National Programmes Manager

London (preferred) or Washington, D.C. | Full Time, permanent

Position overview

As a member of the Programmes Team, the National Programmes Manager will be responsible for managing Malala Fund’s In-country Representatives (ICRs), monitoring grants and supporting the coordination of the country strategy in the countries in which Malala Fund operates. This will include day to day management of all ICRs, monitoring and oversight of grants, and working with the wider Malala Fund team to ensure alignment of all activities in-country.

The Manager will work with in-country and advocacy staff to establish partnerships with key stakeholders in the government, non-government and private sectors and thereby help to marshal the will and resources needed to progress an agenda for expanded access to quality girls’ education. Through close collaboration with the Grants Team, they will identify future grantees to expand the Education Champion Network to reach more of the world’s most marginalised and out-of-school girls.

Responsibilities and tasks

Strategic Coordination and Management

  • Work closely with the leadership of the Programmes team and other relevant staff to create national strategies for each of the countries where Malala Fund operations
  • Working closely with In-Country Representatives ensure the effective implementation of each national strategy, coordinating efforts across departments
  • Coordinate with the Director of Advocate Programmes to effectively deploy Malala Fund Education Champions and girl activists to support country agendas
  • Work closely with the Advocacy department to ensure support for joint advocacy efforts and national advocacy initiatives
  • Facilitate coordination between In-country staff and Malala Fund HQ staff outside of Programmes and Advocacy departments.
  • Work with In-country staff on coordinating communications, political positioning, and representation of Malala Fund in-country.
  • Identify in-country developments of interest to Malala Fund leadership and/or Board

National Operations Management

  • Supervise and manage the day to day working of all In-Country Representative in all aspects of their work, including:
    • Review and advise on individual workplans
    • Review and provide feedback on monthly country reports
    • Review and approve In-country staff travel
  • Manage development of annual national budgets for operations, grants, travel and consultants in order to inform the wider departmental annual plan and budget
  • Work with the ICRs and grant management staff to identify and resolve grant implementation issues and recommend grant modifications where needed
  • With the support of the Director Strategy and Learning, recruit and manage future staffing for the geographical expansion of the programmes according to the strategic plan

Person specification

  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent in social and political science or a related field.
  • Substantial experience with international programmes with several years in management roles.
  • Experience living and working in developing countries, preferably in at least one where Malala Fund implements its programmes.
  • Proven experience managing teams and consultants remotely in multiple countries.
  • Proven expertise in innovative programme delivery focusing on empowerment of marginalised populations, preferably women and girls in the global south.
  • Knowledge of issues and networks relating to girls’ education preferred.
  • Strong political instincts and proven ability to cultivate influential networks of diverse stakeholders and creativity in influence decision-makers
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to relate and communicate with individuals from a variety of cultural backgrounds.
  • Ability to think critically and consistently apply good judgement.
  • The ability to travel (up to 20%) internationally and a willingness to be flexible in working hours working across different time zones.
  • Strong commitment to the Malala Fund’s mission to empower girls through education.

How to apply

Please send a resume and cover letter (which should include salary expectations) to hiring@malalafund.org, indicating “National Programmes Manager” in the subject line of your email, or fill out the form to the right of this page by August 16, 2020.

We are able to provide sponsorship for a U.K. visa if the successful candidate does not have the pre-existing right to work in the U.K. However, we are unable to support visa applications for applicants wishing to be based in Washington, D.C.

Please note that due to the very high number of applications we receive every time a position is posted, we are unfortunately only able to respond directly to candidates with whom we wish to move forward in the interview process.

Malala Fund is committed to safeguarding children and employment with our team is conditional upon successfully completing a background check.

About Malala Fund

Registered as a public charity in the United Kingdom and the United States, Malala Fund is working toward a world where all girls can learn for 12 years and lead without fear. We advocate for resources and policy changes needed to give all girls a secondary education. The girls we serve have high goals for themselves — and we have high expectations for leaders who can help them. We invest in developing country education leaders and frontline organisations — the people who best understand girls in their communities — in regions where most girls are missing out on secondary school. We amplify girls’ voices. Malala Fund is building a movement of young education activists who, like Malala, speak truth to power around the world.