Deputy Director of Programs

No Means No Worldwide
  • Location
    South Africa
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
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  • Posted
    Jul 16

Position description

Position Title: Deputy Director of Programs

Reports to: Director of Programs

Position Status: Full-time

Travel: 25-35% (once COVID allows)

Location: South Africa strongly preferred

Salary Range: ZAR 920,000 - 1,288,000 annually

Our Story

No Means No Worldwide (NMNW) is an international non-governmental organization whose mission is to end sexual and gender-based violence against women and children globally. NMNW trains instructors in high-risk environments to deliver the proven No Means No curricula to girls and boys ages 10-20.


Through the No Means No program, girls increase their skills in assertiveness, boundary setting, and understanding of their rights, and develop the verbal and physical skills to defend themselves from sexual assault. Boys increase their gender equitable attitudes, learn skills to defend equality, avoid violence, ask for consent, and intervene when witnessing or anticipating sexual assault. NMNW also works to increase girls' and boys’ disclosure of experiences of sexual violence and provide referrals for comprehensive support.


Overseeing a team of nearly 20 people, this individual will design and manage programs across 8 countries, cultivate relationships with more than 50 Implementing Partner organizations and grow No Means No programming to reach millions of young people on an annual basis. The Deputy Director of Programs is a key member of NMNW’s senior management team and will contribute to the strategic growth of the organization.


Based on findings from researchers from institutions including Stanford University, Johns Hopkins, and the University of Nebraska that have shown the effectiveness of our approach, our program is endorsed by the WHO, UNICEF, CDC, USAID, World Bank, and the Global Partnership to End Violence against Children. NMNW is in a period of significant growth, excited to be taking steps to scale the program on a global level.


We recognize that our people are our strength and the diverse talents they bring to our global workforce are directly linked to our success. We are an equal opportunity employer and place a high value on diversity and inclusion at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of any protected attribute, including race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital or veteran status, pregnancy or disability, or any other basis protected under applicable law. In accordance with applicable law, we make reasonable accommodations for applicants’ and employees’ religious practices and beliefs, as well as any mental health or physical disability needs.




Summary of Position

The Deputy Director of Programs will be responsible for the effective design, rollout, and execution of all No Means No Worldwide (NMNW) programs. This includes working closely with Implementing Partners on customized training and implementation plans, deliverable timelines, and project milestones. The Deputy Director of Programs will work to internally harmonize NMNW’s technical teams, ensuring NMNW delivers coordinated and comprehensive technical service to each project and partnership. This individual will support the rollout of technical work with all IPs including curriculum development and training, and work to ensure that NMNW partners have the guidance and support needed to deliver No Means No programs effectively.



Program Management & Administration

  • Accountable for execution of high quality NMNW projects, and ensuring all projects meet targets and deliverables as outlined in grant agreements. Liaise regularly with partners and field staff to ensure that programs are delivered as planned, milestones are met and deliverables are fulfilled.
  • Responsible for managing numerous complex, large scale PEPFAR awards to success, each with a variety of key stakeholders, unique timelines and deliverables.
  • Responsible for executing logistics of strategic partnerships including sub grants, contracts, Collaboration Agreements, etc.
  • Harmonize NMNW ongoing technical assistance to partners (R&D, Biz Dev, Operations) through specialized support as determined through phone/skype calls, emails, in person visits.
  • Work closely with the Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (MEAL) team to ensure that relevant monitoring and evaluation data is accurately collected from all projects in a timely manner
  • Assist with financial management of all NMNW grants by monitoring NMNW spending, partner subgrants, and supporting timely and accurate financial reporting.
  • Work with the US-based accounting team to address field-based issues with financial reporting, timesheets, administration, and HR for NMNW projects.
  • Support the recruitment, hiring, training and managing of program and training staff and volunteers as necessary.
  • Support the development of new proposals, budgets, and concept papers as opportunities arise.
  • Gather and synthesize financial and narrative reports from multiple implementing partners for streamlined communication back to donors and internally at NMNW.
  • Support the stewarding of funding relationships to keep key stakeholders informed of progress and impact through reports, and regular communication.
  • Manage and mentor a team of Program Coordinators to ensure they effectively support programs and partnerships.



Technical Program Support

  • Closely collaborate with partners to bring proposals to life through practical design of implementation plans, deliverable timelines and project milestones, and partnership infrastructure.
  • With input from other staff, design partnership programs in line with NMNW strategy and mission, and identify and pursue opportunities for continual innovation and improvement.
  • Conduct program planning and design assessment trips to partner programs as necessary.
  • Design partnerships and projects so that both NMNW and our partners are held accountable to measurable objectives and targets.
  • Internal liaison with the technical team to lead the coordination of technical service delivery including: curriculum development and adaptation, training delivery, M&E system and tools, HR staffing plans, partnership logistics, specialized support.




  • University degree in a relevant field
  • At least 6+ years experience working in international development or closely related field
  • Previous experience managing US Government (PEPFAR/USAID/CDC) funding awards to success, ensuring compliance with contractual obligations and timely completion of deliverables
  • Proven track record of successfully managing diverse and remote teams
  • Significant experience in designing and managing complex international development projects, ideally in the fields of gender based violence, youth development, and/or education
  • Strong interpersonal, analytical, and problem-solving skills for managing programs across various countries and staff / volunteers / partners from various cultures
  • Superior writing skills, including grant and proposal writing experience
  • Excellent verbal communication and relational skills, especially in a cross-cultural environment
  • Proven ability to analyze and solve problems, persuade, network and negotiate
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with tight deadlines, effectively managing multiple priorities
  • Ability to work under pressure and with minimum supervision, be a self-starter, team builder, innovative and demonstrate the capacity for maintaining high professional standards
  • Ability to travel extensively with a limited budget, including navigating challenging environments and schedules
  • Patience and perseverance in understanding and explaining issues with field staff and partner organizations
  • Passionate about ending sexual violence against women and children and an enthusiastic commitment to NMNW’s history and mission


Application instructions

Application Process

To apply, please submit your CV and cover letter to [email protected] by August 6, 2021. Applicants will be screened on a rolling basis, so submit as early as possible. To make the screening process effective, consider structuring your cover letter to directly answer the following questions:

    • Why do you want this job? What do you know about the organization that particularly interests you?
    • Do you meet all of the qualifications? If not, explain the gaps.
    • Why are you uniquely qualified for this role? What do you bring to the table that puts you at the top of the candidate list?