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ChildFund: Programmes Manager

Posted on 13 September 2022

What we are looking for

Do you get excited about achieving goals? Are you full of ideas and love the thought of testing it out and learning from it?  Are you a team player who wants to work in a place that is purposeful and meaningful? Does making a positive difference to some of the world’s most at-risk children and young people motivate you?  Are you driven by curiosity, passion and continuous improvement?

If you are answering yes to any of the questions above and you want to work in a place which gives you the chance to lead, experiment and make a difference to society then we’re on the same page!

About us

ChildFund New Zealand is part of the global ChildFund Alliance which has been focussing on Children and young people for 80 years. During this time, we have helped tens of thousands of the most vulnerable children and young people around the globe. We are actively pushing boundaries and challenging ways to fund and achieve impact.

The role

The Programmes Manager – Climate Resilience Lead, will be responsible for coordinating and administering programmes in ChildFund New Zealand’s dedicated partner areas as assigned in workplan with a focus on projects and programmes delivered in Pacific Island Countries. Reporting directly to ChildFund New Zealand’s Director of Programmes, the Programmes Manager will work in conjunction with other members of the programmes team to ensure consistency and quality throughout ChildFund’s development assistance programme.

Key areas of responsibility

  • Support development assistance programming in ChildFund New Zealand’s dedicated programme areas, including program oversight and administration, grant application/proposal review and processing, maintaining productive relationships with partners, supporting monitoring and evaluation, preparing reports and other duties as needed.
  • Build and maintain a strong relationship between ChildFund New Zealand and its implementing partners, instituting regular communication and visit schedules.
  • Identify opportunities for new programmes’ development and expansion.
  • Seek funding (grants) and partnerships to support the work in our Programme communities (and in other areas, as required).
  • Work closely with other departments within ChildFund New Zealand to deliver messaging and communications as well as budgeting and financial reporting.

Technical specialty – Climate change mitigation and adaptation

  • Champion and steward climate change mitigation and adaptation in all ChildFund New Zealand’s projects and programmes. This includes having a thorough knowledge of the subject matter, aligning it with international best practice guidelines, casting that specialist knowledge across all our work at ChildFund New Zealand, linking with professional networks associated with the issue/s, and making recommendations and providing guidance to ensure our programmes live up to the high standards we set.
  • Develop and disseminate concrete plans for demonstration of ChildFund New Zealand’s program and expertise on climate change adaptation and mitigation to engage with government, donors, development agencies and other stakeholders. 



  • Hold a master’s degree in climate change, environmental study, or related fields.
  • A critical understanding of and deep commitment to social justice and human rights issues, especially facing children, young people, and their families.
  • At least 5 years of experience in results-based climate change mitigation and adaptation program design, implementation and/or evaluation, ideally in the context of Pacific Island Countries.
  • Proven ability to provide high quality climate change mitigation and adaptation technical assistance, guidance, and coaching.
  • Experience working a wide range of stakeholders and effectively coordinating between them.
  • Experience in coordinating and producing high quality reports.
  • Strong critical thinking skills, ability to problem solve, and resourcefulness; ability to think politically by understanding motivations, pressures and challenges faced by different actors.
  • Proven excellent communication, networking, presentation, public-speaking and interpersonal skills and English proficiency.
  • In-depth understanding of country climate change policies, legal frameworks, situation, issues and services (preferred, not essential).
  • At least 3 years’ experience in working on advocacy in Pacific Island Countries, preferably with an international development organization (preferred, not essential).
  • Experience of supporting and training others directly and remotely (preferred, not essential).



  • Opportunities to learn and grow
  • Have meaningful and measurable impact
  • Downtown modern workspace
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Fun, open and supportive team environment

We have a new vision with an active and engaged Board.  If you would like to be part of a significant journey, then we want to hear from you.  Please click on the “apply for this job” button and upload your CV and Cover letter.   Cover letters can be addressed to Maria Trogolo and should tell us why you are interested in this role and the special qualities you would bring. Full and part time applicants considered. Applications close at 5pm on Friday, 7 October 2022.