Network Director - WasteAid

Network Director - WasteAid

Location: Flexible within UK, with travel to project locations

Salary: Competitive within the sector

Hours: Full-time, 5 days per week (37.5 hours) with daily flexibility.  A 4-day week may be considered for the right candidate.

About the Organisation

WasteAid is an independent UK charity (non-profit), set up by waste management professionals to share practical and low-cost waste management know-how with communities in low-income countries. As waste managers, we understand the importance of waste management for public health, and we also know that small enterprises can be successful in turning waste materials into useful products. We set up WasteAid in 2015 to share know-how and skills with communities that can benefit from this type of advice and support.

You can find out more by visiting the WasteAid website

About the Role

We are looking for an experienced programme director for this new post of Network Director, leading and managing a major, two-year partnership between WasteAid and our project funders, Huhtamaki in what is a ground-breaking new international partnership for the charity.

Our ideal candidate will provide the experience we need to lead and manage this new project, developing and managing programmes in three new countries for WasteAid (India, South Africa and Vietnam) alongside an innovative digital platform to share learning and good practice in recycling and waste management for community organisations worldwide. 

We are looking for someone who matches our values, has strong international development experience and a passion to make a difference for vulnerable communities in developing countries and tackle the scourge of plastic waste as a contribution to addressing the Climate Emergency.

Position Description

The Network Director will provide overall technical and administrative leadership and expertise across the programme. S/he will serve as the primary liaison with the sponsor and funder Huhtamaki and WasteAid on programme strategy, management and technical matters. The Network Director will be responsible for management of all aspects of activity implementation in meeting the objectives of the programme including, but not limited to, technical, administrative, operational, and logistical management of project activities and reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer of WasteAid. The Network Director will take a leadership role in coordination between the 3 project hubs and key stakeholders, as well as being a key focal point for the funder. The Network Director will be a key member of the programme steering committee. More specifically, the duties and responsibilities of this position fall into three broad categories: Leadership, Operations, and Administration. S/he will be responsible for:

Strategy and Vision

  • Set direction by prioritising and organising actions & resources to achieve objectives and contribute to each country hub’s strategy development;
  • Develop, facilitate and organise activities across the 3 hubs, identifying key stakeholders and convincing them to become involved;
  • Recognize opportunities for innovative action and create an environment where inclusivity and innovation is key to tackling the waste issue and in promoting the circular economy
  • Impact: select strategies and partnerships that most effectively contribute to the objectives of this project


  • Provide technical support and oversight to all activity staff and consultants/ contractors;
  • Coordinate with other senior program managers on strategic project management;
  • Develop, inspire and enable a team of professionals to deliver high-quality results, and effectively manage human resources, finance and support functions 
  • Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence;
  • Provide team members with information, tools and other resources to improve performance and reach objectives;
  • Contribute to country team-building efforts, help team members identify problem solving options and ensure the integration of all team members into relevant decision-making processes;

Programme Management

  • Oversee the planning and high-quality, timely execution of this programme; 
  • Plan for and execute robust monitoring and evaluation of programme outputs and outcomes;
  • Ensure cost-effective delivery of donor commitments;
  • Ensure high quality and timely donor reporting;
  • Oversee all financial affairs of the project, including budgets, adherence to effective internal financial controls and review of monthly financial reporting;
  • Ensure participation and compliance with all WasteAid and client corporate processes;


  • Communicate effectively to ensure overall project targets and client obligations are met;
  • Establish and foster relationships with a broad network of donors, practitioners, government representatives and business leaders, assimilating and contributing to new developments relevant to the programme.

Person Specification

  • Degree level (ideally Masters) in Business, International Development, Economics, Public Policy, Environmental Sciences or other relevant field
  • At least 8 years of relevant professional experience in International Development or international programme management, including experience in environmental or economic development issues and private enterprise development
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully lead and mange challenging projects involving both public and private sector stakeholders
  • High level of leadership, interpersonal, technical and analytical skills, including a demonstrated ability to interact effectively and collaboratively with a broad range of public and private sector counterparts and other key stakeholders
  • Prior experience working in innovation and technology when applied to emerging markets or low-income countries
  • Work experience in Asia and/or Africa
  • Prior experience applying market systems and facilitative approaches
  • Excellent management and communication skills
  • Passionate about market-led approaches and helping the poor improve their livelihoods
  • Strong focus on results
  • Ability to travel up to 20% of time
  • Understanding of, and empathy with, the core values of WasteAid.


How to Apply

To find out more about this opportunity, you can visit the relevant section of WasteAid's website here, and download the recruitment pack by clicking here

Applications should comprise a CV with details of your experience and achievements, together with a supporting letter (of no more than two sides of A4) which addresses the Person Specification. Please also indicate salary expectations in your covering letter. If you would like an informal discussion about the opportunity, please email and a member of staff will be in contact.

Applications should be sent electronically to

Closing date for applications: 12 noon on Wednesday 1st July 2020.

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