Programme Director

Global - Location flexible
Contract type: 
Full time Fixed term
Closing date: 
Friday, 31 January, 2020
We’re seeking for an exceptional Programme Director to drive the second phase of the anticipated DFID funded programme “What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls (What Works II.)” The programme aims to accelerate progress towards the elimination of violence against women and girls (VAWG) through an evidence-based and scaled-up global response.

Options is preparing to bid for the What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls: Impact at Scale (What Works II) programme. The first phase was a flagship initiative for DFID, with a major investment in research & impact evaluation to establish ‘what works’ to prevent violence against women and girls (VAWG), bringing together world-leading researchers

What Works II is a 7-year programme that will systematically design, implement and rigorously evaluate the scale-up of violence prevention efforts (scale); pilot and test new theory-driven approaches (innovation); strengthen long-term capability and capacity to deliver cutting-edge VAWG prevention globally; and use evidence to influence a more effective global approach. The programme includes a major grant making component to scale and innovate interventions aimed at tackling social norms and preventing VAWG.

The Programme Director will provide overall strategic leadership, managerial oversight and technical direction to the programme. S/he will lead a team of technical and operational experts ensuring high quality programme delivery and management of strategic grants.

A key aspect of the role requires strategic engagement with DFID, consortium members, beneficiaries and other stakeholders to ensure resources are leveraged to achieve impact. The post holder will ensure the programme delivers high quality results, meets programme outputs, outcomes and impact and provide inspirational leadership to ensure the programme makes a real difference in women’s and girls’ lives.

Person specification: 

To succeed in this role, you will have:

At least a Postgraduate degree in relevant subject area, such as international development, gender studies or social anthropology.

A minimum of five year’s proven experience in strategic planning, budgeting, risk management and oversight of significant donor-funded budgets.

Experience in developing and maintaining successful relationships with partnership with a diverse range of organisations, partners and stakeholders

Proven experience in overseeing large-scale granting programmes across multiple geographies

Application process: 

To apply, please email your CV with a covering letter detailing how you meet the requirements of the role to

Candidates should state the role in the subject header.

Closing date for applications is: 31st January 2020

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interview

Other information: 

Options is an equal opportunities employer.

Overseas candidates require a valid UK work permit.

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.

We seek people who are pro-choice, energetic and enthusiastic about Options’ vision


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