Job opportunity: hiring a new Programmes Officer

Programmes Officer role

Duration: Initial 12-month contract, with a view to becoming permanent (Full-time position)

Salary:  £30,000-35,000 p.a. (based on profile and experience)

Location: Remote within the United Kingdom

Application deadline: 12 January 2024 (23:59 GMT)

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

Job description

The Degrees Initiative is seeking a Programmes Officer to be a part of a small 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 modification (SRM) climate engineering, a controversial proposal for reducing some of the impacts of climate change. The Degrees Initiative 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 it has been operating for ten years as the Solar Radiation Management Governance Initiative (SRMGI) and its work has received widespread acclaim.

Degrees’ programmatic work is centred on capacity-building through research grants and North–South and South-South collaboration schemes, outreach activities, and cross-cutting community-building. As part of this, Degrees runs workshops in the Global South that bring new voices into the SRM conversation, and our research funds support scientists and other experts in developing countries as they research what SRM could mean for their regions and become part of a global research community. Since 2018 the Degrees Modelling Fund has supported the first SRM impact analysis modelling research projects in South America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States. In 2023 we launched the Degrees Socio-Political Fund, the first ever programme of grants specifically for social science researchers in the Global South to study the social and political dimensions of SRM.

The Degrees Initiative has been steadily growing since becoming a charity, and plans to expand with ambition. Over the next few years, Degrees will offer grants to research teams in new countries and new disciplines, support the current teams as they develop into regional leaders, and keep building a well-connected global community of experts. All of this work comes in service of Degrees’ long-term goal: changing the environment in which decisions about SRM will be made, ensuring informed and confident representation from the climate-vulnerable countries of the Global South.

The Programmes Officer role offers a fantastic opportunity for the right candidate to help scale up the organisation’s work building on the enormous successes of the last decade, and to help the most climate-vulnerable countries make their own minds up about SRM.

Job purpose

Over the next year, the Degrees Initiative will keep expanding its programmatic work around the world and prepare for the next phase of its scale up, including onboarding and management of the new Socio-Political Fund grants. Joining a growing team, the Programmes Officer will play a central role in all of this. They will be expected to hit the ground running and, as part of our small team, will work flexibly across a range of projects to help run, improve and scale up the charity’s programmatic activities.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Being the first point of contact for our grantees and stakeholders, including volunteer research collaborators;
  • Grant management, including onboarding and ongoing administrative support for the Degrees Research Funds grantees;
  • Supporting the monitoring, evaluation and learning process in relation to programmatic activities – in particular grants;
  • Organisation of events with possible occasional international travel;
  • Helping build and improve internal processes as the charity scales up;
  • General administrative support as needed, including: financial administrative support for grants and programmatic events, note-taking, organising travel, inputs to communications, working with Degrees’ senior management, board, volunteers, and partners;
  • If possible, occasional scientific support to the teams, for example, helping them obtain the modelling data they need;
  • Additional duties as required to help run the charity and increase its positive impact.
Candidate profile

We are seeking a dynamic self-starter based in the UK, with experience in research grant management, climate change and/or development. As Degrees is still operating as a relatively small team, the successful candidate will be flexible and motivated – prepared to turn their hand to whatever needs doing to deliver Degrees’ programme of work.

Essential: 

  • A degree in a relevant subject, preferably at master’s level;
  • An understanding of climate change science and associated development challenges;
  • Strong organisation and project management skills;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills;
  • Good analytical skills with an ability to distil key messages from complex information;
  • Strong digital skills;
  • An ability to multitask, to set and deliver on priorities, and to work under pressure;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work with people of all levels and backgrounds; 
  • Comfortable working in a dynamic, remote start-up environment;
  • Ability to travel overseas for up to a week per visit as required;
  • A commitment to the mission and values of the Degrees Initiative;
  • Legal right to work in the UK.

Desirable:

  • A degree in environmental science, for example in atmospheric sciences, oceanography, or other relevant disciplines having regard to the type of projects funded by the initiative;
  • Advanced digital skills, such as with spreadsheets’ more specialised features, CRM systems, databases, data analytics, Cognito Forms, or WordPress;
  • Additional language(s);
  • Experience in event organisation, workshop facilitation, grant administration, impact monitoring and evaluation, and/or budgeting and financial management.

For more information on this exciting opportunity, please contact us at jobs@degrees.ngo

To apply

Please send an email to jobs@degrees.ngo with the title “Programmes Officer 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 working for the Degrees Initiative?
  • Why are you interested in this role?
  • Do you meet the essential criteria for this role? Please explain with examples.
  • Do you meet any desirable criteria for this role? If so, please explain.
  • Further, can you tell us where you saw this role advertised please?

You will receive a reply confirming receipt of the application.

The deadline for applications is the end of 12 January 2024 (23:59 GMT). Successful applicants will be invited for a first interview in January, and the selection process will include an exercise. Participants shortlisted for the role further to this will likely be invited to a second interview ahead of the successful candidate being chosen.

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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