Global Programes Manager – The Gold Standard

The Gold Standard Foundation is a leading certification organisation for projects that deliver sustainable development. We currently have a vacancy for a Manager for our Global Programmes. The key objective of the role is to act as the central point for a range of the Foundation’s technical and project delivery activities.
Position summary
The Global Programmes Manager role at The Gold Standard Foundation covers:

  • Coordinating, managing and providing technical and administrative support for the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)
  • Coordinating and managing programmes of externally funded projects
  • Representing The Gold Standard Foundation at external events and providing briefing notes / feedback to senior management on the outcomes

Detailed position requirements

  • Provide operational and administrative support to The Gold Standard Foundation’s TAC including:
  • Arranging, initiating and attending meetings of the TAC (including the TAC Alignment Group and TAC working groups)
  • Preparing / coordinating background research material for the TAC Alignment Group
  • Preparing meeting agendas, taking and circulating minutes of meetings
  • Following up with TAC members and other stakeholders in relation to matters raised in TAC  meetings
  • Identifying and following up on cross-­‐sectoral issues with relevant Technical Directors, and reporting between the TAC Alignment Group and management
  • Providing technical and administrative support for developing new scope areas
  • Arranging and attending the annual in-­‐person TAC meeting
  • Coordinating the recruitment of new TAC members
  • Updating the Foundation’s website with TAC-­‐related information
  • Manage programmes delivered under externally funded grants including:
  • Preparing and monitoring project and organisational budgets, schedules, planning and reporting in accordance with agreed terms of reference
  • Communicating and applying project standards to team members
  • Managing resources in accordance with project schedule to ensure on time and on budget delivery
  • Producing or helping finalise written material to meet grant or business conditions, including project documents, reports, correspondence etc
  • Providing support and input to proposals and tenders for new grant applications
  • Coordinating engagement with partners (administrative or technical support) as required
  • Attend events (conferences, workshops, industry forums) as required, to:
  • Represent The Gold Standard Foundation’s interests
  • Introduce opportunities to the Foundation
  • Manage the pipeline of funding opportunities and report on them regularly to management
  • Provide briefing notes / feedback to senior management on issues and perspectives
  • Increase the organisation’s profile within the sustainability and finance sectors

 Time allocation

  • The approximate allocation of responsibilities is:
  • TAC coordination – 70%
  • Program management – 20%
  • Attending events – 10%

Reporting structure

  • This role sits within the Operations team and reports to the Director of Finance and Operations.
  • It involves working closely and effectively a range of stakeholders, including members of the TAC and staff across The Gold Standard Foundation.


  • This role is based in the UK and applicants must be able to travel into London regularly. The Foundation does not have an office in the UK and the role is therefore largely home-­‐based, with frequent meetings (every one to two weeks) in or near London.
  • Some international travel will be required, mostly within Europe (up to 10% of time). Applicants must be able to travel and must hold a valid passport.
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid
  • The successful applicant must have the right to live and work in the UK

Preferred background

  • The successful candidate will have:
  • A bachelors or masters degree in a relevant discipline
  • Demonstrated experience in project management
  • Deep knowledge of and a passion for sustainable development, preferably with technical experience
  • Ability to synthesise complex issues and present them clearly and succinctly
  • Outstanding and demonstrated stakeholder management skills
  • An organised and pragmatic approach to work
  • Ability to work independently and to deadlines
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Solid skills in the use of MS Office programs and general aptitude for the use of IT systems
  • A second language (particularly French, Spanish or German) would be an advantage but is not essential

Starting date
The successful candidate would be required to start the role no later than the beginning of September 2014 (or
ideally earlier).
Salary range
The salary range for this role is between £45,000 and £55,000 p.a. depending on qualifications and experience.
Closing date
Applications for this role will close on Friday 27 June 2014. We regret that late applications will not be considered. All candidates will be advised as to whether they have been selected for further consideration by Friday 4 July 2014. Interviews will start the week of Monday 7 July.
More information here.