More Than Brides Alliance (MTBA) Coordinator

In 2016, the More than Brides Alliance (MTBA) received a Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) Partnership Fund from the Dutch Government to implement a five-year programme with the focus on Ending Child Marriage. The Alliance consists of four organizations: Save the Children (lead), Oxfam Novib, Simavi and Population Council (research). The programme is currently being implemented in five countries: Malawi, Niger, Mali, India and Pakistan.

The mission of the MTBA is to improve Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for young people, enabling them to decide if and when to marry and pursue their rights in a supportive environment. To achieve its mission, the MTBA has defined five key result areas:

  1. Empowering at risk-, and already married adolescents, girls in particular, with life skills education (LSE), Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) and SRHR information.
  2. Providing alternatives to child marriage and mitigate the impact on married girls, through enhancing access to education-, economic opportunities-, and child protection systems for girls and their families.
  3. Increasing access to SRHR services for young people.
  4. Changing social norms.
  5. Influencing legal and policy frameworks.

Organisational context

For the operational coordination in the Netherlands a central Programme Management Unit (PMU) is established at the office of the lead applicant Save the Children in The Hague. The Alliance Coordinator (AC) leads the central PMU team that consist of a Financial Manager, a Fund Raiser, a M&E officer and a L&A/Communication officer. A Partnership Steering Committee (PSC) comprising senior representatives of each organisation gives the strategic direction to the programme. A Programme Coordination Committee (PCC) in the Netherlands/New York (research) supports the AC with the oversight of the programme implementation. In each of the five countries a Country Alliance Coordinator (CAC) works together with the AC to monitor that the objectives, results and outcomes are aligned, and information is shared in the alliance as well as with external parties.

The position

The AC’s main responsibilities are to coordinate and monitor the programme implementation to ensure alignment and to share information at all levels, and to lead the central PMU team. Maintaining good internal and external communication is the AC’s key task being the bridge between MTBA organisations and the contact point for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFa), other outside bodies and stakeholders.

Responsibilities and tasks:

  • Developing and implementing the programme processes in more detail within the framework and structures as described in the governance structure, and the contractual agreement and annual reports approved by MoFa.
  • Ensuring quality delivery of the MTBA programme and act pro-actively to steer this together with the CACs, the MTBA organisations and related country offices and local partners.
  • Directing and monitoring progress to ensure that the goals and results are achieved in collaboration with the central PMU team.
  • Making sure that technical and financial reports of high quality are timely delivered.
  • Communicating at management level with the PSC members and at country level with the responsible Country Directors.
  • Leading the central PMU team, being accountable for the central deliverables of the PME, finance, Lobby & Advocacy, communication and fundraising components.
  • Guiding the Country Alliance Coordinators to align and monitor the programme.
  • Developing specific roles of the different organisations at country level into more detail in close collaboration with the CACs.
  • Organizing management and coordination & learning meetings between the different MTBA organisations in the Netherlands and the five countries.
  • Planning international learning meetings with the CACs.
  • Documenting and archiving all MTBA official documents and materials in close collaboration with the M&E Officer and the Fund Raiser.
  • Supporting external fund-raising and public relations events.
  • Acting as secretary to the PSC, prepare its meetings and minutes.
  • Liaising with the Donor, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, potential new donors and relevant stakeholders.
  • Taking part in networks related to Child Marriage like the Dutch steering group on Child Marriage and the Global Partnership Girls not Brides.

The AC sits under the alliance lead applicant, Save the Children in The Netherlands and reports to the Head of Programmes.

Internal relationships:

  • Secretary to the PSC.
  • Leading the central PMU team in the Netherlands.
  • Guiding Country Alliance Coordinators in the five countries to implement their coordination tasks.
  • Chair of the Programme Coordination Committee consisting of 4 Programme Managers: Save the Children, Simavi, Oxfam Novib and Population Council (research).

External relationships:

  • Focal point to the donor, MoFA.
  • Liaison with the Research Committee of the research partners of the CM Alliances: Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), University of Amsterdam (UvA) and Population Council.
  • Member of the Steering Group on Child Marriage (CM) consisting of the other alliances on CM (Plan Netherland and Stichting Kinderpostzegel Nederland), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Girls no Brides, UNICEF etc.
  • Representing MTBA in relevant other bodies and networks

Profile, key qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in fields related to International Development Cooperation in the aid sector.
  • A minimum of 7 – 10 years’ experience as manager in multi sectoral programming and coordination.
  • Able to operate within a conceptual flexible environment at strategic level.
  • Strong analytic, organisation, and planning skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills able to motivate and inspire people with a coaching leadership style.
  • Result oriented in combination with financial insight.
  • Preparedness to travel to the alliance programme countries.
  • Fluent in spoken and written Dutch, English and French.

Duty station:

  •  Save the Children Head Quarters in The Hague, the Netherlands.

Special requirements:

  • Travelling to programme countries.
  • Working regularly at the offices of Oxfam Novib and Simavi in the Netherlands.

Specific details:

  • A 12 months employment contract of 38 hours per week (full time)
  • BBRA scale 10-11 depending on age and work experience
  • Save the Children is an active promoter of child rights and implements an active child safeguarding protocol. As such we ask potential candidates for this position to be willing to comply to our Code of Conduct and to submit a certificate of good conduct once the candidate has received an offer of employment.

Information and applying

For questions concerning this vacancy, please contact Jorieke Streef, Head of Programmes. Telephone: 0703384448
You can demonstrate your interest in this position by sending an email with a cover letter and curriculum vitae to stating “vacancy employee Alliance Coordinator MTBA ” before the 18th of March 2018.

Commercial inquiries or job postings are not appreciated or accepted regarding this vacancy.

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