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  • Posted on: 8 November, 2019 Deadline: 15 November, 2019
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  • Options is a leading provider of technical expertise, short-term consultancy and long-term management services in the health and the social sectors. Established in 1992, Options has evolved into a dynamic organisation with a broad portfolio of work that includes over 900 assignments in 50 countries. We work with a wide range of clients that includes donors, national governments, the private sector, academic institutions, and civil society.

    Senior Operational and Safeguarding Manager (The Girl Generation, Phase 2)

     

    The Senior Operational and Safeguarding Manager will be responsible for the day-to-day operations management of the programme to ensure its efficient, high quality delivery. They will oversee the management of programme safeguarding, delivery of the small grants programme, HR, programme finances and contracts and to ensure compliance with Options’ policies and quality assurance standards.

    Responsibilities:

    The Senior Operational and Safeguarding Manager is responsible for ensuring robust and efficient operational and financial systems are in place, with timely and proactive planning of all programme activities that ensures value for money and coordinated delivery of the programme in focal countries. The Senior Operational and Safeguarding Manager directly oversees the grant scheme of the programme.

    Core responsibilities include:

    • Oversee the design, coordination and implementation of the grant scheme of the programme to provide small grants to grassroots organisations working to end female genital mutilation, ensuring relevant programmatic and financial processes for the selection, contracting and monitoring of the grantees are in place.
    • Lead on the operational and financial management of the programme, including annual planning and budgeting exercises to produce detailed country costed work-plans and the programme’s consolidated budget.
    • Develop, implement and oversee robust systems for monitoring the implementation of the programme work plans and budgets, and lead corrective actions.
    • Ensure quality assurance systems of the technical delivery and internal and external reporting are in place and adhere to by the programme teams.
    • Coordinate the programme teams’ activities across focal countries and with partners to ensure timely delivery, and maximise value for money and effectiveness
    • Ensure effective HR management systems are in place and implemented
    • Ensure due diligence and fraud prevention management requirements are in place and carried out.
    • Oversee implementation and integration of Safeguarding and Do No Harm principles across the programme
    • Establish country offices and operational setups that enable programme teams to work effectively and efficiently within Options’ systems and processes; oversight of programme security and office management
    • Work closely with the Programme Director to ensure successful delivery of the programme, and effective relationships with clients, partners and other stakeholders involved in the programme.

    Person specification:

    • Significant and proven experience working in international development at a senior programme management level or above
    • Strong leadership and organisational skills
    • Extensive experience in leading the operational coordination of complex multi-country programmes
    • Proven skills in people management
    • Proven experience in strategic work-planning and managing large, complex, multi-country budgets
    • Proven experience in risk management
    • Demonstrated awareness of and commitment to safeguarding and do not harm principles
    • Experience in developing and managing contracts and compliance matters
    • Excellent financial management skills
    • Knowledge or experience of FGM and/or broader gender issues would be an advantage
    • Fluency in English; working proficiency in French desirable
    • Right to live and work in Kenya

    Benefits:

    Options offers a competitive salary and benefits package.

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    Head of Communications (The Girl Generation, Phase 2)

     

    The Head of Communications will lead on the development and implementation of the end FGM programme’s communications strategy. He/she will support the African-led movement to end FGM, including partners, grantees and stakeholders, to communicate effectively about FGM to the targeted audience through capacity building, amplifying stories of change, and ensuring a cohesive messaging.

    Responsibilities:

    The Head of Communications will oversee content development for all of the programme’s platforms, including social media, the website, and for public relations and mainstream media coverage. They will be responsible for producing, and overseeing the production of, written and graphic materials which ensure consistency and compliance with programme brand, values, key messages, and style guidelines. The Head of Communications will liaise with colleagues and grantees in focal countries to amplify stories of change and showcase the African-led movement on the global stage.

    The Head of Communications will ensure that all communications work relating to the programme adheres to Safeguarding and Do No Harm guidelines, given the sensitivity of the programme focus.

    Core responsibilities include:

    • Development and implementation of communications strategy
    • Oversee content creation, including managing external suppliers and quality assuring their work
    • Social change communications
    • Amplify stories of change from the Africa-led movement

    Person specification:

    • Demonstrated experience of developing and implementing complex integrated strategic communications programmes at scale
    • Highly experienced brand strategist, with experience gained in either the commercial or not-for-profit sector
    • Experience designing and implementing effective advocacy media campaign, preferably on social issues.
    • Demonstrated ability to optimise brand strategies within an African context
    • Extensive on the ground experience of working in a minimum of one sub-Saharan African countries.
    • Experience in effectively managing relationships, including at a distance
    • Opportunistic in a dynamic environment and able to swiftly change course
    • The ability to communicate complex concepts to a variety of audiences/stakeholders
    • Exceptional and creative written, oral, interpersonal and presentation skills
    • Experiencing of working on sensitive issues such as FGM
    • Strong commitment to safeguarding and Do No Harm principles
    • Strong preference for candidates with the right to live and work in Kenya
    • Fluency in English; working proficiency in French desirable

    Benefits:

    Options offers a comprehensive and competitive salary and benefits package.

    Other information:

    Options is an equal opportunities employer.

    Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and post holders to share this commitment.

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    Safeguarding Officer (The Girl Generation, Phase 2)

     

    The Safeguarding Officer will work to ensure the highest standards of safeguarding are enshrined and adhered to across the programme’s implementation. The Safeguarding Officer will be responsible for promoting a strong safeguarding and Do No Harm culture across the programme, with a focus on at-risk girls, FGM survivors, grassroots activists, and team members.

    Responsibilities:

    Working with experts in Emotional Wellbeing and Do No Harm, the Safeguarding Officer will be responsible for developing policies, procedures and processes which are in line with Options’ guidelines and with sector best practices and will ensure that these are embedded in the programme through trainings, technical support, and design of relevant tools and resources.

    The Safeguarding Officer will have substantial demonstrable experience in Safeguarding, and FGM and/or Gender Based Violence in an international development setting, and with embedding culture change management, working with the concepts of organisational cultures.

    Core responsibilities include:

    • Development of Safeguarding policies, procedures and tools that are centred on at-risk girls, FGM survivors, activists and others, and ensure that these resources are contextually appropriate and relevant across focal countries;
    • Embedding a culture of safeguarding across the programme through resources, technical training and working closely with staff, consortium members and stakeholders;
    • Risk management and case management of policy breach investigations
    • Monitoring, evaluation and learning of safeguarding activities

    Person specification:

    • Commitment to Do No Harm and Safeguarding principles
    • Significant demonstrated technical safeguarding knowledge
    • Experience of developing safeguarding policies, processes, procedures and tools
    • Experience disseminating safeguarding knowledge to teams, including remotely, via trainings, presentations and/or other
    • Experience managing safeguarding policy breach investigations, and case management
    • Experience in risk management
    • Project cycle management, including monitoring and evaluation of safeguarding activities
    • Ability to lead the design and implementation of safeguarding strategies
    • The ability to communicate complex concepts to a variety of audiences/stakeholders
    • Strong interpersonal skills
    • Fluency in English; working proficiency in French desirable
    • Strong preference for candidates with the right to live and work in Kenya

    Benefits:

    Options offers a comprehensive and competitive salary and benefits package.

    Other information:

    Options is an equal opportunities employer.

    Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and post holders to share this commitment.

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    Grants Lead (The Girl Generation, Phase 2)

     

    The Grants Lead will design, coordinate and oversee the implementation of the programme to provide small grants to grassroots organisations working to end FGM. The Grants Lead delivers the design and implementation of the grants scheme, and will oversee grant applications, due diligence, contract compliance, grantee relationship, capacity building for grantees, reporting and outcome measurement.

    Responsibilities:

    The Grants Lead delivers the grants scheme, managing the design of a robust, adaptive, and secure granting mechanism focused on a range of countries in Africa. The Grants Lead will oversee a Grants Manager (based in Nairobi) and work closely with in-country staff to deliver the grants programme.

    Core responsibilities include:

    • Manage the establishment of the grant programme scheme based on recommendations from best practice
    • Development and implementation of programmatic and financial processes for the selection, contracting and monitoring of the grants.
    • Oversee and manage day-to-day implementation of the grants programme
    • Development and implementation of capacity building strategy for grassroots grantees
    • Monitoring and Evaluation of grants and client reporting
    • Ensure that all work is aligned with the programme’s Do No Harm and Safeguarding guidance

    Person specification:

    • Significant experience in managing programmes and grants, with a proven track record in disbursing grants directly to grassroots organisations in remote and diverse contexts, across a multi-country programme
    • Proven experience in designing robust granting mechanisms from inception
    • Significant financial management experience, as well as budgeting, work planning, and fraud prevention and management
    • Experience in designing and coordinating delivery of grassroots capacity building plans
    • Proven experience in risk and change management
    • Experience of contracts and contractingExperience in Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Demonstrated awareness of safeguarding and do not harm principles
    • Experience in developing and managing contracts and compliance matters
    • Excellent financial management skills
    • Knowledge or experience of FGM and/or broader gender issues would be an advantage
    • Fluency in English; working proficiency in French desirable
    • Right to live and work in Kenya

    Benefits:

    Options offers a comprehensive and competitive salary and benefits package.

    Other information:

    Options is an equal opportunities employer
    Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and post holders to share this commitment.

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    Grants Manager (Girl Generation, Phase 2)

     

    The Grants Manager will lead on the implementation of the programme to provide small grants to grassroots organisations working to end female genital mutilation. The Grants Manager will be responsible for day-to-day implementation of the grants scheme and will lead on reviewing grant applications, conducting due diligence, contract compliance, grantee relationship, capacity building for grantees,

    Responsibilities:

    • Contribute to the establishment of the grant programme scheme based on recommendations from best practice
    • Day to day management the grants programme including managing applications’ assessment, due diligence, compliance, contracting and disbursement
    • Work closely with in-country staff to deliver the grants programme
    • Financial management of the grants programme
    • Support cross-learning among grantees
    • MEL of grantees, including routine site-visits
    • Risk management and fraud prevention
    • Ensure work is aligned with the programme’s Safeguarding and Do No Harm policies

    Person specification:

    • Significant experience in managing programmes and grants, with a proven track record in disbursing grants directly to grassroots organisations in remote and diverse contexts, across a multi-country programme
    • Proven experience in designing robust granting mechanisms from inception
    • Significant financial management experience, as well as budgeting, work planning, and fraud prevention and management
    • Understanding of capacity issues and support strategies in working with grassroots organisations
    • Proven experience in risk and change management
    • Experience of contracts and contracting
    • Experience in Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Proven experience in people management
    • Knowledge or experience of FGM and/or broader gender issues would be an advantage
    • Fluency in English; working proficiency in French desirable
    • Right to live and work in Kenya

    Method of Application

    To apply, please send your CV with a summary note of your skills and experience to opportunities@options.co.uk. Candidates should state the role in the subject header.
    Closing date for applications is: 15 November 2019. However, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
    Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interview.

    Other information:

    Options is an equal opportunities employer.

    Overseas candidates require a valid UK work permit.

    Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and post holders to share this commitment.

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