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Director- Adolescence, Sexual & Reproductive Health- Delhi
The Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF)
Grade: Director and Top Executive
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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 headquartered in London with offices in Addis Ababa, Beijing, 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 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 cannot, and we often elect to work on what can be controversial issues that others will not. 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. Founded in 2002, CIFF employs approximately 160 professionals from offices in Addis Ababa, Beijing, London, Nairobi and New Delhi. 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: As a recognized leader in your field, to contribute to the development of cutting edge and evidence-based strategies and plans that ensure CIFF’s work across the adolescence, Sexual & Reproductive Health (SRH) sector in India achieves transformational and lasting change; and to develop and deliver high quality, timely proposals and programmes aligned to the Foundation Strategy and India Plan (which is aligned to the global Adolescence, SRH Plan.) The Exciting Opportunity Background CIFF’s India team is the first fully localized team in CIFF. We are currently 30 persons strong and are the only geography where all CIFF’s portfolio is active – childhood, adolescence, child protection & climate change. In India, for Adolescence, SRH, amongst other things, we seek to • Demonstrate demand generation in adolescence sexual health and rights, with an emphasis on boys and men as well as working through the government programmes that seek to reach adolescents • Expand beyond existing distribution networks for adolescent sexual health products & services • Raise the strategic priority of adolescents and young people Globally, the Adolescence, SRH Sector Team has a growing investment portfolio with 5-year goals to: • Equip millions with self-care tools to take control of their sexual and reproductive health and accelerate a demographic transition. • Use user-centered design to deliver a next generation of sexual & reproductive health programmes for young people. • Build a resilient response to opposition through youth leadership, strategic communications and advocacy. • Be an exemplar for integration, breaking down siloes within SRH and HIV and addressing underlying causes of risk. This newly created role reflects the growth in sector and the investment for impact in India, but also the opportunity to use India as a platform from which to influence global priorities and attention. Role purpose This role will be responsible for strategy design and insights, investment proposition, and portfolio management related to the adolescence plan and portfolio in India to deliver our priorities. Specific domains will include (but are not limited to): 1) Working to improve the impact of government efforts in India on adolescence, sexual & reproductive health and rights programming, finding solutions to address the gaps and bottlenecks in the system, with a focus on where the health systems fails adolescence sexual health. 2) Understanding family planning dynamics in India, particularly with an aim to expanding the method mix, and sustained demand – especially amongst young people (under 25-year olds). 3) Familiarity with adolescence programming, with an understanding of both demand and sides, including consumer marketing techniques like consumer insight generation, consumer activation and distribution channels. 4) Apply cutting edge approaches to tackle - Expanding the reach of self-care products, focusing on young people (under 25-year olds) - Behavior change to shift perceptions and behaviours of men and boys towards girls and women - Approaches that place adolescence at the center of decisions being taken that impact them on their sexual and reproductive health and rights, and to generate greater agency and accountability. 5) Integrate investment approaches with the goals of the Adolescence, SRH Sector Team, seeking opportunities to collaborate and leverage broader portfolio. This includes promoting linkages for demand-led platforms and ensuring effective management of commercial solutions and market shaping initiatives to expand product access. Management dimensions: • The role is based in New Delhi and managed by the Executive Director, India with matrix dotted line to the Executive Director Adolescence, SRH based in London, • It will have direct interactions and strategy coordination with other Directors based in London, Nairobi and Addis Ababa. • It will line manage an Analyst or Manager, subject to portfolio growth. Position Responsibilities As a Senior member of the India Team and the Adolescence Sector Team • Take full and collective accountability for the development and implementation of India priorities and plans, with a personal focus on India Adolescence Plans, ensuring they are aligned to the Foundation Strategy and the global Adolescence Sector Plans. • As a recognized expert, provide up-to-date, professional advice to the Executive Team and CIFF Board on related issues, to support the development of Foundation strategies, policies and initiatives. • Take the lead on corporate, cross-cutting initiatives and projects, as required by the Executive Team Strategy & planning • As a leader in the adolescence, sexual & reproductive health sector, and in collaboration with the rest of the team and across the organization, design and regularly revisit and review India Adolescence strategies, partners and pipeline to ensure we are on course to deliver CIFF’ objectives. • Contribute to the development and review of the Adolescence Sector Plan and lead the development of the Sector Executable Plan for India, to ensure CIFF is making maximum impact in those areas with the resources available. • Lead through influence – working cross-functionally and serving as a resource/mentor to managers/analysts from other teams and CIFF country offices and partners. • Oversight of team competence on the application of best practices and innovations in the India & Adolescence, SRH teams advising, coaching and leading by example. Programme development, delivery & performance • Oversee both the development of successful investment proposals and implementation of high- impact programmes by a team of Sector Managers and Analysts, ensuring the quality, timeliness and strategic alignment of their work to Foundation priorities and objectives. • Allocate and monitor achievement of individual targets for pipeline, new investments & grant draw-down for all relevant team members, to ensure the India Adolescence Sector Team meets its objectives for programme development and delivery. • Conduct regular reviews of investment proposals under development and programmes in delivery, to monitor compliance with agreed due diligence and risk management protocols, ensuring the interests and reputation of the Foundation are appropriately and proportionately protected. Intervene to take corrective action where necessary. • Ensure all investment proposals and programmes are underpinned by appropriate monitoring and evaluation processes and procedures, in accordance with the frameworks and guidance of the Evidence, Measurement and Evaluation (EME) Team, to enable the development of rigorous evidence and analysis that supports CIFF’s advocacy, scaling-up and mainstreaming agendas. Qualifications, skills and experience • Extensive and progressive leadership in consumer marketing, demand creation, behavior change and digital marketing experience (such as IoT). • Practical application of partnering within the private, not-for-profit and public sectors to embed innovative consumer marketing or demand generation initiatives through B2B, B2C, D2C or C2C channels. • Health sector and Pharmaceutical experience, including understanding of market dynamics in sexual & reproductive health products, is desirable. • Outstanding communication skills using a variety of presentation techniques. • Exceptional management skills with a background of leading, inspiring and empowering those working for and with you. • Knowledge and/or experience of working in emerging markets (India and South Asia essential, sub-Saharan Africa desirable). • Detailed understanding of using cost-benefit and RoI methodologies and metrics to inform strategy and business planning – with private sector, social business or not-for-profit settings.

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