Vacancy: Managing Director - Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (CSEA) Solutions Hub

Apply by 8 February 2023
The Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (CSEA) Solutions Hub is seeking to employ a Managing Director (MD).

Background

Despite extremely high levels of child sexual exploitation and abuse (CSEA) globally, current policy making and problem-solving approaches–including accessible solutions–are lacking. The field needs more collaboration and co-production of knowledge products and services to build and scale evidence informed solutions to this pressing problem. To achieve this, the Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI), Together for Girls (TfG), University of Edinburgh, and WeProtect Global Alliance are global partners creating a Solutions Hub to address this. The Hub’s objectives:

  • Knowledge mobilisation: Engage end users/stakeholder groups in the CSEA space to incorporate high-quality research and practice-based knowledge into their policy, programmes and advocacy.
  • Knowledge transformation: Co-create enhanced capacity building strategies and programmes that will empower advocates (activists), frontline service providers, and decision-makers (and gradually a broader audience to include government, young people, and other key stakeholders) to use data, evidence and knowledge.
  • Knowledge generation: Ensure that both research- and practice-based knowledge generated by the field is collected, reviewed, and used.

By bringing together multiple stakeholders, the CSEA Solutions Hub space will activate a new and enhanced approach to prevention, healing, and justice. Ultimately, this transformative and meaningful impact will truly prevent all forms of sexual violence against children and adolescents by closing the gap between evidence and action. The Solutions Hub is seeking to employ a Managing Director (MD).

Role Context

The Solutions Hub Managing Director (MD) will work with and support the following key stakeholder and governance groups:

  • CSEA Leadership Group (LG): This group includes 4 members: one representative from each core partner organisation. It defines the vision and priorities for the movement. The Managing Director’s reports directly to the SVRI Executive Director, along with regular reporting line to chairperson of the CSEA Leadership Group.  the elected Chair of the LG and
  • CSEA Advocacy Group (CAG): This group will include representatives from the CSEA field representing the key stakeholder groups that the Hub aims to engage;  members will provide strategic inputs and act as ambassadors for the work of the Hub. 
  • Swiss Philanthropy Foundation (SPF): The SPF is the fiscal agency for the Solutions Hub. The MD will have to engage regularly with SPF regarding financing and any fiduciary reporting. SPF does not play a supervisory role of the MD.

 

Role Description

The Managing Director will coordinate and oversee the implementation of the  Hub’s strategy, as agreed to by the CSEA Leadership Group. This will include inception, development of systems and ways of working, and delivery of all contractual obligations. The Hub has received a funding commitment for 4 years, which is a rare and unique opportunity for such an initiative.  As the leader of a newly formed project, the Managing Director will be a seasoned manager who will have overall responsibility for the implementation of the project and support partners to work strategically and in partnership.

The main purpose of this role is to direct all CSEA Solutions Hub operations and coordinate the Hub’s activities across all of the Hub’s partners. The Managing Director will be responsible for ensuring that the Hub achieves its financial mission and long-term goals.

Responsibilities

Ensure the creation and continued evolution of a clear project implementation strategy, including:

  • Convening a collaborative, global, annual strategy planning.
  • Overseeing impact assessment process. 
  • Overseeing the development and implementation of all Hub activities within each core partner organisation. 
  • Supporting the implementation of the strategy through collaborative project delivery. 
  • Building and supporting an appropriately diverse group of stakeholders who buy into/own the process. 
  • Leading the preparation and consolidation of the project calendar.
  • Keeping all relevant stakeholders informed of developments in line with the Hub’s objectives.
  • Build and nurture trust with key partners.
  • Develop and implement a resource mobilisation strategy to ensure the Hub’s sustainability and support its expansion.

 

Facilitate the coherence and complementarity of work through support to the CSEA Leadership Group, including: 

  • Working with the Chair, set agendas and organize Leadership Group meetings and processes.
  • Facilitating strategic communications between Leadership Group members.
  • Working with a designated MEL position, ensure all necessary monitoring, evaluation and reporting expectations are met.
  • Working with the governance consultants from INTRAC to facilitate smooth operations.
  • Empowering the Hub to achieve our mission, focused on lifting up practitioner voices.
  • Leading, empowering and developing a culture where all stakeholders feel respected, appreciated, and resourced to achieve their goals, keeping intersectionality, racial and economic justice foregrounded. 
  • Exercising strong financial accountability, ensuring annual budgeting, efficiency, and impact, managing risks, and reporting and follow up on all key governance areas.

Support the Global Advocacy Ambassadors Group (GAAG), including: 

  • Working with the Chair, set agendas and organize meetings of the GAAG, 
  • Supporting GAAG to represent the Hub in the spaces they inhabit, and the media, as needed.

Candidate Profile

This accomplished senior leader in the CSEA field will have extensive experience in understanding and using high quality evidence and knowledge for strengthening programmes and practice and working with diverse groups and stakeholders, across a variety contexts and expertise areas. Experience working on child sexual abuse and exploitation prevention, healing, and justice, or closely related issues within violence prevention, would be important. Expertise in using data and evidence for decision making to improve and inform programmes and policy is essential. The candidate will also be a seasoned and excellent manager, with significant experience in setting up teams and working in partnership.  Success in this position requires strong management skills, networks, project implementation experience and rich experience of building collaborative partnerships.  A long-term commitment to measured impact is essential. 

Work Experience:

  • Accomplished manager with 10-15 years of significant experience and documented success in facilitating evidence uptake and use
  • Demonstrable experience in developing strategic and project implementation plans.
  • Knowledge and experience with international development and CSEA programmes and policies globally.
  • Extensive experience in partnership development, facilitating alignment and collaboration among diverse groups of social change advocates and stakeholders in all regions of the world.

Skills and Knowledge:

  • Strong empathy or social skills to build relationships and a demonstrated ability to work with diverse allies, coalitions, and individuals.
  • Capacity to shape and adapt strategies.
  • Ability to navigate difficult issues through multi-stakeholder processes to achieve alignment on positions and project delivery commitments.
  • Strong and inclusive leadership qualities with a collaborative, warm, consensual leadership style.
  • Able to embrace and advocate for the big picture but equally able to be hands-on.
  • Experience supervising and motivating a high-performing partnership working remotely, with staff in locations around the world
  • Excellent leadership, communications, virtual and in-person facilitation, writing and interpersonal skills. 
  • Strong project management skills, including the ability to deliver projects to time, to budget and in line with agreed objectives. 
  • Strong ability to work with minimal supervision from the Leadership Group and be self-directed.
  • Knowledge and demonstrated skill in using evidence for impact.
  • Knowledge and understanding of issues related to ending sexual violence against children and adolescents are desirable but not required.
  • Proven success in supporting fundraising and donor relations is a plus, but not necessary.

Work Permits:  

The candidate must have the ability to legally work in the country where they reside without sponsorship, as a consultant for the Hub.

Languages:

  • Must be fluent in both verbal and written English. Additional language(s) a plus.

Culture and Values

The CSEA Solutions Hub and the SVRI are an equal opportunity employer. People of colour, women, LGBTQ+ people and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. The SVRI team seeks to create a courageous, inclusive, and flexible culture that empowers staff to have the capacity and ability to deliver change.  Striving to build and maintain psychological safety, trust, and accountability among team members to foster honesty and openness about our needs and challenges while also prioritizing self-care.

We are a team that punches way above our weight and are proud of our work environment that is based on the values of respect, courage, empathy, agility, and collaboration. This will be coupled with a strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion that underpins our work.  The successful applicant will be required to sign SVRI’s Code of Conduct.

Salary Range

Depending on experience and expertise, annual earning will range from between $USD75,000-$USD110,000. If based in South Africa, the successful applicant will be paid in South African Rand.

Location

This position can be remote, with required travel to in-person meetings to fulfil the duties of the position as listed above. Office space is available in Pretoria should the candidate prefer to work onsite.

How to Apply

Applications close 8th February 2023.

To apply for the post, please email svri@svri.org:

  • a letter of application stating the skills and approach you would bring to the role.
  • your CV/resume in English, including three referees.

Please ensure that documents are sent with the titles “your name cover letterand “your name CV” and state "CSEA Solutions Hub Managing Director” in the email subject line. 

Thank you all who apply for this post, we appreciate your interest in working with us. Please note only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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