Project Portfolio Lead

VSO International

Project Portfolio Lead Job Brief

We have a vacancy of Project Portfolio Lead in our company, VSO International. This vacancy is based in Kingston upon Thames KT2. Please go through the job detail mentioned below.

Position Title: Project Portfolio Lead Job
Company: VSO International
Work Type: Full Time
City of work: Kingston upon Thames KT2
Last Date to Apply:
URL Expiry: 2023-03-26
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Project Portfolio Lead Job Detail

Type of role
Various Countries
Competitive salary and benefits in the country of location
Contract type
Full Time
35 hours per week
Application Closing Date
31 Jan
Interview date
As soon as possible
Start date

VSO is the world’s leading international development charity that works through volunteers to create a fair world for everyone. At VSO we pride ourselves on doing development differently. We fight poverty not by sending aid, but by working through volunteers and partners to create long-lasting change in some of the world’s poorest regions. We bring key stakeholders together to co-ordinate collective action, from local organisations to national governments. Our programmes in Africa and Asia focus on health, education and livelihoods, with an increasing emphasis on resilience, peace building, social accountability, gender and social inclusion. We’re not about delivering quick fixes, but instead we focus on long-lasting, sustainable change that will improve the lives of generations to come.

Role overview

The Lead Project Portfolio Manager-Education will lead all aspects of project portfolio management and implementation, quality assurance of implementation processes, plans and budgets, project results, donor reporting, performance management and accountability, in line with all compliance requirements, VSO’s volunteering for development (V4D) approach, policies and procedures. The position holder will be responsible for the supervision of Project Implementation Leads/Chiefs of Party in Pakistan, Mozambique, Malawi, Rwanda and Bangladesh.

Skills, qualifications and experience

The post holder must have a significant programme management systems and/or delivery experience; with proven track record managing large and complex multi-donor funded portfolios.

In addition they should have a substantive experience leading high performing geographically dispersed projects teams in challenging multi country and/or multicultural environments.

The person should have relevant graduate degree (eg development studies, business, public administration) or equivalent experience.

VSO promotes equal opportunities and values a diverse workforce. We also offer a range of benefits, including;

  • Opportunities for flexible working and working from home
  • Generous annual leave of 37 days (inclusive of public holidays)
  • Employee and Volunteer Assistance Programme
  • Opportunities for professional development, including a range of online self-study modules, coaching and workshops

Successful candidate can be based in any office location where VSO operates.

We offer national terms and conditions in the country you are based. We are unable to provide sponsorship for this position, so please ensure that you have the right to work in the country you are residing before you apply.

VSO reserves the right to close this job early if we receive a sufficient number of applications.

Should you require any adjustments to be made to the application process due to a disability or any other circumstances, please email us at [email protected] to discuss your requirements.

How to apply

Step 1

Complete the registration form below. When you have completed the form, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to our VSO Values self-assessment. This is a module designed to give you an insight into VSO’s ethos and provide you with an understanding of how your values align with ours, helping you to decide if you would like to join our organisation. The self-assessment module typically takes about 10 minutes to complete.

Step 2

After completing the VSO Values self-assessment, you can opt out or proceed with the application process. You will need to upload your CV in Word or PDF format detailing your employment and educational history, and any volunteering experience. Please note that you will need to complete the full application form in one go as you cannot save it to fill at a later time.

Step 3

When you have submitted your application, you will receive an email inviting you to complete two assessments which focus on how you process information and what your work approach is.

You will be shown instructions and example questions prior to the assessments to help you increase your familiarity with them. You will also have access to a short profile report on completion of the assessment. Your application will be reviewed by our Resourcing Team when you have completed these assessments.

Step 1. Complete the registration form below

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Data Protection

VSO will use the data you provide to assess your suitability for this role. The data will be stored in line with our policies on the protection and security of data, which you can find on our website here . These conform to UK data protection law.

Please note, VSO transfer relevant data to any country where you be placed, including countries where data protection laws not apply or be less stringent than in the European Economic Area. For volunteer applications, we will need to pass your information to your host organisation, but will ensure that VSO continues to handle the information you have provided in accordance with our policies on data protection and security.

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