Deputy Head of Programmes

Full Time
Circa £43,000 per annum + 10% pension contribution
Opening Date:
Tuesday 14 June 2022
Closing Date:
Monday 18 July 2022
Tuesday 26 July 2022

Do you want to be instrumental in ending one of the world’s most ancient diseases and transforming the lives of those who have been affected by it, across Asia and Africa? Are you passionate about international development, global health and disability? Do you have experience of managing people and institutionally-funded development programmes?

Today, one person every two minutes is diagnosed with leprosy. It’s a disease of poverty, striking the most vulnerable. Left untreated, it causes permanent disability. Stigma means that people affected by this disease are often rejected by those closest to them.

You will have a passion for development and be an inspirational mentor and manager of people. Having at least five years’ work experience in an NGO or similar setting you'll have a degree in either Development, Disability, Global Health or other relevant discipline. You will be self-motivated with the capacity to work on your own initiative and will have excellent cross-cultural communication skills.

Working with Head of Programmes & Research in the UK, Overseas Country Leaders, appointed in-country partners and your team, you will be responsible for the development, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting of Leprosy Mission-funded programmes across ten countries. Supporting the organisational development of our partners is also critical to this role.

You will be required to travel overseas for approximately eight weeks per year, to undertake capacity development training and mentor partner staff, enthuse and guide project steering committees, monitor and develop programmes and provide advice and support to field partners.

You'll benefit from a culture of growing and learning together, with extensive training in international development. We have awarding winning levels of staff engagement and we’re Charity Times and Third Sector award winners as well.

The Leprosy Mission England and Wales is a leading international Christian development organisation, a pioneer in our field, with over 145 years’ experience and is part of the Leprosy Mission worldwide family. We are active in ten countries. We have over 50 projects addressing the causes and consequences of leprosy, ranging from strengthening health systems and innovative approaches to improve health, including mental health, to livelihoods and advocacy.

The Leprosy Mission has a zero-tolerance approach to any harm to, or exploitation of, our staff and the people and communities we serve. Recruitment to roles within The Leprosy Mission includes, in particular, criminal record checks and the collection of relevant references. A criminal record will not necessarily bar you from joining us as an employee; this will depend on the circumstances of any offences. Safeguarding is our top priority in everything we do.

The Leprosy Mission is an explicitly Christian charity, serving those of all faiths and none. Empathy with the Christian ethos of the organisation is essential, as is an ability to work with all faiths. We are committed to diversity and welcome applications from appropriately qualified people from all sections of the community, who have permission to work in the UK.

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