Holborn, Greater London
£40,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Shiva Foundation | Senior Program Manager 


Location: London, U.K. (flexible working possible)

Application Deadline: 23.59, 12 December 2021

Start Date: February 2019 

Duration: Permanent; 5 days a week  

About Us

Shiva Foundation envisions a world that operates on the basis of value-based leadership, where individuals are equipped with the knowledge, frameworks and tools to act in service of equity, freedom and justice. We believe it is our collective responsibility to put people before profit, centre people’s lived realities of oppression and step back to make space for marginalised voices to be heard. We recognise the need to understand where power inequalities exist in order to build a more just world.

Our goal is to design sustainable models to tackle the systemic inequity impacting marginalised individuals and communities across the U.K. and India. Our role is two-fold. We act as a support and anchor for those working on the frontline - this includes community groups, grassroots organisations, local councils, civil society, local leaders and businesses etc. We also leverage networks and influence to enact meaningful change at the policy level, in government and across business. We do this in four ways, by providing:

  • Knowledge, frameworks and tools to facilitate concrete action;

  • Resources and capacity for collaborative working;

  • Expertise for impactful policy advocacy; and

  • Immediate support and relief.

Our focus is across two key issue areas:

  1. Tackling modern slavery and promoting labour rights; and

  2. Tackling gender based violence (GBV), especially against racially minoritised women.


About our Priorities

Our work is wide-ranging and collaborative. In particular we are currently prioritising:

  • Embedding labour rights and modern slavery provisions into policy. We ensure that local and national government policies meaningfully address modern slavery and labour rights violations and support survivors fully. This includes but also goes beyond the Modern Slavery Act. We work with policy-makers, local councils, government and regulatory bodies to make this happen.

  • Shifting corporate practices towards more equitable power distribution. We provide expertise to ensure that business policies and practices meaningfully incorporate activities that address modern slavery and uphold labour rights. We work with small and medium businesses to make this happen.

  • Improving statutory agency response to GBV against racially minoritised women. We advocate an improvement in statutory agency policy and practice when it comes to supporting racially minoritised survivors of GBV. This includes more consistent, integrated and tailored support for survivors who live at the intersections of multiple oppressions. We work with statutory local agencies, policy-makers and civil society to make this happen.

  • Better resourcing racially minoritised communities. We work to equip racially minoritised communities with more and better resources to be able to respond to GBV and access support services in ways that work for them when violence does happen. We work with leaders or community-led organisations in racially minoritised communities as well as civil society to make this happen.


About the Role:  

The Senior Program Manager will be responsible for leading the organisaiton’s programmatic priorities, as outlined above. While some projects are well established, new areas will emerge and therefore you should have experience with program design as well as implementation. It is preferable that you have some knowledge of both issue areas but we welcome applications from candidates that have only worked in one area before, if you are able to show an ability to pick up knowledge quickly. You will work with a range of stakeholders especially public sector bodies and small to medium businesses. It is preferable that you have experience working with both but we will also welcome applications from candidates with more experience in one than the other if you can demonstrate a willingness to learn. The small team environment means that this role involves significant responsibility as well as the opportunity to collaborate and interact with a diverse set of senior external stakeholders. You must be comfortable with a steep learning curve and significant responsibility from the outset.

We are a small team and will have a senior member of the team on maternity leave for the first six months of your time with us. As such, you will also temporarily be responsible for some of the organisation’s administration, financial management and budgeting. You will work closely with the founder and other senior members of the team and will have the opportunity to input on key strategic decisions. To begin with, you will have one direct report - this may expand over time. 

You will often be expected to act as the public face of the organisation, building relationships with stakeholders from across a range of sectors including government and public sector, business and civil society.


Key Responsibilities:

Program Management 

  • Building out new program structures based on the organisation’s strategic priorities.

  • Designing and leading the day-to-day implementation of all project work. 

  • Conducting mapping and research for new work, such as interviews, focus groups, roundtables, desk-based research, etc.

  • Developing project-specific goals, monitoring and evaluation methods to measure the impact of the organisation's work. 

  • Engaging key stakeholders to strengthen partnerships/collaboration for a comprehensive and inclusive approach. 

  • Sourcing external funding, if relevant, and managing the relationship with donors, including timely reporting. 


  • Liaising with the Communications Coordinator to create and implement outreach and communications plans relating to any project activities/milestones.

  • Developing and maintaining effective constituencies of contacts and partners to optimise information gathering and development and implementation of effective strategies. 

  • Writing or contributing to the drafting of timely and effective reports, briefings, position papers, correspondence, action materials, press releases and other internal and external documents.

  • Acting as an organisational spokesperson at events, panels, presentations etc. 

  • Representing the organisation at key working groups, partnership meetings, national forums, operational units etc.

  • Managing the outreach and uptake of the organisation’s existing tools and resources, such as the Blueprint and SME toolkit.

Strategic & Operational

  • Inputting on strategic and tactical direction of the organisation, as required.

  • Maintaining understanding of current key trends and how those can feed into the organisation’s work.

  • Maintaining key relationships with experts in the anti-slavery and GBV space (across business, government and civil society) to scope out future projects and identify opportunities for cross-promotion and/or collaboration.

  • Measuring progress and impact against strategic goals to report back to the senior management team. 

  • Identifying funding opportunities and drafting applications, as required (this is not expected to be a large part of the role).

  • Overseeing organisational and program-specific budgets (this is expected to be a temporary duty while our Managing Director is on maternity leave).

  • Overseeing general organisational communications with the Communications Coordinator  (this is expected to be a temporary duty while our Managing Director is on maternity leave).


Knowledge, Skills and Experience:  

The below is a list of preferred knowledge, skills and experience for this role. We encourage you to apply even if you only meet some of these criteria if you can show an ability and willingness to learn new skills and grow in the role. We particularly encourage you to apply if you are a person of colour or part of another minoritised community.

  • An undergraduate or graduate degree in human rights, gender, development, law or other relevant discipline (or relevant professional experience)

  • A minimum of 4-5 years of progressive experience in a project/program management role for a similar organisation

  • Experience working with public sector bodies, such as local councils, the Home Office, the London Mayor’s Office etc.

  • Experience working with senior level business representatives

  • Experience working with civil society organisations

  • Experience coordinating multi-stakeholder projects and facilitating work with a wide range of groups and sectors

  • Ability to think strategically and identify new opportunities and initiatives

  • Proven experience planning, prioritising and juggling multiple demands, and openness and flexibility to take on different administrative and support tasks

  • Experience of managing conflicting demands, meeting deadlines and adjusting priorities

  • Ability to manage a heavy and varied workload effectively, to maintain high levels of both accuracy and output

  • Management and leadership skills demonstrated by evidence of leading high performing teams and working with individuals at all levels

  • Effective public speaking skills

  • Excellent IT skills

  • Excellent written and spoken English

  • Ability to work unsupervised

  • Knowledge of the modern slavery and labour rights in the UK

  • Knowledge of gender-based violence (or violence against women and girls) in the UK

  • Ability to relate well within a multi-cultural context and with various stakeholders

  • Demonstrated commitment to Shiva Foundation’s mission, vision and values

  • Permission to live and work in the UK

How to apply

Please apply for this role through our website by 23.59 on 12 December 2021. 

If your application is successful you will hear back from us the week of 13 December 2021 for an initial chat. You will also be given an exercise to complete. Successful candidates will be invited for an interview between 3-14 January.

If you are offered the role, you will be invited to attend two paid induction days at the end of January and/or early February. The expected start date is in early February but we are willing to discuss this with you further.

Posted on: 26 November 2021
Closed date: 12 December 2021
Tags: Project Management, Operations

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