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The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) is an independent philanthropic organisation with offices in Addis Ababa, Beijing, London, Nairobi, and New Delhi. CIFF works with a wide range of partners seeking to transform and empower the lives of poor and vulnerable children and adolescents in developing countries, with the ultimate goal of solving seemingly intractable challenges to ensure all children and adolescents have the chance to survive and thrive.
CIFF aims to play a catalytic role as a funder and influencer to deliver urgent and systemic change at scale. Areas of work include empowering girls and boys to control their sexual and reproductive health to avoid unintended pregnancy, unsafe abortion and HIV/AIDS; improving children and mothers’ health and nutrition; preventing low birthweight babies; eliminating deaths from severe acute malnutrition, nested within a more integrated approach to childhood development; and deworming efforts to break transmission for good. CIFF’s child protection work focuses on ending child labour and sexual exploitation by enabling an environment that reduces vulnerability of communities and increases protection of children. The organisation’s climate portfolio is driven by a vision of a climate-safe future for today’s children and future generations that also bear the benefits of cleaner air, energy security and sustainable jobs.
We are privileged, as a financially independent philanthropy, to be able to work in challenging areas that others can’t and we often elect to work on what can be controversial issues that others won’t. For example, CIFF is pro-choice with respect to women’s reproductive rights along with the prioritisation of access to reproductive information and to contraceptive choices. It is imperative to the CIFF family, therefore, that prospective candidates are aware of the issues we work on and embrace all our programmatic work with fully open minds to the huge number of ways in which we seek to empower young lives.
CIFF places significant emphasis on quality data and evidence. For most of its grants, CIFF works with partners to measure and evaluate progress to achieve large scale and sustainable impact. The organisation is committed to sharing as much information as possible about what they and their partners are learning.
Founded in 2002, CIFF employs approximately 160 professionals globally. CIFF strives to couple business acumen and principles with development experience and best practices to transform the landscape for children. It seeks to be the gold standard in grant making and foundation operations.
Main purpose of the role:
To provide high quality programme and research support to the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Team, to ensure efficient and effective delivery of its philanthropic programmes. The WASH investments fall under the Resilient Communities Pillar of the CIFF Africa Strategy. And the investments will support towards realizing resilient communities in the Africa strategy.
Working across the WASH portfolio, this role will support the WASH Manager and will work closely with the Evidence, Measurement and Evaluation (EME), and Strategy and Partnership Teams, and other thematic teams.
To assist the WASH Manager in delivering strategic, technical, and operational oversight to the existing WASH programmes in Ethiopia and other African Countries as required. To support engagements with partners and in exploring new types of partnerships. Support in developing new pipelines, and participate in evaluation, course correction, learning, and capacity development activities.
The Exciting Opportunity:
Strategy & planning
Provide specialist technical assistance to the WASH Manager, in collating and/or conducting analysis and research on specific projects and sector trends, as required, to support the WASH Sector in determining future strategic priorities and setting operational plans.
Support the WASH Manager in the organisation, coordination, documentation and professional presentation of outputs from the strategy and planning process.
Programme development, delivery & performance
Assist the WASH Manager in the administration of the grants management process (from concept formation through to final payment), suggesting improvements where appropriate, to enable WASH Sector Team deliver and monitor its philanthropic activity efficiently and effectively.
Lead the preparation and dissemination of regular and ad hoc reports on sector/portfolio/programme performance (including interpretation and analysis of data using statistical techniques) to ensure colleagues and partners (as required) have access to accurate and relevant information. Locate and define new process improvement opportunities and course correction options
Lead the development, implementation and maintenance of databases, data collection systems, data analytics and other strategies that optimize efficiency of knowledge management.
Work closely with members of the Finance team to coordinate the forecasting of grant payments, to enable effective cash flow management and reporting within the organisation.
Support the preparation of summary reports, board reports and portfolio investment reports, to ensure these are produced to a high standard and in a timely fashion.
Sector knowledge and profile-building
Working closely with the Strategy & Partnerships Team, build and maintain a range of relevant knowledge and information resources, to enable the WASH Sector Team to access high-quality intelligence, analysis and data to inform current and future programme activities
Keep the WASH Team updated on sector national/sub-national policy changes, progresses on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at national/sub-national level, and other key sector programmes.
Undertake other specific research projects required, as directed by WASH Manager.
Under the direction of the WASH Manager, provide administrative support to assist in the production and presentation of high-quality thought leadership, PR and marketing materials for WASH Sector Team, ensuring compliance with corporate branding and communications guidelines.
Stakeholder and partner management
In accordance with corporate guidelines and requirements, maintain accurate and up-to-date CRM records and systems on behalf of the team, to ensure CIFF can take a coordinated and professional approach to managing stakeholders and partners.
Act as the first point of contact for external enquiries about the work of WASH Sector or requests to partner with CIFF, to ensure these are dealt with in a professional and timely way.
In conjunction with colleagues in Strategy & Partnerships, collate research and information on potential and current partners/stakeholders as required, to support the effective development of relationships and opportunities by the team.
Membership of the team
Supporting the wider team in the delivery of investment memos and projects. Ensuring high standards are kept across the unit and CIFF as a whole.
Provide coaching and mentoring support to colleagues, as required, to help build skills, confidence and capability in particular areas, processes or procedures.
As required, work with the WASH Manager, the Country Team and HR to plan and coordinate the induction of new joiners to the team
The Talented Individual
Qualifications & Experience
A Master’s degree or equivalent in either of water/civil engineering, water resources management, public health and environmental engineering. Gained substantial experience in designing, implementing and managing WASH projects/programmes.
Understanding of the Ethiopian WASH sector, national strategies and priorities.
Experience in managing programmes of a complex nature.
A hands-on work experience in the areas of water supply, sanitation, and hygiene promotion (WASH).
Previous analysis/ research work experience in either the private sector or an international development context.
Experience in data management, analysis and interpretation; knowledge of major statistical softwares.
Ability to set priorities, think critically, objectively and strategically.
Capacity to work in range of cultural and socio-economic contexts, adapting style and approach appropriately and in a culturally sensitive manner to maximise effectiveness.
Strong interpersonal skills, and excellent communication skills in English.
IT proficiency (most specifically in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
A self-starter, able to look after themselves with limited close management.
Willingness to travel when necessary for project needs
Key working relationships
CIFF Africa Teams
All other CIFF departments and teams – particularly Finance, Evidence Measurement and Evaluation, Strategic Engagement and Communication
International charities and NGOs
Government line ministries/bureaus/offices – e.g. Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, regional bureaus…and others.
No direct budget accountability but contributes to the efficient operation of the WASH Team.