Director of International Programmes

Ref: 5795



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Role Managed by:

Sophie Roland

Research Associate

t: +44 (0)20 7340 6267


Primary Practice Group: Social Impact and Environment

Salary & Benefits: The salary is c.£78,000

Closing Date: 23/05/2022

Formal Interview Date: Early-Mid July

CAFOD is looking for a forward-thinking leader who can lead CAFOD’s International Programme Group. You will be a values-driven leader working to promote the dignity and sacredness of all people, bringing hope to poor communities and standing side by side with them to end poverty and injustice.

We are an international development charity and the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. We work with partners across the world, wherever the need is greatest.

We are looking for the next Director of International Programmes who will play a key role in embedding our strategy and approach over the next 10 years. Whether that is supporting local capacity and leadership, addressing the increasing number of complex crises around the world or addressing the long-term causal factors of poverty and environmental destruction.

You will be a leader within and outside the organisation, to help achieve our international mission goals and will proactively engage with CAFOD’s supporter base in England and Wales.

You will be experienced at leading programmes in humanitarian and international development contexts, with the ability to effectively drive future learning and impact. You will be a proven people leader, ensuring that adequate opportunities for learning, development and growth exist for members of the International Programmes team. Finally, you will be a leader of leaders, building strong relationships with other CAFOD’s Executives to understand different team functions and how they relate to International Programmes.

You will also be able to work in a collaborative environment, to understand and embody CAFOD’s purpose, values and culture and will not only lead centrally but through influence to support local agency, leadership and voice. 

To apply below, please submit a CV and covering letter, detailing how you fulfil the role description and personal specification quoting reference 5795. The deadline for applications is 9am BST Monday 23rd May.

As the majority of CAFOD staff are currently UK-based, this post will be based in the UK, but the candidate needs to have a track record of working in diverse contexts. CAFOD champions flexibility and support a wide range of flexible working arrangements including Hybrid Working. The salary is c.£78,000.


Safeguarding at CAFOD: for Children and Vulnerable Adults

CAFOD recognises the personal dignity and rights of children and vulnerable adults, towards whom it has a special responsibility and a duty of care and respect.  CAFOD, and all its staff and volunteers, undertake to do all in our power to create a safe environment for children, young people and vulnerable adults and to prevent their physical, sexual or emotional abuse.  CAFOD is committed to acting at all times in the best interests of children and vulnerable adults, seeing these interests as paramount.  Any candidate offered a job with CAFOD will be expected to adhere to CAFOD’s Safeguarding policy and sign CAFOD’s Code of Behaviour as an appendix to their contract of employment and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these documents. This post involves contact with children, young people and vulnerable adults, or has responsibility for people who will do, and applicants will be subject to specific checks related to safeguarding issues.  If based in the UK the post holder is required to present or obtain a Disclosure from the DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service). 

All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references, and appropriate screening checks can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks. CAFOD also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this Scheme, we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms his/her understanding of, and consent to, these recruitment procedures.

Equal Opportunities:

CAFOD is an equal opportunities employer

Equality and Diversity:

CAFOD is committed to being an anti-racist organisation and are keen to continue to ensure diversity amongst its Executive team. We particularly keen to seek out applications from people of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds.

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