Programmes Officer (National Committee Capacity Building)
Job Title: Programmes Officer (National Committee Capacity Building)
Basis of Appointment: Full Time (38.5 hours)
Reporting to: Programmes Coordinator or Senior Programmes Officer
Salary: GBP 28,000 p.a. (London) or EUR 40,000 p.a. (Berlin)
Changing the world takes passion and dedication
Isn’t it time that your passion and dedication be channelled towards a career and community that genuinely change lives?
- want to transform your own life by transforming the lives of others
- crave a career that creates opportunity for others
- desire to make dreams come true for those who never thought it possible
- know that education is the foundation from which we can change the world
- believe that today’s young people can transform tomorrow
- strive for world peace and global sustainability
- dare to dream
...then a career with UWC could be the change you need.
UWC is a global family of schools with a powerful difference. With a shared goal of working towards global peace and sustainability, we bring together young people from around the world to study in one of our eighteen schools on four continents. There they don’t just learn how to be great at passing exams. They learn how to communicate across cultural boundaries. They develop the skills to be a changemaker. They design and engage in initiatives that transform their lives and the lives of those around them for the better. And they stay a “UWC-er” for life, becoming part of a global community of almost 60,000 changemakers transforming the lives of others.
One of the things that makes us the most proud is our network of over 4,000 dedicated volunteers, who make up the UWC national committees in charge of finding and selecting students in more than 150 countries worldwide. Our national committee volunteers - UWC alumni, parents of UWC students or alumni, education professionals and community leaders who believe in UWC’s mission - make it possible to seek out the most promising and diverse students in each country, with over 80% of students selected by UWC national committees receiving a scholarship.
Do you want to help us support our UWC national committees and make sure many more young people get this life-changing opportunity?
Working with us will inspire and challenge you
Driving a mission to make the UWC experience available to tomorrow’s changemakers, irrespective of their background, beliefs and economic means demands colleagues with passion and dedication, and a talent for transformation. Our students go on to become leaders in politics, NGOs, social enterprises, community movements, charities, and business. For life, they remain dedicated to the UWC mission and many of them remain in close contact with us, their school, and their peers.
This is what fuels us at the UWC International Office. We are based in London and Berlin, and we are the executive arm of UWC International, a registered charity in the United Kingdom and Germany. We collaborate closely with all stakeholders from across the UWC movement, including our volunteers and almost 60,000 alumni, and we serve UWC International’s governance bodies.
Are you our new Programmes Officer (National Committee Capacity Building)?
Right now, we are searching for a Programmes Officer to join the Programmes Team at UWC International.
In this role, you will be supporting the capacity building of UWC national committees by implementing and managing systems and processes that help strengthen and develop their operations. You will make recommendations for streamlining processes and practices, and will oversee their implementation. You will also help with developing and reviewing policies and procedures relating not only to UWC national committees, but also UWC schools and short courses; you will respond to concerns and opportunities, and you will deal with enquiries relating to these stakeholders. Additionally, as our new Programmes Officer, you will be responsible for supporting established short courses and summer programmes across UWC, and will be a reference point for any UWC national committees, schools and other relevant stakeholders with regards to the UWC offer system, admissions process and policies.
This is a full-time position based either in London, United Kingdom, or Berlin, Germany, though some travel abroad will be required from time to time. If this sounds like the role to make you leap from bed every day, then read on for further details.
- Function as one of two “go to” people at the UWC International Office for UWC national committee capacity building programmes
- Support the further development of national committee capacity building programmes
- Monitor and evaluate relevant policies, processes and programmes, for example by gathering and analysing data
- Collaborate with colleagues, contractors and volunteers in delivering national committee capacity building programmes, tools and processes, troubleshooting proactively
- Support the Programmes Coordinator or Senior Officer in working with the Committee of the National Committees (CNC) and the UWC International Board, including preparing information and data
- Support new staff and volunteers at national committees who participate in national committee capacity building
- Travel in support of the objectives of the role (approximately six times a year)
- Perform other duties as assigned by the Senior Officer and the Head of Programmes
Essential skills required
- Delivery of multi-stakeholder programmes
- Working with volunteers
- Working effectively with globally dispersed colleagues, volunteers and stakeholders
- Ability to plan and drive forward several distinct workstreams and meeting deadlines
- Administering and explaining policies and processes
- Working effectively on own initiative and without administrative support
- Working in the UWC system or other international educational setting
- Tact and cross-cultural sensitivity
- Communicating well, verbally and in written form, also with those who do not have English as a first language
- Excellent attention to detail
- Ability to think and work methodically
- Ability to work in a team and across teams
- Data analysis, report writing and note taking
- Ability and willingness to travel
- Experience of working in a fast-paced client-focused environment while maintaining flexibility and resilience to deal with challenges calmly and constructively
- Ability to use Microsoft Office, Google and other resources as well as data visualisation applications and databases effectively and efficiently
- Ability to learn and adapt quickly
- Negotiation skills
- Presentation and training skills
- Managing interns and volunteers
- Start-up experience
- Experience of working with confidential information, records or data and attention to detail including meticulous record keeping
- Experience of working in education, NGOs or international organisations
It is expected that the job holder will travel to UWC schools. For that reason a basic DBS check (disclosure barring statement) or international equivalent will be required before any job offer is made.
Anyone who applies to work at UWC International in London or Berlin must have a work visa before starting employment, in compliance with the relevant immigration rules. UWC International might be able to sponsor individuals for work visas. If you need a work visa please make that clear in your application. We place the highest value on diversity and will do our best to support your visa and work permit application, but cannot give any assurance of success to those applying without current ability to work within the UK or EU.
UWC places deliberate diversity at the heart of our educational model because of its critical importance in our mission ‘to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future’.
At the UWC International Office, we believe this commitment to deliberate diversity must be reflected within our team, organisational practices, policies and culture. We recognise people with different backgrounds, skills, attitudes and experiences bring fresh ideas and perceptions, and we encourage and leverage these differences to make our work more relevant and approachable.
We will not discriminate or tolerate discriminatory behaviour on any grounds such as, but not limited to, race, gender, disability, nationality, national or ethnic origin, religion or belief, marital/partnership or family status, sexual orientation, age or socioeconomic background.
We strive to be an inclusive workplace where everyone feels a sense of belonging, has a voice, can raise concerns, and feels comfortable and confident. We expect everyone who works with us to share this commitment and to act accordingly, as we aspire to best serve the UWC mission and our global community. It is an ongoing journey and we welcome all those who are ready to travel with us.
Applications Process and Deadline
Please send your CV and covering letter in English (each of a maximum of 2 pages) that relates your experience to the requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also indicate how you heard about this role. In your application, please also provide the name, roles and contact details of two referees. We will not contact them without letting you know.
Please note that applications without a cover letter will not be considered.