Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Helpdesk Manager

London, UK
Contract type: 
Full time, Fixed term, 2 years, renewable
Commensurate with experience
Closing date: 
Sunday, 27 September, 2020
Options Consultancy Services is seeking a Helpdesk Manager to manage and oversee the VAWG (violence against women and girls) helpdesk facility as part of the What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls: Impact at Scale (What Works II) programme.

Options is bidding 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 the Department for International Development (DFID), with a major investment in research and impact evaluation to establish ‘what works’ to prevent violence against women and girls (VAWG), bringing together world-leading researchers. Phase I included 15 prevention interventions and impact evaluations in 12 countries. What Works II is a 7-year programme that will systematically design, implement and rigorously evaluate the scale-up of violence prevention efforts.

The VAWG Helpdesk Manager will manage and oversee the helpdesk facility. The purpose of the helpdesk is to provide bespoke expert advice and build capacity on VAWG and violence against children (VAC) of FCDO and wider Her Majesty’s Government partners (Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Ministry of Defence, and Home Office) through a short-term query service alongside longer-term in-country assignments, strategic engagement and support to central policy teams. The Helpdesk Manager will be responsible for finalising the standard operating procedures for the VAWG Helpdesk, establishing a roster of experts, and responding to reactive requests whilst populating a longer-term workplan for prioritisation of more proactive work.

Please note: Any appointment will be dependent on Options winning the contract from FCDO

Person specification: 

To succeed in this role, you will have:

  • Postgraduate degree in relevant subject area, such as international development, gender studies or social anthropology
  • Experience in the management of teams, including managing inputs from independent international consultants
  • Experience in developing and maintaining successful relationships with a diverse range of organisations to facilitate wider inputs
  • Demonstrated programme management experience, or experience of coordinating the provision of high-quality outputs in short turnaround times
  • Technical understanding of VAWG prevention
  • Understanding of the social norms, attitudes and power dynamics that underpin VAWG
  • Technical writing and research skills, ideally on VAWG and gender related issues

Options offers a comprehensive benefits package including generous annual leave allowance, season ticket loan, cycle to work scheme and a performance related bonus scheme.

Application process: 
  • To apply, please fill in the form here.
  • Closing date: 27 September 2020
  • Please note that the closing date for this vacancy is for guidance only. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis so candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
  • Please note that this role will be subject to full pre-employment background checks including criminal record check (CRC), identification check, employment references and right to work verification (where appropriate).
Other information: 
  • Options is an equal opportunities employer.
  • 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.
  • Overseas candidates require a valid UK work permit
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