Programme Director - London, United Kingdom,
Contract: Fixed term 18-month contract (with the potential to go permanent)
Hours: Full time, 35 hours per week
ISLP-UK is a UK based NGO. Our mission is to foster just and accountable development that is sustainable, supports human rights and strengthens the rule of law. We do this by mobilising our unique network of highly skilled and experienced pro bono lawyers to advise civil society and governments. We have, together with our sister organisation in the States, worked in over 80 countries in the 13 years of operation with a particular focus on sub-Saharan Africa.
Are you experienced in law or development and looking to join a small but enterprising team? If so, this is your opportunity to influence your skills by co-leading our anti-bribery and corruption work. Primarily, the work entails developing projects with a range of clients and partners, including governments and government bodies (such as anti-corruption bodies), the judiciary, prosecutors, defenders, and NGOs.
Full details and examples of our projects can be found on the attached Job Description, In each case, these projects seek to ensure greater rule of law and to promote transparency, integrity and accountability in public and private institutions.
With particular focus on project development and implementation you will ensure the projects we facilitate promote accountable development. It would involve deploying and liaising closely with volunteer lawyers in ISLP's network who deliver the projects. The role would also focus on evaluation of and learning from projects, assessing the effectiveness of our interventions and the use the lessons learnt to improve our projects and refine our long-term strategy. The role would also include assisting in obtaining funding for these projects and in fulfilling compliance obligations.
Build the project portfolio of ISLP, with a particular focus on anti-bribery and corruption
Develop an understanding of the most effective interventions, particularly relating to corruption
Liaise with government representatives and civil society to identify needs
Map and develop relationships with regional and international development entities and other technical assistance providers and identify: potential partners among them; needs; and countries in which to work
Deepen ISLP's knowledge and understanding of the situation on the ground in various regions and countries
Build relationships with highly experienced volunteer lawyers
Ensure effective project delivery and evaluation of impact
Exploring opportunities for potential funding and making funding applications
Deliver financial management for assignments including accurate budgeting, forecasting, accounting and reporting;
Support the development and maintenance of strong programme management and knowledge management systems and processes.
Participate in the charity's core activities to enhance the success and raise the profile of ISLP
Relevant skills and experience
Substantial experience as a qualified lawyer or in another relevant discipline (international development, political science, international relations or related field);
Experience in anti-bribery and corruption work and/or media-related law (e.g. freedom of expression, defamation) particularly in working with NGOs or government bodies/the judiciary/prosecutors
Strong interpersonal and team working skills;
Demonstrable project management skills and experience;
Ability to develop and manage relationships with a range of stakeholders, including donors, civil society organisations and government representatives, on an international basis;
Experience or demonstrable ability in donor management, both in managing existing relationships and in raising funds for future projects and activities;
Familiarity with or understanding and enthusiasm for the concept and practice of pro bono legal assistance;
Knowledge to a reasonable degree of fluency of French is a plus;
Strong administration and coordination experience;
IT proficiency including knowledge of MS Office
Commitment to international development.
In addition to the salary stated, we offer benefits including Employer Contribution Pension Scheme, Childcare Voucher Scheme, 25 days' holiday and flexible working hours. We would be willing to consider remote candidates (i.e. open to those not based in London/UK).
If you are interested in this position and believe you are the candidate we are looking for, please apply with covering letter and CV (maximum 2 sides of A4 each), explaining how you meet the criteria of the role (competencies, skills and experience) using the link provided. Full details about this position can be found on the attached Job Description.
Closing date for applications is 18th January 2019 and Interviews will be conducted within the following fortnight.
This role is immediately available, however ISLP-UK would be flexible about the start date for the best candidate. There could also be a degree of flexibility about hours or working from home part of the time.
ISLP-UK is an equal opportunities employer.
The position is funded for an initial 18-month period, with a permanent opportunity if the post achieves objectives and subject to funding.