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Child Health & Development Manager (WASH & NTD) - New Delhi
The Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF)
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To apply for this role please send a copy of your CV and cover letter to, stating the job title in the subject of your email. Applications received after the closing date may not be reviewed. If a high volume of applications are received, the vacancy may be closed early. About CIFF 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. Background India is one of the most critical countries in the world as we seek human advancement. Shifting the needle on most global indicators can only happen if there is progress made in India. India is amongst the biggest countries in the world for CIFF. The entirety of the CIFF’s portfolio is active in India, i.e., child health and development, girl capital, adolescence, child protection & climate change. The Exciting Opportunity As a recognised leader in your field, you will contribute to the development of cutting edge and evidence-based strategies and plans that ensure CIFF’s work across the WASH and Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) achieves transformational and lasting change. You will develop and manage a high-quality integrated portfolio of investments in WASH and NTD in India to deliver Child Health and Development sector priorities aligned to the Foundation Strategy and India Team plan and meet the corporate objectives of the CIFF Board. It is a fast-paced and diverse role. Your contribution will be integral to supporting CIFF and its partners to deliver and inform the portfolio’s strategies. Position Responsibilities Strategy & planning: • Prepare and present high-quality applicable analysis, research as required to inform strategic priorities and setting operational plans. • Coordinate inputs from various stakeholders including Government, donor partners and implementing agencies to input into strategic priorities. Programme development, delivery & performance: • Develop a pipeline of potential investments with a value of more than USD 50 million. • Conduct regular reviews of the progress and performance of investments to identify problems and delays, and work with partners to develop effective solutions (escalating to more senior colleagues for support and intervention, where required). • With the advice of EME counterpart, identify and embed appropriate monitoring and evaluation processes to all proposals and programmes. • Lead the design of programmes, identification of appropriate grantees and commissioning of programmes for implementation in accordance with CIFF processes. • Apply agreed due diligence and risk management protocols appropriately throughout the development and delivery of proposals and programmes, to ensure the interests and reputation of the Foundation are protected. • Identify synergies and actively encourage integration across programmes. Facilitate linkages with complementary projects, proposing ways to overlay different interventions. • Work as part of and with the India team, and with senior colleagues within the sector teams, to shape and implement plans for scaling up, replicating or leveraging additional support for successful programmes and initiatives, in accordance with Foundation priorities. • Identify opportunities and options for improving processes, procedures and programme management approaches within (and beyond) the team, to support increased organisational efficiency and effectiveness. • Work closely with members of the Finance and Legal team to coordinate the development of grant agreements, to forecast and process grant payments and to enable effective grant management and reporting within the organisation • Act as ‘Super-User’ for CIFF’s online grants management system (Fluxx) for the team, to ensure compliance to the corporate requirements for the child health and development team. • 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 - which can often mean to high-quality in rapid timeframes. Sector knowledge and profile-building: • Keep abreast of developments within the WASH, NTD and international development sectors, establishing appropriate information gathering networks and channels to deepen professional knowledge and skills. • As required (and under the direction of more senior colleagues), contribute to the development of thought leadership, PR, marketing and advocacy materials, to support CIFF’s ambitions to scale-up, mainstream and leverage additional support for its initiatives. • Review relevant academic studies, policies, government schemes which may be effectively used and provide recommendations to address gaps and improvements. • Represent CIFF at conferences, workshops, professional events Stakeholder and partner management: • Conduct rigorous research and evaluation of potential partners, using agreed corporate protocols and techniques, to assess their suitability and credentials for collaborating on CIFF initiatives. • Apply CIFF’s agreed account management and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) disciplines and approaches in all dealings with programme partners and stakeholders, to ensure productive and professional relationships are maintained in a coordinated and strategic manner. • Under direction of more senior colleagues, help to develop strategic partnerships to support adoption, replication, co- funding or scaling-up of CIFF programmes. • With a variety of external audiences, act as a knowledgeable resource about CIFF’s programmes and priority areas. • Engage with and maintain open and constructive dialogue with relevant Government ministries and agencies and central and state levels to ensure effective programme implementation and sustainability of outcomes. Membership of the team: • Provide coaching and mentoring support to colleagues, as required, to help build skills, confidence and capability areas, processes or procedures. The Talented Individual Qualifications & Experience: • Educated to post-graduate degree level in health/life sciences or related field. • The successful candidate will have at least 8 years of experience of designing and implementing WASH and/or NTD related strategies • Ability to set priorities, think critically, objectively and strategically. • An innovative thinker with a pragmatic and solution-oriented mindset. • Experience of working with the private sector would be an added advantage • Demonstrable experience in analysis and due diligence; policy, planning and program delivery, including field experience, all within the development sector. • Ability to speak and write articulately and credibly about programmes for children. Knowledge of the evidence bases on programme design and implementation in WASH/NTD. • Working knowledge of impact measurement and programme monitoring and evaluation. • Ability to analyses an organisation’s strength of management, vision and adaptive capacity. • Ability to recruit, guide and direct partner’s leadership teams on programme implementation • Excellent partnership management skills and stakeholder relationship management. • Experience working within government systems and/or experience influencing the policies of government agencies, private sector organisations or donor organisations • Belief in the importance of evidence-based decision making. • Willingness to travel regularly. • Excellent English written and oral communication skills. Written and oral Hindi is an advantage. • IT proficiency (most specifically in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint). • A self-starter, able to look after themselves with limited close management. Key working relationships: • CIFF departments and teams - across sector teams as well as other departments like CEO’s Office, Evidence, Measurement & Evaluation, Organisational Development, IT, Finance, Strategic Engagement and Communications (SEC) and Legal. • Fielding contacts with CIFF grantees across different geographies • Fielding contact with Government, private sector; international and national foundations, NGOs, academic institutions and independent experts.

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