International Development Finance Project Manager

Action Aid
United Kingdom
£39,353 - £40,544 per annum
30 Sep 2017
05 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
The Project

The Bretton Woods Project recognises that the World Bank and IMF remain global opinion formers, funders and influential proponents and enforcers of economic and development policies and works with civil society and other partners to challenge their power and to open space for civil society and social movements.

The Bretton Woods Project acts as a watchdog by monitoring the Bank and Fund, with a particular focus on the impact of Bank and Fund policies and activities on the environment, human rights and democratic governance. The Project develops and maintains an information and evidence base that contributes to critical voices that seek to influence international financial institutions so that they support development policies that are gender transformative, equitable, environmentally sustainable and consistent with international human rights norms.

The purpose of this role will be to manage the Project’s advocacy work on issues relating to international development finance, targeting the IMF in particular, and monitor Bank and Fund policies and programmes across a variety of areas.

The Role

Currently work focuses on challenging the Fund’s assertion that it has abandoned the use of conditionality and critically analysing the evolution of the Fund’s rhetoric and policies across several areas, including inequality, social protection, gender and domestic resource mobilisation. The role involves strategic planning; developing in-depth knowledge of and an evidence base on relevant policy issues; monitoring, analysis and writing on relevant IMF and World Bank policies and programmes. It also involves conducting advocacy, including at the highest levels of government and international institutions; writing accessible articles/briefings; supporting network strengthening; and monitoring international institutions and the role of UK institutions in the IMF.

It will also include providing technical support to the Project’s Gender Equality and Macroeconomics (GEM) project. More broadly it entails contributing to the Bretton Woods Project publications. The role involves significant contributions to the Project’s operations, including support to fund-raising and outreach, financial and human resource management and input into strategic decisions for the Project. The Project Manager may be required to line manage junior staff and to supervise consultants and volunteers.


The ideal candidate will have the ability to critically analyse the impact of IMF and World Bank policies and programmes on social justice, gender equality, human rights and the environment. You will have an understanding of how both institutions operate within the wider international development finance environment. You will be educated to degree-level or hold equivalent experience in working with macroeconomics in the context of development and/or international development finance issues; and some specific study or work-related knowledge of the International Financial Institutions, development finance, and/or international financial architecture.

You will have proven experience of researching, editing and producing short briefings and papers on development and finance issues aimed at various audiences as well as developing and conducting advocacy with government or international institution officials.

Commitment to social justice, human rights and environmental sustainability and an understanding of how IMF and World Bank policies and programmes impact these areas are key requirements, as is a commitment to collective problem-solving and contributing to a supportive work environment.

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