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Innovations Manager/Deputy Team Lead - Make Way Programme

Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) Various Countries


To facilitate and lead the innovation and learning cycle in line with the contextualised Theories of Change and in collaboration with VSO's Make Way team and consortium partners; and to ensure that learning
and innovation enables mobilisation of new/additional resources


  1. Innovations (70% of the role)
  • Identify areas of innovations within the Make Way programme that align with VSO's offer and that of consortium partners.
  • Work across VSO and the consortium to design and monitor plans for each selected innovation.
  • Develop and oversee development and contextualisation of innovative tools and approaches for the purpose of intersectional lobby & advocacy on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR).
  • Develop and ensure the implementation of a training curriculum around these tools and approaches.
  • Ensure piloting, learning and adaptation of these innovations takes place to enhance the relevance of VSO's offer. Applying learning from innovation work streams to inform strategic programme development.
  • Liaise with internal and external stakeholders on VSO's innovations in the Make Way program, including Global Advisors, volunteers, consortium partners, donors and collaborating partners.
  1. Strategic direction and alignment
  • Deputy team lead.
  • Member of the Core Program Team that provides direction to the programme.
  • Work closely with the Program Team Lead, PMEL & Support Officer and Duty of Care officer to align innovations and PMEL with program implementation, program support, risk management, financial management, communications
  • Provide technical advice on the yearly revision of the Theories of Change at country level.
  1. Additional responsibilities (30% of the role)
  • Guide evaluation and learning
  • Ensure development and implementation of the learning agenda.
  • Support the setup and implementation of research projects.
  • Provide oversight to the PMEL team throughout the PMEL cycle to ensure performance and accountability, and build capacity for continual quality improvement.
  • Set up an effective structure for planning, monitoring, reporting, evaluation and learning in the five countries of implementation, together with the PMEL officer and regional PMEL coordinator.
  • Business development
  • Ensure that learnings and key innovations are captured and fed into the design of new programmes in the same and related fields.
  • Support development of related / spin-off programmes and as such contribute to resource mobilisation for VSO

Bachelors Degree In Public Health

  • Degree or equivalent qualification in Public Health, with proven experience in SRHR (advocacy).
  • Technology: Data and system management; IT literacy (Microsoft 365, finance, project management software, Salesforce system)

More Details on Experience

  • Practical experience gained in an international development context.
  • Proven experience and ability to lead innovation in projects.
  • Extensive experience and knowledge of programme design and development methodology and adaptive programming (innovation theory and practice)
  • Experience in developing and maintaining strong partnerships and with consortia, also across geographies.

More Details on Skills

  • Excellent cross-cultural communication (both oral and written) and interpersonal/team working skills demonstrated by an ability to interact professionally with culturally and linguistically diverse staff and stakeholders.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.
  • Analytical thinking and ability to plan strategically taking into account the perspectives of all Make Way stakeholders
  • Ability to work flexibly, manage and prioritise a complex and variable workload to meet deadlines.
  • Commitment to VSO’s vision and values, including safeguarding and taking a zero[1]tolerance approach to abuse and harm

Terms And Conditions

All applications to be submitted through the link before 5th December 2021//