Join our team as Programmes Manager

Job title: Programmes Manager

Summary: This role will be responsible for the planning and execution of overseas and
UK-delivered Hostile Environment Surgical Training (HEST) courses including
all related logistics. The Programmes Manager will be the key person
responsible for maintaining day-to-day relationships with operational
partners on-the-ground and liaising with HEST course leaders. They will also
be principal point of contact with our Training Faculty, highly committed and
experienced senior medical professionals who volunteer their time and skills
to deliver HEST. This role will carry additional functions including managing
and developing online teaching resources and events and ensuring the supply
and delivery of David Nott Foundation (DNF) surgical models.

The David Nott Foundation is a UK registered charity which trains doctors in
the surgical skills they need to be able to provide relief and assistance in areas
affected by conflict and catastrophe worldwide.

Accountability: This role will managed by and accountable to the Chief Operating Officer.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

Programme Delivery

  • Support the executive team in the delivery of all training activities, both in the UK and overseas.
    This will include management of logistics, travel and risk management in close collaboration
    with our operational partners in-country. It will also include preparation of the courses ahead of
    time and attendance at each course to ensure that they run smoothly.
  • Manage the logistical planning and deployment of the HEST Faculty when they run the HEST
    courses internationally. Be their primary point of contact for all missions and respond to any
    enquiries that they may have.
  • Manage the planning and delivery of all training activities, both in the UK and overseas,

    • Identification and prioritisation of high-impact locations and training audiences.
      Building of preparedness to enable a quick and effective response to new and emerging
    • Identification and management of potential course locations to judge the suitability of
      venues, partners and delegates both in the UK and overseas.
    • Liaison with key partners and facilitators such as the World Health Organisation (WHO),
      Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and Action for Humanity.
    • Management of course logistics including booking of venues, travel bookings, security
      planning, visa advice, elucidating vaccination requirements, and shipment of training
    • Point of liaison for the training Faculty, including managing their availability and
      providing support functions such as risk management ahead of trainings.
    • Working with the Head of Communications and Engagement to respond to enquiries
      from the media and relevant media content from courses.
    • Managing post-training evaluation for all courses to include student feedback and end
      of mission reports.
    • Responsibility for all the DNF’s HEST course training equipment including procurement,
      management, and repair.
    • Management and organisation of Webinar Series including liaison with Faculty and participating
      doctors to organise cases for discussion.


  • Support in monitoring the progress of key projects and initiatives.
  • Maintain contact lists and databases such as Donorfy.
  • Identify, evaluate, report, and mitigate risk associated with the planning and delivery of
  • Assist in the management of any interns working on the Programmes at the Foundation.
  • Work with the Finance Manager to keep track of invoices and payments for teaching equipment
    and other course expenditures.
  • Management of contracts with training venues and partner organisations.
  • Other administrative tasks as required.

Person Specification

  • A degree in a relevant subject or equivalent professional experience.
  • A good knowledge of, and keen interest in, public health, current affairs and international
  • Ability, personal resilience, and willingness to travel to high-risk countries to facilitate HEST
    training, which – as things stand – involves approximately 7 weeks of international and 2 weeks
    of national travel per year. Including travel outside of normal office hours.
  • Proven experience of contributing to overseas projects, trainings, or events, particularly in high-risk countries.
  • Proven experience of risk management and mitigation strategies.
  • Proven ability to manage own workload, organising and prioritising tasks to meet deadlines.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and writing skills.
  • The ability to manage time-sensitive work in a fast-paced environment.
  • A natural diplomat, with proven ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships
    in a multicultural and multidisciplinary environment, together with the ability to communicate
    and negotiate at all levels.
  • Excellent organisational skills with proven ability to establish tools for effective workload
  • Willingness to grow with the role.

All staff will commit to:

  • Act with honesty and integrity at all times.
  • Demonstrate respect for others through consideration and empathy in all communications with
    colleagues and external stakeholders.
  • Make an active contribution to developing the Foundation.
  • Be receptive to feedback, learn from experience and others and share experience and
  • Keep others informed of issues which they need to be aware of because of their role and
  • Consciously review mistakes and successes to improve performance.
  • Use discretion and be aware of issues requiring confidentiality.

Salary: £40-45,000 per annum, based on experience.
Contract Length: Permanent, with a probationary period of six months.

Closing Date: Monday 3 July 2023.

Application Details: To apply, please send a copy of your CV and a cover letter (no longer than 2
pages) detailing how you meet the person specification above. Please send all applications to
[email protected] quoting ‘Programmes Manager’ in the subject line.