Technical Director

Ref: 5833

Social Development Direct


Role Managed by:

Sophie Roland

Research Associate

t: +44 (0)20 7340 6267


Primary Practice Group: Social Impact and Environment

Salary & Benefits: £90K-£100K

Closing Date: 30/06/2022

Formal Interview Date: Early and Mid-August

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Putting social inclusion, equality and human rights at the centre
of the development process.

Social Development Direct (SDDirect) is a leading provider of high-quality, innovative and expert social development assistance and research services. We work to build inclusive societies in which all women, men, girls and boys and people of all gender and identities are valued and empowered to make choices about their own development.

As a specialist firm, we offer in-depth thematic expertise in safeguarding; gender-based violence prevention and response; equal education; governance and inclusive societies; green economies and infrastructure and digital, amongst others. We have a 20 year track record of providing high quality services, including technical advice and support, research, development assistance programme design, delivery and management, monitoring and evaluation. Our clients are leading international bilateral and multilateral development agencies, INGOs and Foundations. We are a medium-sized social enterprise, wholly owned by Plan International UK, with a global track record in over 50 countries.

SDDirect is seeking to appoint two Co-Technical Directors to provide strategic and operational leadership across our gender equality and social inclusion portfolios, and to work closely with colleagues in our business development and programmes teams to continue to grow our reach and impact. Reporting to the Managing Director of SDDirect, these are senior executive roles in one of the UK’s leading international consultancy and research organisations in the field of social development, a cutting edge and growing international social enterprise.

This role offers a unique opportunity for two leaders with complementary expertise and strong management experience to play a pivotal role in ensuring that SDDirect remains at the forefront of practice within its areas of expertise and maintains its reputation for technical excellence. They will provide strategic, technical and operational leadership to the expanding technical team. They will engage in direct delivery of programmes and contracts, as well as being members of the company’s senior management group, and attending the Board on a rotating basis. 

The Technical Directors will be recognised leaders in their area of gender equality and/or social development. We are particularly seeking candidates with extensive technical and managerial experience and expertise in our key portfolio areas: green economies and infrastructure, equal education, governance and inclusive societies, gender and conflict, GBV prevention and response, safeguarding, and gender sensitive research and evaluation.

All candidates must have a demonstrated commitment to gender and social inclusion, feminist leadership principles, and SDDirect’s values.

To apply or to download further information on the required qualifications, skills and experience for the role, please see below, quoting reference 5833.

The deadline for applications is 9am BST on Thursday 30th June 2022.

The role will be based in London, UK and the salary is 90-100k. Employees are eligible for our bonus scheme for up to 10% of salary based on company performance.

We will offer relocation and visa sponsorship for the right candidate.

We operate on a hybrid working basis with a combination of in-office collaboration time and support for flexible and remote working/working from home. We are a values-driven, collaborative organisation. We achieve high levels of staff satisfaction in annual surveys and provide ongoing support for internal employee-led social and workplace initiatives, including a staff representative forum. 

We are committed to creating a safe, diverse, and inclusive workplace and are actively seeking to expand our pool of talent from communities which are currently under-represented within the organisation, particularly at senior levels.

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