Adam Smith International

Senior Manager - Governance & Stabilisation Team

Adam Smith International is a global advisory company that works locally to transform lives by making economies stronger, societies safer, and governments more effective. We work on behalf of governments, foundations and companies that share our ambition to take on the big challenges facing the world.


Adam Smith International is a global advisory company that works locally to transform lives by making economies stronger, societies safer, and governments more effective. We work on behalf of governments, foundations and companies that share our ambition to take on the big challenges facing the world. They come to us to develop strategies and to design, deliver and evaluate programmes that, in turn, stimulate economic growth, stability and good governance.

For nearly three decades in almost 100 countries, we have been working in partnership with governments, the private sector and civil society in countries at all stages of development.

Our core team of staff and technical experts, in multiple offices around the world, ensures the quality of delivery and high ethical standards that we and our clients require. We bring together a global network of specialist experts, who contribute their experience and know-how, where and when it is needed.

Company-wide, both our pipeline of business opportunities and portfolio of programmes are growing. We want to recruit high calibre candidates to support the continued growth and delivery of our global portfolio against the quality and high ethical standards that we and our clients require. This is an exciting time to join Adam Smith International and become part of a team of bright, dynamic and committed people, determined to transform lives for the better.

ASI is owned and operated by its employees. We are committed to corporate integrity and a triple bottom line of social, environmental and financial performance. ASI is a registered B Corp, one of the highest-ranking B Corps in the UK on its measure of positive social and environmental impact.

The Governance & Stabilisation Team

ASI’s Governance and Stability Practice is responsible for supporting the design and delivery of our work focused on strengthening governance and enhancing stability around the world. The practice covers stabilisation, countering violent extremism, countering disinformation, security sector reform, conflict reduction and humanitarianism under the stability focus and centre of government reform, local government reform, public financial management, anti-corruption and illicit financial flows, and civil society development and education under the rubric of governance . We place a strong emphasis on gender and social inclusion in all of our programming and have a particular focus on the Women, Peace and Security agenda.

We run some of the most exciting and impactful projects around including a flexible governance facility in Iraq working with the Prime Minister’s office, a security, stabilisation and governance project tackling the ISWAP/Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria, security sector reform programmes in Somalia, Palestine and Somaliland, a stabilisation programme in Northern Mali and a community justice programme across much of the south of the country, as well as a major humanitarian programme in the MENA region.

In the last 18 months, the Governance and Stability practice has grown significantly, cementing ASI’s position as one of the leading providers of impactful programming to the FCDO’s Conflict Stability and Security Fund. Our work takes place in a range of fragile and conflict affected states as well as more and economically advanced countries. We work in places ranging from Pakistan Nepal, to Ecuador and Panama, to Georgia, Ukraine and Latvia, to Iraq, Syria and Palestine, to Somalia, Nigeria and Mali.

About the Role

We are currently looking to fill Senior Manager roles, to oversee the delivery of our growing portfolio of programmes and help support business develop activities. Our Senior Manager’s typically oversee the day to day running of major project, with responsibilities including:

  • Running the project management unit, including line managing more junior project managers and overseeing their management of budgets, invoices, contracts and recruitment processes
  • Quality assurance of project deliverables.
  • Working closely with Technical Team Leaders on work and resource planning
  • Supporting evaluations and client reporting
  • Client relationship management: maintaining relationships with donors on a day-to-day basis, helping to manage reporting and deliverable flows, anticipating issues and problems
  • Strategic quality assurance: working with the Team Leader and Project Director assessing programme direction and provide guidance, managing risks and issues

In addition our Senior Managers play a key role in new programme and funding development: either by delivering existing projects to high standards or by preparing for and leading our responses to complex competitive public tenders.


About You

  • This role requires a high level of responsibility and would suit someone in their mid-career with leadership experience
  • 5+ years of relevant sector experience
  • Extensive experience as a project director or senior project manager overseeing large scale (£10m plus) development programming, including FCDO-funded programmes.
  • Exceptional organisation skills
  • Excellent written English and fluent spoken English
  • Excellent interpersonal skills


  • Experience in managing large grant facilities in fragile or conflict affected environments
  • Expertise in humanitarian programming
  • Experience in the MENA experience
  • Language skills (eg Arabic, French, Turkish, Ukrainian)

What We Offer You

As an employee-owned company, our people are at the heart of our strategy and our decisions. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, a dynamic and friendly team environment, the opportunity to support a highly successful portfolio of programmes, and support to develop your skills and progress in your career.

The diversity of our workforce makes ASI a great place to work, more creative and resourceful, and underpins strong partnerships. We keep a sharp focus on diversity and inclusion, including through our Equality Action Plan and our Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and through leadership from our Executive Team and oversight by our Board.

We recognise the importance of your life outside of work. We are proud to support flexible working arrangements, and commit to make a success of flexible working arrangements wherever possible. We’ve built a culture to reflect our values, full of likeminded professionals who are smart, passionate and great at what they do.

This is an exciting role managing a number of interesting and innovative programmes and with considerable growth potential within ASI.

ASI is committed to continually improving the diversity of our workforce through the attraction, retention and development of a diverse range of talented people. We want people to be comfortable bringing their whole self to work and recognise that inclusion brings further opportunities for innovation and creativity.