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Met Office
Exeter, Devon
£45150 to 49890 In GBP Our total reward package is potentially worth up to £63,611, which includes basic salary, potential corporate bonus, employer pension contributions.
The Met Office is recruiting for a Wiser Programme Manager based at Exeter.
The Royal British Legion
Multiple Locations
Circa £45,000 gross per annum plus £4,452 London Weighting, if applicable
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Exeter, Devon
£45150 to 49890 In GBP Our total reward package is potentially worth up to £63,611, which includes basic salary, potential corporate bonus, employer pension contributions.
Contract, 9 Months Fixed Term Contract., Full-time
Job description

Job Title: Weather & Climate Services in East Africa (WISER) Programme Manager

Location: Exeter

Region: South WestOrganisation: Programmes > PD - Commissioning

Job Number: Programmes00187

Professional Area (Candidate Search Option): Project & Programme Management

Region (Candidate Search Option): South West

Location (Candidate Search Option): Exeter HQ

Working Pattern: DAY

Salary: per Year Min 45150 Max 49890 In GBP

Agreement Type: Temporary

Duration: 9 Month

Work Hours: 37 Hours per Week

Salary Information:

The Met Office is recruiting for a WISER Programme Manager based at Exeter.

As our WISER Programme Manager the starting salary will be £45,150 with opportunities to progress to £49,890 over time. New joiners to the Met Office will start on the salary band minimum. Our total reward package is potentially worth up to £63,611, which includes basic salary, potential corporate bonus, employer pension contributions.

We also offer:

  • Outstanding Civil Service Pension
  • Flexible hours and homeworking
  • Annual Leave starting at 27.5 days (plus Bank Holidays) rising to 32.5 days (plus Bank Holidays) after 5 years
  • Option to buy or sell up to 5 days per year of annual leave
  • Cycle to work scheme for the purchase of a bicycle and equipment for healthy, low carbon travel
  • Access to discounted shopping on a range of retail, leisure and lifestyle categories

This is a 9 month fixed term maternity cover, with potential to be moved to permanent role if the opportunity presents.


We are the Met Office, the national meteorological service for the UK. We provide critical weather services and world-leading climate science, helping people make better decisions to stay safe and thrive. 

Our services are delivered through exceptional scientific, technological and operational expertise. We have a team of excellent people, working to deliver extraordinary impact, making us one of the most trusted forecasters in the world.

Our values – it’s who we are:

  • We’re a force for good
  • We’re experts by nature
  • We live and breathe it
  • We’re better together
  • We keep evolving

The Weather and Climate Information Services for Africa (WISER) Fund Programme Manager is accountable for all aspects of delivery of the programme for the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). The WISER programme's mission is to deliver transformational change in the quality, accessibility and use of weather and climate information services at all levels of decision making for sustainable development in Africa

Job Purpose:

As the leader of a substantial (£25m) international aid defrayment programme, the Weather and Climate Information Services for Africa (WISER) Fund Programme Manager is accountable for all aspects of delivery and governance.

Job Responsibilities:

  • To lead the WISER Fund Management team as well as provide direction to 12 project leads, troubleshooting potential risks and issues to ensure the programme is managed to best effect.
  • To oversee all aspects of existing delivery, future programme design, and ensure all deliverables are on track and in line with FCDO terms and conditions.
  • To act as the principal lead managing the WISER relationship with the FCDO, reporting on programme progress via progress meetings and quarterly/end programme (PCR) reporting.
  • Progress actions from 2021 Learning Events and External Reviews, to embed best practice
  • To play an active role as part of the Commissioning Team management team

Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:

  1. An experienced Programme Manager with a proven track record of delivering International Development programmes on time and to donors requirements, ideally through experience of managing an impact orientated change programme.
  2. Demonstrable ability to build and maintain relationships including strong skills around communication (written and oral), negotiation and influence at senior levels.
  3. Good understanding and experience of working on International Development projects (ODA compliant) or programmes, applying Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office’s (FCDO’s) programme management tools and techniques - including Logframes and the Theory of Change
  4. Strong and proven leadership and management skills, with line management experience in a programme/project environment.
  5. Meticulous organisational skills with a proven ability to prioritize multiple conflicting demands.
  6. Strong analytical skills, underpinned with sound judgement under pressure, and the ability to identify resolutions for critical decisions, risks and issues. Some experience of managing large budgets.
  7. A willingness and ability to travel – most likely in the East Africa region

Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:

  1. A comprehensive understanding and experience of the interactions between programmes, projects and their support offices (PMOs).

How to apply:

To apply, please click on the link below and attach the most recent version of your CV, along with a cover letter which briefly states your experience against each essential and desirable criteria.

Closing date: 4th July 2021 with interviews commencing from 14th July 2021. We update all applicants once the vacancy has closed and applications have been reviewed.

At present, all interviews are taking place remotely via Microsoft Teams.

We are an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from those with all protected characteristics.

We recognise that Great Minds Don’t Think Alike and are committed to being a more diverse and inclusive organisation. We are a Disability Confident, Mindful Employer and we hold an Athena Swan Bronze award for our work on gender equality. We apply the Civil Service Code to ensure that everyone is recruited on merit, fairness, and open competition.

If you are considering applying and need assistance to do so, please contact us  You can request adjustments either within our application form or via email.

We offer disabled applicants the option of requesting their application is considered under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme. To be invited to interview/assessment under this scheme, your application must meet the minimum criteria for the role. Should you be offered an interview, please be aware there may be a selection exercise which could include a presentation, written test or a scenario-based activity.

We can only accept applications from those eligible to live and work in the UK - please refer to GOV . UK for information. Our roles sometimes require higher level Security Clearance, which generally requires living in the UK for at least three out of the last five years, but applicants not meeting this criteria may be considered.

Whilst this secondment/temporary post is for 9 months, there is the potential for it to develop into a permanent position.

Keywords: Wiser, Programme Manager

Expiration Date: 04/07/2021

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Posted on: 16 June 2021
Closing date: 04 July 2021
Job ref: Programmes00187
Tags: Project Management,Governance
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