Role Purpose

GDI Hub’s Head of Programmes will provide strategic operational programme leadership across all GDI Hub initiatives. They will develop and manage a programme reporting regime (capable of satisfying strict grant-funding body requirements), produce detailed and robust management information and be responsible for managing impact across all programmes.

GDI Hub CIC is a relatively new, not-for-profit organization, located within University College London (UCL) that has undergone a period of significant growth. GDI Hub CIC currently leads a large £19.8m programme (AT2030) and is also engaged in approximately 10 other significant research, consultancy and education projects with voluntary, academic and private sector partners resulting in a combined annual turnover of approximately £4m. AT2030 is a DFID funded, global programme with multiple strands of work being delivered by a variety of delivery partners across more than 15 countries. The complexity, as well as the potential for strategic impact, of the AT2030 programme is typical of the type of activity GDI Hub regularly undertakes.

The post holder will lead on the implementation of programme management processes and procedures and will dictate how GDI Hub’s expanding project portfolio is managed into the future. They will ensure all GDI Hub projects are managed in a structured and rigorous fashion reporting on project progress and impact, highlighting and helping to resolve issues, risks and concerns.

Maximising the efficiency of online tools (Microsoft Office 365), the Head of Programmes will establish GDI Hub’s digital programme management approach to ensure a consistent and rigorous approach is being implemented and operational impact is being delivered.

The post holder will work closely with the Operations Manager (who leads on all contractual, legal and financial management) and have line management responsibility for GDI Hub project managers as required. The post reports to the Director of Operations with regular reporting to the GDI Hub Directors and Board.

There is an opportunity here for the role holder to have a real impact to shape the way GDI Hub manages, runs and delivers projects in consultation with GDI Hub Directors and senior staff. The current GDI Hub project portfolio is rich and diverse representing both exciting opportunities and challenges. We are looking for a post holder who will be enthusiastic about making this run smoothly to help drive the best possible impact from investment. Applicants should have good experience in the field and be able to demonstrate their willingness to strive for the very best results for our organisation and therefore our partners and beneficiaries.

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