Team Leader - Social Protection Technical Assistance Facility (TAF)
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Project Overview and Role:
The Social Protection Technical Assistance Facility (SPTAF) is a DFID-funded £12m, four-year programme, which seeks to improve the effectiveness of DFID, governments’ and partners’ investments in gender-responsive social protection and social protection approaches in crises. The Facility will be delivered through a core team managing two windows:
Better Assistance in Crisis (BASIC) Technical Assistance Services, supporting greater use of social protection approaches in crises
Gender-responsive Social Protection (GSP) Technical Assistance Services, enhancing gender-responsive social protection.
The Facility will provide a flexible package of support to DFID, governments’ and partners’ activities at national, regional and international levels. This support will include a mixture of assignments responding to demand from DFID (and governments and partners) and core services and will aim to:
- Improve the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of social protection and humanitarian programmes and systems through targeted, demand-led technical assistance to DFID country teams, governments and partners
- Build capacity of DFID staff, governments and partner organisations to design,implement, monitor andevaluate, and advocate for more effective use of social protection approaches in crises and gender-responsive social protection through, for example, developing guidance, evidence briefs, a learning series
- Support national, regional and international policy development and coordination through provision of thought leadership, for example producing policy briefs, inputting into international processes, standards and mechanisms.
We are looking for a talented individual with a relevant track record, and experience in social protection policy design and implementation to be the Team Leader of this Facility. As well as a competitive salary, bonus and benefits, we are an outgoing, creative, and supportive team and offer a personally and professional rewarding environment.
Overall Programme and Contract Management
- Responsible for delivery of overall contract with DFID, including leading core team, consortium partners and systems to deliver the Technical Assistance Facility
- Lead on compliance with payment key performance indicators for delivery of core services
- Responsible for delivering client reporting requirements, including leading the narrative reporting and overseeing monthly financial reporting
- Support core team in designing and delivering a strategy for maintaining and expanding a roster of expert social protection consultants to deliver technical assistance assignments
- Identify, develop and maintain relationships with stakeholders within DFID, government and donor partner networks to help generate awareness of the Facility and its learning products
- Steer the overall technical and strategic direction of the programme
Knowledge Management and Learning
- Develop strategy for knowledge management, learning and dissemination within the Facility
- Lead communications strategy for the programme to share social protection approaches and lessons learnt from assignments within relevant social protection networks and communities of practice
- Oversee research synthesis products and lead dissemination strategy
- People management for small programme team, including direct line management, development of performance management systems and HR oversight for the programme
- Line manage two embedded DFID project staff
- Proven experience in a leadership role, including extensive experience managing teams for donor-funded projects, and demonstrable ability to motivate and lead a small core team
- Robust understanding of social protection policy and programming, with a proven track record in designing, leading and/or implementing social protection programmes internationally.
- Excellent networking and relationship-building skills and experience convening multi-stakeholder groups comprising government and non-governmental actors
- Proven ability to manage partners, building strong and positive working relationships within a consortium
- Experience designing and delivering on knowledge management, learning and dissemination strategies.
- A strong background and understanding in delivering gender and socially inclusive programming
- Experience working with the UK Government, particularly the Department for International Development
- Specific experience in social protection in crises and/or gender-responsive social protection
- Track record in communication and policy influencing
- Knowledge and experience with other key donors, including UN, World Bank