Programme and Development Manager

The successful candidate will be responsible for generating greater awareness of Gingko; for raising funds through grant applications to finance Gingko activities; for managing and helping develop the Fellowship Programme; for marketing Gingko’s public events and academic programmes; for dealing with press and publicity matters on behalf of Gingko.

The successful candidate will need to demonstrate an awareness of the issues of interest to Gingko and have the ability to build relationships with institutions and individuals active in the MENA region, as well as relationships with Gingko’s supporters, contributors and advisors in the UK and abroad. Experience of working in the region, or a keen interest in and knowledge of its history and culture, is important. A working knowledge of Arabic in particular, or Persian or Turkish, will be an advantage.

Duties will include:

Engage (the public):

  • Raise awareness of Gingko’s activities with relevant constituencies
  • Curate Gingko’s online presence to better engage the public
  • Co-ordinate and manage Gingko’s academic and public events
  • Represent Gingko at conferences, cultural events and symposia


  • Initiate, build and maintain relationships with individuals and institutions in the UK and abroad who share and support Gingko’s vision
  • Identify and apply for grants and sponsorship opportunities to help finance Gingko’s programmes

Transform (lives):

  • Organise an annual Fellowship Retreat
  • Manage and develop the expanding network of Gingko Fellows
  • Administer the Fellowsip Collaboration Prize
  • Participate in the development of the Fellowship Programme

Required knowledge, skills and attributes:

  • Educated to degree or post-graduate degree level
  • Relevant experience, preferably in the charity or non-profit sector
  • Excellent communication skills
  • A professional and confident manner
  • Mature judgment and a forward-looking attitude
  • High standard of written and spoken English
  • At ease prioritising a varied workload and able to work in a fast-paced environment on a wide variety of concurrent projects
  • Comfortable working to deadlines, with a pro-active, flexible and unflappable approach

Based full-time in London, working hours are 9am–6pm, Monday to Friday. The nature of the role means that deadlines must be met, and the post-holder will therefore need to be flexible regarding working hours.

The successful candidate also needs to be willing and able to travel internationally, including to the MENA region as and when the role requires.

Job description

To apply please send a covering letter and CV to:

Dr Barbara Schwepcke, Chief Executive



Gingko’s internship programme is currently on hold due to COVID19 restrictions

We normally offer internships to university students and graduates who are enthusiastic, hardworking and passionate about Gingko’s work promoting understanding of the Middle East and North Africa region. Interns will have the chance to gain insight into various aspects of the charity’s work.

Our internships are unpaid. However, we can offer accommodation in London to interns who live outside the city, and we pay the travel expenses of interns commuting within London.

Internships are full-time positions and last for four weeks. However, flexible arrangements can be made if necessary for accessibility.

To apply, please send your CV and a brief letter of motivation outlining why you are interested in Gingko’s work (not more than one page) to