Programme Delivery Lead, WISH Policy & Systems

Options Consultancy Services

Company Description

We are a global team of experts and innovators tackling some of the world’s most pressing health challenges. We work with leaders and change makers around the globe to bring health strategies to life. We provide ideas, advice and technical know-how that enable our partners to build a path to lasting change.

With 30 years’ experience in global health, we collaborate with our partners to explore existing evidence, combine expertise, scale up ideas and co-create solutions that accelerate change. This includes collaborating on policy design, managing initiatives, building powerful coalitions and galvanising social movements. Our impact is felt across whole communities, with a focus on women, girls and those who have been marginalised.

As part of MSI Reproductive Choices, all our profits go back into supporting MSI’s own mission of children by choice, not chance.

We believe in a world where everyone can access the high-quality health services they need, without financial burden.

The programme will support women and adolescents, including the poor and most marginalised, to have greater voice, choice and control over their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) across the target countries. The programme will adopt a demand led technical assistance model focused on strengthening the evidence base, use of data and capacity of African stakeholders and institutions on current and projected population needs. The post-holder will be responsible for leadership in operations, management and delivery of the programme.


  • The Programme Delivery Lead will be accountable for the effective, timely and quality management and delivery of the large, complex, multi-partner technical assistance (anticipating contract award) programme.
  • The Programme Delivery Lead will be responsible for supporting and quality assuring the programme from a programme management and performance perspective. The roles main areas of responsibility include:
  • Custodian of Options’ project cycle management approach applied to the programme, driving continuous quality improvement of the programme delivery.
  • Support high quality delivery and facilitate performance improvement from a programme management perspective, providing quality assurance and guidance, problem-solving support to the Team Leader and other members of the programme core team.
  • Oversight of operational delivery across the programme countries, identifying risk to delivery and proactively leading in the mitigation of these risks to ensure continued effective and efficient programme delivery.
  • Ensure smooth and timely programme delivery so as to meet the donors key performance indicators in relation to the quality and timeliness of the programme delivery.


  • Proven track record of multi-country programme delivery.
  • Relevant experience of working in a project and programme environment.
  • Experience in managing sub-partners from a contract, finance and operational perspective.
  • Extensive experience of the development and implementation of programmes within the health sector.
  • Proven experience in planning, budgeting and programme control, risk management and change management.
  • Experience in managing short term Technical Assistance (TA).
  • Experience of delivering at pace and maintain effective performance in difficult, time-limited and challenging circumstances, encouraging others to do the same.
  • Experience of actively building and maintaining a network of colleagues and contacts to achieve progress on objectives and shared interests.
  • Experience of networking to build successful relationships with potential clients, collaborators and consultants.
  • Proven ability to represent organisations and programmes at the highest levels internationally, regionally and nationally.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to influence and inspire others, resilience and the ability to help others to deliver a challenging and complex agenda.
  • Ability to rapidly to build a deep understanding of a programme and capable of providing high quality analysis, advice, and recommendations for improvement on the programme.
  • Excellent leadership qualities and people management skills, ability to inspire high levels of performance, provide supportive supervision, set targets and review performance.
  • Strong diplomacy skills and awareness of cultural differences.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills, with strong ability to influence and negotiate, and build consensus.
  • Excellent written communication skills, with strong report writing and presentation skills.
  • Self-starter; excellent organisation, coordination and planning skills.
  • Strong ability to manage multiple work streams simultaneously and manage conflicting priorities.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure.
  • Advanced ability in using Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.


Options offers a comprehensive benefits package including generous annual leave allowance, season ticket loan, cycle to work scheme and a performance related bonus scheme.

Other Information

  • Options is dedicated to equal opportunity for all and recognises that every individual is unique. Whilst we always seek to embrace individual differences and celebrate the diversity of our workforce, we also want to ensure that every team member is suited to their role and that they are given the best opportunity to succeed*.*
  • Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and post holders to share this commitment.
  • We seek people who are pro-choice, promote diversity and inclusion, are energetic and enthusiastic about Options’ vision.
  • Applicants must have the right to work in one of the programme’s country offices; Kenya, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria or Malawi.

How to apply

  • To apply, please fill in the application form here.
  • Closing date for applications is: 28 April 2024
  • Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interview.
  • Please note that this role will be subject to full pre-employment background checks including criminal record check, identification check, employment references and right to work verification (where appropriate).

Deadline: 28-Apr-24