Programmes Associate – one year contract

Reporting to: Global Programmes Director

Terms: FTE (flexible working arrangements considered)

Salary: £20k-£24 (plus 4% pension contribution)

Location: Central London (Vauxhall)

Start date: Aug / Sep 2021

About the Organisation

United World Schools is dedicated to improving the educational opportunities of poor and marginalised children around the world. By providing children with a basic education, we are striking at the heart of long term poverty and deprivation – a long game but one we are tackling head on and with ambition and commitment. UWS provides a flexible education model that is simple yet effective in remote regions. The model follows the national curriculum, whilst supporting teachers to implement educational programmes that are appropriate for the contexts in which they are working.

We are a growing team of 20+ staff based in the UK and we have a much bigger team delivering our programmes in Cambodia, Myanmar and Nepal. We are also setting up a new pilot programme in Madagascar. All of our staff are incredibly passionate about what they do and committed to going above and beyond for the cause. The  Programmes Associate may also be required to fly out and  support our projects, and see first-hand what it means to provide education in remote and marginalised communities.

Role Summary

The Programmes Associate will be involved across the full range of our programmatic work and help us on the growth journey that will see an additional 250k more children be able to go to school in the next few years. The role will engage with and support all areas of UWS programmatic operations and help to further develop the communication and support channels between Programmes, Partnerships and Fundraising.

Responsibilities (including, but not limited to): 

  • Help develop the programme team’s communications -  ensuring that relevant information is accessible for all teams.
  • Help develop and introduce effective systems and procedures for improving the effectiveness of our programmes.
  • Help research and develop UWS’s programmatic policies
  • Support the development and implementation of new systems and practice across all programmes.
  • Contribute to the quantitative and qualitative (surveys, case studies etc) monitoring, analysis and reporting of UWS’ programmes / performance.
  • Support the Global Programmes Director and UK based programmes staff across all areas of work, as well as the in-country teams, as required.

Knowledge and core competencies

We are looking for an ambitious candidate to grow and develop with the organisation. This means that above all, we are looking for someone who is open to learning new skills and can take a proactive approach to new tasks and responsibilities.

  • Educated to degree level.
  • Strong people / relationship building skills with proven ability to liaise with a diverse range of stakeholders, including communicating remotely with teams in the field.
  • Ability to think and work strategically - identifying opportunities for impact.
  • The ability to work efficiently and effectively in a fast-paced environment and prioritise work and juggle multiple things at once.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Ability to research and present findings and to take new initiatives when appropriate.
  • A broad understanding of the current key issues in development education and the INGO sector.
  • Ability to produce high quality reports, proposals, presentations and other communications to a range of current and potential stakeholders
  • Ability to lead independent projects involving the wider team, interns and volunteers as needed
  • Determined, persuasive, ambitious, flexible and a proactive team player … which means you commit and deliver for the cause.
  • Willing to jump on a plane to Cambodia, Myanmar, Nepal and other countries we will be moving to in the future, to support our projects.


How to apply

To apply for this position, please send a comprehensive CV (max 2 pages) and a supporting statement (no more than 2 pages) via our HR portal, link below:

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The deadline for applications is 9am on Friday 30/7/2021. Interviews will be held the week commencing 2nd August.

You should give the names, positions, organisations and telephone contact numbers of two referees, one of whom should be your current/most recent employer.  References will only be taken once your permission has been granted.

United World Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are only able to accept applications from candidates that have the permanent right to work in the UK.

UWS is committed to the safeguarding of children and ensuring we recruit safely is central to this commitment. All applicants will be required to undertake a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check as a condition of employment.