Senior Programme Manager, WISH - maternity cover

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Job reference
International | International Operations
United Kingdom - London (Global Support Office)
Closing date

About Us:  

Marie Stopes International (MSI) is a global organisation providing personalised contraception and safe abortion services to women and girls. Our local teams of professionals are passionate about the work they do in communities across 37 countries. The services we provide give a woman the power to choose when she has children so that she’s free to pursue her plans and dreams for herself and her family.

The primary responsibility of this role is to further MSI’s Goal: The prevention of unwanted births and its mission of ensuring an individual’s right to: children by choice, not chance.


The Function:

The DFID Reproductive Health Programmes team has overall responsibility for safeguarding and advancing MSI’s relationship with the Department for International Development (DFID). The team provides leadership for ensuring that organisational strategy, policy, systems and capacities are responsive to DFID priorities and investments and in turn influence DFID’s priorities and investments. The team ensures that programme implementation and project management exceed DFID expectations.

The Role:

Women’s Integrated Sexual Health (WISH) is a multi-country programme which aims to improve access to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) for women and girls in areas of highest unmet need. WISH is split into two separate Lots – Lot 1 focused in West Africa, implemented by a consortium led by MSI (and managed by the MSI WISH Project Director), and Lot 2, called ‘WISH2ACTION’ focused in East and Southern Africa and Asia, implemented by a consortium led by the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) with MSI as a key implementing partner.

As a core member of MSI’s Lot 1 WISH Management Team (WMT), The Senior Programme Manager (SPM) will contribute to the fulfilment of the MSI-led consortium’s mission under WISH Lot 1, taking responsibility for the management of sub-contracts for a number of consortium partners, supporting them to deliver their commitments under WISH Lot 1 (including payment by results KPIs) and ensuring adherence to DFID’s compliance standards, and also ensuring the delivery of internal commitments under WISH by MSI’s Global Support Office. The SPM will lead project management support for a portfolio of WISH Lot 1 countries, working closely with MSI’s West and Central Africa team, supporting consortium KPI monitoring, risk management, work-planning and monitoring. In addition, s/he will lead on key pieces of work under the WISH results verification and learning component that the Third-Party monitor (TPM) has responsibility for, coordinating technical inputs across key thematic areas (advocacy, disability etc…) under WISH, interacting with technical leadership from within the WISH Lot 1 consortium, WISH2Action and with the Third-Party Monitor, coordinating Technical Working Groups and providing technical leadership where appropriate.

About you

To succeed in this role, you must have:

Skills and Experience:

  • Degree (essential) or Masters (desirable) in related subject (e.g. public health, international development or related field)
  • Good Excel proficiency (essential)
  • Excellent verbal presentation skills including experience of presenting to large audiences (essential)
  • Excellent written communication skills; ability to organise and present information in a compelling way to a range of audiences (essential)
  • Experience of managing donor funded projects (preferably DFID, multi-country desirable), including project monitoring and reporting against payment deliverables, proactive risk management and escalation (essential)
  • Experience in writing and editing reports for donors or other external stakeholders (essential)
  • Financial management experience including budgeting and budget tracking (essential)
  • Demonstrable experience managing complex relationships across organisations and across countries (essential)
  • Proven experience working cross-team, generating consensus and support from multiple internal stakeholders and leading people through complex processes (essential)
  • Able to influence to strengthen and improve quality and timeliness of programme deliverables, processes and technical support without direct line management or control (essential)
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines, perform under pressure and reputation for consistently delivering results to a high standard (essential)
  • Knowledge of donor regulations, policies and procedures, particularly DFID (desirable)
  • Able to multi-task, problem solve and prioritise to manage multiple and competing demands from internal and external clients (essential)
  • Experience in delivering capacity building support and skills development of others in either a technical area or project management skills, in order to meet project deliverables (essential)
  • Knowledge of reproductive health care (desirable).
  • Ability to communicate fluently in French with colleagues in Sahel countries (desirable)
  • Data analysis, synthesis and visualisation (desirable)
  • Ability to travel up to 6 weeks a year (essential)



Personal Attributes:

  • Self-starter, able to manage discrete projects with autonomy, but also integrate close working as part of a team, sharing responsibilities on more complex pieces of work
  • Pro-choice and committed to MSI’s mission
  • Integrity
  • Driven by high quality results
  • Determined to succeed
  • Highly organised
  • Demonstrates MSI team member behaviours and professional self-development.


For more information about the role, please view the job framework on our website.


Location: London, W1T 6LP


Closing date: 14th October 2019 (midnight GMT+1). Interviews may take place before this date for exceptional candidates.

Fixed Term Contract up to 12 Months

Salary: Competitive


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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