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Vacancy for Chief Programmes Officer /

We are seeking an outstanding and highly ambitious individual to join our Executive Team to drive the next stage of our growth. Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Programmes Officer will lead, invigorate and develop business growth and programme delivery. You will have responsibility for the overall leadership, development, planning and delivery of the strategic direction of the Health and Humanitarian function and our USA office working closely with our Washington team. You will be a compelling thought leader and will represent Crown Agents to governments, donors, partners, the international development community, and other stakeholders.

This role offers a unique opportunity for an individual with a genuine passion to bring lasting change all over the world, and across a multitude of disciplines. You will demonstrate significant experience of strategic and operational leadership internationally, and leading teams to win and deliver large scale programmes. You will have excellent interpersonal skills, a strong network and a proven track record of building impactful relationships across a range of stakeholders. Crucially, you will bring drive, agility, ambition and strong commercial acumen and, most importantly, will be demonstrably aligned with our mission.

For over 188 years, we have worked where the world’s greatest needs and the greatest challenges converge.  Do you thrive on leading teams to build innovative and sustainable programmes that deliver at scale?  If you do and you enshrine our values of courage and authenticity then we would love to hear from you.  

To apply, please submit a CV and covering letter, detailing how you fulfil the role description and personal specification to:                                                                                                                         , quoting reference 5030.

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The deadline for applications is 9am on Tuesday 6th April 2021 BST

The role can be based globally.  We would expect someone based outside of the UK to have an initial period of time at the London HQ for orientation. The salary is competitive with the market rate and commensurate with the seniority of the appointment.

Crown Agents is committed to diversity and will promote diversity for all candidates at all times as well as a business culture that reflects that belief. Crown Agents will treat everyone equally irrespective of race, religion, colour, sex, age, national origin, disability or sexual orientation, and places an obligation upon all staff to respect and act in accordance with the policy. Crown Agents shall not discriminate unlawfully when deciding which candidates are selected for interview, or in any terms of employment, and will ensure that each candidate is assessed only in accordance with their merits, qualifications and abilities to perform the role. Crown Agents is committed to being an organisation enhanced by diversity and encourages applications from anyone who shares our values and commitment to improving the lives of communities affected by poverty or conflict.

About Crown Agents

A unique not for profit International Development organisation, Crown Agents designs and manages large programmes and projects to accelerate self-sufficiency and prosperity around the world reaching 36 million people a year in over 60 countries. We work in partnership with our clients to design and implement practical solutions to their needs. We tackle the complex challenges they face, whether that’s seeking to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), improving the quality of life and opportunities for their citizens, or responding to the needs of a global pandemic, such as our COVID19 response through our Procurement, Inspections, Freight forwarding and programming capabilities.