Director of Influence, Impact and Innovation

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Job title
Director of Influence, Impact and Innovation
Practical Action

Type of job
permanent contract

Climate Change
Language of description
Job description
About the role

Reporting to the Chief Executive, this highly influential director level has their eyes on the big picture, and future trends, shaping Practical Action’s strategy and representing the organisation internationally at a high level to build relationships that enable Practical Action and its partners to deliver greater change.

The post-holder will have a key role in shaping our global strategic direction, identifying and embedding innovative approaches that can take our work to the next level. The post-holder will ensure that we are capturing our impact and ensuring that we, and others are learning from our experience as we shape the next set of compelling and high-impact offers and partnerships that will make long-lasting improvements for people living in poverty and dealing with the impacts of climate change.


Leadership, Strategy Delivery & Impact

  • You will lead and manage a high performing senior team, driving forward strategy and collaborating effectively across Practical Action and externally to ensure the continued development of a set of strategic, viable, and fundable offers which describe the impact we will make in the world.
  • You will guide the group’s approaches – strategic change partnerships, innovative and high quality programming with communities; consulting, influencing & knowledge brokering to

ensure the maximum positive impact on the lives of women and men.

  • You will oversee the development and delivery of an effective process to capture and share impact, ensuring learning is incorporated into future plans.

External Representation and Strategic Partnership Building

  • You will engage actively at high levels with the stakeholders critical to achieving our goals: governments, funding partners, companies, international and non-governmental organisations.
  • You will ensure that we are known & respected for our work in key areas, are engaging with relevant issues and partnerships, keeping abreast of future trends and identifying the valued added roles that we can play in systems change to achieve our mission.

People, Capabilities and Leadership

  • You will support the development and implementation of specific group campaigns and strategic fundraising efforts.
  • You will contribute to group-wide capacity building efforts in association with the People and Culture Team.
  • You will support the creation of compelling internal and external communications enabling our stories, learning and impact to be effectively shared in particular with professional audiences crucial to future impact.
  • As a member of the Group Management Team and Senior Leadership Team you will contribute to shaping overall group strategy, and delivery of key organisational projects.

Personal Profile

  • High level analytical skills with the ability to interpret global trends and identify potential implications for organisational strategy.
  • A deep understanding of international development, with expertise in a relevant sector and strong interest in poverty reduction and climate resilience.
  • Excellent networking and representational skills, working comfortably with government, donors, private sector and civil society at all levels, with the ability to translate relationships into active high impact partnerships.
  • Good understanding of systems change and ability to translate that to a relevant focus for Practical Action.
  • Proven ability in strategic leadership at a senior level, and leading and managing a team of specialists to work to a group agenda.
  • Excellent facilitation skills with the ability to listen, and to lead.
  • First hand experience of working in different countries.
  • A sound understanding of and commitment to gender equality and diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills in English
  • Empathy with Practical Action’s vision, mission and values.


  • Knowledge of monitoring, evaluation and learning strategies
  • A second language (French, Spanish, Arabic)
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