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Reef-World Is Seeking a Programmes Manager – Could This Be You?

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The Programmes Manager is a key leadership role within the organisation and is responsible for the delivery of assigned Reef-World Programmes.

The Programmes Manager reports directly to the Directors, and takes day-to-day responsibility for the delivery of Reef-World’s Programmes, and contributing to the strategic direction of the charity. The main responsibilities of this role are:

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  • Lead Reef-World’s Programmes
  • Provide leadership and mentorship to Reef-World’s Programmes Team
  • Organise, develop and deliver programmes in line with Reef-World’s strategic plan
  • Build new implementation partnerships and maintain existing ones

What We’re Looking For

We are looking for an experienced Programmes Manager to lead our Programmes Team in delivering our marine conservation programmes within the scope of the charity’s strategic plan. The successful candidate will be an experienced international conservation strategist with a good understanding of relevant policy and the funding landscape, and experience in grassroots marine conservation implementation.

You should be a proactive and resourceful leader, and an excellent communicator. You will be a strategic thinker who is details and processes driven and goal oriented. You will naturally approach tasks with a sense of curiosity, patience and the ability to consider the bigger picture impact of your work. You’ll be open to new experiences and adventures, adaptable and have a good sense of humour!

Skills and Experience


  • A certified and active scuba diver
  • Bachelors in science / relevant qualification in project management (3 additional years of relevant industry experience may be considered in lieu of a degree / qualification)
  • 4 years experience leading conservation programmes strategy and delivery
  • Proven experience of partnering with governments and NGOs to achieve conservation impact
  • Experience working in multiple locations around the world and / or within international teams
  • Ability to engage respectfully and effectively with relevant stakeholders to deliver projects within the context of working in developing countries
  • Prior experience in leadership and team management
  • Proven project management, delegation and time management skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, excellent technical communication with peers and non-technical stakeholders
  • Fluency in English is required
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Excellent organisational and planning skills
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Possess good interpersonal skills, ability to think and act strategically


  • A Masters degree in a relevant field
  • Prior experience of successfully nurturing diversity, equity and inclusion within a team / organisation
  • Previous experience in leveraging private sector financing for conservation projects
  • Technical proficiency including platform or web application development, product development and community management
  • Multilingual
  • Experience using GSuite including GDrive, Docs, Gmail and GCalendar
  • Previous experience working knowledge of within the diving or marine tourism industry
  • Training or experience in behaviour change communications and design for the environment


Holiday Entitlement

30 days a year.

Flexible Working

The Directors are based in an office in Bristol, and we have a field office in Dauin, Negros Oriental in the Philippines. As an international team working across time zones, our working policy is flexible and hybrid.


For all employees, we pay a minimum of 3% of your qualifying earnings per month (over £6,240). For UK employees, you’ll pay a minimum of 5% of your qualifying earnings per month.

Culture of Care

As an organisation, we are invested in the personal and professional long-term success of our Reef-World team. Reef-World’s vision for a Culture of Care embodies a collection of support mechanisms aimed at enhancing the well-being of our team and enabling each of us to properly care for ourselves, our teammates and our network. These include –

  • Access to a team coach
  • Access to personality type tool analysis for yourself and your team
  • Reflection days – dedicated time to reflect on your successes and takeaways
  • Personal Development days, with a small budget to ease you in (think training, new books, new classes, experiences)
  • Dedicated, and respected, focus time throughout your working week
  • Exemplary and effective internal communication mechanisms


A small, friendly and ambitious team

For more information, please download the full Programmes Manager job description


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About Author

The Reef-World Foundation is a registered UK charity which delivers practical solutions for marine conservation around the world. The charity promotes the wise use of natural resources - particularly coral reefs and related ecosystems - for the benefit of local communities, visitors and future generations. It is dedicated to supporting, inspiring and empowering governments, businesses, communities and individuals around the world to act in conserving and sustainably developing coastal resources. Reef-World leads the global implementation of the UN Environment Programme’s Green Fins initiative, which focuses on driving environmentally friendly scuba diving and snorkelling practices across the industry globally. As such, the charity provides low cost and practical solutions to local and industry-wide environmental challenges associated with the marine tourism industry. It provides education and capacity building assistance to empower environmental champions (within the diving industry, local communities, authorities and governments) to implement proven coastal resource management approaches.

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