Project Manager Education Programmes (f/m/d)

Common Goal


With more than three billion fans, football is the largest social phenomenon on the planet. No other sport boasts such wealth, reach or cultural significance. Common Goal is rooted in the belief that the world’s most popular sport is one of the few cultural forces strong enough to help shift society towards a more sustainable and equitable future for all.

We want to maximise the game’s contribution to people and planet by forging a lasting connection between football as a business and football as a catalyst for social transformation. We believe that achieving long-lasting change requires everyone’s collaboration. That’s why we are building a movement that creates opportunities for every stakeholder in football to participate and collaborate in support of our people and planet.

Bottom-up and inside-out, we place all our focus on strengthening local capacity to transform realities, embedding purpose at the heart of the football industry and using football as enabler to inspire a shift in mindset.


We are recruiting a Project Manager who will be directly responsible for overseeing the project management of one or more projects focusing on advancing education globally. The role will require an experienced project manager with the ability to manage complex projects and the input of a diverse group of internal and external stakeholders. They will also be expected to engage with content and to identify the need to bring in specific expertise to increase the quality of delivery.

The Project Manager will be part of the Community team and report directly to the Head of Community. They should have the ability to foster collaboration and teamwork, productively work with others and conduct themselves with the highest level of collegiality. They are expected to take leadership in their area of work and to continuously improve processes and procedures. The position is based in our Berlin office.


  • Provide high-quality project management for the delivery of projects, working independently and proactively to ensure delivery is on time, on budget, within scope and meeting donors’ expectations.
  • Ensure effective and efficient delivery of tasks, with multiple internal and external stakeholders.
  • Collect, analyse, report and share project delivery and financial data on a regular basis, supporting additional deep dives into project progress and challenges.
  • Facilitate the further development and promotion of education approaches and their scaling in collaboration with education experts in the football for good sector and beyond.
  • Manage day-to-day relationships with delivery partners and the internal team(s) and build solid understanding of delivery needs and timelines across projects and programmes.
  • Coordinate communications products generated from the project with the Brand’s team and support effective knowledge management based on project reporting and management activities.
  • Deliver effective due diligence, onboarding and contract management of consultants, whenever necessary.
  • Plan and manage workplans, budgets and ensure that financial outcomes are met, with any risks to timelines or over/under-spend escalated appropriately.
  • Manage Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning processes for the projects in collaboration with the MEAL unit.
  • Provide support in strengthening policies, procedures, and management tools for Common Goal.
  • Collect and share project information to support colleagues in the business development of Common Goal.


  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience, namely in the educational sector. Experience in the sports for good sector is an additional asset.
  • Proven experience managing complex, multi-stakeholder projects, namely funded by institutional and multilateral donors (e.g. EU).
  • Proficient in creating databases, spreadsheets, presentations and the use of project management tools and apps.
  • Proven experience with the use of technology in education.
  • Demonstrable experience in budget planning and reporting; ability to analyse and effectively use financial information.
  • Demonstrable knowledge and experience in safeguarding children and vulnerable groups.
  • Ability to prioritise, plan and organise workflow to tight timeframes, handle multiple tasks and be flexible with changing priorities.
  • Proven ability to resolve problems, anticipate barriers and create practical solutions including proactive response to managing delivery risks.
  • Degree in a related field of studies and highly proficient in numeracy.
  • Fluency in English; knowledge of other languages always an additional asset.
  • Resilient problem solver, that takes responsibility for the work, thrives on transparency and accountability, and can work independently.
  • Enjoys working in a diverse, culturally rich and inclusive workplace.


  • Be part of a motivating work culture with highly talented colleagues and peers, lean decision-making processes, and unique personal development opportunities within an internationally recognised social enterprise.
  • Play your part in uniting the global football community in tackling the greatest social challenges of our time and join an innovative, experienced, solutions-oriented, and impact-driven team that is passionate about football for good.
  • Enjoy flexible and hybrid working arrangements, an inspiring and centrally located office, 30 days annual leave and other great features to enable an optimal balance between work and personal life.
  • Benefit from attractive perks for all employees such as visa & relocation support, monthly public transport passes, a gym allowance, home-office equipment and support, as well as other great initiatives to create a fun and exciting workplace.
  • Kick-start your career at Common Goal in Berlin with your own initial 12-month contract with the potential of extension into a long-term position.
  • Last but not least, join an international squad of 18 nationalities, speaking more than 12 languages, where 100% of your future teammates agreed in the latest staff survey that “fellow team members are committed to doing quality work.”

How to apply

Kick things off by submitting your application via our online application form, including your CV and a letter of motivation that highlights a few of your key achievements. Please submit all documents and information requested, as we cannot consider incomplete applications.

This is a rolling application process. Your application will be screened against the position-specific criteria. Selected candidates will be invited to participate in an assessment and interview. Please note that we might only be able to respond to applications in the new year due to winter holidays.

Common Goal celebrates diversity and is strongly committed to providing a work environment that is inclusive and free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions are based on individual qualifications and abilities without regard to race, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, family or parental status, or disability status.

Deadline: 14 Jan 2024