Head of Programmes( Kenya, India, Ethiopia, Tanzania)

Girl Effect is looking for a dynamic leader to bring vision, clarity and consistency to Girl Effect’s global portfolio of work, supporting in-country teams as they deliver life-changing programmes to adolescent girls and young women. Combining significant experience and credibility with an entrepreneurial drive to innovate, our Head of Programmes will be an ambassador for the organisation, forging strategic partnerships with donors, governments and communities to propel the organisation forward as we seek to leverage media and digital technologies to expand to 5 new countries in the next 5 years, reaching more than 175 million people in the process.

Create a compelling vision that guides the design of our programmes, working with internal and external experts to develop compelling and innovative programmes that can be tested, replicated and scaled across our 3 current priority countries and new markets to come
Develop a new market entry strategy for Kenya and Nigeria, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Francophone Africa, and collaborate with our fundraising and operations team to execute this strategy
Oversee the effective management and delivery of all programming, meeting our obligations to donors and partners while delivering impact for adolescent girls and young women
Manage and coach our in-country Programme Leads(the equivalent of Country Directors), supporting and empowering them to deliver globally-aligned, contextually-relevant programmes
Manage the global ‘core’ Programme team that provides technical support to our in-country leads
Represent the organisation in meetings with high-profile stakeholders(Board members, CEOs. government ministers, community leaders) and at public events
Collaborate with our in-house technical experts and our Communications team to articulate our unique approach to programming for girls, helping to carve out a distinct niche for Girl Effect
Establish long-term strategic partnerships with supply-side, service provider organisations like PSI, MSI, Brac, Magic Bus, Medha, Triggerise, Nivi, Lybrate and others
Take overall responsibility for the Program Function ‘core’ operational budget and support in-country leads to manage in-country Programme budgets
Partner with the fundraising team to develop proposals that unlock significant growth opportunities and access to resources that will fuel our innovation



Leadership: we’re looking for an experienced leader who is able to build, coach and inspire a high-performing team of in-country leaders from different backgrounds across multiple time zones and regions
Strategic Thinking: we need a strategic thinker that is able to go beyond the obvious to spot and take advantage of immediate and long-term opportunities in a way that positions our organisation as a credible partner, innovator and leader
Partnership builder: we need someone who is able to identify and create alignments between organisations and with governments, developing mutually beneficial partnerships across the International Development and Social Change sectors
Communication skills: you need to be able to collaborate with teams to craft proposals and reports for potential donors and represent the organisation at high profile speaking events
Mission alignment: we are looking for someone with a commitment to empowering adolescent girls; someone who believes in a girl’s right to take control of her health and her body, to pursue a livelihood of her own choice, to have a family when she’s ready, to make decisions for herself and her children.


At least 10 years of experience leading programmes in the International Development sector in Africa and/or Asia, preferably in one or more of the following areas:
Social Behaviour Change Communication(SBCC) and Media
Adolescent Girls and Young Women
Health and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights(SRHR) in particular
Information Communication Technologies for Development(ICT4D)
A minimum of 10 years management experience, preferably across multiple countries
A Master’s Degree in International Development, Public Health or a related field
Swahili or Hindi fluency would be a bonus
Experience working on programmes that have used Human-Centered Design, Participatory Design or Lean Innovation approaches would also be a bonus


As we continue to scale and grow – we are hugely ambitious for our future and we are looking for people who are driven to change the world for girls. Our teams are a diverse mix across sectors (non-profit and commercial) and specialisms (from Brand and Creative through to Gender and Insight). You’ll learn and grow in an environment that will challenge you to think and work with a fresh perspective. In turn, you can expect to work somewhere where you will be stretched and developed in your role, a place where you can build your career and work with talented, engaged people committed to our cause.

Girl Effect is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, gender, gender identity or expression. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. We are committed to building an organization that is increasingly representative of the communities that we serve. To this end, due regard will be paid to recruiting candidates with diverse professional, academic and cultural backgrounds.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all those we work with and for, especially children and young people. We expect all staff to share this commitment, uphold standards in our safeguarding policy and our code of conduct. In particular:

To take reasonable steps to prevent any harm caused by Girl Effect
To report any safeguarding concerns through the reporting pathways


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About Girl Effect

Girl Effect is a non-profit working with girls to change their lives, empowering them to navigate the pivotal time of adolescence, so they are enabled to live a healthy life, participate in school, and prepare for their future financially. They inspire and equip girls with information and support, to help them see a different future for themselves, make impactful decisions in their lives, and drive greater demand for the opportunities and services available to them. Girl Effect works on the deep-seated psychological drivers that influence adolescent girls decision-making, building their intrinsic motivation to act, to achieve sustainable behaviour change. Girl Effect is able to reach millions of girls, in more than 50 countries, by delivering their work via the technology girls use everyday, including mobile phones, TV and radio as well as pioneering developments in artificial intelligence, Interactive Voice Response (IVR), chatbot and mobile technology to find innovative ways to reach and engage girls more personally, at scale, and cost effectively. Girl effect works across the world in places where girls are marginalised and vulnerable, including Malawi, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Nigeria, Indonesia, Tanzania and India.