Westminster, Greater London
£40,000 - £50,000 per year
Temporary, June 2021 - January 2022 (Maternity Cover), Full-time
Job description

What Works for Children's Social Care is looking for a Senior Programmes Manager to lead on the development and delivery of a number of priority programmes for the Centre.

The Programmes team at What Works for Children’s Social Care is responsible for the grant funding and commissioning, the team strives to:

  1. Raise the standards - and volume - of good quality research in the sector, by maintaining a core focus on rigorous research, providing appropriate support, and by leading by example in the work that we fund.

  2. Encourage sector-led innovation and research in key priority areas identified by the Centre.

  3. Attract experts and influential organisations from other sectors to children’s social care research, to broaden expertise in the sector and create opportunities for collaboration.

We aim to do this by using funding as a mechanism to support the creation of new research, a lever by which to influence the standard and priorities of research in the sector, and an incentive to others (individuals and organisations) to shift resources towards children’s social care research. Our approach is broadly divided into two complementary strands: funding of projects (supporting organisations to deliver their interventions), and funding of evaluations (supporting researchers to determine the impact of these interventions on outcomes of interest).

The role

Programme management:

  • Leading on the development and delivery of programmes, including working closely with external stakeholders to monitor performance against milestones and deliverable; this includes both programme delivery and evaluation activities.

  • Managing programme specific budgets, risks and issues.

  • Ensuring that evaluation methodology is adequately reviewed by the Research team and methodological issues addressed.

  • Reviewing interim and final reports produced by delivery organisations and evaluators.

  • Advising internal project teams on programme management including planning, partner management, monitoring, and reporting.

  • Consulting with Practice, Policy and Communications teams to maximise dissemination and impact of our findings. 

  • Contributing to regular progress reporting for the Department for Education

Funding processes

  • Managing assessment of applications and peer review

  • Ensuring that decision-makers have all the information required in order to be able to make decisions about which projects to fund, and which evaluators to appoint.

  • Contributing to the continuous improvement of WWCSC guidance, decision-making and grant management processes.


  • Line managing up to 1-3 Programme Managers

  • Representing the organisation at external meetings and events.

  • Managing Advisory Groups as needed; this could include determining membership, setting agendas and leading specific discussions in meetings.

  • Other ad-hoc duties, as required.


Posted on: 07 May 2021
Closed date: 01 June 2021
Tags: Policy/Research, Social Care/Development

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