Moving The Goalposts (MTG) – Programs And Advocacy Manager.

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Moving  the  Goalposts  (MTG)  is  a  sport  for  development  organization  established  in  2002  in  Kilifi.  The organization  uses  football  to  empower  girls  in  the  rural  and  urban  areas  of  the  coastal  region.  MTG envisions a more inclusive, just and peaceful world where girls’ and women’ human  rights  are  realized and protected. It uses a rights-based approach and focuses primarily on sexual and reproductive rights, health and choice.  More  than  nine  thousand  girls  (aged  9  –  25  years)  participate  in  tournaments  and ongoing leagues in Kilifi, Mombasa, Kwale and Tana River counties annually. MTG leagues are youth-led and managed and include girl advocates that promote health sexual choices, financial independence and female leadership. Girls are also encouraged to take up more leadership roles in their communities.

Post Title: Program & Advocacy Manager    – Based in Kilifi

Reporting to:  Executive Director 

To further its mission, Mving the Goalposts seeks to recruit a Programs & Advocacy Manager to support program and as well as advocacy initiatives.

 Job Purpose:  Manage and oversee all operations of program and advocacy initiatives activities at MTG Kilifi, as a member of the Senior Management Team, with supervisory responsibilities.

Main Roles and Responsibilities

  1. Management of programs
  • Oversee, plan, coordinate and monitor day to day program activities
  • Liaise with the Executive Director on strategy and policy development
  • Write concise, accurate reports
  • Ensure timely production of narrative reports for donors
  • Assign all  program  budgets  to  appropriate  donor  budget  lines  and  approve  monthly  budgets  for authorization by the Executive Director
  • Support the Executive Director in funding, networking and building partnerships
  • Support Executive Director in Annual Review and Planning exercises
  1. Advocacy
  • Development of  evidence-based  advocacy  messaging  including  collection  and  analysis  of  relevant data that advices MTG’ advocacy on girls and women empowerment in line with gender equality and access to health, education and equal opportunity in playing sports (football).
  • Development and  publication  of  advocacy  communication  materials  in  advancing  girls  and  women rights and empowerment for internal and external use.
  • Engage with  policy  makers  to  influence  policy  development  or  review  and  implementation  geared towards  advancing  girls  and  women  rights,  inclusion  and  participation  particularly  in  the  area  of health, education and sports.
  • Development and review of MTG’s Inclusion policy
  • Ensure compliance and implementation of the Inclusion policy
  • Lead the development and review of advocacy briefs and tools.
  1. Child Safeguarding
  • Develop and oversee the continuous updating of a detailed Child Safeguarding policy relevant for use by every employee cadre in MTG – to be shared in the HR policies and procedures manual.
  1. Management Role
  • Deliver on strategic plan strategic objectives
  • Up to date policies to government program management e.g. Through focus on national and international engagement on football policy and education.
  1. Staff Management and development
  • Supervise coordinators and Child Protection Office
  • In liaison with HR Manager, develop and implement a system for evaluating the skill, experience and professional development needs of all program staff
  • In liaison with the HR Manager Implement a professional development program to address employee experience and skill gaps
  • Work with staff to develop objective performance measurements to ensure consistent, high-quality evaluation and goal setting for all employees
  • Instill a sense of accountability among team members with  tight oversight of individual and organization performance standards
  • In liaison with the HR Manager, recruit, hire, and oversee training and orientation of all program staff members
  1. Resource Mobilization:
  • Supervise concept notes and of proposals by project coordinators
  • Support Executive Director in identifying and reaching out to new partners.
  1. Financial management:
  • Develop, review  and  monitor  budgets  for  team  in  consultation  with  Finance  Manager  and  Project Accountant as relevant.
  • Approve budgets & requests, Grant financial reports and submission to donors.
  1. Grants Management
  • Liaise with the Finance Manager to ensure that project staff are aware of grant conditions
  • In liaison with the Finance Manager ensure expenditure is in line with approved donor budgets
  • Monitor reporting by project staff for donors to ensure timely preparation
  1. Stakeholder & Donor relations:
  • Manage communication with donors and represent MTG in various forums, meetings, and conferences
  • Manage communication with donors and represent MTG in various forums, meetings, and conferences.
  1. Monitoring & Evaluation
  • Quality assurance of reports to donors; and monthly, quarterly and annual organization reports in line with the strategic plan
  1. Limit of authority:
  • Can recommend major changes to Programs but must be approved by the Executive Director and by the Board.
  • Any change in personnel in the Programs & Advocacy department must be carried out in liaison with the HR Manager and be approved by the Executive Director
  1. Board engagement:
  • Participate and  serve  as  Secretary  to  Board  Program  and  Resource  Mobilization  Committee,  take notes and follow up on key actions

Academic Qualifications;

  • MUST be a Bachelor’s degree holder in Public Policy, Project Management or Sociology

Skills & Experience:

  • At least 5 years’ experience with 3 years in relevant or similar senior management position
  • Understanding of policy making at national, regional and global levels (in youth, women, sports and/or livelihoods)
  • Interest in sports for development
  • An appreciation for gender development practices and tools
  • Good strategic and work planning skills
  • Knowledge of rights based and results-based planning and management approaches an advantage
  • Excellent English communication skills, good Swahili an advantage
  • Demonstrated excellent English writing abilities
  • Integrity, Commitment and professionalism
  • Ability to provide leadership supervisory support to multi-disciplinary and high performing teams
  • Good networking and partnership building skills
  • Ability to work in fast paced environment

How To Apply

Application  letters  accompanied  by  a  detailed  CV  should  reach  MTG  on  or  before  COB  15th  November 2021 addressed to the Human Resource & Admin. Manager. The email to be sent to Ensure that the subject is clear with position advertised. Please note that due to the many applications we may receive, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Equal Opportunity Statement

Moving The Goalposts does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, age, color, religion, sex (including  pregnancy  and  gender  identity),  political  affiliation,  sexual  orientation,  marital  status  nor disability.




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