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Vacancy at MannionDaniels: Project Officer

Job description: Project Officer

The MannionDaniels Group works for a more healthy, equitable, inclusive, safe and sustainable world. With companies in the UK, Kenya and Nigeria, we provide advice and support in policy, strategic planning, governance and programme management, with a particular focus on international health and social care. The Company is developing as a recognized international development consultancy in public health and health systems in developing, fragile and emerging states.

As part of our expansion, we are looking to strengthen our International Programmes Unit by recruiting an experienced and full time Project Officer. The Project Officer will provide operational support for the delivery of managing a portfolio of global short term projects across Africa and Asia. The Project Officer will work in close collaboration with the IPU team providing support on the recently awarded DFID funded Health, Nutrition and Education Framework where MannionDaniels is a consortium partner for the health portfolio. The Project Officer will also provide significant support to the growing Public Financial (PFM) Management division.

The role is for an experienced Project Officer with the potential to grow into a Project Manager position.

Key candidate attributes:

This is an exciting time to join MannionDaniels – we are a growing and dynamic company with an exciting and diverse portfolio of projects, donors and staff. We have increasing recognition in the field and strong potential for growth.

The ideal Project Officer candidate will provide operational support to IPU and PFM division by:

  • Responding quickly and professionally to enquiries and requests from clients, partners and consultants
  • Leading in coordinating response to framework call downs including sourcing suitable consultants, negotiating fee rates, reviewing and editing CVs
  • Supporting on business development activities including technical and financial proposal development, specifically supporting work plan and budget development
  • Preparing logistics, duty of care procedures and administration tasks
  • Working closely with project teams to ensure accurate scheduling of activities and allocation of resources;
  • Monitoring and managing budgets in collaboration with Head of IPU;
  • Managing MannionDaniels’ contract tracking systems;
  • Collecting and processing invoices related to consultants
  • Implementing work plans, tracking keys dates and coordinating logistics for project teams;
  • Ensuring MannionDaniels procedures are correctly implemented and documented
  • Implementing procurement systems, including contracting procedure and the development of terms of reference for consultants and sub-contractors
  • Overseeing progress against contractual performance indicators;
  • Working in close collaboration with the Head of Finance and Head of IPU on invoice approval and payments process;
  • Contributing to the growth of the organisation’s consultant database and network of partner organisations, both regionally and internationally.

Person specification:

  • 3+ years’ experience in international development or related field
  • Experience in programme and financial management
  • Organised and efficient in approach to work
  • Good team working and communications skills
  • Ability to work to under-pressure, to tight deadlines with excellent attention to detail
  • Excellent skills in Microsoft Office
  • Previous experience of working on DFID Frameworks desirable
  • Previous experience and knowledge of PFM desirable

This position is based in our offices in Bath in the UK.

Salary and package

Basic Salary range: £24,000 – £28,000 (depending on experience)
Holiday: 25 days per annum
Pension: Employer contribution
Life Insurance: Company Life Insurance scheme
Travel Insurance: Comprehensive travel insurance provided
Location: Bath, UK

To apply:

Please send CV and covering letter to:
Please use the subject line – IPU Project Officer

Closing date:

Friday, 4th November 2016

Click here to download a PDF of the job description.

Futures’ Freedom is a project run by AfriKids and supported by a UK Aid Direct Impact Grant to provide advocacy in the rural Upper East Regions of Northern Ghana, where there is a lack of knowledge surrounding SRHR and harmful practices, including child marriage.

The project targets adolescent girls and young women to educate them about their rights and aims to improve communities’ understanding of SRHR by changing attitudes and behaviours through community development work, talks and education.

AfriKids’ approach is to use tried and tested methods to engage all levels of the community in behaviour change. For example, men and women employed as fieldworkers work with beneficiaries in their own communities and health talks involve women and girls alongside men and boys.

Part of the work of this project is to signpost women and girls to healthcare facilities, such as ante-natal and post-natal care and to educate them on family planning.

Another method used by the project is to set up Adolescent Centres in health facilities where adolescents can speak to health care professionals for non-judgemental, confidential SRHR advice.

Child rights clubs have also been established within schools to educate children about the importance of how to respect, fulfil and value SRHR and what to do if their rights, or the rights of somebody they know, are violated. Discussions at the clubs focus around child marriage, sexual health, consent and teenage pregnancy.

The clubs have proved invaluable for more than 10,000 children, who are members through the AfriKids network, and have stopped many children from dropping out of school.

Gloria’s Story

Gloria, 15, is in her final year of Junior High School in the Talensi district. She is a member of her local Futures’ Freedom club and has ambitions to become a nurse.

Gloria has attended a number of talks on child marriage and preventing teenage pregnancy.

Many girls in Gloria’s school dropped out early due to the impracticality of raising babies alongside their studies. Gloria remarked how she believes that “their lives will not be good for them” as a result.

She described how the talks taught her that adolescents should wait until they are ready to start sexual relationships and this has inspired her to remain focused on her education in order to set a good example to her younger siblings.

Gloria will continue to be a part of the clubs until she finishes high school and thanked AfriKids for “continuing to help young people with their education”.


Gloria, a beneficiary of the AfriKids project and CeCe, a Future’s Freedom fieldworker.

Twitter: @afrikids


Pavitra cares for her son who has epilepsy.  She was previously a migrant labourer; a challenging role, especially given her son’s condition.

Pavitra has been given a goat by Carers Worldwide, an organisation funded by UK Aid Direct, that works in Nepal with local partner, LEADS Nepal.

This is Pavitra with her son and goats.

This is Pavitra with her son and goats.


Carers Worldwide provides support to 1500 unpaid family carers of people living with mental health conditions or epilepsy.

Now Pavitra receives a regular income, allowing her to settle in the village with her son, and to start her own livelihood.

Carers’ tremendous commitment and the critical role that they play in the lives of relatives with mental health conditions are largely unrecognised in Nepal.

Unsupported, they can be isolated and are at a high risk of developing anxiety or depression and physical ailments, as a direct consequence of their caring responsibilities. Many carers are unable to continue their previous employment.

Child carers are frequently forced to drop out of school.

Carers and their families typically live in poverty as a result of loss of income and opportunities.

Carers Worldwide project aims to:

  • strengthen medical and counselling facilities for carers
  • promote mutual support groups
  • set up alternative care and respite arrangements
  • provide livelihoods and opportunities to develop marketable skills
  • highlight the needs of carers
  • advocate for changes in policy and practice

Improving the lives and prospects of carers has a positive effect on the lives of the relatives with mental health conditions for whom they care. The carers are able to provide a better quality of care and the overall increase in wellbeing and security of the household has huge knock-on benefits for the health and wellbeing of the relative living with a mental health condition or epilepsy.

By highlighting the existence and needs of carers across the project area with local government authorities and community organisations, over the last two years Carers Worldwide has:

  • integrated 400 carers into support groups
  • trained 200 local community health volunteers and 64 government health workers to provide appropriate health support
  • established regular counselling services in the community
  • trained and supported over 750 carers in skills and helped them to establish new sustainable livelihoods that can work with their caring responsibilities
  • provided 225 child carers with ongoing support from school authorities, enabling them to return to school
  • raised 44% of project households above the poverty line, compared to 3% at the start of the project
  • registered two Carers Associations and one Carers Cooperative to enable carers to advocate for policy change, and to work with local agencies to ensure sustainability of services established by the project.

To find out more about their work, visit


The pilot, ran by World Vision, was designed to look at the effectiveness of beneficiary feedback mechanisms and the value this could add to the project beneficiaries.

The key areas of the pilot focused on:

  • what worked in the design of feedback mechanisms
  • how feedback could improve programmes
  • what process and investment was required from a grant holder perspective

MAMTA – Health Institute for Mother and Child, an organisation working on improving reproductive, maternal and child health services in two districts of Uttar Pradesh, India, was one of the pilot grant holders to share their experiences and findings from the process, in an online discussion with fellow UK Aid Direct grant holders.

MAMTA's feedback box

MAMTA’s feedback box


MAMTA, who were slightly sceptical initially regarding the feedback pilot, outlined the importance of using sensitivity with the beneficiaries around the process.

They also highlighted the need to match the right approach to the right context.

Following the success of the project however, MAMTA has rolled out further beneficiary feedback mechanisms into their other projects.

To conclude, findings from the pilot showed that:

  • consulting with beneficiaries and using the feedback to adapt programmes meant that the programmes were more responsive to beneficiary needs and were therefore more relevant and effective.
  • The process of giving feedback empowered beneficiaries and made them feel valued.
  • Feedback also supported accountability of both programme and government service providers.

The results and findings from the pilot can be found here in more detail.

Cord are a peacebuilding organisation who have been supported by a UK Aid Direct grant to implement a WASH programme in Burundi providing access to clean drinking water, improved sanitation and health over a three year period.

The Burundi project has impacted over 139,000 people. In this case study, Cord reflect upon the significant factors that contributed to the project’s success and focus on the unintended positive outcomes, which we can draw lessons from for future programmes, particularly those which support peacebuilding objectives in the field of poverty reduction.

A ‘do no harm’ analysis at the project design stage helped shape the programme in a more inclusive and participatory way.

Involving communities in working together to identify the most vulnerable people enabled a discussion which was both impartial and objective. When identifying for example, where to place a water point, communities asked:

‘By placing the water point here, how might it divide our community or how might it connect our community?’

‘Who would benefit most and who would benefit least? How can the maximum number of people benefit?’

Through such discussions, communities decided that everyone should have equal access to WASH facilities, which inspired other community members to build latrines by their own means.

This sense of community responsibility also extended to schoolchildren. Beyond the educational aspects of sanitation and hygiene, communities took on the challenge of improving sanitation conditions within their schools, leading to improved social cohesion and increased latrine usage in general.

The project was structured around community level Water Point Committees and local authority engagement, involving both men and women.

Another key success factor in the project was how decisions were structured around engagement between community level Water Point Committees, consisting of both men and women who managed the water points, and local authorities.

This approach mitigated potential for conflict early on so that challenges could be overcome through regular monitoring and dialogue.

Engaging local authorities had a positive impact beyond expectations. By involving them in joint monitoring activities with the communities, agreeing mutually where water points were located, validating the final list of water points together and holding regular joint reflection sessions, it was possible to learn and adjust the project activities.

Women’s self- esteem increased when they were part of the committees and those who were engaged in construction work reported that they felt more valued by their co-workers. In some instances, women subsequently reported a reduction in domestic violence because of their new role contributing to family income.

In addition to increased self–esteem and more peaceful household relations, gender roles were discussed within communities. This led some women to report that their husbands had become more supportive within the domestic sphere by carrying out tasks traditionally perceived as a women’s role, such as fetching water.

Having more accessible water points meant that young girls were able to attend school more regularly, as fetching water was also previously a role prescribed to them.

Future programmes could build more peacebuilding indicators into the project design

The focus of the Burundi project was a WASH intervention, therefore the peacebuilding and ‘do no harm’ aspect was monitored internally and on a more ad-hoc basis. For future programmes Cord recommend that key indicators, such as improving relationships within the home, decreasing gender-based violence and improving women’s self-esteem could be factored into the project design and donor reporting, regardless of the intervention’s primary focus.

Further general reflections conclude that the peacebuilding model and approach enabled the project to be reflected on in a more transformational way. For example, at the heart of the model was the interconnectedness of the ‘relational space for peace’, a method that Cord seek to support and enable in all contexts in which they work.

Many of the unexpected project outcomes related to this aspect of peacebuilding by creating spaces for dialogue using non-violent communication, resolving conflict through local capacities and building trust and respect to engage whole communities in challenging inequality and injustice together, working towards more peaceful and inclusive societies where all people can flourish.

Cord UK Aid Direct WASH intervention Burundi peacebuilding conflict prevention

The information in this article was compiled by Martina Hunt, Cord Learning Manager

Grant holders who are interested in knowledge-sharing and incorporating peacebuilding and conflict prevention efforts into their work are encouraged to contact Martina: