Senior Programme Manager

Development Pathways
  • Location
    London, United Kingdom
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Jun 07

Position description

Are you an experienced international development programme manager? Apply your skills and experience in the management of cutting-edge social policy initiatives. With Development Pathways, you can make a real contribution to transforming people’s lives and the changing the global social policy landscape.

We are looking for an experienced Senior Programme Manager to join our Social Policy team.  You will have an opportunity to work with our in-house team of social policy experts in leading the management of our projects across the world.

About Us

Development Pathways is a leading advisory services organisation in the areas of social protection, social development, poverty and vulnerability analysis, payment systems and financial inclusion, monitoring and evaluation, research and training. We believe that our work must be tailored to the unique political realities of each of the countries we work in. Thus, we focus on evidence-based and context-specific solutions, to social and economic policy challenges facing low- and middle-income countries.  We have a strong track record of delivering high-quality consultancy throughout Africa, Asia, and the Pacific, working alongside governments and international agencies. Thought leadership provided by Pathways experts has also influenced the strategic thinking of bi-lateral and international agencies and the design of social policy globally.

The new Senior Programme Manager will lead a dedicated team to ensure effective and efficient management of the Social Policy Unit’s projects worldwide. S/he will work closely with the Social Policy Head of Unit and the Head of Programmes, ensuring our work maintains the high-quality  standards Development Pathways is known for. As Senior Programme Manager, you will also contribute to the strategic direction of an innovative and fast-growing company by helping build stronger systems to keep pace with our growth.

Development Pathways is UK company with a head office in London, UK, and a subsidiary in Nairobi, Kenya. We also have small satellite offices in Malawi, Angola, and Uganda, supporting our programmes there. We currently have 35 staff members, working alongside a global network of trusted consultants. Our offices are located in the Orpington area (Greater London, United Kingdom) and Nairobi (Kenya).


The Senior Programme Manager must have the following qualifications, skills and competencies:

Essential Qualifications and Skills: 

  • Undergraduate degree in Management, International Relations, Social Policy or other relevant discipline;
  • Seven (7) years of experience in project management, including in different countries or regions, and, preferably for social development programmes;
  • 5 years of experience in managing individuals and teams with multiple disciplines and levels of competency, and from varied cultural backgrounds;
  • Demonstrable understanding of project cycle management processes;
  • Experience in leading and implementing due diligence processes;
  • Demonstrable experience in contributing to strategy development and planning;
  • Willingness to travel, sometimes at short notice;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent time management skills;
  • Excellent computer skills (Microsoft Office);
  • Excellent communicator and networker;
  • Ability to identify, and understand risks;
  • Ability to take initiative;
  • Capable of managing competing tasks and working calmly under pressure;
  • Capable of working independently.


  • PRINCE2, PMP or another project management qualification desirable;
  • Masters degree.

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