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Development Consultant
Mothers Union

Job Description

Mothers’ Union is a membership organisation and our members have been empowering communities to combat poverty, speak up for social justice and improve wellbeing of those around them for more than 140 years.

Family and community are at the heart of all we do, ensuring any change is relevant and lasting. We are proud that through our 4 million members acting as volunteers we are able to understand and support in the region of 1 million people each year, giving them the skills and knowledge to transform their own lives for the better. Founded by the social activist Mary Sumner in the 19th century who championed change, particularly in matters relating to women and family life continues to be part of our DNA. Our Christian values further underpin this commitment to working towards a world that ensures everyone is able to live life in all its fullness and our inclusive approach ensures we work with people of all faiths and none.

We are seeking an individual with proven experience and expertise in Development Systems and Processes to help us to establish appropriate ways of working across the organisation, which will bring in innovative ways of working and current best practice. An empathy with the Mothers’ Union approach to Development would be highly advantageous.

You will also have experience of building teams and excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to advise on the future structure and resource requirements for the Development Team.

Key tasks

  • To evaluatethe current programmes and projects and work with the team in implementingrobust systems and processes in place consistent with the MU approach to transformational development;

  • To work with the team to critically analyse the prospects for programmes from a funding perspective and agree a way of working with fundraising to deliver new, funded programmes.

  • To review and recommend organisational structure options currently and for the future;

  • To support the Senior Development Manager and the team in implementing new approaches to projects, programmes or team.

Type of role

Consultancy. The role will work very closely with the Senior Development Manager and the team, and report to the CEO.

Daily rate

Competitive. Commensurate with the skills and experience required in the role.


The role is indicatively for a period of up to 6 months.

Start date

An immediate start is preferable, however we are flexible and can, with the successful applicant agree the amount of time that you can give initially, prior to an agreed start date. Our immediate milestone is to have at least basic documentation and priorities for work in place by the end of August.

A programme of work with associated days of work will be agreed with the successful candidates. It would be helpful if interested applicants could specify the maximum number of days they envisage working per week and when they could start. While this role can be worked remotely, you may be required to work within the office occasionally.

The client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.