Head of Programmes

Girl Effect Nairobi, Kenya

About the Girl Effect

Girl Effect is a creative nonprofit, empowering girls to change their lives. Started by the Nike Foundation, they are experts in media, mobile, brand and international development: a unique mix of skills that they use to solve global problems in a different way. Girl Effect works across the world in the places where girls are marginalized and vulnerable, creating social behaviour change communications for young people in ways they love and can interact with. This is all delivered through the media and mobile tech they use every day - from apps that build skills, to TV dramas that explore vital issues, to magazines written by girls. As Girl Effect continues to scale and grow - they are hugely ambitious for their future and are looking for people who are driven by creating positive change in the world for girls.

The Girl Effect team comprises a diverse mix of individuals across sectors (non-profit and commercial) and functional skills (from Brand and Creative through to Gender and Insight). The role holder will learn and grow in an environment that challenges one to think and work with a fresh perspective. At Girl Effect, 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 their cause to create lasting impact.

Girl Effect is committed to ensuring that we develop local talent and locate staff closer to where we are making an impact for girls. As part of this process the majority of global roles will sit in a number of locations alongside country staff. In alignment with this new approach, this critical role of Head of Programmes, will be based in Kenya.
You can find further details on their website https://www.girleffect.org/

Head of Programmes Role Profile

The Head of Programmes will lead the programmes function, which has three core roles:
  • Ensuring  coordinated and efficient cross-functional programme design that will deliver impact for girls
  • Programme delivery including planning, coordinating and tracking the activities of functions across Girl Effect to ensure that programme objectives are met
  • Building and managing relationships with partners that are essential to the delivery of our programmes – including partnerships with organisations that offer services and safe spaces to girls, as well as partnerships with relevant Government ministries
The programme function creates an enabling environment for all teams to contribute to the design and delivery of programmes in a coordinated and efficient way. The programme function, as a distinct functional entity, is a relatively new function at Girl Effect and requires a strategic leader to shape the future of this department. This will require someone with entrepreneurial skills; a self-starter, but also someone who is sensitive to the impact of change on others.

In addition to leading this function, the Head of Programmes will act as an entrepreneurial thought partner in the organisation and provide input in decisions related to fundraising and technical programmatic issues.

The Head of Programmes role includes providing strong programmatic leadership internally at Girl Effect as well as during external representation. This role would likely be most effective if the Head of Programmes has experience of working at the interaction of media/digital media and development sector.

Qualities Required:

  • Digital media/development experience: You have experience working at the intersection of digital media and the development sector and understand the challenges and opportunities in designing development programs with digital technology.
  • Strategic thinking: You are a strong strategic thinker that is able to respond to both tactical and long-term opportunities, working with Girl Effect’s functional teams (Impact, Create, Programmes and Development to design programmes that will deliver sustainable change for girls and does so in a way that positions our organisation as an innovator and leader in the sector.
  • Systems thinker: You are someone who can get into the detail of a particular project but also understands the way systems and processes can deliver results at scale.
  • Value-for-money-driven: You have experience can creating plans and budgets that unlock cost-efficiencies; and are someone who is always exploring new, more efficient ways of working to deliver greater value to our donors and to girls themselves.
  • Partnership builder: You have strong interpersonal communication and negotiation skills and are able to identify and create alignment between organisations, developing mutually-beneficial partnerships that go beyond the exchange of money.
  • Leadership: You are a natural leader who is able to build, inspire and develop a team across multiple time-zones and regions especially through a period of change.
  • Communication skills: You are a clear and compelling communicator, working with our Development and Communications team to craft compelling proposals and reports for our donors and representing the organisation at high-profile speaking events.
  • Mission alignment: You have a deep 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 and to make decisions for herself and her children.


  • Overall responsibility for the effective design, management and delivery of girl-facing programming.
  • Accountable for the Programme Function’s systems, processes and tools, ensuring:
  • Cross-functional input and collaboration
  • Technical oversight and control of programme implementation
  • Financial tracking of programmes
  • Learning from and across programmes
  • Narrative and financial reporting to donors and the Girl Effect Board
  • Accountable for the establishment and maintenance of implementation partnerships including:
  • Girl networks and safe spaces providers like The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) or Brac’s ELA clubs
  • Supply-side service providers like PSI and MSI
  • Supply-side service aggregators like Triggerise and HNI 321
  • Support the Communications team to promote Girl Effect programmes to increase the profile of Girl Effect and our partners, sharing of programmatic best practice, and positioning Girl Effect as a trusted grantee.
  • Collaborate with the Create team (our in-house function responsible for the production of all our media and tech) to conceptualise, develop and optimise a portfolio of digital products—like chatbots, IVR lines, magazines, TV shows, web series and social media pages—that can be adapted to meet different needs across the countries in which we operate.
  • Manage the following Girl Effect staff to set and deliver their objectives:
  • Global Programme Leads
  • Country Leads
  • Senior core Programme Function staff (who will in turn have line management responsibilities)
  • Support external representation of Girl Effect / programmes (donor meetings, conference presentations, social media postings etc.) and on technical programmatic issues (CoP, conference panels, working groups etc.)
  • Hold budget responsibility for Programme Function core budget and global budget lines for global programmes.

Qualifications and Experience

  • At least 10 years of experience of designing and implementing programs in the International Development sector in Africa and/or Asia
  • A minimum of 5 years managing large teams, preferably across multiple countries at senior level
  • Experience of establishing and managing a team, processes and systems in the programme function
  • Experience designing and implementing programmes or interventions with at least one and preferably several of the following elements:
  • Social behaviour change communication
  • Digital media and technologies
  • Adolescent girl audiences/beneficiaries
  • Health and, in particular, sexual health
  • Leadership experience, including being part of a senior leadership team
  • A Masters Degree in International Development or a related field
  • Swahili or Hindi fluency would be a bonus

Terms of Appointment

This is a full-time position with the successful candidate being contracted on a three-year basis with the possibility of renewal based on funding and performance.

How to Apply

If you wish to be considered for this position, please forward a copy of your CV in Microsoft Word format, along with any relevant documentation to Ms. Shenaaz Bhima at [email protected] on or before 30 September 2020. All information will be treated in the strictest confidence as we pride ourselves on our professional service. We will revert to you as soon as feasible when we have reviewed your application.

SRI Executive is exclusively retained by Girl Effect to undertake this assignment.

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