About Us

OneWorld UK is an international NGO based in the UK, implementing programmes worldwide. Our mission is to innovate using mobile and Internet technologies to enable the world’s vulnerable communities to get the information they need to improve their lives. We mix and match new media in innovative ways and mobile phones tend to be at the heart of many of our projects as they have become ever more ubiquitous and accessible. Our current projects focus on two key initiatives in the West Africa Region: sexual and reproductive health and rights – including maternal and child health – and governance and democracy. They are all linked by a common theme: active citizenship.

In each country, we engage local staff to work with partners to develop locally relevant solutions for end users.

We are looking for a Programme Manager to lead our human-centred design and project implementation work as we expand our flagship reproductive health and rights programme to Benin.


About the Job

The position will be based in Benin and key responsibilities will be to lead the development and implementation of a national strategy to use digital technology to improve the reproductive health outcomes of young people and vulnerable women in Benin. We are looking for an experienced, highly motivated and flexible person with practical imagination and an entrepreneurial approach to lead the development and oversee the implementation of a new range of exciting initiatives utilising mobile technology for women and young people in Benin. 

Applicants should have a passion for the use of technology and will need to be comfortable using human-centred design methodologies to develop and test mobile phone applications, as well as forging innovative partnerships with the government and NGO sector to implement these projects supporting youth and women.

You will likely have a Master’s degree in ICT for Development, public health, social sciences or a related field. You will be fluent in French and English, with excellent interpersonal, leadership and communication skills. You will have experience of programme management in sub-Saharan Africa, including within the region. 

Experience in health or education programmes would be desirable.

The Programme Manager in Benin will report to the Global Programme Director in London. 

Project Location: Benin

Project Duration: 2 years from August 2017

Project Goal: to improve the reproductive health and life outcomes of young people and vulnerable women in Benin using innovative digital products. 

Broad Job Description

  • Oversee the creation, testing, rollout and successful use of digital products to support the programme goals in Benin
  • Lead coordination between multi-sector local partnerships to design, develop and successfully implement this pioneering project in Benin.
  • Identify local resources needed and the right organisations to partner with to undertake these responsibilities.
  • Support the OneWorld team in the UK, content design partners and local consultants in using human-centred design techniques to develop and test content to expand the youth-centred mobile learning prototype curriculum for youth sexual reproductive health education.
  • Oversee the monitoring and evaluation of the programme and sharing of learning from the programme in Benin.
  • Manage programme budget, communication channels and undertake programme-related research and contribute to publishing programme results and lessons learned.
  • Work with OneWorld’s global team to use human-centred design techniques to imagine, design, and test innovative extensions to improve the impact of the project.

Desired Skills and Experience

The selected candidate will need to demonstrate the following:

  • Experience in the field of project management, working with actors from different sectors.
  • Ability to take initiative and work well with minimal supervision, independently and proactively, as part of a team.
  • Strong listening and communication skills, ability to work well with partners of various social levels and across sectors 
  • Ability to represent the project at the local, national and regional level.
  • Presentation and facilitation skills are key components of the position.
  • IT skills are a requirement for the project and also for preparation of audio-visual presentations, data analysis and reporting.
  • Ability to write good quality and timely project reports for funders in French and English.
  • Comfortable using human-centred design techniques to develop, test, evaluate and implement innovative solutions 
  • Experience of direct line management and leading a team.

The candidate will need to demonstrate these qualifications:

  • Educated to Master’s level.
  • At least five years’ relevant programme management experience, preferably in excess of $100,000.
  • Strong track record of successfully delivering projects.
  • Experience and good understanding of reproductive health, gender-based violence 
  • Ability to work effectively in French and English and Experience working in emerging or developing markets.

We value diversity and welcome applications from people from all sections of the community, regardless of age, race, gender, colour, sexual orientation, disability, religion or belief.

Further details of the role are available in this document


The project will commence in August 2017 and is expected to continue until June 2019.


The salary for this position is attractive and commensurate with position.

Closing date and application process

Please send a cover letter and CV/resume by email to hello@oneworld.org with the subject “Programme Manager Benin Position”.

Applications will be interviewed on a rolling basis from August 17th onwards, so you are strongly advised to submit your application before then. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.