We are currently recruiting a Programme Manager.



Position:          Programme Manager

Scope:               Programme design/development (50%) and project management (50%)

Post:                 Full time

Period:             6-month contract, with possible extension subject to funding

Salary:               £33,000 – 35,000

Location:          London with occasional trips to Afghanistan

Other terms:     As defined in BAAG’s standard contract

Deadline:          05 June 2017



British and Irish Agencies Afghanistan Group (BAAG) is a membership network supporting 28 NGOs operating development and humanitarian programmes in Afghanistan.  Established in 1987, its main activities include policy and advocacy, events and research focused on development and humanitarian needs and issues in Afghanistan.  Thematic areas covered include women’s and human rights, aid effectiveness, civil society and peace building.  BAAG work closely with partners, other networks and organisations in Afghanistan, Europe and worldwide, including ACBAR (Agency Coordination Body for Afghan Relief and Development), Afghanistan Women’s Network and Afghanistan Public Policy Research Organisation in Kabul and ENNA (European Network of NGOs in Afghanistan) in Brussels.  BAAG’s vision is to contribute to an environment where Afghans can take control of their own development and bring about a just and peaceful society.  BAAG’s mission is  

  • Bringing member agencies and wider relief and development community together to advocate continued international commitment to the development of Afghanistan
  • Sharing of information and knowledge to improve policy debate and decision making processes with a particular emphasis on ensuring that those processes reflect the views, needs and aspirations of the Afghan people.
  • To enhance the abilities of Afghan civil society in influencing national and international policies on Afghanistan.


Purpose of the role

The Programme Manager will work closely with the BAAG team, leading on assigned programme design/development and project management responsibilities. The successful candidate will develop an action plan for their work during the first two weeks of the post.


Main responsibilities

Programme design/development

  • Develop an in-depth knowledge of assigned programme areas and a clear understanding of how they fit into BAAG’s priorities;
  • Identify funding opportunities and develop and maintain a corresponding project pipeline;
  • Develop short and long term plans for programmes/projects, their implementation, and monitoring and evaluation;
  • Development and submission of funding applications for  programmes/projects and liaise with donors in the negotiation and contract management stages;
  • Maintain relationships with existing and past donors, maintain a watch on donor RFPs, identifying, contacting and maintaining relationships with potential donors, updating donor tracker and details;
  • Work with BAAG team to identify funding gaps and prioritise programme funding needs.
  • Develop and manage project outlines for further development as donors are identified;
  • Organise meetings with BAAG programme/project partners and stakeholders on a regular basis and, where required, with supervising staff;
  • Work with the BAAG team and Trustees in periodic review of strategic priorities, action plans, and organisational sustainability;
  • Lead or support where appropriate BAAG's research needs, where appropriate, developing terms of reference for research projects, implementing desk study and supporting/supervising consultants/interns;
  • Meet Members, partners and other major stakeholders to maintain relationships, review their and BAAG’s policy priorities. Jointly organize, with Director and Programme & Finance Officer, quarterly Members meetings, CGMs and APPGs – chair these where required.


Project management

  • Lead on assigned project reporting to donors;
  • Compile reports highlighting project impact against indicators, and provide progress/ periodic reports to the Director and Trustees;
  • Assist in the management of financial aspects of BAAG’s work including budget development, modification and reporting. Continually monitor projects’ financial health and making recommendations to the Director;
  • Work in close collaboration with the Programme & Finance Officer in organising themed events.  (This will involve preparing agendas; arranging venues; booking speakers and liaising on travel arrangements, organising publicity and issuing invitations; organising catering; preparing necessary stationery, presentation tools and materials; note-taking and coordinating  events on the day);
  • Develop and maintain a calendar of key dates and events; ensuring that BAAG members and partners are kept up to date with important and relevant events and advocacy opportunities;
  • Research, collate and disseminate information as required to BAAG members and stakeholders;
  • In cooperation with the Director and the Senior Advisor, provide background research and input for policy briefings, Parliamentary inquiries and other relevant public consultation exercises related to Afghanistan;
  • When necessary, substituting for BAAG’s Director or Senior Adviser to represent BAAG in policy briefings, meetings and events, both organised by BAAG and where BAAG is a participant
  • Manage interns working in areas under the remit of the position holder;
  • Deliver aspects of project activities, as required.



  • Develop and maintain mailing lists and a database of members’ details and programme work, ensuring that information is up to date, accessible and can be effectively disseminated to meet the needs of member agencies and other stakeholders in line with data protection legislation.
  • Provide secretarial support, as needed, by planning and convening meetings, ensuring minute-taking and preparing and circulating relevant papers.




  • Right to work in the UK.
  • Master’s degree in project management, international development, international relations, or other related fields;
  • At least 2-3 years’ experience working in programme management, advocacy or a wide range of stakeholders;
  • Previous experience of working in international development, preferably for a NGO and related to Afghanistan;
  • Ability to write clearly and succinctly; an understanding of how to adapt writing styles for different audiences;
  • Demonstrable experience of working well within a small team;
  • Flexible and comfortable in overlapping roles with other team members when needed;
  • Strong communication skills; experience communication effectively with non-English speakers;
  • Willingness to travel to Afghanistan.



  • Previous experience of working on conflict-affected countries;
  • Understanding of development issues and current debates;
  • Understanding of current issues in Afghanistan;
  • Experience of coordination or joint advocacy approaches;
  • Experience of developing internship programmes and managing interns.


Application process

Please email your CV and a supporting letter, explaining how you meet the Essential requirements of the person specification, to Monica Encinas – Programme & Finance Officer – at . Applications which do not clearly outline how the essential criteria are met, will not be considered.

Applicants must already have the right to work in the UK.

We apologise that due to the high volume of applications, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.