Programme Manager

When you hear about The Donkey Sanctuary, your initial instinct might be to think of our wonderful work to rescue, rehome and care for donkeys across the UK. But there is much more to our charity than meets the eye.

One of the UK’s largest animal charities and the largest equine charity working internationally, our work reaches donkeys and mules in dozens of countries through direct community-based interventions to advocacy and campaigns. There are an estimated 50 million donkeys and mules worldwide and most are working to support people in some of the more marginalised communities in the world. Donkey welfare represents access to water, livelihoods, education, women’s empowerment, as well as strengthening resilience in times of disaster.

Our Global Programmes team is looking for two full time Programme Managers to lead two key pieces of work:

In recent years, donkeys are being seen as production animals on a rapidly increasing scale. Whether for meat, milk, skins or other parts, we are concerned about both the welfare of the donkeys caught up in these trades, the people who rely on them, and the potential for both ‘false farms’ and intensive farming. We are looking for a programme manager to target the welfare of production donkeys, focussing immediately on the global trade in donkey skins through lobbying in source countries, projects to directly ease suffering and working with consumers and the industry. You will lead projects of work to understand and address welfare concerns as well as advocate for changes in policies and laws where needed.

In other areas, working donkeys and mules are facing severely compromised welfare in brick kilns, quarries and mines across the world. It is impossible to isolate this suffering from the compromised welfare of the people working alongside the animals, or from the environmental consequences of some of these industries. We are looking for a programme manager to target the welfare of donkeys and mules in industry, focussing immediately on the brick kilns of Nepal. Your expertise in networking and advocacy will bring partners from the animal welfare, human labour and environmental sectors together to work on the issues holistically. Your strong project management background will be essential to identify issues, plan and develop on-going projects to improve welfare and then to scale up what is learnt.

Reporting to the Head of Programmes and guided by programmatic steering groups, both roles will work closely with multi-disciplinary teams based in various locations throughout the world. These appointments therefore require experienced, innovative managers and leaders who understands the complex remit, the sensitivities of international work, and strategies for advocacy, project work and campaigning in various cultural contexts.

As well as demonstrable experience in managing complex international projects and distance management, you will have experience of working with programmes in a development context as well as excellent communication skills and an ability to work with people at all levels.

Due to the cross-functional nature of these roles, these positions would ideally be based in Sidmouth but flexibility can be considered for the right candidate. Some travel to international projects will be required.

To apply for this role please send your CV and a covering letter to  outlining your skills and experience and how these match the essential criteria listed in the job description.

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