Christian Aid is moving the management of its overseas regional operations from its London headquarters to the regions themselves.
The charity is expanding its offices in Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East in order to make decisions closer to the ground.
As a result of the move there will be cutbacks at the London office. Christian Aid has so far confirmed only that three posts will go, and that it is still trying to decide which jobs are to be relocated and which will be recruited for locally.
The decentralisation process is expected to take between a year and two years.
Mike Noyes, decentralisation project manager at the charity, said: "We do not expect to make immediate savings because there will be costs involved, but part of the reason for the relocation is to reduce the rate at which our costs grow.
"Modern technology has made the move possible. In the past, the infrastructure and people with the necessary management skills were not there."