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Appointment Brief – Head of International Programmes (Please download here)

About the Big Lottery Fund

The Big Lottery Fund distributes 40% of the National Lottery Good Causes funding across the UK, around £650-700 million per annum, as well as making grants on behalf of others.

We are the largest UK grant-maker in our field with the majority of our funding going to projects in the UK.  We operate a blended funding model – part responsive funding, part strategic interventions – across social change, the environment, health and education.
We believe this funding mix gives us a unique view of the world: one that we need to utilise more widely as we develop. Our new Strategic Framework, which puts people in the lead, is ambitious and will require us to be more outward-facing and focused on the ambitions and aspirations of the people and communities we serve.

Historically, the Big Lottery Fund has also committed a sum of funding to projects working internationally.  Our new international funding approach will support some of the world’s poorest communities to make use of their strengths and deliver the changes they want to see. Working with experts and other funders to make a catalytic impact, and taking a focused and strategic approach, we will target our funding to support disabled people to develop better livelihoods in Tanzania and Uganda. We will continue to work in partnership with other funders elsewhere around the world, and to contribute to major humanitarian responses following sudden onset crises.

About the Role

The Head of International Programmes will work at a strategic level in driving the implementation of our international programme, leading and providing direction to a small team.  The position will have a significant representational and network building function both internally with Big Lottery Fund’s teams and governance structures and externally with other stakeholder organisations, such as other funders. The programme includes long-term development projects with disabled people, a portfolio of existing development projects from the previous International Communities programme (coming to a close 2017-19), partnership funding arrangements (e.g. our ongoing collaboration with Comic Relief) and humanitarian response projects (e.g. Nepal post-earthquake community rebuilding projects).  The role forms part of the UK Portfolio management team and will work closely with UK colleagues, including leading on some corporate initiatives as required.

Salary £44,000 to £57,000 per annum

Person Specification

  • Significant relevant experience of international development grant making and programming approaches, including budget management, gained within a multilateral, government, foundation or NGO environment
  • Grounded in people-led and participatory approaches to international development, including as regards monitoring, evaluation and learning
  • Substantive experience of working in the global south and with southern partners
  • Significant experience of leading, inspiring and managing teams of people
  • Strong negotiation, influencing and communication skills with multi-level stakeholders, including the ability to represent the Fund in international fora
  • Exceptionally well-networked with a strong commitment to building effective networks, partnerships and relationships, including co-creation
  • Experience in developing adaptive and flexible strategies, with a focus on continuous improvement
  • Ability to communicate to specialists with credibility but also to effectively use negotiating skills to influence senior personnel with limited knowledge of international development
  • Willingness to travel overseas (likely around 4 weeks per year)

Application Instructions

To apply for this post, please download and read the Appointment Brief, then complete our online application form. Please complete the form in sentence case – there is no need to use block capitals.

You will be asked to submit the following information:

  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae (of no more than 2-3 sides of A4)
  • A detailed statement (of no more than 2-sides of A4) explaining why you are interested in this post and giving evidence of how you meet the Person Specification criteria. (Please look at Help for Candidates for hints on how to write a successful statement).

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Big Lottery Fund

The Big Lottery Fund is the largest UK grant-maker in our field. We operate a blended funding model – part responsive funding, part strategic interventions – across social change, the environment, health and education.