WISH2ACTION Head of Region
WISH2ACTION Head of Region
International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)
Fixed term to end August 2021
The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) is the leading global NGO in the field of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). It is currently working in more than 170 countries in the world. The Africa Regional Office (IPPFARO) is one of IPPF’s six regional offices.
“Women’s Integrated Sexual Health” (WISH) is IPPF's new flagship health programme to transform the lives of millions of women and girls. Funded by DFID, WISH will provide integrated and holistic healthcare to 2.2m additional users of contraception across 16 countries in Africa and South Asia from 2018-2021.
Through a consortium of five internationally recognised organisations and 11 IPPF Member Associations led by IPPF, the WISH programme will provide a comprehensive, integrated approach to ensure equitable access to family planning and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). The programme will prioritise the most underserved women and girls, particularly youth under 20, the very poor, and marginalized populations (including people with disability, people displaced or affected by humanitarian crisis, and people living in hard-to-reach areas).
The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) is recruiting for 3 Heads of Region to join the WISH2ACTION project, working as an essential part of a team of highly-skilled professionals dedicated to IPPF’s vision. Each Head of Region will oversee one of the 3 regions below, spread across the 16 countries in Africa and South Asia:
Wish Region 1: Ethiopia/Tanzania/Malawi/South Sudan/Somalia/Zimbabwe
Wish Region 2: Uganda/Zambia/Mozambique/Madagascar
Wish Region 3: Pakistan/Sudan/Afghanistan/Bangladesh
This is a brilliant opportunity to utilize your senior programme management skills and expertise in multi-country projects and programmes within the exciting WISH2ACTION program. Each Head of Region will manage a portfolio of country programmes across Asia and Africa, which will be divided into three portfolios. You will be responsible for managing and providing technical guidance and programme management to a group of countries, and coordinating with consortium partners operating in each country.
Each region will be supported by a Data Analyst and a Financial Manager to ensure quality of programme implementation, monitoring, analysis and reporting. In this way, any issues arising in country programmes will be identified early, allowing the Head of Region to course correct, deploy relevant technical assistance, and redirect funds, as needed. As Head of Region, you will collaborate closely with staff across all technical, financial, and evidence and learning directorates, thus creating horizontal integration of the programme.
You will have highly developed networking, relationship building and problem-solving skills. You will have an excellent ability to collaborate effectively with a wide range of stakeholders in a multi-partner consortium, providing guidance, steer based on best practice and learning within IPPF and throughout the sector.
Head of Region: 1
The Head of Region WISH2ACTION will manage a portfolio of country programmes across Asia and Africa, which will be divided into three portfolios, each with a Head of Region who manages and provides technical guidance and programme management to a group of countries, and coordinates with consortium partners operating in each country.
Each region will be supported by a Data Analyst and a Financial Manager to ensure quality of programme implementation, monitoring, analysis and reporting. In this way, any issues arising in country programmes will be identified early, allowing the Head of Region to course correct, deploy relevant technical assistance, and redirect funds, as needed. In this way, the Heads of Region will collaborate closely with staff across all technical, financial, and evidence and learning directorates, thus creating horizontal integration of the programme.
Key Tasks & Responsibilities
The Head of Region will provide programme management leadership and operational support to the delivery of WISH country programmes through strong collaboration and working in an integrated manner with the evidence and learning team, technical team, finance and procurement staff in the WISH hub. Working with the in-country consortium teams covered in the region, the Head of Region manages the Country Managers (up to 6 Country Managers) based in each country within their regional portfolio.
Working on programme delivery, and with oversight, the Head of Region oversees programme strategies, technical approaches, workplans, and budgets and ensures the programme delivers against its theory of change and achieves its intended milestones:
- Works alongside regional Evidence and Learning, Technical and Finance teams;
- Provides strategic and technical support to the consortium partners;
- Ensures alignment between global, regional and country strategic frameworks/plans;
- Coordinates technical assistance (TA) needs and facilitates TA provision, supports and facilitates programme evaluation to MAs and consortium partners, monitors work plan activity progress, monitors project burn rates and deliverables (alongside regional data analyst and regional finance manager);
- Ensures Country Managers are supported by appropriate business processes and allocated enough project management supports and troubleshoots in country challenges with solutions to enable them to deliver effectively;
- Ensures consortium partners in countries without Country Managers are supported by appropriate business processes and allocated enough project management support to enable them to deliver effectively;
- Supports the Executive Director and WISH Programme Director to manage donor relations; specifically responding to DFIDs requests relating to management of the contractual obligations and possible DFID in country relationships;
- Advise WISH Programme Director and Operations Director and other staff members on relevant Programme Management issues; keeping them informed of significant developments and issues pertaining to the portfolio or impacting operations overall;
- Presents and represents country level performance in country and portfolio level progress and results reviews and devises solutions to support improved or accelerated progress where necessary;
- Ensures that the various technical, operational, financial and administrative needs of assigned country programs are being met by managing and coordinating with WISH Hub teams and liaising with other support departments;
- Consortium Partner management – provide oversight of consortium partners’ contribution to effective implementation, monitoring, and learning at country level;
- Ensures technical review of country and partner donor reports and supports improvement in the quality as necessary;
- The candidate must demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to safeguarding in local and international context and demonstrate a willingness to sign and adhere to IPPF’s Code of Conduct and Safeguarding Policies.
Responsible for the recruitment and people management of the Country Managers (3-5 people)
Reviews and advises Programme Director on budget spends in country programmes
Advises Programme Director on the project progress of the country programmes
- A highly experienced senior programme manager with specific expertise in multi-country projects and programmes, particularly with regards to programme quality, financial management, risk management, and donor compliance. Proven ability to tackle difficult programme management issues and solve problems in a constructive, positive and ultimately results-driven way;
- A track record in delivering large-scale family planning, safe abortion and sexual and reproductive health programmes, ideally in Africa and/or Asia.
- Senior country and/or regional programme and contract management background, especially with complex and multi-country projects including best practice, governance structures, effective programme management with multiple stakeholders;
- Experience leading a remote team, inspiring high-quality work and empowering team members.
- Highly developed networking skills and relationship building skills, and excellent abilities to collaborate effectively with a wide range of stakeholders in a multi-partner consortium, providing guidance, steer based on best practice and learning within IPPF and throughout the sector;
- Highly developed project management skills and experience, particularly with regards to programme quality, financial management, risk management, and donor compliance, with a proven track record in these areas. Experience should be both hands-on, as well as in a leadership role;
- Experience in leading and managing large consortia and ideally working with DFID through payment by results frameworks.
- A strong technical understanding of sexual and reproductive health and rights programmes in developing countries, including the provision of health services is essential and experience of working with the young and/or marginalised would be a strong advantage.
- Ability to take a risk management and compliance approach, balanced with the empowerment of and support to countries, regions and consortium partners.
- Ability to gather and generate learning and experience and convey this in a constructive and collaborative way to various teams;
- Proven ability to effectively coordinate stakeholders and resources for a common purpose with problem solving skills to tackle difficult issues and challenging or complex relationships in a constructive, positive and ultimately results-driven way;
- Commitment to the investment in, and empowerment, of IPPF MAs and partners.
Education and Qualifications
- Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject plus substantial relevant experience in the sector or a Master's degree in a relevant field with at least two years of relevant experience.
- Experience working with health and FP/SRH programmes implemented by both the public and private sectors
- Experience working in the international NGO sector managing large programmes
- Experience in working in resource constrained settings
- Experience managing or providing support to DFID funded initiatives
- Excellent interpersonal skills with a proven ability to influence and negotiate
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Strong leadership skills including the ability to effectively engage a range of stakeholders
- Excellent staff and team management skills – including global / virtual management
- Excellent project management skills including experience of reporting to donor agencies
- Excellent budget management skills
- Excellent time management skills able to meet tight deadlines
- Fluent English essential
- Excellent IT skills
- Conversational French, Portuguese, or Arabic conversational language skills desirable.
Must be willing to travel internationally (60 days a year) and possess strong cultural sensitivity.