Title: Director, Strategies, Impact, Learning and Knowledge (SILK) Team
Div/Dept: Program Development
Location: Richmond, VA or Washington, DC
Reporting Relationship: VP Program Development
The Director of the Strategies, Impact, Learning and Knowledge (SILK) team leads organizational efforts to promote learning and reflection in support of ChildFund’s program fundamentals, asserting a global agenda that catalyzes broad engagement and deep effort. The Director is expected to oversee the implementation and further evolution of an integrated monitoring and learning system to promote accountability and enhanced program performance. He or she is responsible for leading a team to develop tools and processes that promote ChildFund’s program principles, program strategies and the alignment of organizational systems to support quality programs.
- Provides vision and leadership to organizational efforts that align systems to support program quality. This includes taking a lead role in helping ensure integration of program, sponsorship and financial systems and processes.
- Leads a team responsible for strengthening organizational capacity to assess and support improved accountability and program performance management.
- Oversees global Monitoring and Evaluation effort, including supporting National Offices, Regional Offices and program development staff to reflect and act on results from M&E activities.
- Ensures an organized approach to knowledge management and learning around ChildFund’s programs. This includes developing team processes and knowledge products that capture and promote knowledge in systematic ways to support learning, as well as ChildFund’s thought leadership.
- Responsible for technical and conceptual leadership in the evolution of ChildFund International’s program approach. This includes evolving theories of change, program strategies, models and principles, common programming standards, reflections on the voice and agency of young people, gender and underlying causes of poverty, advocacy, and strategies to support National Offices and global program teams to adopt the organization’s program approach.
- Leads a team that provides technical expertise for specialized monitoring and learning activities, including rigorous impact assessment. Responsible for coordinating with Regional Offices to assign priority to National Office needs.
- Serves critical external and internal representation role, in order to raise the profile of ChildFund and position as a partner of choice, particularly around program impact, development effectiveness, NGO accountability, and ChildFund’s unique approaches to working with children and youth.
- Cultivates a culture of leadership, innovation and trust as a member of the Senior Management Team.
- Other responsibilities as assigned
- 10 years of experience in international development in a management role
- Demonstrated expertise in systems alignment efforts and accountability systems.
- Proven ability to set strategic direction and develop operational plans
- Sharp analytical skills and strong understanding of qualitative and quantitative methods for program assessment
- Demonstrated success in the management and development of dispersed geographic and multi-disciplinary teams
- Demonstrated ability to catalyze and influence technical and management staff across functions and disciplines
- Demonstrated experience in capacity building of staff, including training, mentoring and coaching
- Demonstrated experience in technical leadership and knowledge and learning strategies that reach cadres of staff
- Familiarity with the development discourse and actors around NGO accountability and development effectiveness
- Knowledge of standards and effective practices for child and youth engagement in development programming
- Knowledge of participatory community development approaches
- Proven ability to cultivate and steward relationships with partners and donors
- Excellent presentation, public speaking and interpersonal skills
- Demonstrated experience utilizing an influential style of leadership
- Strong computer skills, with familiarity in using Microsoft Office suite applications (particularly Word and PowerPoint)
- Demonstrated ability to play a connector role across a broad organizational structure
- Organized, team player, self-starter and results-oriented individual
- Travel required
- Prior experience with sponsorship as a funding mechanism for development programming
- French, Spanish, or Portuguese language skills
Master’s degree or Doctorate in discipline closely related to international development or child development (such as International Public Policy, International Development, Public Health, Economic Development, Child Psychology, or International Education)