Senior Programme Officer, Learning Team

Deadline: 25 September Download job description

Girls Not Brides is seeking a Senior Programme Officer in the Learning Team to take forward Girls Not Brides work on capacity development of members with a focus on strengthening gender transformative approaches.  This will include documenting and disseminating learning from community level initiatives, including in relation to tackling harmful gender norms. The job-holder will also lead on the monitoring and evaluation of the Learning Team’s products and processes.

This role sits within the Learning team. The Learning team builds an understanding of how child marriage happens, and what needs to be done to address it, by sharing the latest research and evidence about what works, identifying and building consensus about solutions needed, and using this to support the work of Girls Not Brides members and partners.

Girls Not Brides is a global partnership of more than 1000 civil society organisations from over 95 countries committed to ending child marriage and enabling girls to fulfil their potential. Members are supported by a global secretariat with staff based in the UK and individual team members based in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Stronger together, Girls Not Brides members bring child marriage to global attention, build an understanding of what it will take to end child marriage, and call for the laws, policies and programmes that will make a difference in the life of millions of girls.

In 2017, Girls Not Brides launched an ambitious four-year strategy (available online). The Partnership has grown rapidly in recent years and is looking for candidates enthusiastic about amplifying recent successes.

Based in the Girls Not Brides office in central London, the successful candidate will be a key member of the Learning team and their responsibilities will be to:

  • Identify and develop tools and resources to support the secretariat and members to include a strong gender lens in their work.
  • Support the development and implementation of a capacity strengthening strategy of Girls Not Brides members, including how Girls Not Brides can partner with others to achieve gender transformative impacts at scale.
  • Lead on capacity building initiatives to support members in programme design, documentation and evaluation – including directly designing and delivering capacity building activities, as appropriate.
  • Support Girls Not Brides members to document lessons learned from their work including in relation to community level intervention to tackle gender discrimination and shift harmful gender norms.
  • Strengthen systems to monitor and evaluate the impact of Girls Not Brides learning products and processes (thematic and sectoral briefs, learning series and interactive learning events)
  • Provide policy input and advice on Girls Not Brides’ communications materials and serve as a resource on policy and programmes for Girls Not Brides
  • Contribute to briefings for the secretariat on specific issues in advance of upcoming events, meetings and interviews.
  • Represent Girls Not Brides to external audiences on issues relating to members’ approaches to addressing child marriage, and comprehensive responses needed.
  • As required, Undertake reviews of new research on child marriage and broader gender transformative approaches and ensure learning available for Girls Not Brides Secretariat and its members.
  • Contribute to the broader work of the Learning team, and the whole secretariat.

We are looking for candidates with a proven track record of designing learning initiatives and capacity building opportunities for community based organsiations. Candidates must have a background in international development, gender, human rights or another related field. We need someone with direct experience of programme development, capacity building and monitoring and evaluation. A strong understanding of dynamics on gender and/or development issues, is essential and an understanding of child marriage, is desirable.

We are specifically looking for candidates who can:

  • Help the Girls Not Brides secretariat to ensure a strong gender lens in its support to member organisations,
  • Oversee the development of a capacity development strategy to scale up support to our members with a focus on strengthening gender transformative programming and advocacy,
  • Develop robust monitoring and evaluation mechanisms which can assess impact of learning products and processes,
  • Develop user-friendly, interactive learning resources translating complex concepts into accessible language,
  • Scope options and present recommendations in new areas of work,
  • Listen, distill issues and communicate well with diverse actors from different cultural contexts,
  • Operate independently to a high level of impact and quality, while also remaining agile, flexible and collaborative within and across the secretariat team,
  • Use a wide range of modern office software suites and project management tools, and is able and willing to learn new ones.

At Girls Not Brides, we are committed to the wellbeing, empowerment and rights of children, and to safeguarding children from harm in all of our activities. Girls Not Brides aims to promote an environment of trust and understanding where the welfare of children is paramount. You will be expected to adhere to the Girls Not Brides Child Safeguarding Policy and its Code of Conduct and report any concerns relating to the safeguarding of children in accordance with agreed procedures.

Salary range:              £35,000-£42,000, depending upon experience, plus a generous benefits package

How to apply

We are an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. To apply, please send your CV and a brief cover letter demonstrating how you meet the criteria for this position to by 23:00 GMT on 25th September 2018 clearly stating “Senior Programme Officer” and your name in the subject line. The first round of interviews are scheduled to take place the week of 1st October. We regret that due to the large number of applications anticipated, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.