Senior Programme Officer, Chevening

£33,467 - £39,229 pro rata (£16,733.50 and £19,614.40 per annum based on 17.5 hours per week) 

Permanent | Part time job share (Wednesday pm, Thursday and Friday expected working days)  | London WC1H

The Chevening Secretariat, based at the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), seeks a part time professional and experienced Senior Programme Officer UK to manage its team of Programme Officers UK.

Chevening is the global scholarship programme of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). Established in 1983, each year Chevening scholarships support Master's-level study at UK universities for around 1700 individuals, who come to the UK from most regions of the world. It brings established and emerging leaders to the UK for transformational educational experiences of up to one year.

The Senior Programme Officer UK (SPOUK), is a key member of the Chevening Secretariat team and will, along with two other SPOUKs, manage a busy team of twelve Programme Officers UK. The SPOUK ensures that the team provides an excellent standard of service to scholars through the professional and timely administration of awards and the development of enrichment opportunities.

In addition to the primary task of effective people management, with delegation, team development and monitoring performance all being of paramount importance, the role also involves managing a small portfolio of host institutions and the scholars that attend them.

Each SPOUK takes a lead on a specialist area, though they are required to have sufficient working knowledge of the other areas to be able to provide cover and support the work of the wider team. The SPOUK posts lead on the management of complex administrative processes using a scholar database system, the implementation of the engagement strategy, with events designed and delivered by Programme Officers, managing Chevening’s university partnership awards, including promoting, negotiating and implementing partnership opportunities and coordinating the partner award selection process. The areas you will be responsible for will be discussed further at the interview.

You will be required to work closely with the Programme Manager UK on continual policy and procedural development, with a view to improving services and the efficiency of their delivery.

As Senior Programme Officer UK, your responsibilities will also include:

• Participating in the design and delivery of annual scholar orientation and farewell events, and the annual partnerships reception
• Updating internal policy documentation and manuals as well as external facing documentation such as terms and conditions and pre-departure material, and assisting in the drafting of detailed student regulations and award documents.

Some of the skills you need to be able to demonstrate include:

• People and time management, including skills in delegation, team development and monitoring performance
• Excellent written and oral communication skills, including writing for and understanding of different audiences and sensitivity for different cultural contexts
• Exceptional organisational skills and acute attention to detail.

Benefits include 31 days holiday per year pro rata (including 4 Christmas closure days) plus pro rata bank holidays, competitive pension scheme (10% employer contribution and 5% employee contribution), season ticket loan, childcare voucher scheme and excellent support for learning and development.

As Senior Programme Officer UK you will be employed by ACU Trading Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of the ACU.

Please see for further information about the scholarships programme.

At the ACU, we welcome and encourage applications from everyone regardless of gender, race, religion, marital status, disability, age, and sexual orientation.

How to apply

Closing date: 22 July 2019

Interview date: 31 July 2019

Start date: October 1 2019

Job profile
Application form
Equality and Diversity Monitoring form

Applicants should submit their application form, a current CV and a detailed covering letter (maximum two-pages). The covering letter must state what you can bring to the post and how you meet all the criteria of the role. Please also provide your current salary.

Applicants should also complete the Equality and Diversity Monitoring form.

Please send the application form, covering letter, CV and completed Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form to by 12.00 noon (BST), 22 July 2019 . Please indicate in the subject line of your email that you are applying for the post of Senior Programme Officer UK (Chevening), Applicants may address the covering letter to the HR Manager.

Please note, if we do not receive a completed application form, we will be unable to consider your application.