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International Development Manager/ International Development Delivery Manager/ Senior International Development Manager

Posted: 29 Apr 2020 Closes: 24 May 2020
Exeter, GB Salary DOE
Permanent & Full-time met-office/20200429110106

Dependent on role level. 

Salary will either start at £30,325 with opportunities to progress within the role up to the maximum of £33,260


Salary will start at £36,684 with opportunities to progress within the role up to the maximum of £40,352.


Salary will start at £44,265 with opportunities to progress within the role up to the maximum of £48,912.


The Met Office is a global centre of excellence in weather and climate science, and the United Kingdom’s national weather service.

Our weather and climate services serve a wide range of worldwide customers, including governments, businesses and industries, armed forces, and national meteorological and hydrological services. We draw on our scientific and operational strengths to offer practical advice and specialist consultancies. Our wide range of skills and expertise enables us to support countries around the globe in developing and enhancing their weather and climate services.

The Met Office International Development Team works in partnership with the UK Government, the global meteorological community, national governments, development agencies and NGOs, to promote sustainable development through the delivery of enhanced worldwide weather and climate services. The International Development Team focus our activities in developing countries across Africa and Asia, designing and delivering projects which combine a mix of capacity development, scientific consultancy and technical assistance. We act as a strategic partner to deliver UK government objectives and support countries to develop their own weather and climate capability, policies and services that protect life and property and contribute to sustainable socioeconomic growth. 

Working in the International Development team, you will bring together user needs with the skills and capabilities of the Met Office, contributing to the development, management and delivery of projects and activities that support the International Development strategy and offer.

But why work for us? We recognise the importance of a team with a variety of skills and backgrounds and invest in your personal development to deliver your job to the best of your ability. Our award-winning Headquarters in Exeter is home to amazing facilities and world-class employees to help inspire you and there are plenty of benefits to working for us too, including:
• Annual Leave starting at 27.5 days (+ Bank Holidays) rising to 32.5 days.
• Flexible working hours to promote work/life balance.
• A choice of pension schemes, so you can plan for your future.
• ‘Cycle to work’ scheme to enable affordable, healthy travel.
• Onsite modern, fully functional gym + classes.

Full-time, part-time and job share applications are invited. Though these roles are nominally based at HQ in Exeter, the Met Office is an equal opportunities employer and flexible and home working applications will be considered. There will be a requirement for staff to attend training and induction in Exeter initially for 3-4 days per week.

Additional Supplementary Information:

To apply, please click on the ‘apply’ button below.

Please indicate which level you are applying for.

We are open to applications across the three job levels, from those with intermediate experience (International Development Manager), to those with advanced levels of experience (International Development Delivery Manager) to those with expert levels of experience (Senior International Development Manager). Your skills will be assessed from the application and interview and the level offered will be based on this.

The level expected for each of the criteria listed will depend on the role, you’ll need to meet all the essential criteria, providing some evidence for each and for the higher job level more evidence is expected for each criterion, with examples showing your leadership, autonomy and initiative.

Key Dates: Closing date 24/05/2020 with interviews expected W/C 08/06/2020. Please note that you will be notified if you are successful or unsuccessful.

Should you be offered an interview, please be aware there may be a selection exercise which could include a presentation, written test or a scenario-based activity. If you require any reasonable adjustments during these exercises, please include this information in your application.

At present, all interviews will take place remotely via Skype.

Please note, when joining the Met Office all new employees will start on the salary band minimum.

This role will nominally be based in Exeter but we will consider applicants wishing to work elsewhere within the UK.

This recruitment post is not offering UK Visa and Sponsorship and therefore requires all applicants to be eligible to work within the UK / EU without restriction. If you are a non–EU candidate, you will be required to provide and attach all relevant eligibility documentation to your application at the time of applying.

Please note that successful candidate/s will be required to satisfactorily undergo security clearance checks. This will generally require the candidate to have lived in the UK for at least three out of the last five years, but applicants not meeting this criteria may be considered.

We recognise that Great Minds Don’t Think Alike. Consequently, the Met Office is committed to working towards being a more diverse and inclusive organisation and to valuing and utilising visible and invisible individual differences. This includes continually striving to create a positive and open environment in which to work, along with ensuring that there are no barriers implicit in our policies or procedures preventing people from performing to the best of their ability. We are a “Disability Confident” employer, Mindful Employer, and we hold an Athena Swan Bronze award for our work on gender equality. We are proud to have a variety of staff-led networks who constantly work with us to enable everyone to fulfil their full potential. We are taking measures throughout our Recruitment process to tackle unconscious bias, and we apply the Civil Service Code to ensure that everyone is recruited on merit, fairness and open competition

Job Purpose:

These roles contribute towards the effective delivery of the International Development sector strategy.

Working as a SENIOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT MANAGER you will effectively lead the management and delivery of complex projects and programmes which involves monitoring & evaluation of the quality of outputs as well as tracking and reporting on project / programme performance to both external and internal stakeholders. You will also play a key role in developing and securing future activities through effective key stakeholder management and overseeing the scoping and technical design of projects and programmes. You will manage and motivate project teams and will be required to work independently both in the UK and internationally.

Working as an INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT DELIVERY MANAGER you will manage and motivate a project team to deliver Met Office projects and programmes in the International Development sector, working closely with the relevant Programme and/ or Business Manager. You will deliver future business opportunities through effective stakeholder engagement and contribute to the development of bids/proposals/scopes of work. You will be required to work independently both in the UK and internationally.

Working as an INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT MANAGER you will support the delivery of International Development projects and coordinate project activities such as financial reporting, invoicing, supplier liaison, project activity administration, working closely with the relevant Programme and / or Business Manager and / or Technical Lead. You will contribute to the generation of sustainable revenue streams for the Met Office by supporting bidding and proposal development activity.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Manage the successful delivery of International Development projects and programmes, to build a strong track record with partners and to deliver sustainable revenue.
  • Effectively deliver and monitor programme / project targets, including accurate and timely reporting of progress, finances, risks, benefits, outputs, lessons, sustainability and value for money.
  • Manage stakeholders on behalf of the International Development team, to build effective long-term partnerships and to support delivery of project targets, ensuring relationships and capabilities are maximised.
  • Support the development of a sustainable pipeline, such as through the technical scoping and design of projects and programmes and preparation of bids and proposals, managing inputs from external and internal suppliers.
  • Undertake business improvement activities within the International Development team, including adoption of business processes, systems and reporting, efficiencies, knowledge management and sharing of lessons and best practice.
  • Lead the development of one or more market offer areas, capabilities or processes.

Essential Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:

  1. Project / programme management skills and evidence of managing projects, including project resources, finances, risks and benefits, as well as evidence of working on project delivery in an international context.
  2. Strong stakeholder engagement skills including the ability to understand and gather evidence on customer, organisation, stakeholder and user needs.
  3. Self-motivated, proactive and driven individual who is able to work both independently and autonomously, but also as part of a team.
  4. Excellent communication (oral and written), including influencing and negotiation skills.
  5. Ability to adapt the approach, service or offer to meet customer needs, maximise efficiencies and build on lessons learnt.
  6. Strong analytical skills, underpinned with sound judgement under pressure, and the ability to identify solutions to address project delivery risks and issues.
  7. Willingness to travel to developing countries, with a strong understanding of working overseas and in different cultural settings.

Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:

  1. Knowledge of the development sector/ NGOs and challenges facing developing countries.
  2. A good understanding of Met Office capabilities across a range of sectors and timescales.
  3. Experience in consultancy i.e. the application of Met Office capability to fulfil customer needs.

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