Agile Project Manager

The Digital Agency for International Development

Agile project manager in international development

Do you want to use your project management skills for good? Would you like to be part of an employee-managed non-hierarchical organisation for social benefit? If so, join us!

In short

  • Agile projects
  • Not-for-profit motivated by social impact
  • Employee managed organisation
  • 15 - 35 hours per week depending on candidate
  • £36,400p.a. pro rata
  • 6 weeks holidays + bank holidays
  • Applications by 1st of February

About us

We believe people have the right to participate in decisions that affect their lives. We are a not-for-profit digital agency focusing on IT in international development. We believe IT can empower, inform and connect people all over the world with positive developmental outcomes. We choose to work on projects that have positive social benefit. These frequently entail software, web and mobile application development. We also offer research, evaluations, training and other kinds of advisory and consultancy services.

We use agile practices in all our work; we open source the software we write and we use and promote participatory practices with our clients, with end-users, and internally. We are an equality-based non-hierarchical organisation; we make all our important decisions together, using consensus.

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, gender identity, sexual orientation or age.

What we're looking for

At Aptivate we don’t have job titles. We are generalists with cross-cutting skills and responsibilities. Most of us specialize in a few areas, for example, software development, project management or design. We often change roles depending on what needs doing and how a team is made up. We are all responsible for the organisation's wellbeing. There’s currently nine of us and we often find that we need more capacity to work in a project management role.

We are looking for a generalist, with agile project management skills. However, this is more than just a management roll. At Aptivate we are equally responsible for setting and working towards our mission. You would have equal ownership and responsibility over Aptivate and become part of what makes it work.

Skills we're in need of:

We are looking for someone who has skills in agile project management. We'd expect at least two years experience working with agile development projects. Someone who can demonstrate an in-depth understanding of how agile software projects run and what makes them successful. This person will be skilled in negotiation, time management, budget management and risk mitigation.

The role will involve managing both software development projects and client-relationships. It requires an ability to deal professionally and empathetically with clients. Being sensitive to cross-cultural issues is vital. The ability to balance priorities for multiple projects and manage the needs of internal and external stakeholders is required to make sure projects run smoothly.  The role will also require skills to aid clear and productive communication between the team.

We are looking for someone with strong facilitation skills and an ability to plan and lead meetings with clients in person and by video call.

We use a variety of tools: online document management systems, calendars, kanban-boards, instant messaging, email, video and voice conferencing, wikis and issue tracking systems. We need help in managing and improving our tools and procedures.

We value people who are keen to learn, are self-motivated, and have good communication skills.

Bonus points for skills/experience in:
  • Web Development 
  • UX/Visual design 
  • Organizational management
  • Work in organisations with a flat structure
  • employee-run organisations
  • Proposal writing and marketing
  • International development sector
  • Not-for-profit work

What will you be doing?

Our clients are charities, NGOs and governments who are working in international development. We take on work which we feel is worthwhile and contributes in some way to our vision of empowering people to have a say about decisions that affect them.

You will work on a variety of projects with different technology requirements. Our projects sometimes entail a project manager, UX designer and multiple developers. We prefer it when that happens, but sometimes we do work individually or in smaller teams.  We typically have several projects on the go at once and you will be involved with more than one.

Projects often start with discovery workshops to understand user needs, develop personas, and build a prioritised backlog of user stories. You will help organise and facilitate these meetings.

Iterative development follows with regular deployments, feedback and retrospectives. Daily check-ins with clients by video call keep everyone on the same page. You will be liaising with clients and the developers and managing our agile tools and processes on a daily basis. This will involve supporting stakeholders to discover and analyse their needs and developers to deliver software to meet these needs. 

We usually ask our clients to appoint a product owner who is the person from their team that will join daily check-ins and make priority decisions. You will work with the product owner to help them understand our processes. 

We make important decisions about the organisation together by consensus. As a member of Aptivate, you will participate in this process, and help us improve and develop our working practices.

We’re all generalists. You will regularly participate in things outside the project manager role, including:

  • Represent Aptivate at technical and international development conferences and events
  • Work directly with clients; build, maintain and manage the relationships that are central to our reputation and success
  • Write proposals, negotiate contracts
  • Participate in discovery workshops, analyse and understand user needs

We make important decisions about the organisation together by consensus and you will participate in this process, helping us to improve and develop our working practices. You will be invited to become a director of the organisation following a successful appraisal period.

About the role

It is possible to work from either our Cambridge or Brighton offices. For the right candidate we will consider remote or home based candidates who can work within, or close to UK hours 10am-6pm and who are available to easily travel to our offices and to monthly meetings in London. Remote workers would not need to attend all such meetings in person but will be encouraged to participate periodically in person.

For this role the ideal would be someone who can work Monday-Friday part time (eg. 3.5 hours a day). We will consider applicants that are looking to work between 15-35 hours a week.

We operate a flat staff structure. Currently the terms (based on 35 hours per week) are:

  • Salary currently £36,400 p.a.
  • 6 weeks paid holiday plus bank holidays
  • Flexible working hours
  • Socially responsible pension contribution of 3%
  • Equal parental leave and pay for men and women

How to apply

Email recruitment@aptivate.org with the following as PDF attachments:

  • your CV (maximum two sides)
  • a personal statement describing why you would like to work with Aptivate and what you would bring to this role (maximum two sides)

You must be able to legally work in the UK (unless applying to work remotely). If you have any questions about the role or about Aptivate please contact us at recruitment@aptivate.org

No recruiters or agencies, Thank you.