Job opportunity: hiring a new Programmes Manager

Programmes Manager role

Duration: Initial 12-month contract, with a view to becoming permanent 

Salary: £45,000-50,000 p.a. (based on profile and experience) 

Location: Remote within the United Kingdom 

Application deadline: 7 April 2024 (23:59 GMT)

Only those with the right to live and work in the UK will be considered.

The Degrees Initiative seeks a Programmes Manager to join a growing dynamic charity working on climate change and development. 

About the Degrees Initiative 

The Degrees Initiative is a UK-based charity that builds the capacity of developing countries to evaluate solar radiation management geoengineering (SRM), a controversial proposal for reducing some impacts of climate change. Degrees is neutral on whether SRM should ever be used, but we believe that developing countries should be empowered to conduct their own research and to play a central role in SRM discussions. The initiative has been registered as a UK charity since 2021 but operated for ten years before that as the Solar Radiation Management Governance Initiative (SRMGI). Our work receives worldwide coverage and widespread acclaim. 

Degrees’ programmatic work builds capacity through research grants, scientist collaboration schemes, workshops, and community-building—all of these across the Global South. The initiative has been steadily growing since becoming a charity, and we plan on continuing to expand. Over the next few years, Degrees will offer grants to research teams in new countries and disciplines, support the scientists as they develop into regional leaders, and keep building a global community of experts.  

The Programmes Manager role offers a fantastic opportunity for the right candidate to advance while helping scale-up the organisation’s work. 

Job purpose 

Joining a growing team, the Programmes Manager will work closely with the Chief of Staff to help plan, implement, expand, and improve the programmes of work. They will be expected to hit the ground running, lead a small team, and oversee diverse projects and processes. Specific responsibilities include: 

  • Manage the programmes to deliver the three streams (outreach, capacity building, and community building activities), especially grants and workshops;  
  • Supervise the programme officers, of which there are currently 2.5 full-time equivalent employees; 
  • Help continuously improve programmatic work, including the development and implementation of appropriate processes, guidance and tools;  
  • Help set long-term and annual programmatic plans (including budgets), objectives and key results;  
  • Manage relationships with volunteers;  
  • Support fundraising, communication, and reporting activities as required; 
  • If possible, provide expert support to the funded research teams.   

Candidate profile 


  • At least five years’ relevant experience; 
  • Experience and a positive track record with managing others; 
  • Dynamic, flexible, and self-motivated – prepared to turn your hand to whatever needs done to deliver Degrees’ programme of work while demonstrating good initiative and self-motivation; 
  • Strong organisation and project management skills, including multi-tasking, setting and delivering on priorities, and working under pressure; 
  • Good analytical abilities, able to distil key messages from complex information; 
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including maintaining positive working relations with people of different backgrounds; 
  • Comfortable working remotely in a dynamic, remote, start-up environment; 
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English. 
  • A university degree;  
  • Ability to occasionally travel, including to developing countries, for up to a week per visit;
  • A commitment to the mission and values of the charity;
  • Based and legally able to work in the UK. 


  • A master’s degree in a relevant field such as international development, international relations, or environmental science; 
  • Knowledge of climate change and the options to respond to it – ideally, familiarity with SRM; 
  • Experience in the creation and/or scale-up of an organisation or business; 
  • Experience in programme planning in nongovernmental organisations; 
  • Experience in grant administration, event organisation, workshop facilitation, impact monitoring and evaluation, and/or budgeting and financial management; 
  • Advanced digital skills, such as with spreadsheets’ more specialised features, CRM systems, databases, data analytics, or forms; 
  • Additional language(s). 

For more information, please contact us at 

To apply 

Please send an email to with the title “Programmes Manager application – First name LAST NAME” and attach a copy of your CV and a cover letter that concisely answers the following questions: 

  • Why are you interested in this role? 
  • How do you meet the essential criteria for this role? Please provide examples. 
  • Which of the desirable criteria do you meet? Please explain. 
  • Where did you see this role advertised? 

You will receive a reply confirming receipt of the application. 

The deadline for applications is the end of 7 April 2024 (23:59 GMT). Successful applicants will be invited for a first interview in mid-April, and the selection process will include an exercise. Participants shortlisted for the role further to this will be invited to a second interview. 

Data protection statement 

Any data collected in the frame of this recruitment process will be used solely for the purpose of processing your application to assess your suitability for this role. The Degrees Initiative will treat all personal information confidentially and in line with the UK GDPR. We rely on the lawful basis of Article 6(1)(b) of the UK GDPR relating to processing that is necessary for the performance of a contract to which the data subject is party or in order to take steps at the request of the data subject prior to entering into a contract. Should your application be successful, the information that you have provided through this recruitment process will also be used to administer your employment. 

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