Programmes Manager


Walkabout’s mission is to restore dignity, freedom and independence by providing wheelchairs and rehabilitation in the developing world, and funding research to find a cure to paralysis. To date we have impacted the lives of an estimated 43,000 people by providing over 14,000 wheelchairs in 25 countries, and granted almost 1.6 million USD towards ground breaking research into spinal cord injuries. We operate two rehabilitation centres, one in Kenya and one in India, and a Wheelchair Assembly Centre in Kenya.

We are now looking for a full-time Programmes Manager based in London to be in charge of the planning, execution, follow-up and monitoring of our programmes. The job will include travelling frequently throughout the year to the countries where we operate.

This is an exciting but demanding job. Teamwork is essential and you will be expected to work to the highest standards at all times, with a duty of care towards our beneficiaries, responding promptly to any request, and showing attention to detail and clear communication to the team and senior management.

Duties & Responsibilities:

1. Planning the execution, follow up and monitoring of our wheelchair distributions internationally. This includes:
• Liaising with our international partners on beneficiary lists, distribution timelines and resources needed, ensuring appropriate agreements are in place

• Negotiating wheelchair prices with our suppliers, transportation and other fees, as well as tax exemptions

• Planning trips and any logistics associated, including booking transport and accommodation as needed and ensuring travel forms and other paperwork are in place

• Setting up and leading travelling teams, which may include, from time to time, specialized medical staff, volunteers and/or donors

• Organising the training of any local resources following international guidelines and best practice;

• Ensuring all our wheelchairs are distributed to the highest standards, with adequate beneficiary fitting, training and follow up

2. Supervising the operations of our wheelchair assembly and rehabilitation centres internationally. This includes liaising with local staff, HR management, container reporting, reviewing budgets and monitoring the use of resources and expenditures.

Key Requirements:

1.     A genuine interest in our cause

2.     An extensive experience and track record of successfully running programmes at an international level

3.     Great interpersonal and communication skills, with excellent oral and written English. Good knowledge of other languages would be an additional asset

4.     An entrepreneurial spirit, and the ability to take the lead and proactively seek opportunities to develop our programmes, promote beneficiary welfare and donor engagement, identify synergies and further our mission

5.     Financial literacy and experience in financial budgeting and reporting both internally and to third parties, including major donors

6.     The willingness and ability to work in a small team, and often under pressure to deliver in short deadlines. Previous experience managing a team would be ideal

7.     The availability and desire to travel internationally, in some occasions even last minute

8.     The right to live and work in the UK

You will be expected to perform all of the above in a timely manner, with discretion and extreme attention to detail. Walkabout is committed to investing in the development of all its members of staff and in creating a fun, creative and supported work environment. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone with a positive and pro-active attitude, who has the ambition and drive to work alongside a number of different departments and help take an organization like Walkabout to the next level.

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