SE1, London
£26,000 - £32,000 per year
Permanent, Contract, Full-time
Job description

Programmes Senior Associate (responsible for information management and analysis)

  • Reporting to: Global Programmes Director
  • Terms: FTE (flexible working arrangements considered)
  • Salary: £26k - £32k (plus 4% pension contribution)
  • Location: Central London (Vauxhall)
  • Start date: Early Jan 2020


About the Organisation

United World Schools is dedicated to improving the educational opportunities of poor and marginalised children around the world. By providing children with a basic education, we are striking at the heart of long term poverty and deprivation – a long game but one we are tackling head on and with ambition and commitment. UWS provides a flexible education model that is simple yet effective in remote regions. The model follows the national curriculum, whilst supporting teachers to implement educational programmes that are appropriate for the contexts in which they are working.

We are a  growing team of 16 staff based in London and we have a much bigger team delivering our programmes in Cambodia, Myanmar and Nepal. All of our staff are incredibly passionate about what they do, and committed to going above and beyond for the cause. In London, where this role would be based, we have a fun and dynamic office environment featuring team socials, music, Bake Off sweepstakes and the occasional team karaoke night! The  Programmes Senior Associate would also be required to fly out and support some of our projects, and see first-hand what it means to provide education in remote and marginalised communities. 


Role Summary 

The Senior Associate will be at the beating heart of a programmatic growth journey that will see an additional 30,000+ more children be able to go to school in the next few years. The role will engage with and support all areas of UWS operations - measuring, analysing and effectively reporting on the impact (direct and long-term) of our programmes as well as being responsible for ensuring that our monitoring and reporting systems are robust and effective.  The role will make a significant contribution to the successful operations of the Programmes team and further develop the communication and support channels between Programmes, Partnerships and Fundraising. 

A key aspect of the role will be to fully utilise a new programmatic data management system that is being developed for UWS by ‘Beyondme’ (the charitable wing of Deloitte) to support the in-country teams in improving their monitoring, evaluation and reporting. You will also work closely with the Fundraising and Communication teams to enhance our reporting capacity and ensure that the evidence of impact that we gather, (through our monitoring, as well as case studies, focus groups, stories and films) is being conveyed in a compelling and accessible way. Through this, you will play a vital role in supporting a wide range of our stakeholders including major institutional funders, trusts and foundations, as well as our exciting partnerships with corporates and schools across the globe.                                                                                           


Responsibilities (including, but not limited to):

  • Lead responsibility for the quality of UWS monitoring and information management and the systems and procedures used for this.  Identify and adopt models of best practice and relevant external research, to ensure that UWS’ data management and analysis is as efficient and effective as possible.

  • Responsibility for developing and maintaining a fit-for-purpose, high quality central database for all UWS operations. 

  • Ensure that UWS’ planning is evidence-driven and that relevant information is accessible for all teams.

  • Introduce and quality assure effective systems and procedures for collecting and using information and data in-country.

  • Lead the training of UWS staff in data management and analysis where necessary. Significant technical capabilities not required here, as training opportunities will be available.

  • Responsibility for the quantitative and qualitative (case studies, stories, photos, films etc) monitoring, analysis and reporting of UWS’ (direct and long-term) impact.

  • Monitor and maintain the quality and accessibility of information and data across the organisation, as required – for example UWS’s google drive documents.

  • Responsibility for all UWS information/data reports and dashboards as required for the changing and growing needs of UWS and its stakeholders.

  • Support the SMT and Communication Directors (in-country) to ensure the efficient and sufficient flow of information between the different teams and countries within UWS.

  • Support all areas of work of the UK Programmes team, as required.


Knowledge and core competencies

We are looking for an ambitious candidate to grow and develop with the organisation. This means that above all, we are looking for someone who is open to learning new skills and can take a proactive approach to new tasks and responsibilities.

  • Educated to degree level, ideally with previous experience in a similar position

  • Strong relationship building skills with proven ability to liaise with a diverse range of stakeholders, including communicating remotely with teams in the field

  • Ability to think and work strategically - identifying the right opportunities for impact and leading their delivery with confidence

  • Strong project management skills and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment and prioritise work and juggle multiple things at once

  • A high level of numeracy and confident analysing data and managing dashboards (or a willingness to learn!)

  • Ability to research, set up and train others in new systems and procedures for monitoring and managing  information

  • Strong skills in analysing and evaluating information, and a broad understanding of the issues around impact evaluation in development education

  • Ability to produce high quality reports, proposals, presentations and other communications to a range of current and potential stakeholders 

  • Ability to lead independent projects involving the wider team, interns and volunteers as needed

  • Determined, persuasive, ambitious, flexible and a proactive team player … which means you commit and deliver for the cause.

  • Willing to jump on a plane to Cambodia, Myanmar, Nepal and other countries we will be moving to in the future, to support our projects!


How to apply 

You should give the names, positions, organisations and telephone contact numbers of two referees, one of whom should be your current/most recent employer.  References will only be taken once your express permission has been granted. 

United World Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are only able to accept applications from candidates that have the permanent right to work in the UK.

UWS is committed to the safeguarding of children and ensuring we recruit safely is central to this commitment. All applicants will be required to undertake a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check as a condition of employment.


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Posted on: 13 November 2019
Closed date: 11 December 2019
Tags: Intl Development, Project Management