Director of Influence and Impact

Practical Action
Rugby, UK
Full time Staff

Practical Action believes people living in poverty already have the ability to change their worlds. They just need the right plans, tools and know-how, put to work in effective partnerships to change the social and economic systems that keep people poor. They help people find solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems – made worse by catastrophic climate change and persistent gender inequality.

Practical Action works with communities to develop ingenious, lasting and locally owned solutions for agriculture, water and waste management, climate resilience and clean energy, and shares what works with others, so many more people can change their worlds. 

Reporting to the Chief Executive, this highly influential director level role will shape Practical Action’s Change Ambitions.
The Director of Influence and Impact will have their eyes on the big picture and future trends, championing Practical Action’s Framework for Change; ensuring that we continue to achieve the maximum positive impact on the lives of women and men and that we capture this impact
and learning.
This role will lead and manage a group of sector specialists (including the Publishing division) and work with regional and country offices to
ensure plans are in line with group strategy. They will also represent the organisation at a high level and network on a global scale, building our profile and helping to advance our ambitious agenda for change.

Experience & Knowledge Essential

  • 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 – with strong interest in climate and resilience.
  • Firsthand experience of working in different countries.
  • Excellent networking and representational skills, working comfortably with government, donors, private sector and civil society at all levels.
  • Proven experience of design and delivery of influencing strategies for achieving widespread systemic change in an international development setting.
  • Proven ability to lead and manage a team of specialists to work to a group agenda.
  • Excellent facilitation skills with the ability to listen, and to lead.
  • Understanding of systems analysis and theories of change.
  • A sound understanding of and commitment to gender equality.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills in English
  • Empathy with Practical Action’s vision, mission and values.
  • Ability to travel up to 12 weeks per year.


  • Knowledge of monitoring, evaluation and learning strategies.
  • Post-graduate degree in relevant subject
  • A second language (French, Spanish, Arabic)
Closing date: 
20th October 2019