struggles of LGBT+ people, and encourage diversity on the media workroom floors

● Empower LGBT+ communities by providing tools, strengthening skills and expertise and protecting their well-being, and support them to engage with societal leaders and the media.

The Programme Manager will be critical in ensuring the delivery of Kaleidoscope Trust’s contribution to this programme. The post-holder will work in close collaboration with a variety of stakeholders in the implementation of the programme, including Kaleidoscope Trust’s Executive Director, the wider Kaleidoscope Trust team, the “Strong in Diversity – Bold on Inclusion” consortium partners and central programme management team, and local activists and social and political leaders from a variety of African contexts.

Key Responsibilities:

Programme Design (Co-creation)

1. Lead Kaleidoscope Trust’s contribution in the process of co-creating the programme activity plan, governance structure, monitoring and evaluation framework, communications plan, research agenda and implementation phase budget

2. Consult with consortium partners, the Trust’s other programme staff and existing networks of partners to ensure that Kaleidoscope Trust’s experience benefits the programme and maintains alignment with our objectives

3. Manage and monitor Kaleidoscope Trust’s budget expenditure to ensure proper financial oversight and value for money, in compliance with contractual and legal obligations and in order to maximise programme impact

4. Compile high quality, accurate narrative and financial reports and submit them on time to the consortium’s central programme management team

Programme Management (Implementation)

1. Lead the effective, timely and on-budget implementation of Kaleidoscope Trust’s contribution to the agreed programme

2. Prepare and update programme plans and track deliverables against objectives and outcomes, in coordination with relevant consortium partners

3. Manage, monitor and contribute to the administration of the programme budget in line with principles of proper financial oversight, value for money and in compliance with contractual and legal obligations

4. Conduct regular risk assessments and reviews and mitigate, remedy or escalate issues as required

5. Ensure the on-time delivery of regular narrative and financial reports in line with quality standards agreed with the central programme management team and to meet overall programme monitoring and evaluation needs

6. Establish close working relationships with consortium and local partners to ensure cohesion, consistency and the successful delivery of the programme

7. Contribute to the organisation and delivery of strategic convenings of diverse groups of stakeholders, ranging from the grassroots to the political level across a number of contexts

8. Liaise regularly with and maintain feedback from stakeholders in different countries

9. Draft and issue relevant, detailed documents and communications to various stakeholders in a timely fashion and in alignment with both the consortium’s and Kaleidoscope Trust’s public affairs and communications work

10. Support the gathering of evidence to inform research and improved programme implementation

11. Review contracts and carry out due diligence assessments

12. Carry out other tasks as necessary to ensure the successful implementation of the programme

Skills and Competencies:

We are looking for a candidate with at least five years’ experience working in the third sector in an international context, educated to degree level in a relevant field, who can demonstrate:

Experience with:

● Planning and successfully delivering complex, high-value projects, programmes or campaigns relating to human rights, international development, humanitarian response or social change

● Working in cross-cultural environments with a range of partners with different backgrounds and at different levels. Experience in different African contexts is desirable

● Activity-based budget development, management and reporting

● Delivering multi-stakeholder meetings/convenings in a strategic and meaningfully consultative manner

● Developing results frameworks/log frames or other reporting frameworks and supporting the identification and gathering of appropriate evidence

● Successful management of safeguarding considerations, especially as relating to children and vulnerable adults

Knowledge and understanding of:

● How a human rights and/or development organisation operates in an international context

● Appropriate approaches to working in partnership with organisations and activists—and carrying out interventions in countries—in the Global South, for an organisation based in the Global North

● The root causes of exclusion, especially with regard to LGBT+ people, from a development and/or human rights perspective

● Programme/project management methodologies

● Managing grant funding to a high standard and in line with contractual obligations

● Analysing data/inputs and writing detailed and evidence-based narrative and financial documents (including reports) to a high quality

● Risk management and mitigation, relating to both activities and finances

● Microsoft Excel and other Microsoft Office Suite programmes, to an advanced level (G Suite a bonus)

Personal qualities/skills:

● Commitment to Kaleidoscope Trust’s mission to advance the human rights of LGBT+ people

● An open, adaptable and detail-oriented approach to delivering high quality programmes in collaboration with others

● Excellent written and oral communication skills, and able to convey complex issues to audiences with differing levels of knowledge

● Strong interpersonal skills, confidence working as part of a team and a proven track record of effective stakeholder relationship management

● Good time management and problem-solving skills

● Willingness to “pitch in” and support colleagues outside the parameters of the job description where necessary

Terms and Conditions:

● This role is part-time (3 days per week) for the first six months and will likely increase to full-time in the autumn, on a fixed-term basis until March 2022

● The salary is £39,000 pro rata plus pension contributions

● The post-holder is entitled to pro-rata standard annual leave plus bank holidays

● The post-holder will be managed by Kaleidoscope Trust’s Executive Director

● The post-holder will be based at Kaleidoscope Trust’s offices in Dalston, London

● Standard core hours of work are 9:00am - 5:30pm with the requirement to work occasionally at evenings and weekends (which will accrue Time Off In Lieu)

● Frequent international travel will be required

● The post-holder must possess the right to live and work in the United Kingdom for the period of the contract

● Start date: As soon as possible