Senior PROTECT Consortium Programme Officer

Article 19, United Kingdom

Skill Required:, Project ManagementProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
26th April, 2020

Job Description


Our Vision is for all people everywhere to be able to freely express themselves and actively engage in public life without fear of discrimination.

Our Mission is to promote and defend the universal human rights of freedom of expression and information around the world. We work to achieve our mission by understanding that other rights including belief, privacy, participation, assembly and association, and more, underpin freedom of expression and information. These two interlocking freedoms are the foundation of all our work. The Freedom to Know concerns the right to demand and receive information by power-holders for transparency good governance and sustainable development. When either of these freedoms comes under threat, when either by the failure of powerholders to adequately legislate for or protect them, ARTICLE 19 speaks with one voice, through courts of law, through global and regional organizations, and through civil society wherever we are present. The Freedom to Speak concerns everyone’s right to express and disseminate opinions, ideas and information through any means, as well as to disagree from, and question powerholders. When either by the failure of powerholders to adequately legislate for or protect them, ARTICLE 19 speaks with one voice, through courts of law, through global and regional organizations, and through civil society wherever we are present.


Protecting Rights, Openness and Transparency-Enhancing Civic Transformation (PROTECT) is a multi-faceted international aid project funded by the UK Governments’ Department for International Development (DfID). The objectives of PROTECT, are focused on and will be delivered through partners in Kenya, Malawi and Myanmar.

PROTECT seeks to foster open societies based on expanded and protected civic space. The work is delivered by a consortium of specialist NGOs and expert organisations, led by ARTICLE 19 with partners Internews, the International Centre for Not-for-profit Law (ICNL) and the Humanist Institute for Development Cooperation (Hivos). PROTECT partners bring together their expertise in the fields of freedom of assembly, association, expression, access to information and data transparency, media sustainability and protection of journalist and human rights defenders to address holistically the multifaceted challenges of closing civic space.


The Senior PROTECT Consortium Programme Officer will organise and coordinate the programme to ensure synchronised programme implementation between the partners in the achievement of project objectives. S/he will ensure that PROTEC activities stay on track and are in line with donor requirements.

The Senior PROTECT Consortium Programme Officer will coordinate and directly communicate with consortium partners, the donor, and other key stakeholders. S/he will be responsible for ensuring project visibility at the local, regional and international levels in coordination with the ARTICLE 19 Head of Civic Space, consortium partners and other key stakeholders.

The Senior PROTECT Consortium Programme Officer is expected to provide inclusive leadership by listening to both consortium partners and ARTICLE 19 staff and must have experience in managing a geographically dispersed team and consortium, with different direct and indirect reporting levels.

The Senior PROTECT Consortium Programme Officer reports to the Head of Civic Space and is responsible for the implementation of all aspects of the programme. S/he will directly lead the PROTECT programme management unit which consists of programme compliance, MEL, with matrix management of finance.


Strategic planning and programme management: develop, update and ensure implementation of a shared vision and strategy for the Consortium

  • Manages the implementation of the programme. S/he has oversight on deliverables and finances, to ensure that programme goals are met. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring high quality narrative and financial work plans and reports, grant management, monitoring and evaluation, linking and learning, and financial management
  •  Is the primary relationship manager with DfID, within the consortium and with external stakeholders, including responding to information requests and overall reporting on the programme.
  •  Provides oversight of the programme to ensure that the programme is implemented in accordance to defined goals, learning, best practice and the requirements of DfID.
  •  Coordinates with consortium partners, ARTICLE 19 and other key stakeholders, in all aspects of project planning, monitoring and implementation
  •  Ensures that consortium partners and ARTICLE 19 implementation teams are engaged in decision-making and receive the organisational and technical capacity needed to successfully complete their grant-funded activities
  •  Monitors performance of the PROTECT programme and makes recommendations regarding scale-up potential or proposing corrective actions when challenges arise.
  •  Ensure effective representation and communication of Consortium initiatives to relevant stakeholders to support coordinated approaches in the sector, partnership development, and programme implementation

Consortium Unit management: Coordinates the PROTECT management team for effective programme delivery, ensure grant compliance and promote learning and advocacy in the sector

  •  Leads, supervision and support of the Consortium Management team (composed of staff for programme quality, finance and compliance) to ensure that the team fulfils its responsibilities
  •  Supervises and supports the Consortium Coordinator to ensure compliance with and implementation of all donor-related and ARTICLE 19 policies and procedures and monitoring of and reporting against ARTICLE 19 activity plans and budget.
  •  Matrix manages the Senior MEL Coordinator to ensure programme quality, evidence of results and adaptive learning and the results framework is fully understood and integrated into programme delivery
  •  Matrix manages the PROTECT Senior Grants Accountant to ensure sound financial management and adherence to financial policies and procedures including due diligence, procurement and contracting of consortium and expert partners, in line with ARTICLE 19 and donor requirements.
  •  Reports to and consults with the Head of Civic Space on management unit’s functions and priorities
  • Contribute to organisational learning and development including by:
  •  Ensuring that knowledge and learning is shared across the organisation and contributes to the strategic development of ARTICLE 19
  •  Improving overall project implementation by suggesting and/or contributing to the development of ARTICLE 19 project management guidelines and tools
  •  Participating in team meetings and other internal organisational and decision-making groups
  •  Representing ARTICLE 19 at external events and forums
  •  Undertaking other tasks associated with this role which may reasonably be required by Head of Civic Space, Deputy Executive Director or senior management.



Education and Qualification

  • Educated to degree or graduate level; or
  •  Substantial work experience demonstrating graduate level ability

Work Experience

  •  Proven relevant experience in a similar role is essential, and experience in relevant human rights work / human rights advocacy;
  •  Proven relevant experience in project management (planning, risk management, monitoring and evaluation, reporting, budget management) in a leading role, with specific experience managing complex, and multi-stakeholder programmes
  •  Experience in managing complex budgets for effective delivery of a programme; including monitoring cash flow and forecasting
  •  Experience in monitoring and evaluation of complex projects
  •  Experience in organisational representation, coordination and liaison
  •  Proven experience of managing, including matrix managing and distance managing, a team, and developing staff performance;
  •  Proven experience in narrative and financial reporting on complex projects to international donors.
  •  Experience in implementing projects within partner networks or consortia;
  •  Experience of working with large institutional donors such as DFID, the EC, SIDA, etc.

Knowledge, skills and ability

  •  Knowledge of human rights and/or key civic space issues, international human rights law and awareness of mechanisms for the protection of human rights;
  •  Excellent conceptual, planning, organisational and leadership skills
  •  Ability to rapidly assimilate and digest large volumes of information
  •  Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to negotiate and maintain good relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  •  Ability to effectively balance and coordinate multiple competing priorities, working within set, and sometimes tight, deadlines;
  •  Good judgement and ability to take decisions and/or advice on decision making
  •  Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English


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