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Job description

Compliance Manager

Date posted: 12th January 2016
Closing date for applications: 3rd February 2016

Overview

MannionDaniels is a specialist provider of professional services in health and social care to public and private sector clients. The Company is recognised for delivering high quality and innovative 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 management team by recruiting a Compliance Manager. The Compliance Manager will have responsibility for the day-to-day oversight and management of quality systems, contract compliance and management of business processes. The Compliance Manager is a Bath (UK) based position that will work in close collaboration with the Senior Management team and delivery teams.

Main responsibilities

  • Monitor and manage refinements and improvements to our business processes aimed at streamlining activities and driving up performance and quality
  • Review contract compliance across the portfolio, ensuring contract conditions are being tracked and met
  • Analyse and interpret the stipulated terms and conditions/articles of client contracts and/or guidelines and act as a point of reference for queries on major client contracts and contractual procedures
  • Establish a quality management system based existing business process to meet the 2015 ISO 9001 standard – including the integration of current 14001 certifications, and lead on the process of ISO 9001 certification
  • Act as main point of contact within MannionDaniels for information and issue resolution for all operational quality and contract compliance related issues
  • Ensure MannionDaniels is up to date with latest requirements for contract compliance and quality standards as directed by our donors and fund management frameworks
  • Provide tailored training, support and advice to internal and external teams on quality assurance and compliance best practice
  • Identify and implement improvements with management of project documentation on the company’s internal platforms
  • Act as a central resource and expert on standard contracts and MOUs, etc. for both bidding and project management purposes.
  • Ensure subcontracts and consultancy agreements with third party suppliers meet the stipulated terms and conditions of each client contract and ensure contractual compliance throughout implementation of the assignment
  • Provide support on commercial proposals, ensuring all specialised advice is incorporated including relevant taxes, in-country annual inflation, exchange rates, contingencies and non-recoverable costs
  • Drive a culture of continuous improvement and compliance
  • Work with senior managers on MannionDaniels contract compliance and consistency to share best practice and learning across the portfolio of funds and programmes

These roles and responsibilities reflect the anticipated profile of the role now. It is expected that the successful candidate will carry out any other additional tasks commensurate with the role, as identified by your line manager

Person specification

Essential qualifications, skills and experience

  • Minimum 3 years’ experience of setting up and managing contract compliance and quality systems and processes
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent in a related field
  • Demonstrable knowledge and experience of implementing ISO 9001 standards
  • Demonstrable experience of developing a culture of continuous improvement
  • Excellent skills in Microsoft Office and online management systems
  • Experience formulating risk registers and implementing logistical and operational procedures
  • Experience of creating, implementing, auditing and analysing standard operating procedures
  • Experience of using systems and processes including database management
  • Proven ability to operate in a team environment liaising with diverse teams
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to manage a varied workload and prioritise tasks, work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Experience of using own initiative, with a proactive and problem solving attitude

Desirable qualifications, skills and experience

  • Excellent understanding of grant funding cycles and systems
  • Experience of working in an international development setting or on projects in developing countries
  • Experience with financial and project management tools

Reporting and organisation

This is a UK based position reporting to the UK Operations Director with occasional travel agreed in advance. This is a full-time position.

Salary and package

Basic salary range: £35,000 – £45,000
Holiday: 25 days per annum
Pension: Employer contribution
Life insurance: Company life insurance scheme
Travel insurance: Comprehensive travel insurance provided

To apply
Please send CV and covering letter to recruitment@manniondaniels.com by 5:00pm GMT on 3rd February 2016.

Please use subject line – Compliance Manager.

Click here to download a PDF of the job description.


Job description

Transparency and Operations Manager

Date posted: 21st December 2016

Closing date for application: 20th January 2017

 

Overview

MannionDaniels is a specialist provider of professional services in health and social care to public and private sector clients. The Company is recognised for delivering high quality and innovative international development consultancy in public health and health systems in developing, fragile and emerging states (see www.manniondaniels.com).

MannionDaniels has a portfolio of international development programmes as well as fund management responsibilities.  In 2015 MannionDaniels was selected as Fund Manager for UK Aid Direct – The Department for International Development’s (DFID) central funding mechanism for awarding grants to small and medium sized UK and international civil society organisations working to reduce poverty overseas and achieve the Global Development Goals. It also manages the AmplifyChange fund a multi-donor fund supporting advocacy in Sexual, Reproductive Health and Rights across Africa and South Asia.

As part of our expansion, we are looking to strengthen our service by recruiting an experienced Transparency and Operations Manager.  The role will take responsibility for ensuring MannionDaniels fulfills its commitment and ambitions under the UK AID Transparency Guarantee and strengthens its work in transparency and accountability across all company activities.  This will involve implementing and coordinating management systems to deliver transparency standards, as well as supporting external entities to meet the standards.  In addition, the role will provide support to the operational and administrative delivery of the funds.

Main responsibilities

  • Monitor and manage grantee compliance such as publishing of financial data on the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) and adherence to other contractual terms and conditions
  • Act as main point of contact within MannionDaniels for information and issue resolution for internal and external enquiries regarding IATI compliance, liaising with the Bond IATI team as appropriate to help resolve IATI related issues
  • Ensure MannionDaniels is up to date with latest developments on aid transparency and accountability including guidelines from DFID, Cross-Whitehall Departments and other bilateral donors
  • Provide tailored training, support and advice to internal and external teams on IATI requirements and best practice
  • Identify and implement improvements with management of project documentation on the company’s internal SMILE platform (System for Management Information, Learning and Evaluation) including ensuring IATI data is accurately reflected and maintained
  • Work with senior managers on MannionDaniels IATI compliance and consistency to share best practice and learning across the portfolio of funds and programmes
  • Provide practical support to the ongoing development and maintenance of SMILE, in particular ahead of each call for fund applications and implementation of reporting schedules
  • Ensure technical and financial content updates to application forms, review criteria and reporting templates are updated on the system
  • Provide operational coordination and support for project staff and consultants on all aspects of project management, contracting, operations and invoicing procedures including implementation of risk and duty of care procedures
  • Administer, coordinate and control financial monitoring and forecasting, workplan implementation
  • Implement performance management, quality assurance and procurement systems, including asset monitoring and adherence to DFID Value for Money Framework
  • Undertake qualitative and quantitative research and data collection/analysis projects as required, working closely with the Technical Lead and expert consultants
  • Monitor and respond to incoming enquiries from clients, potential applicants, grantees or DFID – triaging enquiries and directing to appropriate recipients as required

These roles and responsibilities reflect the anticipated profile of the role now. It is expected that the successful candidate will carry out any other additional tasks commensurate with the role, as identified by your line manager.

Person specification
Essential qualifications, skills and experience

  • Minimum 2 years’ experience of setting up and managing grant funding processes
  • Master’s degree or equivalent in International Development, International Relations or related field
  • Demonstrable knowledge and experience of implementing transparency standards of related grant funding processes
  • Demonstrable experience of using IATI and AidStream online platforms and supporting groups to use the platforms
  • Quantitative and qualitative data analysis skills
  • Experience of working with DFID
  • Excellent understanding of grant funding cycles and systems
  • Excellent skills in Microsoft Office and online management systems
  • Proven ability to operate in a team environment liaising with diverse teams
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to manage a varied workload and prioritise tasks, work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Experience of using own initiative, with a proactive and problem solving attitude

Desirable qualifications, skills and experience

  • Experience of working in an international development setting or on projects in developing countries
  • Experience with financial and project management tools
  • Experience formulating risk registers and implementing logistical and duty of care procedures
  • Experience of creating, implementing and analysing standard operating procedures
  • Experience of using systems and processes including database management

Reporting and organisation

This is a UK based position reporting to the UK Aid Direct Project Manager with occasional travel agreed in advance. This is a full-time position.

Salary and package

Basic salary range: £29,000 – £33,000

Holiday:  25 days per annum

Pension: Employer contribution

Life insurance: Company life insurance scheme

Travel insurance: Comprehensive travel insurance provided

 

To apply

Please send CV and covering letter to recruitment@manniondaniels.com by close of business on 20th January 2017

Please use subject line – Transparency and Operations Manager

Click here to download a PDF of the job description


MannionDaniels has been contracted by Mott MacDonald to undertake two critical reviews for the DFID-funded Evidence for HIV Prevention in Southern Africa Programme.

The reviews focus on HIV prevention for adolescents with the aim of producing two discussion papers that will contribute to and broaden regional debates on issues affecting policy and programming on HIV prevention for adolescents in the Eastern and Southern Africa Region.

The topics of the discussion papers are:

  • The future of social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) in an era of combination prevention; and
  • The impact and value of a more nuanced and disaggregated definition of ‘adolescents’ for HIV prevention programming

The two discussion papers are in the final stages of development. The preliminary findings have been presented at a Technical Forum, hosted by EHPSA in Cape Town in September, with Alex le May present. Participants included researchers, multilaterals, donors, civil society organisations and representatives of national ministries of health and education, national AIDS commissions, and regional bodies.

Further information on the event can be found here on the EHPSA website.


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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