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WFD Programme Officer, Africa (maternity cover)

Summary Information for vacancy - reference WFD 3


Westminster Foundation for Democracy


£21432 - £26324 Pro-rata


SW1P 1RT, City of Westminster, Greater London, London

Closing Date

05 May 2011

Interviews start

Not specified


Not Specified



Pay frequency


Appointment Terms

Short-term contract

Working Arrangement

Full time

Travel required


No of vacancies


Field of work

Programme and Project Management

Brief Description

The primary responsibility of the Programme Officer role is to support the management and delivery of projects and country programmes in Africa. The Programme Officer will play an important role within the small Africa team including programme design, planning, coordination, writing or initial assessment of evaluations, and administrative and financial support both for Grant-in-Aid and externally funded projects and programmes. This is to ensure all projects and programmes meet high professional standards and deliver impact.

The role-holder will undertake research, prepare programme documents, draft narratives and help develop activity based budgets to contribute to the preparation of bids. They will also collate monitoring and best practice reports to synthesis the impact of project/programmes.
The role-holder will assist the organisation of UK based study visits and overseas activities for political party and parliamentary programmes; arrange flights and visas, book accommodation and venues, and payments to suppliers. They will facilitate high level delegation to visit parliaments and political parties in UK, prepare budget forecasts and re-profile budgets where relevant, and prepare appropriate project/programme tools such as log-frame, outcome mapping and monitoring and evaluation indicators.

Vacancy description

The Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) is the UK’s democracy-building foundation. WFD was set up in 1992 as an independent public body sponsored by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, specialising in parliamentary strengthening and political party development. The Foundation is uniquely placed to draw directly on the expertise and involvement of the Westminster political parties and as such, works on a party-to-party and cross-party basis to develop the capacity of political parties and politicians to operate effectively in pluralistic and non-violent democracies. The Foundation’s parliamentary strengthening work focuses on improving governance through developing sustainable capacity among parliamentarians, parliamentary staff and parliamentary structures to ensure transparency and accountability. For more information, please visit

The Foundation is looking for a Programme Officer to join the Africa team on a fixed-term basis as maternity cover for nine months. The Programme Officer will play a pivotal role within the team to provide efficient coordination, administrative and financial support for Grant In Aid (GIA) and externally funded projects and programmes. This is to ensure that the implementation of project and programmes meet high standards. The successful candidate will undertake research, draft narratives and develop activity based budgets to contribute to the preparation of bids. They will also collate monitoring and best practice outcomes to measure impact of project/programmes.



The successful candidate will be/have:
• Educated to degree level with at least two years work experience in a programme development and implementation environment
• Excellent track record of developing activity based budgets, ability to track expenditure and be able to apply value for money principles
• Familiarity with project/programme management systems including, monitoring and evaluation tools
• Familiarity with organising and coordinating activities within an international environment
• Excellent team working skills

Further information

CRB check required - No

Regulated by OCSC - No

Reserved for existing civil servants - No

Reserved for UK nationals - No

How to apply

A job description, application form and application guidance can be obtained on our website

The deadline for receiving applications is Thursday 5 May 2011 at 9am. Short listed candidates will be invited for an interview at the London offices of WFD in the following two weeks. Please note that due to limited resources it will not be able to respond to all applicants – if you have not heard from us by 11 May 2011 please assume that you have not been short-listed.

 Please send the application form to

Please note this statement is for information only and does not form part of a contract.


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