Associate Director of Programmes & Business Development

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Associate Director of Programmes & Business Development

Responsible to: CEO 

Responsible for: BD and Programmes Team 

Working with: Colleagues across the organisation, external contacts, agencies and donors.

Location: London 

Post: Permanent, Full time 

Salary: Up to £65,000 

RedR and the work we do

RedR UK is an international NGO and learning provider that develops capacity and supports aid workers, organisations, and communities to prepare for and respond effectively to crises within humanitarian, development, and peacebuilding contexts. Our work builds resilience, primarily in low and lower middle-income countries worldwide. We have 40 years’ experience responding to disasters.      

We are an HPass Certified Learning Provider, meaning we meet the Humanitarian Learning Standards. RedR UK is committed to the Humanitarian Charter, the Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross & Red Crescent Movement and NGOs in Disaster Relief and the Core Humanitarian Standard. 

RedR UK has offices in London and Amman and maintains a large pool of highly qualified trainers and experts who go through a rigorous certification and selection process. Our work is overseen and supported by a Board of Trustees with wide experience, in the humanitarian sector and other fields. RedR is a Membership organisation with a global network of 1,800 Members, all of whom are experienced humanitarian professionals.  

We are also part of RedR International, an international federation of organisations that share a common vision and mission. The federation’s vision is a world in which sufficient competent and committed personnel are available and responding to humanitarian needs. Members include RedR UK, RedR Australia, RedR India, RedR Malaysia and RedR Indonesia. 

RedR UK is committed to a strong, positive culture, with benefits for staff and those with whom we work. Our culture is also important to us in terms of our ethic of humanitarian impartiality and neutrality and our compliance with the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) and other professional codes of conduct.  

Our values are vitally important to us as individuals, teams and to RedR UK as a whole. We are committed to a continuous process of strengthening our culture, maintaining the high standards required to work together effectively, and delivering first class advice and service to those with whom we work. 


About this role 

The Associate Director of Programmes & Development will oversee our business development and project delivery for our donors. You will enable the growth of RedR; develop our people, systems and processes; and ensuring the delivery of impactful and meaningful programmes that benefit the most vulnerable.  

The Associate Director of Programmes & Busiess Development will be pivotal in delivering organisational strategy and will develop and deliver operational plans. You will lead a team of committed professionals working on projects that offer engineering in emergencies, climate resilience and adaptation, and humanitarian services. The Associate Director of Programmes will ensure that RedR’s values of Collaboration, Excellence, Lifelong Learning, Integrity and Accountability are woven into everything that RedR does. 

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Business Development and Programme Delivery:

  • Direct, scope and position for opportunities across our pipeline in line with our thematic, client and geographic priorities
  • Continually improve our business development and project delivery standardised tools and processes for bid management, project delivery, and reporting
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues to oversee technical design, recruitment, partnerships, commercials, and compliance in line with best practice. 
  • Develop and deliver RedR UK’s unique value proposition across our programming
  • Deepen existing relationships with donors, agencies, and stakeholders to enhance programme sustainability 
  • Identify and pursue new partnerships and funding opportunities to expand the programme portfolio
  • Engage with key stakeholders to understand their needs and align programme offerings accordingly
  • Implement strategies to enhance RedR UK's reputation and visibility in the humanitarian and development sector, attracting new partners and donors

RedR UK leadership: 

  • Responsible for development and approval of programme strategies, budgets and annual operational plans
  • Lead on change management & strategic initiatives for RedR 
  • Monitor projects to ensure all targets for income generation are met, a surplus is delivered, and reserves grow
  • Manage a process of regular and effective communication and reporting across RedR, where lessons are learned, analysed and applied
  • Represent RedR in external meetings, expert convenings, and with partner networks
  • Work with other RedR organisations to develop the RedR family as a global brand, investigating synergies and economies of scale between the organisations
  • Foster a positive and resilient team culture that embraces and adapts to change, promoting innovation and continuous improvement 
  • Collaborate with the Senior Leadership Team in setting a clear vision and strategy for the Programmes Department
  • Present data-driven insights in SLT meeting meetings to support informed decision-making

Staff Management:

  • Manage collaborative and high performing project teams who work on both business development and project delivery across engineering in emergencies, climate resilience, and humanitarian services 
  • Enshrine best practice HR processes including in recruitment, onboarding, professional development and performance management
  • Ensure that team members have clear links to strategic objectives, operational plans and targets and have a clear sense of their place within RedR 
  • Monitor overall security management of RedR projects to ensure safety of RedR teams
  • Foster collaboration across teams for effectiveness and efficiency, to avoid duplication, achieve a consistent approach and to improve quality  

Quality, learning and impact:

  • Oversee RedR’s global provision of a high and consistent standard of delivery (training, learning, technical support, membership and consultancy) 
  • Oversee RedR’s work to capture, demonstrate and communicate its impact and value for money internally and externally through regular M&E reports and collaboration on similar initiatives within the sector
  • Keep up to date with current issues, challenges and developments in the humanitarian, engineering in emergencies, and climate resilience and adaptation sectors to ensure RedR UK has a clear understanding of sector capacity building needs 

Financial Management: 

  • Maintain a comprehensive and up to date oversight of the financial position of all operations within the Programmes Department 
  • In collaboration with the CEO, compile the annual Programmes Department budget and targets in line with strategic objectives
  • Ensure effective budget monitoring, review and adjustment procedures are in place 
  • Ensure full compliance with financial reporting requirements
  • Foster a culture of cost consciousness and efficiency to optimise project budgets and resources

Perform other duties that may be required by the CEO. 

Could this be you?

We are looking for a candidate with the following qualities:

  • Inspiring and effective leader 

  • Significant humanitarian/international development experience 
  • Demonstrated impact in two or more of the following areas: climate resilience and adaptation; engineering in emergencies; and/or humanitarian services 
  • Outstanding business development and project management skills across donors 
  • Ability to develop collaborative and passionate teams, working effectively with people at all levels  
  • Proven record of high performance 
  • Ability to communicate complex ideas effectively to different stakeholders 
  • Systematic and effective, including an ability to prioritise, manage and deliver 
  • Proactive problem-solving capabilities using a data driven approach 
  • Proactive problem-solving capabilities 
  • Flexible and adaptable approach as part of small organisation  

To Apply

To make your application, please email your CV and cover letter to