Hivo – Global Program Manager We Lead.

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Region: Global (Africa, Middle East and Latin-America)

Office: Nairobi, Kenya (Hivos Regional Hub)

Hours: Fulltime

Application deadline: July 31, 2022

About Hivos and We Lead

Hivos is an international development organization guided by humanist values. Together with citizens and their organizations, we aim to contribute towards just, inclusive and life sustaining societies where people have equal access to opportunities, rights and resources. We work in partnership with others in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America on three impact areas: Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion; Climate Justice, and Civic Rights in a Digital Age. Our approach is solution driven, and we build wider movements for change by amplifying and connecting voices.

We Lead is an inspiring, innovative and far-reaching program aiming to improve the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRH-R) of young women from four specific groups: who live with HIV, who have a disability, who identify as lesbian, bisexual, trans or intersex, and/or who are affected by displacement. The program truly puts these young women rightsholders in the driving seat, while supporting them to impactful and sustainably advocate for their SRH-R.

The program is implemented in nine countries in Africa, the Middle East and Central America. The We Lead consortium consists of six civil society organizations (Positive Vibes, Restless Development, Marsa, FEMNET, the Central American Women’s Fund and Hivos) and works in partnership with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Hivos is the lead party. The program is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the SRHR Partnership Fund, which is part of the Strengthening Civil Society subsidy framework. The five-year program has a budget of EUR 40.7 million.

Job context

The program manager leads and guides We Lead strategically and operationally. She/he/they is responsible for the delivery and quality of the program results, for sound financial management, human resources and accountable to uphold We Lead values and principles. In brief, she/he/they leads the development and implementation of comprehensive program management process at strategic and operational levels. The PM is the account manager for the donor and other key stakeholders and represents the program on all levels with regard to the results in policy, advocacy, expertise & learning, both internally and externally. The PM reports to the Steering Committee composed of the directors or their representatives of the consortium partners and is managed by the Director at Hivos East Africa.


Leadership and management of consortium partnership

  • Provides strategic and inspirational guidance, and promotes communication and teamwork across the consortium towards fulfilment of the We Lead Theory of Change (ToC).
  • Upholds We Lead values, including on local ownership and youth leadership, and reflects these into the way of working of the consortium.

Leadership and management of Hivos’ team

  • Leads, motivates, trains, appraises, supports and guides staff. Enables effective teamwork towards agreed objectives.

Management of donor contract relationship

  • Responsible for We Lead operational and strategic relationship and contract management with the donor, including compliance with contractual agreements.

Program planning & delivery of results

  • Guides and oversees timely, effective program planning, in which local rightsholder organizations and consortium members actively participate.

Program accountability

  • Oversees and ensures compliance of Hivos, consortium members and local organizations with agreements made, and promotes dynamic accountability.
  • Ensures transparent and accessible reporting against results framework and planning, including financial and progress reports and evaluations.

Program knowledge, learning and quality improvement

  • Maintains and updates learning across the program and the partnership, stimulates internal and external knowledge exchange and integrates learning into practice.

International level SRH-R advocacy and campaigning

  • Provides leadership in and ensures visibility of the SRH-R agenda of rightsholders.

External positioning

  • Is the ambassador of the program; applies account and partner management with donors and stakeholders; promotes We Leads and / or Hivos’ SRH-R agenda in professional forums by sharing and profiling practice-based results and experiences and sets the quality standard either personally or by delegating this to program staff, and proposes and delivers sustainable solutions.
  • Supports efforts to identify and mobilize potential donors and funding mechanisms to grow and amplify the scope and results of the program.


  • 10 – 12 years’ knowledge/experience in management of large, complex global programs and consortia with global, regional and local partners, preferably on SRH-R and/or working with rightsholder groups plus relationship management with donors.
  • She/he/they believes in / embodies what We Lead stands for, acknowledges youth leadership and local ownership, and is inspired by and willing to be accountable to its values and principles;
  • More than 5 years of relevant international work experience in Africa and/or the Middle East and/or Latin America;
  • Professional expertise and up to date knowledge on SRH-R, social inclusion, marginalization, youth leadership, and lobby and advocacy;
  • Experience in applying an adaptive management approach;
  • Proven leadership skills, based on inspiration, trust and influence rather than hierarchy;
  • Highly skilled in external relationship management, including with donors, government and the wider governance and accountability field;
  • Strategic thinker, able to link operational learning to wider program outcomes;
  • Sense of humor, brings good energies and positive vibes, dynamic;
  • Imaginative, able to make unorthodox connections to solve challenging problems;
  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in international development, political science, public administration or another relevant field;
  • Full professional proficiency in English with demonstrably excellent written and verbal skills; Fluency in written and spoken French/Spanish/Arabic/Portuguese are desirable
  • Able and willing to travel regularly.

We particularly welcome applications from women and/or persons that belong to one of the rightsholder groups. We offer a contract based on Hivos East Africa’s local labor conditions, with a remuneration commensurate with the experience and expertise requested. Selections will be made on a rolling basis, so consider applying as soon as possible.



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