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Project Management and Technical Consultancy Opportunities - International Development Office

Development Office
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Closing Date: 
31 August, 2018 - 17:00

The International Development Office (IDO) at the OU ( is leading and supporting a range of projects using technology-enhanced open and distance education to build capacity and change millions of lives across developing and emerging countries, particularly in Africa and Asia.  We have short-term project opportunities for experienced project design, project management and technical experts, who we are now seeking to include on our database of interested, available and appropriately qualified consultants.

All our work, which is supported by a range of funders and partners, has a strategic focus linked to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) across four areas:

  1. Building capacities of frontline education workers

Providing large-scale solutions to develop the core knowledge and practices of teachers and teacher educators, and introduce systemic improvements at all levels of the education system.

  1. Building capacities of frontline health workers

Designing innovative learning resources and pathways for frontline health and WASH workers to support systemic improvements in the quality and accessibility of essential health services.

  1. Increasing access to Higher Education

Bringing solutions to the global challenge of creating and supporting equitable access to high quality, affordable and relevant higher education.

  1. Revolutionising learning in international development

Providing the international sector with innovative approaches to learning to ensure that practitioners and volunteers have the skills they need to achieve the sustainable development goals.

We would like to hear from you if you have the following areas of expertise:

Materials and Media Production


  • Educational material content production – printed, online and video
  • Quality Assurance
  • Scheduling, resourcing and budgeting / general production management

Project Design and Development

  • Project identification and appraisal
  • Stakeholder analysis and partnership development and management
  • Demonstrated experience of developing and writing successful grants/tenders worth £1+ million (particularly for DFID), including development of Theories of Change, logical frameworks and budgets


Project Management

  • Proven and substantial experience of project management in a development context
  • Extensive experience of managing budgets upwards of £1million
  • Ability to set up and manage complex projects and associated activities with donors and partners in-country

Monitoring and Evaluation


  • Development of monitoring and evaluation plans
  • Data management and analysis
  • Managing and conducting monitoring and evaluations (in collaboration with academic staff)


In addition you will have:

  • Good knowledge of MS Project and/or or other project management tools

  • A track record of successful consultancy, with and/or outside of the OU

  • Regular availability to take on consultancy work, sometimes at short notice

  • Experience of working in developing countries, especially in sub-Saharan Africa and/or Southern Asia.

To apply please submit a CV (2 pages maximum) to clearly demonstrating how you meet the required criteria.

Equal Opportunity is University policy

Terms and Conditions (None Attached)

These roles are covered by various terms and conditions and will be made available to successful candidates

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 12:00