£45,000 per year
Contract, 13 months, Part-time
Job description

WasteAid – Head of Programmes and Impact (Maternity Cover)

Job reference: Head of Programmes and Impact (Maternity Cover)

Reporting to: Chief Executive Officer, WasteAid

Location: Home-based, with some overseas travel.

Hours: part-time – 3 or 4 days per week

Contract Length: 13 months - WasteAid would consider a fixed-term or consultant contract by mutual agreement

Start date: 2 August 2021

Salary: circa £45,000 pro rata

You must be eligible to work in the UK.

WasteAid offers competitive terms of employment. 



The purpose of the Head of Programmes and Impact position is to develop and ensure implementation of holistic high-quality programmes and demonstrate WasteAid’s impact. The Head of Programmes and Impact will perform the following functions.



  1. Oversight of WasteAid’s international programme portfolio and grant management.
  2. Line management of project managers / coordinators within the Programme Department.
  3. Leading on and building capacity on quality control, project cycle management, M&E, accountability, safeguarding and organisational learning.
  4. Development of holistic and needs based programmes and identification of programme funding opportunities.
  5. Building strategic partnerships with organisations that can complement WasteAid’s work.
  6. Representation of WasteAid in various forums and to a range of actors.



Programme management

  1. Responsible for the programmatic input and implementation of the WasteAid strategy.
  2. Oversee all WasteAid’s programmes, taking the lead on projects as required and overseeing the work of project managers / coordinators across the portfolio.
  3. Ensure programme quality and donor compliance across WasteAid’s programme portfolio.
  4. Liaise with WasteAid’s Senior Technical Advisor to ensure technical relevance and quality in all programming.
  5. Ensure organisational consistency in operational modalities, communications and partnerships, liaising with WasteAid’s Communication function.
  6. Provide engaging content for WasteAid’s communications team to promote our work and positive impact, linking with project stakeholders and beneficiaries as needed.

Line management and capacity building

  1. Line management of project managers / coordinators within the Programme Department, including the Gambia Project Coordinator and Cameroon Project Officer.
  2. Provide capacity building of programmes staff and staff within the wider organisation.

Forward accountability and safeguarding

  1. Responsible for ensuring that project beneficiaries are aware of ways in which they can participate in the project and are able to raise issues if needed.
  2. You will fully engage with and abide by WasteAid’s safeguarding policy and codes of conduct and ensure that partners understand and follow all guidance and requirements.

Programme development

  1. Horizon scan and follow up on new programming opportunities and development of new programme partnerships (predominantly through strategic partnerships and institutional funders).
  2. Lead in the development and scale-up of interventions and market and livelihoods-based programmes.
  3. Develop funding strategies and project proposals, leading bid teams and liaising with the Senior Technical Advisor, Partnership Engagement Manager, CEO and other colleagues and partners, as appropriate.

Impact measurement

  1. Responsible for ensuring that M&E plans and the impact measurement framework are implemented, funded and adhered to and that accountability is mainstreamed in the work WasteAid does.
  2. Responsible for extracting learning from project implementation and incorporate them in programme development processes with a specific focus on strengthening safe programming.
  3. Commission reviews and evaluations and follow up on implementation of ensuing recommendations to ensure the optimal use of findings by project teams and future project designs.
  4. Lead the co-development of appropriate methods, tools and protocols to enhance WasteAid’s ability to robustly assess its contribution to complex, long-term change processes.


  1. Representation in coordination forums, in WasteAid’s country programmes and to donors and other stakeholders, as required.


  1. From time to time you may be asked to support other activities of the organisation.




Professional competencies

  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in a senior programme management / oversight position in a humanitarian/ development context
  • Minimum 10 years’ experience of managing development projects in the Global South with knowledge of the context of West and Central Africa
  • Minimum 10 years’ experience of monitoring, evaluation and learning frameworks and approaches
  • Experience in community-based and participatory programme approaches with strong practical experience in forward accountability and safeguarding.
  • Proven experience of capacity building and training staff and partner organisation staff
  • Experience of developing and leading market-driven livelihood-based interventions and income generating projects in the international development sector, ideally with public-private partnerships experience and/or WASH experience
  • Proven ability to work with UKAID, EU and other key institutional donors, as well as corporate donors.
  • Fluency in English and ideally French, with high standards of both written and verbal skills.



You must be eligible to work in the UK.

WasteAid is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and have an equal opportunities policy. Please contact wasteaid for further information, request alternative formats for your application or to discuss any reasonable adjustments that you may need to allow you to be considered for the job.

Your application should include a covering letter explaining what you would bring to the role and how you meet the required qualifications (max. 2 pages) and a curriculum vitae (max. 3 pages). Please include details of two referees. This should be your current line manager and line manager from your preceding job (or last two managers if you are not currently working). We will only contact your referees if you are offered the job.

Please also consider completing our diversity monitoring form:

Closing date:  Monday, 28 June 2021

Interviews will be held the week of 5 July 2021. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.


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