Deputy Team Leader, Operations

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.

About the Programme

The UK Government (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office – FCDO) has a vision of a world free from Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) by 2030, in line with the SDGs. A programme has been established entitled ‘The Girl Generation: Support to the Africa-led movement to end FGM/C’ (TGG/ALM) to contribute to global efforts to achieve that vision. Following a co-creation period, programme implementation began in September 2021.

This programme will support and build the capacity of the Africa Led Movement to end FGM/C at multiple levels and at scale, working in partnership with the rest of the FGM/C movement, complementing UN agencies (such as the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on FGM/C), Saleema initiative, other alliances (such as Girls not Brides etc.) and grassroots Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), women’s and girls’ movements, etc.

The programme includes two consortia working in close collaboration. Options leads a consortium including Amref Health Africa, ActionAid UK, Orchid Project, ACCAF and University of Portsmouth to implement the ‘Support to the Africa Led Movement to End FGM/C. Population Council is implementing ‘The FGM/C Data Hub: Data and Measurement Support to the Africa Led Movement to end FGM/C’.


Options is seeking a Deputy Team Leader (DTL), Operations for one of the biggest global programmes to end FGM/C, ‘The Girl Generation: Support to the Africa-led movement to end FGM/C’ (TGG/ALM). Based in Nairobi, this role will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the TGG/ALM team to ensure efficient and high-quality programme delivery. The DTL will work closely with a range of very committed and engaged individuals, including the Team Leader, and the Programme Management and Finance teams in Nairobi, as well as Options’ global teams, to oversee the management of HR, programme finances and contracts, and to ensure compliance with Options’ policies and quality assurance standards**.**

The Deputy Team Leader, Operations will;

  • Provide planning and financial management oversight which entails annual work planning, quality assuring internal and external financial reporting, overseeing preparation for external and internal annual audits and implementation reviews;
  • Enhance team management including line managing direct reports, mentor, coach and support staff to ensure they are motivated and performing;
  • Oversee the effective management of Human Resource systems and documentation within the programme;
  • Ensure Compliance with Options and client requirements through systems such as due diligence, procurement, contracting;
  • Provide oversight of programme security and office management;
  • Support client relations and programme governance;
  • Provide technical support to specific programme areas;
  • Liaison with other Options teams.


  • Post-graduate degree in relevant subject (public health, business or the social sciences) or equivalent work experience;
  • Significant and proven experience working in international development at a senior management level or above for at least five years;
  • Strong leadership and organisational skills;
  • Extensive experience in leading the coordination of complex multi-country programmes;
  • Proven skills in people management;
  • Proven experience in strategic work planning and managing large, complex, multi-country budgets;
  • Proven experience in risk management;
  • Experience of developing and managing consultancy contracts and sub-contracting;
  • Skills in security, due diligence, and quality assurance processes;
  • Experience in developing and delivering high quality outputs;
  • Able to write fluently and accurately in English.


Options offers a comprehensive benefits package including 25 days annual leave, birthday day off, well-being day off, pension, 13th-month pay and generous medical cover.

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 Kenya (Kenya nationals are encouraged to apply).

How to apply

Application Process

  • To apply, please fill in the application form here.
  • Closing date for applications is: Monday 15 July 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).

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