Programme Officer with SNP Westminister Foundation for Democracy

The Programme Officer will play a collaborative and important role within our small team providing research, stakeholder engagement and administrative support to our portfolio of democracy-strengthening programmes in developing countries around the world.

The Programme Officer will support the Scottish National Party’s Westminster Foundation for Democracy Office’s work in developing countries, including political economy analysis research, communications, stakeholder meetings and MEL (monitoring, evaluation & learning), with both SNP and WFD colleagues, as well as project beneficiaries and a wide variety of international stakeholders. The post-holder must have a flexible and proactive approach to their work, as this position has a wide variety of duties, which can change rapidly in response to the political climate. The successful candidate will be expected to occasionally travel to developing countries and liaise directly with stakeholders including senior political figures and grassroots organisations. Frequent engagement with politicians and party staff in Scotland and the UK is also expected. An enthusiasm for politics, development, inclusion, representation and international relations is required. The role will suit a highly organised individual, with an eye for detail in order to support office budget and internal governance procedures.

Further information on some of our portfolio here:

Research and Analysis

  • Produce high quality political context analysis of programme countries
  • Maintain a watching-brief on developing situations of interest
  • Research and write effective regional and thematic briefing documents ahead of programme activities to ensure effective in-country operations
  • Monitor and assess publications and research from other actors in our field to ensure our knowledge and learning is up-to-date with best practice

Programme Support

  • Supporting SNP WFD programmes using standardised programme management tools, including project logic, logframes, theory of change, outcome matrices, and political economy analysis frameworks.
  • Contribute to ongoing programme monitoring, evaluation and learning according to WFD’s guidelines and support the development of tools to measure programme impact
  • Maintain an up-to-date risk register
  • Produce SNP WFD communications material
  • Develop and maintain stakeholder mapping
  • Provide logistical support for programme implementation including travel, arranging visas, procuring venues and equipment etc. for both inward and outward programme activities
  • Occasional overseas travel to support and oversee the implementation of activities in developing democracies in Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe



  • Maintain up-to-date records and information management systems, so information can be quickly and easily identified and utilised
  • Contribute to the writing of quarterly and annual reports, demonstrating programmes’ outputs and outcomes
  • Adhere to financial procedures and forecasting, including assistance with preparation of financial reconciliation reports and awareness of compliance requirements to ensure accountability and timely reporting
  • Prepare payments authorisations and scrutinise expenditure ready for payment with creditors and suppliers
  • General office administration

Person Specification

  • Proven research skills
  • Excellent written communication
  • Strong organisational and time-management skills
  • An ability to communicate effectively with Parliamentarians and grassroots stakeholders from a variety of backgrounds
  • A team player
  • Enthusiastic, flexible and reliable
  • Strong interest and knowledge of politics and international relations – a degree in one of these fields is beneficial
  • The ability to work without supervision
  • Willingness to travel alone to developing democracies
  • Fluent in English, with language skills in Arabic or Ukrainian a plus


  • Based in London, with occasional overseas travel required
  • Full-time
  • Salary: £24-26,000, dependent on experience
  • Application: Please send a CV and cover letter (max. 2 pages) to by COB Friday 10th May 2019.
  • Interviews: To be held in Glasgow and London late May.
  • Start date: Mid-June (flexible)