AmplifyChange is hiring: Chief Executive Officer

The Board of Directors of AmplifyChange is seeking to appoint a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to lead our evolution and growth as an independent platform for supporting sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) advocacy.

This is a tremendously exciting opportunity for someone wishing to make a real difference to the lives and choices that people are able to enjoy in some of the most challenging settings for SRHR.

About the role

The CEO will lead AmplifyChange as it further develops in its new status as an independent not-for-profit organisation. AmplifyChange was registered as a company limited by guarantee in February 2020. Reporting directly to the AmplifyChange Transitional Board of Directors, the CEO will lead a team of professionals who manage and monitor grant funding to a diverse family of civil society advocacy groups in the Global South. In addition to grant management, there is a strong focus on knowledge and learning and organisational strengthening with and among the groups that AmplifyChange supports.

The CEO will have responsibility for managing and delivering on the new 2021-2025 Strategy of AmplifyChange, recently endorsed by the Board and developed in consultation with a wide range of stakeholders. The CEO will have the opportunity to further shape and develop the Strategy during its implementation in consultation with the Board and other interested parties. The CEO will lead the AmplifyChange team in driving forward the new organisation and profiling it positively within the global SRHR architecture. The CEO will therefore be expected to play a key external relations role in collaboration with Board Directors and Members, to represent AmplifyChange, to add voice to global SRHR advocacy efforts and in sharing the impact and lessons from the work it supports.

Main responsibilities

Leadership

  • Execute and deliver the vision and mission of AmplifyChange as outlined in our new Strategy.
  • Nurture and spearhead external relations and fundraising efforts for AmplifyChange in keeping with Strategy aspirations, in consultation and with support from the Board and Members.
  • Develop a strong communications approach for AmplifyChange to ensure visibility for the work it supports, that key audiences are well informed of progress and performance, and that it can demonstrate accountability for the resources we manage.
  • Foster and implement a knowledge and learning culture and thought leadership role for AmplifyChange on issues central to its vision and mission, in particular on key aspects of SRHR, advocacy, funding and strengthening civil society organisations in the Global South.
  • Develop and maintain strategic relationships with key external stakeholders and partners within the wider SRHR field and relevant broader movements with the aim of further strengthening the position and reputation of AmplifyChange.
  • Nurture a culture for the team to follow the successes of the past.

Management

  • Work closely with senior staff to manage the team of AmplifyChange and strategic advisors to ensure timely scheduling of grant calls, related activities and allocation of resources.
  • Work closely with the Head of Operations to manage and monitor work plan implementation and progress and ensure key delivery milestones are achieved.
  • Maintain strategic oversight and ensure accountability of funds disbursed to grantees, working closely with the Fiduciary Risk Team in pursuing and evolving sound processes, procedures and good practice.
  • Maintain and uphold a strong practice of safeguarding within the organisation.
  • Maintain strategic oversight and management of the AmplifyChange budget, and grant fund allocations, in close consultation with relevant teams.
  • Maintain strategic oversight of all AmplifyChange policies and procedures to ensure they are fit for purpose, appropriately implemented and monitored, and documented for all activities.
  • Maintain strategic oversight and responsibility for implementation of procurement systems, including contracting procedure and the development of terms of reference for consultants and sub-contractors.
  • Maintain strategic oversight of grant portfolio, working closely with senior managers and the team, to track progress and to provide the Board with updates as needed and early indication of issues that may require Board involvement.
  • Coordinate with the acting CEO during the transition phase.

Values

  • High integrity and driven by compassion and values that define and shape AmplifyChange – including a commitment to all aspects of SRHR and especially the right to safe abortion and LGBTI rights.
  • Strategic thinker and problem solver, able to see the “big picture” and with the ability to digest large amounts of information quickly within a varied workload and make informed and well-judged decisions.
  • Intellectual curiosity and engaging and influential communication skills.
  • Passion for making systemic and sustainable change, and a demonstrated ability to translate this commitment into strategic organisational policies and actions.
  • Commitment to pursuing a ‘purpose for good’ approach, maximising funding for grantees and minimising overhead costs.

How to apply

To apply for the role, please send your CV and covering letter to candidates.perrettlaver.com/vacancies/2232/chief_executive_officer/ quoting reference 5038.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon GMT on Monday 10th May.

Perrett Laver will conduct an executive search process in parallel with the public advertisement of the role. Longlisted candidates will be invited to interview with Perrett Laver between the end of May – early June. The subsequent formal interviews and any informal meetings with AmplifyChange will take place in early July. If travel is possible, this will involve economy airfare to the UK.

Reporting and organisation

A small team of 9 full-time SRHR and grants-specialist staff for AmplifyChange is based in South-West UK (Bath), supported by about 15 Strategic Advisors working globally. Recruitment for people based elsewhere will be considered, especially given the current context of Covid-19. Frequent short-term travel (normally of one to two weeks in duration) mainly to South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa will be required as part of this job.

The Board wants to recruit the best person for the job, but also recognises the importance of having a leader who represents the main constituents that AmplifyChange supports. Requests for flexible working arrangements will be considered.

The salary will be commensurate based on the candidate.

AmplifyChange is an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to inclusion and encourage diversity in our staff. AmplifyChange is also committed to safeguarding and promoting the well-being and welfare of all children and adults. All our employees are expected to share these commitments and abide by our policies.

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AmplifyChange: Appointment of Chief Executive Officer


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