Appointment of Programme Manager People/Livelihoods (Refugee Livelihoods)

Ref: 7330

IKEA Foundation

Based at the Foundation’s office in Leiden, the Netherlands.

Apply Now

Role coordinated by:

Erik Hafner

Research Associate

t: +31 202 404 379


Primary Practice Group: Social Impact and Environment

Salary & Benefits: The salary is commensurate with the seniority of the appointment.

Closing Date: 14/06/2024

Appointment of Programme Manager People/Livelihoods (Refugee Livelihoods)

Our vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people.

The IKEA Foundation is a strategic philanthropy that focuses its grant making efforts on tackling poverty and climate change. Together with more than 140 partners, we work to improve family incomes and protect the planet. Recognising the inequalities that underpin poverty on the one hand and climate change on the other hand, we aim to transform systems and build evidence of what works.

The IKEA Foundation is seeking an experienced Programme Manager for our People pillar with a focus on refugee livelihoods to strengthen the team.

The Programme Manager – People/Livelihoods is responsible for co-developing and managing grants in the People pillar of the IKEA Foundation, with a particular focus on refugee-livelihoods initiatives.  Together with the broader team at the IKEA Foundation, the Programme Manager plays a leading role in operationalizing programme strategies into impactful funding partnerships that fulfil the mission and vision of the IKEA Foundation, and are underpinned by responsible and effective spending of available funding.  

The IKEA Foundation is seeking an individual with a proven track record in working on topics related to livelihoods in refugee and displacement contexts with a strong affinity to the broader themes of the IKEA Foundation, in particular agriculture, renewable energy, or green entrepreneurship.  Prior professional experience in developing/managing partnerships in the development-humanitarian nexus is an advantage. The successful candidate should have proven project management experience, strong relationship management skills, a good understanding of the philanthropic sector and be a collaborative team player. Above all, they will demonstrate a strong commitment to the vision, mission and values of the IKEA Foundation.

Applicants with lived experience of forced displacement are highly encouraged to apply.

As Programme Manager, you will be part of a small but enthusiastic team of people committed to making a difference. You will report to the Head of Portfolio, Refugee Livelihoods. You will also work closely with the team’s support functions in Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Grant Operations and Communications. The position is 38 hours, based at the Foundation’s office in Leiden, the Netherlands.

To Apply

To apply, please upload an up-to-date curriculum vitae (including comprehensive details of key achievements and responsibilities) along with a cover letter of application addressing the person specification at, quoting reference number 7330. Informal enquiries can be directed to Erik Hafner at

The deadline for applications is Friday 14th June 2024 at 09.00 CEST.

Perrett Laver will conduct an executive search process in parallel with the public advertisement of the role. Longlisted candidates will be invited to interview with Perrett Laver week commencing the 24th of June and the 1st of July. The Selection Panel will subsequently meet to decide upon a final shortlist followed by informal meetings with the IKEA Foundation and then subsequent formal interviews. The first round of interviews will take place on Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th of July. The second round interviews will take place the week commencing 22nd July.

A pre-employment screening as well as an online assessment will be part of the application process. 

Data Protection

Protecting your personal data is of the utmost importance to Perrett Laver and we take this responsibility very seriously. Any information obtained by our trading divisions is held and processed in accordance with the relevant data protection legislation. The data you provide us with is securely stored on our computerised database and transferred to our clients for the purposes of presenting you as a candidate and/or considering your suitability for a role you have registered interest in.

As defined under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Perrett Laver is a Data Controller and a Data Processor, and our legal basis for processing your personal data is ‘Legitimate Interest’. For more information about this, your rights, and our approach to Data Protection and Privacy, please visit our website