Head of International Operations

Reporting to the International Director, the Head of International Operations will play a leading role in ensuring that our Country Offices (COs) have the appropriate approaches, capabilities and support to deliver on their strategic business plans.The post holder will lead a team of professionals with responsibilities for: 

  • Supporting the COs to develop and deliver against viable business plans
  • Ensuring that our systems, processes and capacity building are fit for purpose in an evolving context with a focus on effectiveness, efficiency, compliance and quality
  • Ensuring that our global projects are properly resourced and delivered
  • Acting as a change leader and promoting bold collaborative between teams

The Head of International Operations will provide leadership and management to achieve impact, generate funds and manage relationships, invest in people, deliver performance and strengthen organisational profile.

About you

  • Significant professional experience as a manager, leader or head in an operations function within international development.
  • Solid understanding of sound operational management principles including risk management, delivery, controls, financial and data acumen, etc.
  • Leadership capabilities and ability to drive change processes bringing people along on a journey
  • Experience of managing a high performing team to achieve results
  • Experience of working in a complex environment, working with people from diverse backgrounds across multiple countries in culturally sensitive ways.
  • Ability to manage multiple responsibilities and to set priorities.
  • Proven track record of making sound decisions, based on evidence, opportunities, and risks.
  • Empathy with Practical Action’s vision, mission, and values.

Why join us?

The opportunity to work for an organisation that is making a positive difference to the lives of people worldwide, a friendly and supportive culture, working with values driven and highly engaged colleagues, work life balance and flexible working – these are just some of the reasons we think Practical Action is a great place to work.

Our brand new open plan offices are located in the centre of Rugby and near to Rugby train station but we also offer free parking.

In addition, we offer the following benefits:

  • Full time roles are contracted at 35 hours per week.
  • Flexible working hours are encouraged and enabled – depending on the role, remote working is possible.
  • The opportunity to work remotely (dependent on role).
  • 26 days holiday rising with continuous service, in addition to public holidays.
  • A pension scheme that new employees can join from day one of employment - employer contributes 10.5% of salary and the employee contributes 5%.
  • Life assurance (3 x annual salary).
  • Bike to Work scheme.

About us

We are an international development organisation putting ingenious ideas to work so people in poverty can change their world.

We help people find solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems. Challenges made worse by catastrophic climate change and persistent gender inequality. We work with communities to develop ingenious, lasting and locally owned solutions for agriculture, water and waste management, climate resilience and clean energy. And we share what works with others, so answers that start small can grow big.

We’re a global change-making group. The group consists of a UK registered charity with community projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America, an independent development publishing company and a technical consulting service. We combine these specialisms to multiply our impact and help shape a world that works better for everyone.

Additional information

We treat all applications for employment on their merits and do not take into consideration any factors that are not relevant to the job such as disability, race, age, religion, gender, gender reassignment or sexual orientation.

Practical Action are committed to safeguarding and protecting children and vulnerable adults and as such candidates will be subject to pre-employment checks.

Please note that should we recruit a suitable candidate before the closing date, we will close applications earlier than the specified date.

The successful applicant must have the pre-existing right to both live and work in the UK.

Closing date for applications: Monday 18th November 2019

Interview dates: Thursday 5th / Friday 6th December 2019