View Vacancy - Senior Programme Manager, Energy and Low Carbon Team - C4

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Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)
Economic and Prosperity

Main purpose of job:

This is an opportunity to work on a key part of the UK’s strategic partnership with India at the cutting edge of energy and economic policy.  This is a senior role, coordinating delivery of FCO’s largest technical assistance programme in India for real impact through a range of implementers. 

The main purpose of the job is to provide programme management expertise and oversight to support delivery of large, varied and innovative technical assistance programming on energy.  This is expected to comprise two main programmes – on energy and green growth, and on oil and gas – supported by smaller activities.  The total budget of the team’s programme portfolio is expected to be in the order of £20m to 2023.  This will be FCO’s main instrument for supporting secure and sustainable energy in India, while also creating opportunities for partnerships between UK and Indian businesses. 

The postholder will have to ensure effective coordination across the team, work closely with the Prosperity Portfolio team in UKTEP, and link effectively with other UK government departments at post and in the UK.

The job will include:

  • programme management and coordination oversight to drive overall delivery and ensure integrity and coherence of energy programming;
  • financial management of the overall programme;
  • support for Monitoring, Reporting, Evaluation and Learning (MREL);
  • communication of progress and impact to internal and external stakeholders in UK and India;
  • supporting the broader UK effort on energy and building appropriate links with other areas of technical assistance (e.g. urban development, finance).

Roles and responsibilities / what will the jobholder be expected to achieve?


  • Develop a coherent implementation strategy for the UK’s new technical assistance (TA) programme on energy and green growth, aligned with the delivery of the UK’s overall energy security and prosperity objectives. Build appropriate links with other areas of technical assistance (e.g. urban development, finance). 
  •   Working closely with the team’s policy leads and delivery partners, ensure that the programme delivers a coherent set of interventions (with appropriate interfaces) that lead to results and outcomes in line with the programme design and the overall UK strategy for energy and green growth in India.
  • Build relationships with key stakeholders and delivery partners in the energy and low carbon sector, including relevant Government Ministries in the UK and India, think tanks, industry associations and NGOs.
  • Ensure complementarity of the team’s activity with programmes managed by other teams and UK government Departments. 

 Programme management

The programme manager is responsible, on behalf of the Team Leader (Senior Responsible Owner) and working with Policy Leads, for effective co-ordination of the team’s technical assistance programmes including oversight of any risks and issues arising.

  • Ensure that programme delivery is in line with UK principles, standards and guidance – ensuring all compliance activities are undertaken. This includes implementation of the programme in line with  FCO systems and processes the Energy and Green Growth Delivery Plan of the HMG India network, Business Case of the India Prosperity Fund programme, Due Diligence Assessments and ensuring Value for Money is demonstrated.
  • Working with policy leads provide quality assurance to ensure the delivery of new products or services from projects is to the required standard, on time and within budget, in accordance with the programme plan and programme governance arrangements
  • Working with the Procurement Group, to ensure timely and well managed procurement of services to deliver the TA programme in line with FCO systems and guidance.
  • Working with policy leads, ensure high quality stakeholder management and communications with all delivery partners to drive delivery and ensure appropriate flow of information and advice
  • Ensure that the team is consistently practicing sound financial management using appropriate tools and practices.
  • Ensure that delivery partners are meeting expected standards on delivering Value for Money.
  • Working with the Team Leader and Policy Leads, to manage risks including by maintaining an up to date risk register and developing strategies for risk mitigation.
  • Coordinate Monitoring, Reporting, Evalution and Learning (MREL) functions for the team, working with the UKTEP MREL specialist and with independent MREL service providers
  • Ensure that data is passed efficiently between internal and external partners, and is inputted effectively to the MREL tool Prospero.
  • Ensure that learning is fed back into the programme to inform course correction and adaptive programming, and outcomes are properly captured.   
  • Regularly review partner reporting, in co-ordination with Policy leads.
  • Critically appraise progress, troubleshooting programme issues and escalating delivery risks as appropriate.
  • Monitor project delivery through visits to project sites.
  • Lead the production of annual reviews and project completion reviews to quality standards and agreed deadline.

 Financial Management

  • Manage the programme's budget on behalf of the SRO, monitoring expenditure and costs against delivered and realised benefits as the programme progresses.
  • Ensure timely and accurate allocation and forecasting of the TA programme budget and financial management in line with FCO PPM (Programme and Project Management) benchmarks and quality standards. 


  • Working with the Prosperity team secretariat, co-ordinate proactive progress reporting on programme progress, emerging risks and lessons learned, for the SRO, relevant Programme Boards and Teams in the British High Commission and in London.
  • Deliver proactive and timely communication of results to internal customers and external stakeholders,  including drafting impact stories and other communications products matched to audience, diplomatic telegrams, letters etc.





Essential on arrival:  

  • Post-graduate degree in relevant subject;
  • At least five years of experience of programme and financial management of large technical assistance programmes including in the international development field.
  • Ability to work autonomously and proactively.




  • Experience of energy and relevant fields like climate change.
  • Experience of working with private sector delivery partners.


Making Effective Decisions, Collaborating and Partnering, Delivering Value for Money, Delivering at Pace
1 July 2018
C4 (L)
Fixed Term
24 months
South Asia & Afghanistan
New Delhi
British High Commission
20 August 2018


For British High Commission (BHC) candidates, the Local Staff BHC Terms & Conditions will apply.

For other than BHC candidates, salary will be ­­­­­­INR 86,993 per month together with a 12% provident fund and 6% Special Allowance

Additionally the BHC offers a great benefits package that includes annual domiciliary medical cover, plus a Group Hospitalisation Scheme with Rs 500,000 floater cover for your immediate family. 

The BHC is recognised as a good employer, with a robust, fair and transparent performance management & appraisal system linked to increments and staff bonuses. We have a 5-day working week, plus annual leave, public holidays, maternity leave provision, special leave, paid sick leave provision; ample development opportunities, travel opportunities, a good organisational culture, and excellent work/life balance. 

Around half of our work force is women.  We treat people with respect and equality and have a policy of zero tolerance for any form of discrimination, bullying, or harassment. 

 This is a good opportunity to be part of a strong, diverse team, working in the biggest network that FCO has anywhere across the globe.  We are aiming to make it the best.


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