Position: Senior Manager – Governance and Stability

Vacancy Type: 2-year fixed term contract with the possibility of extension

Location: Mali or flexible

Start Date: May – July 2022


About the role

ASI’s Governance and Stability Practice is responsible for supporting the design and delivery of our work focused on strengthening governance and enhancing stability around the world. The practice covers centre of government reform, local government reform, public financial management, anti-corruption and illicit financial flows, and civil society development and education under the rubric of governance and stabilisation, countering violent extremism, countering disinformation, security sector reform, conflict reduction. We place a strong emphasis on gender and social inclusion in all our programming and have a particular focus on the Women, Peace, and Security agenda. Our work takes place in a range of fragile and conflict affected states as well as more and economically advanced countries. We work in places ranging from Pakistan and Myanmar to Iraq, Syria, and Palestine, to Somalia, Ghana, and Mali.

We are currently looking to fill a senior manager position role for the following project and activities:

  • Primarily the role will focus on the senior project management and implementation of FCDO’s flagship CSSF programme in Mali, focused on stabilisation and conflict reduction in the Gao region, and working across UK government and with a range of other donors, as well as the UK military deployment there. This project builds on ASI’s expertise as the UK’s leading provider of stabilisation programming including in Syria, Somalia, Afghanistan, Nigeria and elsewhere.
  • Where time allows, and by discussion/agreement with our Head of Governance and Stability practice, this role will also support the development of new governance and stability programming in Mali, where we are seeking to diversify with the EU, US and other donors, and potentially elsewhere in West Africa.

Key tasks and responsibilities will include but not be limited to:

Primary role, Senior Project Management:

  • Support the successful management of projects to terms of reference, time, quality, cost and donor and Government satisfaction. This will include support and in the following areas of project management:

o Quality assurance of project deliverables

o Support to work planning and strategic direction

o Team management

o Finances and budget management and forecasting

o Supporting operations management including assuring operational compliance with country legal and regulatory requirement

o Managing risks & issues

o Supporting evaluations and reporting

o Event logistics & management

  • Build strong working relationships with project associates, ensuring they feel part of the ASI ‘family’, and support them to ensure job satisfaction
  • Engaging with and managing relations with project clients on a day-to-day basis.

By agreement with Head of Practice, Business development

  • Research business development opportunities and helping to develop opportunities into winnable pipeline
  • Take on ad hoc, discrete, and accountable roles in technical and commercial proposals and be an effective member of bid teams. This will include support in the following areas as a minimum:


o Coordinating and/or leading small and medium size proposals.

o Coordinating and contributing to large size proposals.

o Researching thematic context in particular countries / regions.

o Brainstorming and drafting methodologies.

o Identifying key partnerships.

o Identifying consultants for key positions and maintaining staffing database.

o Writing proposal documents.


o Researching and benchmarking costs of operation.

o Benchmarking fee rates.

o Negotiating fee rates.

o Developing commercial proposals

  • Search for and support in the identification of high-quality associate consultants.
  • Support initiatives to communicate project successes to a wider audience.
  • Maintain and update Governance practice BD pipelines and forecasting in support of Governance director

Enabling role, Firm Building:

  • Contribute to the growth and development of the Governance and Stability practice and to Adam Smith International through:

o Marketing: Contributing content, developing events, and generating grey literature that can be used to build ASI’s reputation with external audiences.

o Supporting events to share knowledge

o Knowledge management: ensure all knowledge is shared via agreed team systems and processes

o Personal development: take ownership to grow one’s own capability, experience, and expertise


About you

You will bring some knowledge and expertise in one of more areas of the thematic areas identified above and a proven track record in building effective relationships with stakeholders from a wide range of professional and cultural backgrounds, and to work effectively in politically sensitive and challenging environments. You will relish working in a team and will be innovative, energetic, positive, and genuinely committed to achieving lasting change in your work.

You will have the following skills and experience:

  • A good undergraduate degree in a relevant subject.
  • Fluent or native French.
  • Minimum of 5 years professional experience, ideally with overseas experience.
  • Some technical understanding of one of the technical areas outlined above.
  • Some political, social, and cultural understanding of potential project locations.
  • Ability to communicate with impact verbally and in writing.
  • A good level of numeracy (e.g., ability to use Excel at a basic level).
  • Desirable – Masters in a relevant subject.


What We Offer You

As an employee-owned company, our people are at the heart of our strategy and our decisions. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, a dynamic and friendly team environment, the opportunity to support a highly successful portfolio of programmes, and support to develop your skills and progress in your career.

The diversity of our workforce makes ASI a great place to work, more creative and resourceful, and underpins strong partnerships. We keep a sharp focus on diversity and inclusion, including through our Equality Action Plan and our Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and through leadership from our Executive Team and oversight by our Board.

We recognise the importance of your life outside of work. We are proud to support flexible working arrangements and commit to make a success of flexible working arrangements wherever possible. We’ve built a culture to reflect our values, full of likeminded professionals who are smart, passionate, and great at what they do.


Heard Enough? Ready to Apply?

Please submit a CV (no more than 2 pages) and short cover letter with the subject headline “Senior Manager – Governance & Stability” to recruitment.asi@adamsmithinternational.com .

Shortlisted applicants only will be contacted.

Deadline for Applications will be midnight 28th April 2022

ASI is committed to continually improving the diversity of our workforce through the attraction, retention and development of a diverse range of talented people. We want people to be comfortable bringing their whole self to work and recognise that inclusion brings further opportunities for innovation and creativity.

#We’re happy to talk flexible working