Westminster, Greater London
£40,000 - £50,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

What Works for Children’s Social Care (WWCSC)  is looking to recruit a Senior Programmes Manager to work as part of a growing team, to support the delivery of existing programmes and the competitive funding of new research focused on improving outcomes for families and young people with a social worker.

At WWCSC, the Programmes team is responsible for funding the delivery of promising programmes or interventions (typically through Open Funding Rounds, or occasionally through direct awards) - as well as their accompanying evaluations.

Reporting to either the Director of Programmes or the Head of Education Programmes, this role will lead on the development and delivery of a number of priority programmes for the Centre.

The role

Programme management:

  • Leading on the development and delivery of programmes, including working closely with external stakeholders to monitor performance against milestones and deliverables; this includes both programme delivery and evaluation activities.
  • Potential for a particular focus on our education and schools programme, including Social Workers in Schools, Designated Safeguarding Leads Supervision, and a number of other projects that aim to increase the attainment of young people with a social worker.
  • 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 1-2 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: 30 July 2021
Closed date: 26 August 2021
Tags: Policy/Research, Project Management

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