Project and Award Management (PAM) Project Lead

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To lead the design, development and implementation of the Project and Award Management (PAM) project, a major, organization-wide change initiative that will significantly improve Practical Action’s ability to secure, monitor and deliver awards, efficiently and in line with our internal and donor compliance requirements.This key position is supported by a Project Manager, may engage specialist consultants and will work closely with finance and programme colleagues in the UK and in countries where we work in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

PAM is comprised of 6 complementary operational components: (a) award planning, budgeting and budget management, (b) contractual compliance, (c) online award management systems, (d) procurement, (e) sub-award management and (f) donor reporting. The Project Lead will also factor in evolving donor due diligence requirements, including duty of care and safeguarding to ensure that new tools, processes, policies and systems integrate these as appropriate. Building and supporting staff capabilities and change processes across the organization will be critical.

About you

You are a senior manager with broad and deep experience from the international development sector. With technical knowledge of donor and legal compliance, programme and financial operations, you also have a proven track record in leading operational improvement, and skills in identifying areas of operational risk, motivating and leading teams, and designing and delivering policies, processes, systems and capacities to multiple teams across geographies. This exciting new role will work with teams across our Regional and Country Offices as well as the UK Office, therefore flexibility on international travel will be essential.

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, a highly engaged workforce, 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:

  • Flexible working/hours – full time roles are contracted at 35 hours per week.

  • The opportunity to work from home (dependent on role).

  • 25 days holiday and Christmas Eve, in addition to public holidays.

  • A pension scheme that new employees can join from day one of employment - employer contributes 10% of salary and the employee contributes 5%.

  • Life assurance (3 x annual salary).

  • Bike to Work scheme.

About us

Practical Action are an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) that uses sustainable technology to challenge poverty in developing countries and improve the lives of people worldwide. We find out what people are doing and help them to do it better. Through technology we enable poor communities to build on their skills and knowledge to produce sustainable and practical solutions- transforming their lives forever and protecting the world around them.

With 50 years of expertise, Practical Action has a strong heritage, and track record of bringing communities and experts together to find practical, sustainable solutions to enable people to meet their needs, which work for both people and the planet. Technology features in everything we do.

Working throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America, Practical Action improves the lives of around one million people every year through improved access to energy, sustainable agriculture, water, sanitation and waste management, and disaster risk reduction.

We are a trusted partner of many communities, governments, development agencies and the private sector.We are influential at national level where we work, and globally and considered a “go-to” agency by those seeking to improve energy access for people living in poverty.

Salary: £52,000 – £54,000 depending on experience & benefits

Location: Rugby, UK with flexible working

How to apply

If you want to work for a charity with significant people ambitions then we would like to hear from you.To apply go to and submit a copy of your CV and a supporting statement that describes your suitability by 12th November 2018.

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

Date of expiry 12th Nov
Salary £52,000 - £54,000
Location Rugby, Warwickshire