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Manager, Anglophone Africa, Family Planning 2020

Position Overview

Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) is a global partnership committed to an ambitious goal: to enable 120 million additional girls and women to access and use modern contraception by 2020. Since our founding in 2012, governments, civil society, multilateral organizations, donors, the private sector, and the
research community have come together toward this goal. We’ve made significant progress, but more remains to be done. Over the last eighteen months, the FP2020 Secretariat and Core Conveners (the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the U.K. Department for International Development, the United States Agency for International Development, and the United Nations Population Fund), with support from Deloitte Consulting, conducted a global consultation process to create a shared vision for 2030 that builds on progress achieved to date and positions us to achieve the future women and girls around the world are asking for.

The FP2020 Secretariat is structured to support, strengthen and accelerate country-led programs and priorities. The Anglophone Africa Regional Manager will execute against FP2020’s strategic approach for engagement with this regional portfolio, as well as support the transition to the post-2020 partnership. Our team’s approach supports coordination and problem solving at the country/regional level, with the overarching goal to enhance the ability of women and girls to access and use family planning information and services in line with country-identified priorities. The Manager reports to the Country Support Director and will supervise the Anglophone Africa Regional Associate.

This position is offered through November 2021, with extension beyond this date pending funding availability.

Essential Functions

Engagement with FP2020 Focal Points, Partners and Stakeholders

  • Under the supervision of the Country Support Director, and in collaboration with FP2020 Core Conveners, country-based focal points and other Secretariat teams, contribute to the development and execution of rights-based country-specific prioritized actions and Costed Implementation Plans for the commitment-making countries in this regional portfolio.
    • Work closely with the Regional Associate, the 18 FP2020 commitment-making countries in this region, and partners to design and execute virtual regional Focal Point Workshops (held approximately every quarter).
    • Support countries in the post-2020 transition to review their FP2020 commitments and assist countries through the post-2020 commitment process, with an emphasis to align to relevant national strategies, the development and execution of their Costed Implementation Plans.
  • In collaboration with the Regional Associate, lead evidence-based dialogue and decisions with national governments and country-level partners in this regional portfolio.
  • Share innovations to improve access to affordable, quality contraceptive commodities at the country level.
  • Working collaboratively across the Secretariat, contribute to country/regional-level sharing of effective practices (including High Impact Practices for FP), lessons learned, and available tools across the Francophone countries.
  • Coordinate with relevant external partners and proactively identify opportunities for collaboration with new partners to advance FP2020 goals.
    In partnership with relevant FP2020 staff, contribute to preparing and disseminating data, lessons learned, and best practices from the FP2020 community/partnership.
  • Contribute to FP2020’s strategic thinking, planning, and organizational development, as needed, with an emphasis to support the transition to the post-2020 partnership.

Program Management

  • Collaborate within the Secretariat to support the Anglophone Africa countries at the country and regional levels.
  • Provide support to deliver on cross-cutting FP2020 Secretariat functions in these countries such as: promoting a rights-based approach to FP policy, programs, and service delivery; highlighting evidence, country data, and High Impact Practices (HIPs); ensuring programs reach and meet the needs of adolescents and young people and other marginalized groups such as those living with disability; and working with countries to build resilience plans for FP in times of crisis and displacement.
  • Contribute to the Secretariat’s quarterly work plans and budgets that execute against FP2020’s strategic approach for engagement with countries in this regional portfolio.
  • Liaise closely with the Data & Performance Management team to monitor country progress toward achieving and fulfilling country commitments and, as needed, suggest realignment of FP2020 support and efforts for this regional portfolio.
  • Coordinate with the Global Initiatives team to ensure FP2020 country activities are deeply grounded in a rights-based approach. As part of this collaboration, work closely with the Advocacy and Civil Society Engagement Manager, to ensure continued engagement of civil society focal points and with the Adolescent and Youth Engagement Manager to engage youth networks, including recently appointed youth representatives and focal points.
  • Contribute to decisions on optimal allocation of resources, proper documentation, tracking, and monitoring of activities across Francophone countries with other relevant grants administration and finance staff.
  • Draft and support high quality reporting to senior leadership of FP2020, Core Conveners, and the UN Foundation.
  • Work closely with the Senior Manager, Rapid Response Mechanism regarding review of applications and monitoring of funded projects in this regional portfolio. 

External Relations and Communications

  • Liaison with FP2020 Reference Group members from this regional portfolio to support their preparations and technical contributions to meetings. Additionally, draft clear and concise executive summaries of countries’ achievements and challenges, as needed.
  • Participate in FP2020 external events, meetings and on task teams as needed.
  • Identify opportunities and events/conferences to highlight FP2020 and the accomplishments of the FP2020 movement, especially with regards to countries in this regional portfolio.
  • In collaboration with the Communications team, identify, draft, and support development of content and messaging that can be featured in the FP2020 newsletter, website/social media, and/or annual progress report.
  • Contribute to the development of FP2020’s global accountability infrastructure as well as analysis of data and the development of the FP2020 annual progress report on activities and performance.
  • Oversee the drafting of relevant regional portfolio inputs to meet reporting requirements for donors.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Selection Criteria

In addition to having a proven ability to carry out the above responsibilities, the successful candidate will have the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Advanced degree(s) in public health, public policy, international development, business administration, economics or other directly related field.
  • Minimum of 7 years of professional experience in international reproductive health/family planning, including supervisory experience.
  • Ability to think strategically and drive project implementation is critical, including strong project management expertise with an ability to move projects forward from inception to implementation to completion.
  • Prior experience working in residence in developing countries preferred, especially in any of the 18 countries in this regional portfolio.
  • Experience in working with multi-stakeholder partnerships including donors, multi-lateral agencies, developing countries and civil society organizations.
  • Proven record of coordinating development partners and managing effective mechanisms for monitoring and reporting at global, regional, and country levels.
  • Continuous learning skills and the ability to synthesize information.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and cultural competencies.
  • Excellent writing, editing, presentation, communications, and research capabilities, with advanced knowledge of and proficiency with Google and MS Office products.
  • Fluency in English; proficiency in another language highly desirable, especially if it’s Portuguese, French or Arabic.
  • Once travel can safely resume, willingness to travel (as needed) with the ability to represent the organization with professionalism, diplomacy, and aplomb.
  • Ability to manage multiple work streams and personnel under pressure.
  • Ability to meet regular attendance/tardiness policy.

Benefits & Compensation 

For full-time, benefit eligible employees, UNF offers an excellent range of benefits, including:

  • a choice between two health plans through UnitedHealthcare (PPO or HDHP with HSA)
  • dental insurance
  • vision insurance
  • flexible spending accounts
  • 403b retirement savings plan with a generous matching contribution
  • group term and supplemental life insurance
  • short-term disability
  • long-term disability
  • health club discounts
  • commuter subsidy
  • back-up care
  • employee assistance program

Additionally, all benefit eligible employees have 12 paid holidays, 20 vacation days, 10 sick days, 3 personal days, and 8 weeks of family leave care.

This at-will position is offered through November 2021, with extension beyond this date pending funding availability. It is based in the Washington, DC office. Due to exceptional circumstances UNF offices are currently closed and all employees are working remotely until further notice. Once our offices reopen within thirty (30) days, you will be required to work from the DC office.

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