Vacancy – Senior Programme Associate: Digital Innovation in Cities

Role closes – 11:59pm, 18th Aug 2019 BST (Europe/London)
£43-57k per annum (depending on experience)
London (with possibility to work from home)



The Centre for Public Impact is a not-for-profit, founded by the Boston Consulting Group. Believing that governments can and want to do better for people, we work side-by-side with governments – and all those who help them – to reimagine government, and turn ideas into action, to bring about better outcomes for everyone. We champion public servants and other changemakers who are leading this charge and develop the tools and resources they need, like our Public Impact Fundamentals, so we can build the future of government together.


About this position

This is an opportunity to join a high profile not-for-profit in the public policy space for a digital government project working with cities across Europe on a 12-month fixed-term contract (with a possibility of extension).

We are looking for a driven individual with ideally 2-3 years experience who can help us scope out and shape a long-term initiative, working with ~20 city governments across Europe on digital innovation. The candidate will contribute to the development of a high impact program that seeks to connect city leaders and promote a greater adoption of digital tools for public impact.

Knowledge of digital innovation topics and city issues is helpful but we will also consider generalist applications.


The role:

  • Prepare and conduct interviews with partners in cities
  • Synthesize findings to inform long term program design
  • Develop slide decks and regular updates to the client
  • Conduct desk research to identify potential partner organisations across Europe


About you

We look for people with:

  • 2-3 years experience, ideally in consulting, service design, or public sector-related roles
  • Demonstrated interest for and previous experience with government or public administration (particularly local/city)
  • High levels of proficiency in MS Office applications, particularly Microsoft PPT
  • Understanding of digital innovation in government is a clear benefit
  • High degree of English proficiency, additional European languages are beneficial
  • Initiative and motivation to work in a self-managed team
  • Commitment to CPI’s Values


Details and logistics

This is a 12-month full-time position (38 hours per week) at CPI’s offices in East London. We offer the possibility to work from home for one or several days a week. Note that if applying from abroad, you should ensure that you meet the necessary visa and work permit requirements. CPI is unable to act as a sponsor or provide visa support.

Please note the following:

  • We would like a candidate to start as soon as possible, but no later than early September
  • We will review applications on a rolling basis
  • First-round interviews will be conducted on the phone, second-round interview may be in person or on video
  • You do not need to be in London for the interviews


Our values

CPI’s values are embedded in all roles and applicants must evidence their values as part of the application process. We have an international working environment where we value and respect every individual’s unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

  • Believe in the positive power of government
  • Embrace diversity of ideas, opinions, backgrounds and ways of working
  • Challenge the status quo, think creatively and act entrepreneurial
  • Treat each other with respect and act with integrity at all times
  • Provide honest and timely feedback to help each other learn and grow
  • Aim for excellence in what we do, individually and as a team
  • Care about each other beyond our professional roles
  • Have fun and seek to spark joy in the world
  • Work as “One CPI” sharing opportunities and helping one another while encouraging and recognising individual contributions


How we work

The CPI team in London which you will be joining operates in a self-organised way. We work in small, objective-driven teams where hierarchies are limited and all team members are encouraged to grow, share ideas and nurture their development. This way of working gives the team a lot of entrepreneurial freedom in how they pursue their goals both collectively and individually. This means that you will be working with and be mentored by a wide variety of people from CPI, gaining experience across different teams.

The Centre for Public Impact is committed to a policy of Equal Employment Opportunity. We are determined to ensure that no applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender, age, disability, religion, belief, sexual orientation, marital status, or race, or is disadvantaged by conditions or requirements which cannot be shown to be justifiable.