Regional Development Manager - Worldwide

Up to £33,000 pa
Full time, permanent (35 hours per week)
London SW1

Mothers’ Union are looking for someone with proven project development experience gained within international community development, to join us a Regional Development Manager. 

Established in 1876, we are a Christian membership organisation with over 60 affiliated local charities in Britain and Ireland and over 500 worldwide – and we're still growing. Our Regional Development Managers work with our members within communities creating innovative ways to share learning across regions within the UK & Ireland and worldwide, at the cutting edge of community and organisational development, helping to build  confidence reputation and learning.  In all our regions, we support our members as they undertake a participatory listening process which we have named MULOA (Mothers’ Union Listens Observes Acts), leading to member-led development of regional strategies and plans to enable them to bring lasting change to their communities. We made a difference to more than 650,000 people in 2016 and have a vision to make an impact on more than one million people by 2021.

In this role you will have particular responsibility for Eastern, Central and Southern Africa. You will be responsible for managing and supporting the various programmes in multiple locations in these regions and the development and implementation of participatory member-led church and community mobilisation processes, and associated learning and management systems to enable large scale change in the communities. 

You will be expected to develop an in-depth understanding of these processes and in conjunction with our members and external stakeholders, develop and implement strategies, comprising capacity building activities, researching and expanding the current programmes, as well as introducing new innovative ways to engage with communities.. This will also include creating participant-led monitoring, evaluation and learning systems that can be shared amongst the designated regions. 

A practicing Christian, you will have previous experience either working in the development or NGO field, with significant experience and confidence in partnering with groups engaging in participatory assets-based mobilisation processes. Experience of working within Christian or community organisations and, in particular with church mobilisation in these regions is essential. You will also be responsible for building and maintaining effective relationships with key stakeholders in each region and with other international organisations.

In addition, you will be a highly organised individual, able to effectively manage projects including administration, time management and delivery and work within a budget with minimum supervision. This will be coupled with excellent communication skills, including the ability to work effectively, independently, in teams and with external partners and organist ions. You will also possess an in-depth knowledge of the regions and be willing to undertake travel as required to the regions.

A key remit of this post will be to participate and contribute to the spirituality of Mothers’ Union. You may be asked to lead and run small bible study groups as part of the fellowship when on a visit to the designated regions.  For this reason the post holder must be a practicing Christian. (Occupational Requirement Equality Act 2010). This post may also involve some direct contact with children when working or visiting Mothers’ Union dioceses nationally and the post holder will therefore be asked to undertake a Disclosure check from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Mothers’ Union is unique. We don’t work alongside communities, we work inside communities. We are an exciting and growing grassroots charity with over 4 million members in 83 countries bringing Christian care for families right at the heart of communities worldwide. It is a goal that we actively pursue through our faith, programme work, advocacy and policy campaigns.

To find out more and to apply please take a look at our Job Application Pack

If you would like to apply for this job then please complete the Application Form and the Mothers Union Equal Opportunities Form and send to or post it to Mothers’ Union, Mary Sumner House, 24 Tufton Street, London SW1P 3RB

Closing Date 13th December