Senior Development Manager

Working in United Kingdom

Job Purpose

Camfed has recently secured significant new investment from DFID, which will enable the expansion of our programmes to support girls’ progression through school and their transition to a secure adulthood in Ghana, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The Senior Development Manager will play a pivotal role in maximising the value of this investment, working closely with the CEO and Directors. The Senior Development Manager may also lead on other key statutory partnerships as required.


Specific Accountabilities

  • Manage Camfed’s relationship across specific key grants with DFID, in collaboration with colleagues internationally and working closely with the Head of Development.
  • Lead on the development of proposals for new statutory investment, working closely with the Head of Development and Executive Team as relevant.
  • Project-manage Camfed’s reporting requirements for a specific portfolio of grants, ensuring advance planning, donor compliance, effective communication, and engagement of all relevant team members in the UK and internationally.
  • Liaise with senior management colleagues in sub-Saharan Africa to support effective planning and implementation of specific key grants.
  • Collaborate with National Directors in sub-Saharan Africa and across functions to record and communicate achievements, learning and best practice in relation to Camfed’s programmes funded by DFID’s Girls’ Education Challenge.
  • Provide regular updates to Camfed’s CEO and Executive Team on the progress of specific key grants.
  • Manage and coach 1-2 direct line reports.
  • The role is located in Cambridge, UK, and may entail travel to Africa for up to 6 weeks per year over a series of short trips (1-2 weeks in length).
  • The Senior Development Manager will report in to the Head of Development.


Person Specification

The Senior Development Manager will be passionate about transforming opportunities for girls and young women in sub-Saharan Africa. S/he will have good political awareness and relationship-building skills, project management expertise, strong financial management and reporting skills; excellent team-working skills; and an outstanding ability to communicate effectively and accurately with partners, in line with Camfed’s ethos of transparency and accountability. S/he will share Camfed’s core values and bring high levels of energy, proactivity and commitment to the role.



  • Commitment and passion for Camfed’s values, mission and vision.
  • Outstanding project management skills, including across functions and geographies
  • Excellent relationship management skills, strategic awareness, diplomacy, and understanding of risk factors.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including report writing and editing.
  • Good financial understanding, analytical ability and experience of interpreting complex budgets.
  • Ability to learn fast and manage competing priorities.
  • Excellent team-working skills, including the capacity to work collaboratively to meet team as well as individual goals and deadlines, and to mentor junior members of staff
  • Keen eye for detail.
  • Proactive, positive approach and high degree of empathy.
  • Ability to travel (up to 6 weeks/year).
  • Eligibility to work in the UK.



  • Familiarity with DFID and other statutory funders.
  • Experience of reporting to a range of partners.
  • Knowledge of international development issues, including gender and education.
  • Experience or knowledge of the countries where Camfed works.


Application Details

To apply for this position please send your CV and covering letter to [email protected] by 9am on 29th August 2017 and reference ‘Senior Development Manager’.


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