Programme Manager

Refugee Rights Data Project, London, United Kingdom

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Email for CV Submission: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
25th September, 2017

Job Description


This is an exciting new position for an outstanding individual to join the start-up human rights organisation Refugee Rights Data Project (RRDP) in a leading role. The successful candidate will be working closely with the RRDP director to continue developing and rolling out RRDP’s research and advocacy strategy. S/he will be a seasoned and versatile professional with experience in the non-profit sector looking to take on an exciting yet challenging role. S/he will have exceptional organisation and time management skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills, capacity to think strategically, and an ability to work independently and as part of a small and dynamic start-up team.



  • Takes a leading role in the development and implementation of RRDP’s 2018-2020 research and advocacy strategy and work plan.
  • Supervises, writes, edits and ensures quality-control of all of RRDP’s external-facing materials, including research reports, advocacy materials and website.
  • Leads the development and implement of a social media strategy, and work closely with team members to manage the RRDP social media platforms.
  • Plays a leading role in the organisation and coordination of field research operations, including research survey development and translations, as well as effective liaison with the research delegation at all stages of the project.
  • Establishes and implements a plan for effective and regular communication and interactions with partner NGOs, IGOs and government representatives to ensure strengthened collaboration.
  • Provides the RRDP Development Manager with regular programmatic updates required for grant writing and reporting.
  • Represents RRDP at conferences, workshops and meetings, if and as required.

Team management and governance

  • Line-manages two interns, including induction and exit interviews, and ensures effective distribution of programme work.
  • Organises and documents regular RRDP team meetings.
  • Supports the preparation for quarterly Board meetings and contributes to regular submissions to the Board of Directors on progress of RRDP’s work.
  • Acts as point of contact for RRDP’s group of Advisors, ensuring regular updates and effective ongoing communications.
  • Supports the Executive Director in the recruitment of staff, if and as required.


  • Supports the management of project budgets for field research activities and advocacy missions, if and as required.
  • Manages the reimbursement process related to field research activities and advocacy missions, ensuring that the process is adequately documented and compliant with financial policies.
  • Maintains and develops the Salesforce contacts database.
  • Carries out any other tasks, as required and reasonable.

Person Specification


  • Academic background in international relations, public policy, human rights or similar field, or demonstrated professional experience relevant to the aims of RRDP.
  • Minimum three to five years’ experience working in the non-profit sector or in a similar role within the private sector.
  • Outstanding organisation and time-management skills, with strong ability to prioritise, pay attention to detail and attend to multiple assignments whilst working to tight deadlines.
  • Proven ability and track record in thinking strategically and innovatively and to design, budget and implement those plans.
  • Good theoretical and/or practical knowledge of the policy and advocacy dynamics and platforms in the human rights sector.
  • Excellent written and spoken English with a keen eye for detail and ability to write for a range of different types of audiences.
  • Strong presentation and public speaking skills and a confident networker.
  • Excellent team management skills, including the ability to motivate others.
  • Strong numeral literacy and ability to manage small budgets and finance paperwork.
  • The professionalism, diplomatic finesse, and sound judgment needed to work effectively in cross cultural settings as well as in contexts involving high-level individuals and actors across the political spectrum.
  • Excellent command of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Powerpoint, Excel and Outlook) and contacts databases (e.g. Salesforce).
  • Willingness to travel – sometimes at short notice and to precarious locations.
  • Demonstrated commitment to universal human rights and the specific mission of RRDP.


  • Experience of working for a start-up organisation.
  • Experience managing the logistics of field missions and/or group travel, with demonstrated ability to coordinate complex operations abroad.
  • Working knowledge of WordPress and MailChimp.
  • Proficiency in second language relevant to RRDP’s work.
  • Direct experience working with refugees and asylum seekers, or other disadvantaged groups.


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