KPMG East Africa is preparing to tender for the DFID funded Adolescent Girls’ Education & Empowerment (AGEE) Programme in Sub-Saharan Africa. We are seeking a Team Leader to drive this extensive 5 year, GBP 300 million multi-country programme.
Background and objective of the AGEE programme
The UK government is a global leader on girls’ education. The AGEE programme is a 5 year multi-country programme with a budget of GBP 300m. The overall aim of the programme is to empower marginalised adolescent girls in fragile contexts with quality education and relevant skills for productive livelihoods which would enable them to make choices over the decisions that affect their lives. The programme is initially designed to be delivered in the two regions below:
— Sub-Saharan Africa - Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda
— Sahel - Chad, Niger, Mauritania
DFID has four broad aspirations for the programme as follows. The activities, interventions and results frameworks will be based around these four areas:
— Reduce gender and poverty-related barriers
— Girls and boys receive a quality education
— Build girls’ aspirations for their futures
— Strengthen national systems
Scope of work
The Team Leader will provide overall technical and strategic leadership to the programme and ensure the smooth and efficient delivery of this complex programme delivered through a consortium of multiple partners and stakeholders. The Team Leader will have the overall responsibility for the oversight and delivery of outputs and results of the programme and will ensure that the programme is implemented as per the contract and in compliance with the DFID requirements. This will include overall technical, financial and operational management of the programme. He/she will be supported by a team of dedicated full-time and part-time personnel as determined by the needs of the programme.
The Team Leader will be the face of the programme and expected to maintain strong relationships with DFID and other networks in the sector and will be expected to effectively communicate programme achievements to a range of different audiences.
He/she will bring exceptional experience, expertise and commitment to girl’s education and empowerment especially in sub-Saharan Africa. The Team Leader is expected to have extensive skills in programme design and development, advocacy and networking with national institutions and development agencies which promote girls education and empowerment. Wider technical knowledge of gender programming including women and girls’ economic empowerment, gender and poverty-related barriers, gender-based violence, education and skills training will be essential.
Please note that at this stage the scope of work is high level and a detailed job description will be available once the Terms of Reference for the programme is released.
Team Leader profile
This is a senior position which requires outstanding leadership, strategic thinking, and organisational, team-building and representational skills. We are looking for the following skills, experience and attributes from the Team Leader:
— Masters degree (or equivalent) in a gender or related field with at least 10 years working in international development in adolescent girls and empowerment;
— At least 5 years’ experience in leading the management of large and/or complex donor funded programmes (preferably DFID) and managing a diverse team of professionals and consortium partners. Experience with multi-country programmes and delivery at scale will be an advantage;
— Experience and ability to provide leadership, direction and in harnessing the multi-disciplinary skills of the technical personnel and consortium partners; Familiarity with current debates about girls education and empowerment including DFID’s thinking and emerging priorities;
— Experience and ability to work with, and build effective partnerships between, a broad range of stakeholder groups including government, civil society, private sector, multi-laterals and other donors;
— Prior experience in operating effectively within complex and high-risk environments and managing the needs of multiple stakeholders. Experience in the Sahel and/or the target countries will be an asset;
— Experience working with children and adolescents and an ability to apply safeguarding, ethics, and ‘do no harm’ principles;
— Excellent analytical, communication and writing skills and ability to articulate arguments and positions backed with evidence in order to promote causes and ideas;
— The Team Leader will be expected to align to and assure adherence to KPMG’s internal policies, guidelines and ethics as well as DFID’s code of conduct and compliance requirements;
— Fluency in English is required and written and oral communication skills in French will be an advantage.
Duration and location
This is a 5 year programme with an anticipated mobilisation in the first quarter of 2021. These dates are tentative and could be delayed due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. There will be a possibility of a 3 to 5 year extension after the initial 5 year period.
The Team Leader role is envisaged to be full-time and will be based in London, UK or Nairobi, Kenya. Travel to the target countries may be required subject to COVID-19 status and directives at the time.
Please note that at this stage the scope of work is high level and indicative only and may be subject to change once the Terms of Reference for the programme is released and as the opportunity develops. This position will be contingent on the outcome of the bid.
Interested applicants should send a CV and covering letter to DASrecruit@kpmg.co.ke before 31 July 2020. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.