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Location: Leicester (possibility to explore flexible options in the UK)

Salary: £34,000

Are you committed to international housing justice, and want to help encourage the adoption of good, positive and promising housing practices? Are you looking to join a global organisation that celebrates innovation, champions housing solutions and works with partners all over the globe to further the right to housing? If so, then join World Habitat as Programme Manager in the World Habitat Awards programme, helping to identify, celebrate and transfer the best housing solutions across the world.

About World Habitat

Billions of people around the world lack a safe home due to conflict, poverty, natural disasters, and poor housing rights. At World Habitat, we work as a catalyst to help people overcome these challenges. We find out what works, help it grow and transfer great housing ideas to where they are needed most.

We run three principal programmes: the World Habitat Awards, celebrating the best housing solutions; the Global Community-Led Housing programme and the Homelessness programme – all delivering a range of World Habitat exChange activities that bring people and ideas together. We champion the very best housing ideas, and support communities to take control of solving their own housing needs.

We are a flexible and family-friendly employer. We offer flexitime, a 34.5 hour working week, some working from home, a generous pension, life cover and a competitive salary.

We welcome applicants from all backgrounds, genders, abilities and ethnicities, as we seek to increase the diversity of our staff team to reflect our diverse work. We encourage career development with an appraisal system and opportunities to develop your knowledge and skills.

About the World Habitat Awards

The World Habitat Awards are the world’s leading housing competition. The Awards recognise and highlight innovative, outstanding and sometimes revolutionary housing ideas. Every year we receive submissions from extraordinary projects and programmes from all over the world. We invest in the best, so they can become even better, help their ideas be replicated elsewhere and help many more people in need. We have global ambitions and provide opportunities to travel and network around the world.

About you

You will be part of a small and experienced team that runs the Awards competition, and a series of international programmes and events that arise out of it. You will work with the World Habitat Awards team and external partners to identify and encourage the adoption of the best housing practices. We are looking for someone who enjoys a variety of work and has strong self-management skills, who will enjoy the opportunity to work with a global network of partners and is enthusiastic to develop new areas of work. Due to the nature of our Team and our work, we require someone who is comfortable working virtually and is able to build strong working relationships on and offline.

You will be competent at developing long-term relationships remotely, including using a variety of methods to facilitate knowledge exchange, good practice and skill sharing. Dependent on COVID-19, travel will be required to work with our partners and participate in international events. You will play an integral role within the World Habitat Awards programme team working closely with other staff members, applicants and external partners. Fluency in Spanish, French or other second language would be an advantage.

Due to COVID-19, all World Habitat staff are currently working remotely from home. Our intention is to move to a new Head Office in Leicester city centre during the summer of 2021, once this is feasible. Our preference is that you will be based in our new office, however for the right candidate, we are open to considering alternative working arrangements.

How to apply

If you have any questions about the role, please contact Mariana Gallo, Programme Lead – World Habitat Awards at:

Please complete the application form and the monitoring form and return it to Joanne Kovach at: and indicate ‘Post: Programme Manager (World Habitat Awards)’ in the subject field.

Closing date: Monday 26 April at 09:00am (BST).

Please read the Guide to completing the Application Form – to understand how we will shortlist applications – before completing your application. Please note that as part of our commitment to equality, we anonymise applications before shortlisting them to reduce the risk of bias.

Due to the high number of applicants, we are only able to provide feedback to candidates to whom we offer an interview.

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