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Work type: Permanent
Location: United Kingdom
Categories: General management, International development

Assistant Manager - Governance, Security and Justice Practice, London, United Kingdom

“Join our fast-growing governance and security team working on a variety of international development projects around the world”.


Coffey has a 40-year history in successfully delivering international development projects on behalf of donors and international organisations around the world including the UK’s Department for International Development, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, USAID, Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the EU and the United Nations. Our teams work side by side with local partners to support stability and security, good governance and economic growth, positively changing people’s lives. We are one of the UK government’s leading governance and security providers.  We specialise in successfully delivering complex adaptive programmes in fragile and conflict affected states including in Nigeria, Kenya, South Sudan, Somaliland, Pakistan, Afghanistan and North Africa. Coffey is also a trusted monitoring, evaluation, research and learning (MERL) provider to DFID. 

Coffey is part of Tetra Tech, a leading provider of consulting and engineering services. The Company supports government and commercial clients by providing innovative solutions focused on international development, water, environment, infrastructure, resource management, energy, climate change and resilience, and has more than 17,000 staff worldwide.

About the role

We are looking for Assistant Managers to join Coffey’s Governance, Security and Justice practice. In this role, you will work on donor funded projects around the developing world, across a range of governance, security and justice areas which may include such areas as public-sector reform, violence against women and girls, and police and security sector reform.  You will manage various activities relating to the project cycle from business development, project management and technical delivery to client relationship management.

The main responsibilities of this role include:

  • Managing small projects / workstreams or contributing to the management of larger projects and successful delivery of projects overseas; with responsibility for ensuring programme and milestone delivery; close oversight of the budget; and technical and financial reporting in line with contract requirements.
  • Contributing to business development opportunities, including successful development of both pursuits and full tenders.
  • Undertaking technical advisory work on a short-term basis to support project implementation as needed.
  • Developing and maintaining strong networks and relationships with clients, partners, and consultants, and assist in the development of other team members.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone who is looking to thrive within a friendly and dynamic team-oriented environment, with real opportunities for growth. The role is London based but with up to 40% overseas travel to various countries, including fragile states and potentially conflict-affected areas required.

About you

  • You will be degree-educated, preferably with a Masters’ degree in a relevant subject e.g. international development, social sciences, international relations or equivalent.
  • You will have at least two years prior experience of managing, or supporting the management of, international development projects preferably with an international development consultancy, with government or with an international NGO.
  • You will have excellent communication skills in English (both oral and written) and be comfortable working in a multinational, multicultural environment.  Other languages such as French or Arabic would be an asset.
  • You will have an ability to think logically and possess skills in problem identification and resolution.
  • You will be well organised and have a high-level of attention to detail.
  • You will be a ‘team player’ and able to build strong team-relationships at all levels. However, you will also be self-starting, demonstrate a high-level of initiative and be equally comfortable working with limited supervision. 
  • You will be willing to travel to other offices and project locations, including in fragile and conflict affected states as needed.

Salary range: £30-34k

Applicants must have the Right to Work in the UK to apply for this position.

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