Senior Programmes Manager Cool Earth

Cool Earth
Charities and Social Enterprise, Environment & Conservation
Salary Details
£30,000 to £35,000 per annum
Hours of work
08:30 to 17:00
Job Type
Closing Date
In this exciting new role, you will play an instrumental role in identifying emerging opportunities for programme development, increasing the effectiveness of the project management and evaluation of our global rainforest partnerships.

Job Description

This is an exciting time to join Cool Earth, a non-profit organisation that works alongside a network of communities to halt rainforest destruction and its role in climate change.

Cool Earth is scaling up its ambitions to find the best methods for supporting local communities to protect their forest globally. We are aiming to expand our portfolio of rainforest partnerships around the world significantly by 2025, supported by local NGOs to work with local people to facilitate long-term forest protection. We are doing this to not only scale up our own impact but to also focus our efforts on learning from multiple partnerships on what works best (and what doesn’t) to support local people to protect their forest. Our aim is to share our findings widely with others for greater global impact. To do this we require an experienced project manager who is capable of inspiring and uniting teams, to help lead the growth of our partnerships and learning.

This is a newly created position and a key role within our growing organisation. As part of the senior team, you will report directly to the Deputy Director (Head of Programmes & Forest Impacts) and will play an instrumental role in identifying emerging opportunities for programme development, increasing the effectiveness of the project management and evaluation of our global rainforest partnerships.

You will be an exceptional manager who will be a pleasure to deal with for every member of the Cool Earth network. You will be highly qualified in your field with substantial project management experience and have a keen eye for identifying ways to improve effectiveness and learning. Experience of building systems and processes is a must and building good relationships with international partners and local NGOs would put you at a distinct advantage.

In collaboration with the Deputy Director, you will lead our dedicated and talented Programmes team to ensure we have efficient and useful data flow and are carrying out as effective project management as possible given the remote, rural, dynamic and community based nature of our work. You will also be line managing the Forest Impacts team to draw out as many lessons and evaluation as we can from our activities.

You will be empathetic and calm and have a collegiate style of management which fosters very high standards. You will have a balanced, systematic and analytical mind able to keep sight of the bigger picture for managing local partnerships. You will enjoy the challenge of bringing pieces of the puzzle together in helping to build improved methods on supporting communities to protect their rainforests.

This is a permanent role based at the Cool Earth Headquarters in Penryn, Cornwall and may include national travel and occasional international travel.

Key Responsibilities

  • Budgeting: Overseeing budgeting for all programme activities by programme managers. Working with the finance manager to ensure the programmes team have the budget planning systems in place and are reporting finances consistently.
  • Safeguarding: Manage, refine and, where necessary, build new systems and processes for safeguarding to be embedded across all Programmes operations and partnerships
  • Risk Management: work with the risk and safety officer to ensure all our partnerships have up-to-date risk assessments and safety protocols in place and that all staff have relevant safety training for programme related work. Ensure that these are regularly reviewed and updated to limit risks for all staff and partners.
  • Strategic Development: Assist the Deputy Director to -
    • Identify key emerging issues and opportunities for network development.
    • Plan and direct capacity for new network partners.
    • Ensure Cool Earth’s approach to conservation continues to be well evidenced and oversee Programme Managers’ research to support evidence-based conservation interventions
    • Plan and manage the implementation of standard processes for all areas of programming (see below).
  • Managing Programmes & Forest Impact team: In collaboration with the Deputy Director, provide clear and consistent leadership to, and day to day management of the Programmes and Forest Impact teams (see below)

Company Description

Cool Earth is the non-profit organisation that works alongside rainforest communities to halt deforestation and climate change. Cool Earth focuses on the strategic choices that people who live in rainforests must make to protect the forest and survive.

Cool Earth’s support for local champions aims to boost incomes, reduce dependency on external funders and empower people in their work to protect their forest.

Cool Earth has successfully designed and implemented community projects in the Amazon, the Congo Basin and Oceania. Of this work across the three major rainforest biomes, our longest running community partnerships have been with the Asháninka and Awajún people in Peru.

Cool Earth is now entering a new and exciting phase of development, where we will engage in innovative conservation strategies and partner up with actors worldwide to learn and explore new ideas for greater conservation impact.

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Please Note:

  • CVs will not be accepted

COVID-19 considerations
Currently home-working until restrictions regarding Coronavirus are lifted and then office based in Cool Earth Headquarters, Penryn (Cornwall UK)

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