Programme Officer, Asia

Based in Victoria, London
Permanent, Full Time contract
Salary range: £21,889 – £27,902
Flexible working available
Membership of the Principal Civil Service Pension’s defined benefit scheme – up to 20% employer contributions available

Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) is an independent foundation sponsored by the Foreign and Commonwealth (FCO) and the Department for International Development (DFID) of the United Kingdom specialising in parliamentary strengthening and political party development.  It does this primarily by supporting the development of parliaments, political party structures and civil society organisations.

Established in 1992, WFD has supported transitions to democracy in central and Eastern Europe, strengthened multi-party democracies in Africa, and extended its work to Asia and Middle East and North Africa.  In 2017, the organization celebrates its 25th anniversary – a year in which it’s set to greatly increase its role and impact as a world leader in supporting the development of democracy.  For more information, please visit

Main Purpose of the Role

The primary responsibility of the Programme Officer is to support the delivery of WFD’s programmes in the Asia region under the guidance of the Senior Programme Manager.

The Programme Officer will play an important and vital role within the team, providing efficient coordination, administrative and financial support. This is to ensure the implementation of projects and programmes meet the highest standards.

The Programme Officer will be expected to perform a variety of tasks and work in all phases of a project, from its early stages to completion. The post holder will undertake prepare programme documents, draft narratives and develop activity based budgets to contribute to the preparation of new bids. The Programme Officer will also support the field management team.

This role is responsible for the accurate, efficient and timely management of financial and administrative procedures and for ensuring excellent communication and co-ordination of these requirements with stakeholders. The post holder will need to be highly organised and efficient, a competent keeper of financial figures with strong attention to detail, and will be an excellent user of IT within the team.

The successful candidate will have the following skills and experience:

• Educated to degree level with at least two years’ work experience in programme development environment and financial management

• Excellent track record of developing activity based budgets, ability to track expenditure and be able to apply value for money principles

• Good knowledge  of project/programme management systems including monitoring and evaluation tools (eg., Logframes)

• Experience of, and excellent abilities in, financial administration including management of cash flows and sizeable budgets (planning, monitoring and reporting)

• Experience of drafting programme writing for a variety of beneficiaries

• Knowledge and/or experience of working on programmes in/relating to the relevant region

This is a UK based role and therefore the successful candidate must have eligibility to work in the UK.

Please note this statement is for information only and does not form part of a contract.

The appointment will be made on merit on the basis of fair and open competition.

How to apply

If interested in this role send your CV and cover letter to by 23:59 (GMT) 17th December 2017. Please briefly state in your cover letter your motivation for applying for the role and the relevant skills and experience you would bring to this post. For more information, please download the job description and candidate guidance notes.


Please note: Due to the volume of applications we receive, only shortlisted candidates will be notified.