Girl Effect is a non-profit working with girls to change their lives, empowering them to navigate the pivotal time of adolescence, so they are enabled to live a healthy life, participate in school, and prepare for their future financially.
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Context of the Role
Girl Effect is looking for a dynamic leader to bring vision, clarity and consistency to Girl Effect’s global portfolio of work, supporting in-country teams as they deliver life changing programmes to adolescent girls and young women. Combining significant experience and credibility with an entrepreneurial drive to innovate, our Head of Programmes will be an ambassador for the organisation, forging strategic partnerships with donors, governments and communities to propel the organisation forward.
What You’ll Do
- Oversee the effective design, management and delivery of all programming, meeting our obligations to donors and partners while delivering impact for adolescent girls and young women
- Manage and coach our four in-country Programme Leads(the equivalent of Country Directors), supporting and empowering them to deliver contextually relevant programmes that align with the organisation’s global approach
- Manage the global ‘core’ Programme team that provides technical, administrative and strategic support to our in-country Programme leads
- Represent the organisation in meetings with high-profile stakeholders(Board members, CEOs, government ministers, community leaders) and at public events(conferences, fundraising events, technical meetings and others)
- Collaborate with our in-house technical experts and our Communications team to articulate our unique approach to programming for girls, helping to carve out a distinct niche for Girl Effect in the sector
- Establish long-term strategic partnerships with supply-side, service provider organisations like PSI, MSI, Brac, Magic Bus, Medha, Triggerise, Nivi, Lybrate and others
- Take overall responsibility for the Program Function ‘core’ operational budget and support in-country leads to manage in-country Programme budgets
Who You Are
- Leadership: we’re looking for an experienced leader who is able to build, coach and inspire a high-performing team of in-country leaders from different backgrounds across multiple time-zones and regions
- Strategic thinking: we need a strategic thinker that is able to go beyond the obvious to spot and take advantage of immediate and long-term opportunities in a way that positions our organisation as a credible partner, innovator and leader
- Partnership builder: we need someone who is able to identify and create alignments between organisations and with governments, developing mutually beneficial partnerships across the International Development and Social Change sectors
- Communication skills: you need to be able to collaborate with teams to craft proposals and reports for potential donors and represent the organisation at high profile speaking events
- Mission alignment: we are looking for someone with a commitment to empowering adolescent girls; someone who believes in a girl’s right to take control of her health and her body, to pursue a livelihood of her own choice, to have a family when she’s ready, to make
decisions for herself and her children.
Work Experience and Education Required:
- At least 10 years of experience leading programmes in the International Development sector in Africa and/or Asia, preferably in one or more of the following areas:
o Social Behaviour Change Communication and Media
o Adolescent Girls and Young Women
o Health and SRHR in particular
- A minimum of 10 years management experience, preferably across multiple countries, at a senior level
- A Master’s Degree in International Development, Public Health or a related field
- Swahili or Hindi fluency would be a bonus
- Experience working on digital programmes or programmes that have used Human-Centred Design or Lean Innovation approaches would also be a bonus
What else you should know
As we continue to scale and grow – we are hugely ambitious for our future and we are looking for people who are driven to change the world for girls.
Our teams are a diverse mix across sectors (non-profit and commercial) and specialisms (from Brand and Creative through to Gender and Insight). You’ll learn and grow in an environment that will challenge you to think and work with a fresh perspective. In turn, you can expect to work somewhere where you will be stretched and developed in your role, a place where you can build your career and work with talented, engaged people committed to our cause.
Girl Effect is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, gender, gender identity or expression. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace.
We are committed to building an organization that is increasingly representative of the communities that we serve. To this end, due regard will be paid to recruiting candidates with diverse professional, academic and cultural backgrounds.
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Context of the role
You will lead the Impact function, Girl Effect’s global multi-disciplinary team of technical experts who ensure that we design safe and impactful programmes, and measure and understand this impact. It includes experts in monitoring, evaluation, research and learning (MERL), girl-centred programming, social and behaviour change communication, youth participation, gender and safeguarding. Impact is responsible for our overall technical approaches in these areas; for advising our country teams; and for promoting cross-country learning. It ensures a strong focus on impact across the programme life cycle: from conception through to implementation, adaptation and optimisation, all the way through to ensuring that results and learning are meaningfully communicated within Girl Effect and the wider sector. The Impact team works closely with the Programmes and Create functions and supports the Revenue and Storytelling team to cultivate new partnerships and communicate our evidence effectively.
This is an exciting opportunity to shape Girl Effect’s strategic approach across a number of areas, including the design and piloting of our approach to delivering social behavior change communication(SBCC) through girls’ interpersonal networks/communities; continuing to develop our pioneering work delivering SBCC and evidence approaches through digital platforms (e.g. our digital-only brand in India, Chhaa Jaa); and strengthening youth participation both in our programming and organisational governance.
We are partway through a major transition: shifting from a global headquarters in London to a more distributed and diverse team across a network of hub offices, with greater leadership and representation in the global south. The Head of Impact will play a key role in leading the global Impact team through this transition.
What you will do
- Contributing technical knowledge and strategic thinking to the development and application of Girl Effect’s strategy
- Supporting the Revenue and Storytelling team with the identification, cultivation and acquisition of new programme and partnership opportunities, including inputs to programme design and proposal development
- Representing Girl Effect and the Impact function specifically on the Executive team, to the Girl Effect Board, with external partners, and on a variety of external platforms
- Promoting the values and culture of the organisation
- Overall strategic direction for the Impact function, including priority learning questions and technical areas for development and strengthening, and Girl Effect’s overall Theory of Change.
- Manage the following teams, ensuring they are delivering against organisational priorities to high standards: Evidence & Insights (including our Technology Enabled Girl Ambassadors (TEGA team); Gender, SBC and Safeguarding
- Ensuring optimal integration and coordination across these teams and the organisation’s other functions, with clear roles and responsibilities, shared ways of working, and effective communication.
- Cultivating areas of thought leadership within the Impact team, to drive excellence in Girl Effect and the wider sector. This includes promoting external publications and knowledge sharing.
- Ensuring that timely and high quality results data and insights, and safeguarding updates, are available for the Girl Effect Board and key internal and external stakeholders (including the Marcomms team, funders and other partners)
- Coordinating closely with the Programmes and Create teams to ensure programmes are provided with the requisite technical support (expert advice, tools, templates) such that they are delivered on time, to high quality, in accordance with policies and plans
- Oversight of the Impact function budget: setting budgets across teams, monitoring expenditure, regular reforecasts etc.
- Identifying, allocating and prioritising resources (human, technical, financial) across the global Impact team
- Build strategic partnerships with relevant experts and institutional partners such as universities
- Stewarding Girl Effect’s safeguarding approach and policy
Who you are
Values and qualities
- You are passionately committed to inspiring and supporting adolescent girls to achieve positive outcomes, and to gender equality
- Committed to supporting the meaningful participation of young people in our work
- Extensive experience in leading multi-disciplinary teams across a variety of geographies and cultural contexts
- Adept at influencing at multiple levels, securing support at different levels of the organisation (from team members to chair of our Board)
- Skilled at aligning resources against competing demands, and resolving tensions
- Leading teams through change: including starting new programmes whilst finishing others, and leading the global team through the transition to a dispersed and diverse network of hubs
- You have a strong appreciation of the key elements and processes required in the strategic design and implementation of SBCC programmes to achieve measurable behaviour change, with relevant target audiences
- You have strong theoretical knowledge and practical experience of applying a wide range of MERL approaches, including qualitative and quantitative methods
- You have a strong theoretical and applied understanding of how gender and social norms influence both the lives of our audiences, and how gender responsive and transformative approaches could be applied to our work
- You are curious about – and ideally have experience of – the application of digital and mobile technologies for social and behaviour change
- You have extensive technical expertise in at least one of Girl Effect’s priority outcome areas (sexual and reproductive health, nutrition, vaccines, engagement with education, economic readiness)
- Adaptive programming and/or human centred design: you have experience in innovative approaches to programming, including developing new approaches/frameworks for driving change
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Experience in developing and/or strengthening safeguarding policies and practices at an organisational level is desirable
Minimum experience required
- Post-grad degree(s) in social sciences; monitoring, evaluation, research and learning (MERL); public/global health, international development, gender or a related field.
- 10 to 15 years of relevant experience in public health or international development
- Exceptional communicator; both written and verbal
- Experience working in international development or non-profit sector is an added advantage
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Context of the role
Girl Effect’s global finance function is rapidly evolving to meet the changing needs of our dynamic organisation and of girls around the world. Over the coming months we are refreshing the way we work, ensuring that we have robust controls around all our key finance processes.
We are seeking a meticulous, conscientious, confident and passionate person to join the Girl Effect Global Finance team, with colleagues in offices in Kenya, Rwanda, Malawi, Ethiopia, Tanzania and India – and the UK and US.
Reporting to the Finance Manager, you will be responsible for the purchase ledger which will include managing the invoice process, including making bank payments to UK and international suppliers. You will be responsible for managing the supplier ledger which includes reconciling supplier statements on a monthly basis. Furthermore, you will also be responsible for credit card postings and reconciliations. In addition, you will be responsible for maintaining the petty cash, processing invoices, expenses receipts and advances.
Desired skills and experience
Our ideal candidate will:
- Have at least two years’ experience working in a finance transactions role. Although being CPA (K) qualified would be advantageous, we would also consider colleagues with more extensive practical experience who are working towards such qualifications. Ideal candidates will need to be familiar with core accounting principles.
- Have experience working with one or more accounting packages
- Have direct experience of working in an accounts payable, accounts receivable or both functions
- Be confident in managing a competing set of priorities and able to manage their own time effectively
- Be eager to work in a small, high-functioning team working remotely with colleagues across the globe
- Be used to operating in a dynamic, agile organisation
- Receive and check all supplier invoices against our bespoke contract management system to ensure supplier invoices are in accordance to pricing agreements and flag any discrepancies with managers and suppliers.
- Process all invoices into the finance systems for payment in accordance with agreed timescales, ensuring that invoices are coded correctly and appropriately authorised.
- Ensure the Accounts Payable account is reconciled to the balance sheet and maintained correctly
- Run the transaction listing report weekly and chase budget holders to ensure they approve any outstanding invoices in time for the payment run.
- Receive, check and process employee, director and external customer expenses and ensuring they are in line with the Company’s expenses policy
- Liaise with and resolve internal and external queries in a timely and well communicated manner with suppliers, contractors and other third parties via telephone, email and face to face in a highly proactive manner.
- Monthly preparation of top 10 supplier statement reconciliations and resolution of any issues that arise as a result of the reconciliation including chasing missing invoices and credit notes.
- Monthly review of Trade Payables Reports and investigation and resolution of long standing credit/debit balances and problematic transactions.
- Preparing and posting journals where required.
- Reconciliation and processing of corporate credit cards ensuring that digital bank statements are received from the bank and sent to card holders and approvals are properly documented
- Reconciliation and processing of corporate travel agency invoices, ensuring that digital statements are received from the supplier, verified along with receipts and uploaded into the finance system.
- Manage the petty cash process on a daily basis ensuring that cash requests are actioned (when relevant)
- Ensuring petty cash is topped up and an operational balance held (when relevant)
- Assisting the Finance Team with month end activities in general to support an efficient and effective close process
- Maintenance of our filing system, ongoing filing and general office administration including scanning, answering telephone calls, photocopying, compiling and responding to emails and archiving
- Providing onboarding training along with the Finance Manager to all new starters as it relates to Staff Expenses, Credit Cards and Invoice processing.
- To ensure audit compliance and take on a proactive approach to fully understand general ledger/accounting processes and coding invoices in the finance system.
- Assisting the Finance team on any ad hoc reports and analysis.
- Other duties that are deemed necessary to support the business as and when required.
What else you should know
As we continue to scale and grow – we are hugely ambitious for our future and we are looking for people who are driven to change the world for girls. Our teams are a diverse mix across sectors (non-profit and commercial) and specialisms (from Brand and Creative through to Gender and Insight). You’ll learn and grow in an environment that will challenge you to think and work with a fresh perspective. In turn, you can expect to
work somewhere where you will be stretched and developed in your role, a place where you can build your career and work with talented, engaged people committed to our cause.
Girl Effect is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, gender, gender identity or expression. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. We are committed to building an organization that is increasingly representative of the communities that we serve. To this end, due regard will be paid to recruiting candidates with diverse professional, academic and cultural backgrounds.
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