London, Greater London
£25,092 per year(Inclusive London weighting)
Contract, Fixed Term contract until 22nd March 2021, Full-time
Job description

About THET

Today, one billion people will never see a qualified health worker in their lives.

Since 1988, THET has been working to change this. From reducing maternal deaths in Uganda to improving the quality of hospital care for injured children in Myanmar, we work to strengthen local health systems and build a healthier future for all. 

We do this by leveraging the expertise and energy of the UK health community, supporting Health Partnerships between NHS institutions, Royal Colleges and academic institutions in the UK and those overseas. In the past ten years THET has reached over 100,000 health workers across 31 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia in partnership with over 130 UK institutions.

THET is an exceptionally friendly place to work, and we have maintained this reputation throughout the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. In our most recent staff survey, for example, we scored >79% satisfaction ratings across 12 of 15 questions, an 89% approval rating for how the charity is responding to COVID-19.

We have also recently experienced a period of growth bringing the total number of staff at THET to c. 50. Of these, 60% are based in the UK and have access to an office near Regent’s Park in London. However, in the past eighteen months, we have very actively encouraged applicants from other parts of the UK who are happy to be home-working.

THET offers a range of benefits including 25 days annual leave (pro-rata) plus 3 days winter closure between Christmas and New Year; 5% pension contribution when Employee contributes 3%; Cycle to work scheme; and a Child Care voucher scheme.

You can learn more about our work on our website.     


The Programmes Officer (PO) is a member of the Programmes Team, playing a key role in the development and delivery of programmes to strengthen the health workforce and health system of countries that we work in.  The PO reports to the Programmes Coordinator and works with specific country teams across the ten countries in Africa and Asia where we are currently active.  The PO plays an important role in supporting the quality and effectiveness of our work and the work of the partners we work with and fund. The work focuses on 4 main areas of activity associated with:

  • Project/programme delivery
  • Project/programme development
  • Project/programme quality
  • Capacity development (of grantees or country office teams)

The proportion spent on each, and the specific projects/ programmes worked on will vary from person to person. The programme's team is responsible for delivering centrally managed grants programmes and centrally managed direct programmes, as well as supporting in-country teams. One PO may focus exclusively on a grants programme, others on country programmes, whereas others may spend time on a mixture of grants and country programmes. An indication of some of the areas of activity that a PO might be involved in is listed below.


  1. New programme development
  • Working with project leads and the Programmes Quality Manager (PQM), contribute to the design of new projects and programmes.
  • Work with the Business Development Officer, the PQM, Head of Programmes (HoP) and Country Directors (CDs) to contribute to the tracking of funding opportunities relevant to centrally managed and relevant country programmes.
  • Support the development of relationships with potential and existing donors, partner organisations and consultants as appropriate.

2.Programme delivery and management

Contribute to the delivery of programmes in agreement with the appropriate programme lead (HoP, PC, CD etc), this might include:

  • Manage a portfolio of grants in accordance with established grant management processes
  • Manage specific inputs to a programme (including grant management stages, or aspects of a country managed project),
  • Support the programme lead (HoP, PC, CD etc) in the overall project management.
  • Ensure any concerns with programme delivery are escalated, and where appropriate support Country Teams or grantees in identifying solutions.
  • Maintain and support relationships with donors, partners and other stakeholders, as appropriate.

3.  Programme Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Contribute to project monitoring and evaluation as requested by the HoP, CDs or other Programme managers, and where appropriate, coordinate MEL processes with the Policy and Learning Team.
  • For grants programmes:
    • Ensure that all projects have effective MEL plans in place and conduct monitoring visits to overseas institutions
    • Review the narrative reports of partnerships and provide feedback on the level of achievement, need for further information and recommendations for improvement.
    • Oversee the administration of the grants database (using the Salesforce platform) and troubleshoot issues, liaising closely with the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Adviser and the database supplier.
  • Contribute to project reports and programme reviews.
  • As appropriate, support Country Directors to report on the progress of the country offices in implementing the annual work plan and their Country Strategies.

4 . Development and implementation of quality programme approaches

  • Working with the PQM, contribute to the development of organisational quality programme approaches, involving the development of quality standards, policies, tools, guidance, and capacity development.
  • Support the implementation of the quality programme policies.
  • Contribute to the periodic reviews of quality programme policies and tools and adapt where necessary.

5. Support and Capacity Development

  • In coordination with PQM, HoP and PCs, and in line with THET’s quality standards (in development), contribute to the delivery of support and capacity development interventions for grant holders and/or country teams as appropriate.  
  • With the PQM, HoP, PCs and MEL Adviser, contribute to the development of new or updated resources and toolkits to guide good practice.
  • Contribute to the identification of specific capacity development needs of grant holders and/or country team colleagues.

6. Team Support

  • Work with colleagues from across the team to identify areas for improvement and strengthening.
  • As necessary, support the development and application of team management tools, and assist the management of certain tasks of projects as appropriate.

7. Representation and strategic alliances

  • Contribute to the representation of THET in international or UK based discussions or events as required.
  • Contribute to forming and maintaining working relationships with the UK or internationally based partners, and/or INGOs with programmes or interests in THET’s work.  

8. General

  • Act as a point of contact for THET Honorary Advisers engaged in specific countries and programmes.
  • Facilitate learning and sharing of good practice across programmes and the wider organisation.
  • Contribute to the development of strategic plans, policies, and position papers.
  • Support the Country Directors in updating security information and policies.
  • This list of duties is not exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake other relevant and appropriate duties as required.




  • Bachelor’s Degree (2:1 or above) in a relevant discipline, such as International Development or Global Health, or equivalent experience.


  • Master’s Degree level in a relevant discipline, such as International Development or Global Health.



  • Project coordination, administration, and the project management cycle
  • Proposal development and donor tracking
  • Experience in developing and cultivating relationships with donors, partners, and other stakeholders.
  • Donor liaison, including corporates
  • Budget preparation, tracking or monitoring
  • Preparing and delivering written and verbal communications to a range of audiences
  • Experience in team working – able to work collaboratively with colleagues. 


  • Experience in working closely with country teams to deliver strategic plans and manage risks
  • Experience of living or working in, or conducting work trips to, low- or middle-income countries
  • Experience in developing systems/ tools to support programme management.
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation and/or research.
  • Experience in volunteer management including logistics.
  • Experience in grants management



  • Understanding of international development and global health issues.
  • Knowledge of the full project management cycle.
  • Awareness of Monitoring and Evaluation principles.


  • Knowledge of East and Southern Africa and/or South East Asia
  • Knowledge of donor trends and interests
  • Knowledge of health partnerships
  • Knowledge of issues relating to health workforce capacity development in low- and middle-income countries



  • Excellent interpersonal skills and confidence in dealing with the UK and overseas partners as well as senior staff from diverse organisations.
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English.
  • Well-developed IT skills and competence in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to manage competing deadlines.
  • Team player able to work independently when required and to manage a diverse and heavy workload.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Good financial management skills.


  • Ability to analyse, synthesise and communicate complex issues in a clear manner.
  • Ability to undertake desk-based research related to global health themes.
  • Confident in developing the capacity development of others



  • Strong commitment to THET’s cause and values.
  • Highly motivated self-starter.
  • Flexible and adaptable.
  • Intercultural sensitivity and awareness



  • The candidate must be willing to travel overseas up to 10 weeks per year (though not while COVID-19 restrictions are in place).
  • The candidate must be willing to work in insecure areas and travel to rural areas.
  • THET is an equal opportunity employer, and any form of canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.
  • A commitment to matrix working







Application Instructions

Candidates must apply by submitting a two-page cover letter stating why they are interested in this position, what they would bring to the role and how they fit the person specification

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Posted on: 19 July 2021
Closed date: 12 August 2021
Tags: Project Management