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Job Description

Technical Officer (UK Aid Direct fund)

Overview
The MannionDaniels Group works for a more healthy, equitable, inclusive, safe and sustainable world. With companies in the UK, Kenya and Nigeria, we provide advice and support in policy, strategic planning, governance and programme management, with a particular focus on international health and social care. The company is developing as a recognized international development consultancy in public health and health systems in developing, fragile and emerging states.

As part of our expansion, we are looking to strengthen our technical fund management team by recruiting a Technical Officer with experience in public health and programme management. The Technical Officer will be responsible for supporting the technical development of the UK Aid Direct fund and supporting the development of the learning, monitoring and evaluation work.

Key candidate attributes:
This is an exciting time to join MannionDaniels – we are a growing and dynamic company with a diverse portfolio of projects, donors and staff.

The ideal Technical Officer candidate will:

  • Be qualified to a Master’s degree in International Development, Policy and Planning, M&E or a related field, and with strong experience of working in sub-Saharan Africa and/or South Asia
  • Have a good understanding of DFID ways of working including Theory of Change, logframes, Annual Reviews, Project Completion Reports, workplans, as well as SMART rules and general processes
  • Have experience of working with CSOs and grant management
  • Show proven ability to manage and build excellent relations and collaboration with technical partners and donors
  • Be well organised, capable of managing inputs and producing high quality outputs under time-pressure
  • Be respectful of, enthused by, and experienced in working closely with staff and stakeholders from the South
  • Good team player

Specific Tasks
Technical delivery UK Aid Direct:

  • Provide support to the UK Aid Direct team, in particular working closely with the technical lead on areas of technical relevance, in particular on: quality assuring the annual review and project completion reports and process, logframe reviews, identifying areas for common learning both within and external to the fund, monitoring and evaluating the progress of individual grant holders as per their commitments, strengthening the M&E strategy of the fund and developing strategies to collect and analyse fund logframe data, and strengthen the results framework and communicate results
  • Liaise with Performance and Risk Managers and technical partners on support to grant holders and resources to support common learning
  • Draft ToRs and brief/debrief in-country strategic advisers as required
  • Coordinate with the communications team on developing materials from grant holders for promotion to DFID and for use on the website
  • Coordinate with the technical lead and the communications team on developing themes and approaches for dialogue and follow up with grantees, including webinars, reference group and Facebook discussions
  • Learning, monitoring and evaluation
  • Collaborate with Performance and Risk Managers to identify topic areas for Reference Group meetings and webinars based on feedback from grant holders and technical partners
  • Support the Learning Unit within MannionDaniels, by working closely with other team members to develop and maintain a public platform for collecting, sharing, collaborating and disseminating collective knowledge and learning
  • Develop learning products, working with others in the Learning Unit, around MannionDaniels’ work, with a focus on the work of UK Aid Direct

This is a UK based position based in our Bath offices working as part of the UK Aid Direct team. Regular travel to London and occasional overseas travel will be required.

Reporting and organisation:

This position will report to Karen Stephenson, Technical Lead of UK Aid Direct Fund.

Salary and package:

Basic Salary: £28,000-£36,000
Full time Basis: 37.5 hours per week
Holiday: 25 days + bank holidays
Other benefits: employer pension scheme, company life cover, comprehensive travel insurance

Closing Date: Friday 2nd December 2016

Interviews will be held on 14th December at our Bath Offices.

To apply:

Please send a CV and covering letter to recruitment@manniondaniels.com

Please reference the job title in the subject line of your email.

Click here to download a PDF of the job description.


The UK Department for International Development (DFID) published the Civil Society Partnership Review (CSPR) earlier today, alongside the launch of the next UK Aid Direct funding round, which opens for applications on 14 November.

cspr-and-funding-round-launchedThe CSPR defines DFID’s future objectives, approach and instruments for a partnership with civil society in order to deliver more to the world’s poorest.

The CSPR sets out how DFID will use its partnerships with civil society to support delivery of the UK Aid Strategy.

A healthy, vibrant and effective civil society sector is a crucial part of Britain’s soft power and leadership around the world. The Civil Society Partnership Review (CSPR), developed with extensive CSO engagement, considered DFID’s current civil society funding portfolio alongside the changing global context and civil society operating environment.

Factors that are driving fundamental changes in the international development sector include:

  • a rise in the economic and political power of emerging countries
  • rapid urbanisation
  • demographic and climate change
  • changing geographies of conflict and poverty and technology

These changes are having a profound and increasingly rapid impact on the CSO operating environment, and presenting new opportunities and challenges.

Taking account of these changes, the CSPR will lead to a relationship between DFID and civil society organisations (CSOs) that is fit for the future, more strategic and effective; with opportunities for a broad range of CSOs including those in developing countries, a focus on innovation, partnership and increasingly high standards on efficiency, transparency and accountability. This will ultimately deliver more for the world’s poorest and for British taxpayers.

In addition to publishing the review outcomes, funding rounds for two central DFID CSO programmes (UK Aid Match and UK Aid Direct) opened today.

Applications for funding from UK Aid Direct can be submitted from Monday 14 November via ukaiddirect.org.

To find out more about how to apply for this funding round, visit the How to apply section of ukaiddirect.org.


Futures’ Freedom is a project run by AfriKids and supported by a UK Aid Direct Impact Grant to provide advocacy in the rural Upper East Regions of Northern Ghana, where there is a lack of knowledge surrounding SRHR and harmful practices, including child marriage.

The project targets adolescent girls and young women to educate them about their rights and aims to improve communities’ understanding of SRHR by changing attitudes and behaviours through community development work, talks and education.

AfriKids’ approach is to use tried and tested methods to engage all levels of the community in behaviour change. For example, men and women employed as fieldworkers work with beneficiaries in their own communities and health talks involve women and girls alongside men and boys.

Part of the work of this project is to signpost women and girls to healthcare facilities, such as ante-natal and post-natal care and to educate them on family planning.

Another method used by the project is to set up Adolescent Centres in health facilities where adolescents can speak to health care professionals for non-judgemental, confidential SRHR advice.

Child rights clubs have also been established within schools to educate children about the importance of how to respect, fulfil and value SRHR and what to do if their rights, or the rights of somebody they know, are violated. Discussions at the clubs focus around child marriage, sexual health, consent and teenage pregnancy.

The clubs have proved invaluable for more than 10,000 children, who are members through the AfriKids network, and have stopped many children from dropping out of school.

Gloria’s Story

Gloria, 15, is in her final year of Junior High School in the Talensi district. She is a member of her local Futures’ Freedom club and has ambitions to become a nurse.

Gloria has attended a number of talks on child marriage and preventing teenage pregnancy.

Many girls in Gloria’s school dropped out early due to the impracticality of raising babies alongside their studies. Gloria remarked how she believes that “their lives will not be good for them” as a result.

She described how the talks taught her that adolescents should wait until they are ready to start sexual relationships and this has inspired her to remain focused on her education in order to set a good example to her younger siblings.

Gloria will continue to be a part of the clubs until she finishes high school and thanked AfriKids for “continuing to help young people with their education”.

afrikids-futures-freedom-beneficiaries-gloria-and-cece

Gloria, a beneficiary of the AfriKids project and CeCe, a Future’s Freedom fieldworker.

 

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Twitter: @afrikids

 


Pavitra cares for her son who has epilepsy.  She was previously a migrant labourer; a challenging role, especially given her son’s condition.

Pavitra has been given a goat by Carers Worldwide, an organisation funded by UK Aid Direct, that works in Nepal with local partner, LEADS Nepal.

This is Pavitra with her son and goats.

This is Pavitra with her son and goats.

 

Carers Worldwide provides support to 1500 unpaid family carers of people living with mental health conditions or epilepsy.

Now Pavitra receives a regular income, allowing her to settle in the village with her son, and to start her own livelihood.

Carers’ tremendous commitment and the critical role that they play in the lives of relatives with mental health conditions are largely unrecognised in Nepal.

Unsupported, they can be isolated and are at a high risk of developing anxiety or depression and physical ailments, as a direct consequence of their caring responsibilities. Many carers are unable to continue their previous employment.

Child carers are frequently forced to drop out of school.

Carers and their families typically live in poverty as a result of loss of income and opportunities.

Carers Worldwide project aims to:

  • strengthen medical and counselling facilities for carers
  • promote mutual support groups
  • set up alternative care and respite arrangements
  • provide livelihoods and opportunities to develop marketable skills
  • highlight the needs of carers
  • advocate for changes in policy and practice

Improving the lives and prospects of carers has a positive effect on the lives of the relatives with mental health conditions for whom they care. The carers are able to provide a better quality of care and the overall increase in wellbeing and security of the household has huge knock-on benefits for the health and wellbeing of the relative living with a mental health condition or epilepsy.

By highlighting the existence and needs of carers across the project area with local government authorities and community organisations, over the last two years Carers Worldwide has:

  • integrated 400 carers into support groups
  • trained 200 local community health volunteers and 64 government health workers to provide appropriate health support
  • established regular counselling services in the community
  • trained and supported over 750 carers in skills and helped them to establish new sustainable livelihoods that can work with their caring responsibilities
  • provided 225 child carers with ongoing support from school authorities, enabling them to return to school
  • raised 44% of project households above the poverty line, compared to 3% at the start of the project
  • registered two Carers Associations and one Carers Cooperative to enable carers to advocate for policy change, and to work with local agencies to ensure sustainability of services established by the project.

To find out more about their work, visit www.carersworldwide.org

 


The pilot, ran by World Vision, was designed to look at the effectiveness of beneficiary feedback mechanisms and the value this could add to the project beneficiaries.

The key areas of the pilot focused on:

  • what worked in the design of feedback mechanisms
  • how feedback could improve programmes
  • what process and investment was required from a grant holder perspective

MAMTA – Health Institute for Mother and Child, an organisation working on improving reproductive, maternal and child health services in two districts of Uttar Pradesh, India, was one of the pilot grant holders to share their experiences and findings from the process, in an online discussion with fellow UK Aid Direct grant holders.

MAMTA's feedback box

MAMTA’s feedback box

 

MAMTA, who were slightly sceptical initially regarding the feedback pilot, outlined the importance of using sensitivity with the beneficiaries around the process.

They also highlighted the need to match the right approach to the right context.

Following the success of the project however, MAMTA has rolled out further beneficiary feedback mechanisms into their other projects.

To conclude, findings from the pilot showed that:

  • consulting with beneficiaries and using the feedback to adapt programmes meant that the programmes were more responsive to beneficiary needs and were therefore more relevant and effective.
  • The process of giving feedback empowered beneficiaries and made them feel valued.
  • Feedback also supported accountability of both programme and government service providers.

The results and findings from the pilot can be found here in more detail.  www.feedbackmechanisms.org