Programme Manager: IMF and Finance

9 March 2012 | Recruitment

This leadership role is an exciting opportunity to make a real contribution to influencing international financial institutions so they work for poverty eradication and reducing inequality. This is a great chance to help lead a dynamic and fast-paced networking organisation.

The Bretton Woods Project works with civil society organisations and activists worldwide to monitor, challenge, and change the IMF and World Bank so that their impact on the poorest and most vulnerable is improved. We are looking for an enthusiastic, motivated individual with proven research abilities, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and very strong networking and advocacy experience on top of a strong commitment to social justice, human rights and environmental sustainability. The role will lead our work on IMF policies and the financial sector, meaning strategy and advocacy at the highest possible levels. Please see the full role description below.

  • Location: London, UK
  • Pay: £35,098 – £37,575 per annum plus contributory pension (10% of salary)
  • Permanent contract (with a 6 month probationary period)
  • Closing date: 9 am London time (0800 GMT), Tuesday 24 April 2012
  • We are aiming to have first round interviews Thursday 10 May 2012; with second round interviews, if needed, likely on 17 May 2012
  • Candidates should have the right to work in the UK

Bretton Woods Project job profile: Programme Manager

A. General information

About the Bretton Woods Project

The Bretton Woods Project seeks to challenge the power of the World Bank and the IMF, open policy space and promote alternative approaches. It is a small organisation established in 1995 by a network of UK development and environment non-government organisations (NGOs). The Project acts as an information provider, watchdog, networker and advocate. The Bretton Woods Project is an ActionAid-hosted project. ActionAid is a UK registered charity no: 274467. ActionAid is an equal opportunities employer. We warmly welcome applications from all sections of the community and aim to promote diversity.

Role Purpose

The purpose of this role will be: to manage the project’s work on the IMF and finance. Currently work on policies towards capital account regulation and the IMF role in the European crisis are among the most important issues in the portfolio. This role involves: directing and conducting research; analysis and writing on relevant policy issues; conducting advocacy, including at the highest levels of government and international institutions; strategic planning; writing accessible articles/briefings; facilitating network strengthening; and monitoring international institutions and the role of UK institutions in the IMF and World Bank. The role also involves serving on the management team of the organisation, which makes and implements financial, human resource, and strategic decisions for the Project. The Programme Manager line currently manages one Research Assistant, and may be required to supervise consultants and volunteers.

Key contacts: Internal: Management Team, Research Assistants, Research & Communications Officer, volunteers

Officials in the government and international institutions, including at the highest levels
NGOs in the UK, Europe, US and Southern countries
Researchers at universities and think tanks
Bretton Woods Project Steering Group
Media and journalists

Reporting to: Bretton Woods Project Coordinator
Location: London, UK
Salary and terms: £35,098 – £37,575 (depending on experience) plus 10% contributory pension. Permanent contract with a 6 month probationary period.

B. Key accountabilities

1) Monitoring and information provision (40%)

  • Monitor a set of issue, network and tracking briefs in relation to the World Bank to pull out relevant information, share it with interested partners and other beneficiaries, and investigate further details where necessary;
  • Write articles, briefings and short reports for the Bretton Woods Update and the project website;
  • Ensure effective dissemination of papers and briefings in the IMF and finance programme and assist with editing, proofing, layout and posting/distribution of project publications and website;
  • Research into the interaction between the IMF/World Bank and the UK government and European institutions, including financial support, policy dialogue and influence etc;
  • Communicate our analysis to UK and other networks to raise the profile of selected issues with network participants and flag key opportunities for critical intervention.

2) Network strengthening (25%)

  • Facilitate communications of and share information with the UK-Bretton Woods Institutions network, the European IFI Network, and other issue-based networks;
  • Prepare and facilitate network workshops, and meetings of the networks with UK/European/IFI officials;
  • Maintain and strengthen contacts with UK, European and developing country civil society organisations;
  • Maintain and strengthen contacts with UK, European and developing country governments and officials;
  • Assist partners and colleagues with strategising and working on issue-specific campaigns and cooperate in advocacy efforts;
  • Respond to requests for information.

3) Research and advocacy (25%)

  • Select priority issues for project advocacy and lead advocacy efforts in relation to these, including developing advocacy strategies;
  • Conduct advocacy, with partners when appropriate, at all relevant levels of policy making in the UK, Europe, and internationally, including with ministers and heads of institutions;
  • Support collective advocacy with other partners, including facilitating strategic planning and undertaking coordination work;
  • Direct and/or conduct original research into specific policy issues related to the IMF for use in advocacy;
  • Commission/write longer briefings and papers;
  • Maintain contacts with relevant media and journalists for publicising policy analysis and reform recommendations.

4) Institutional strengthening (10%)

  • Serve on the management team for the organisation;
  • Contribute to strategic planning;
  • Lead relationships with selected key funders (related to the programme portfolio) including liaising with foundations and other funders, writing project proposals, ensuring reporting on project activities;
  • Hire and line manage staff – currently one Research Assistant;
  • Contract and manage consultants, interns and volunteers as required;
  • As part of management team, oversee budgeting and expenditure;
  • Take on responsibility for a range of institutional responsibilities, as required, such as organising strategic planning days and staff evaluations.

C. Role-related knowledge, experience and skills

1) Knowledge


  • Educated to at least postgraduate degree level, or equivalent experience, with knowledge of development and/or international finance issues
  • Some specific study or work-related knowledge of the IFIs


  • In-depth study (or work-related knowledge) of the IMF;
  • Study/knowledge of macroeconomics, and international financial architecture reform.

2) Experience


  • Conducting advocacy with government or international institution officials at the highest levels, and developing advocacy strategies;
  • Researching and producing short briefings and longer papers on development/finance policy issues aimed at various audiences;
  • Working with and coordinating NGO networks;
  • Fundraising and/or reporting.


  • Experience with UK and/ or international NGO networks;
  • Campaigning experience;
  • Familiarity with government institutions working on development finance issues, particularly in the UK;
  • Work experience in a developing country;
  • Line management of other staff.

3) Skills


  • Strong analytical skills and ability to develop sound policy positions;
  • Comfortable with numerical analysis;
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills;
  • Computer literacy to a high level;
  • Taking initiative and ability to take strategic leadership for programme area;
  • Desire and ability to work cooperatively in a small team;
  • Facilitating discussion and coordinating activities in a diverse network;
  • Project management and delivering high quality outputs to agreed schedules.


  • Other languages, especially Spanish and French;
  • IT skills including with contact databases and content management systems;
  • Budgeting and expenditure monitoring.

4) Other essential:

  • Demonstrated commitment to social and environmental justice;
  • Willingness to travel internationally up to six weeks per year.

Application instructions

The deadline for applications is 9 am London time (0800 GMT), Tuesday 24 April 2012. Please read our application instructions very carefully. Regretfully we are a small organisation and cannot deal with individual requests. All the information you need is here and on our website.

After you have submitted your application we ask that you follow this link to fill in our equal opportunities monitoring form. We regret that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. If you have not heard back from us by 11 May 2012, then you have not been shortlisted. We are aiming to hold first round interviews on Thursday 10 May 2012; with second round interviews, if needed, likely to be on 17 May 2012.