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Head of Finance & Operations | Orchid Project

Orchid Project

Do you want to play a key role in creating a world free from female genital cutting (FGC)?

  • Location: Vauxhall, London
  • Salary: £45K - £52K, based on experience

About the role

Orchid Project’s mission is to foster and accelerate the abandonment of FGC around the world.  We are a growing UK registered charity with a global reach. Over 200 million women are living with the devastating impacts of FGC worldwide, and at least 3.9 million girls are at risk of being cut each year. FGC is a human rights violation, and we have an urgent agenda to keep our promise to girls and women to end this practice by 2030.

Orchid Project is a team of 11 full time staff. Our income is about £1M, largely from major donors and trusts/foundations. In addition to our London-based staff, Orchid Project has an active supporter association in Denmark, and we partner with grassroots organisations in Africa and Asia to accelerate an end to FGC. For additional information please visit orchidproject.org.

We are a growing charity with an ambitious new three-year strategic plan. The Head of Finance & Operations will lead all our work in the areas of finance, human resources, operations and compliance, and will report directly to the CEO.  You will serve on the Senior Leadership Team and will play a key role in ensuring that resources, processes, people strategies and technology are aligned with and support the charity’s ambitious growth plans, ensuring we are ‘fit for the future’.

Who we're looking for

We are seeking a person with superb core financial management skills, broad operational and compliance experience, excellent people management skills, and strong business acumen. Experience in the charity sector, with restricted funds management and institutional grant reporting, will be a plus. You will support the CEO to report to the Board of Trustees on all finance and operations matters.

The ideal candidate will be someone who is equally comfortable leading high-level strategic operations planning, whilst also being happy to remain hands on and delivery focused. With previous senior management experience (or middle management within a large, complex organisation), you are resilient and comfortable in managing complexity and experienced in supporting teams through periods of change.

Closing date for formal applications: 9am, Monday 19th April 2021

To access the full job information pack, please fill out the ‘How to apply’ section.

If you would like to have an informal conversation about this opportunity you can contact the advising consultant at Peridot Partners; James Hunt (E: james@peridotpartners.co.uk or M: 07711 405 444)

If you would like to know more about this role please contact James Hunt

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Welcome from Grethe Petersen, CEO

Thank you for your interest in becoming our new Head of Finance and Operations at Orchid Project. This is a crucial role for the growth of our organisation.

At Orchid Project, we have a clear vision. We work towards a world free from female genital cutting (FGC) – something we believe is entirely possible. Every year, 4.1 million girls are cut as a result of the practice. We are a small but growing and dynamic charity with a proven track record of delivering programmes, advocacy and communications to end FGC.

This post is of great significance for us as we move to the next phase of our organisation with our new strategy.  We are building the evidence to end the practice, strengthening the sector to attract resources and commitments, and working in partnership with organisations in practicing countries. We want to scale our work and increase the focus of ending the practice of cutting by 2030.  To deliver on this promise requires us to inspire others to see their role in ending FGC.  We need to continue working with partners and grow networks at global, regional and national levels.

Orchid Project has a track record of success since we were established in 2011. We are now looking for somebody with broad operational experience and skills in financial management so our organisation can grow and support a significant reduction in the number of girls who are being cut every year. This means that we need to achieve scale in our three areas of work:

  • Advocate for prioritisation and resources to end FGC
  • Share best practice, and communicate the scale and impact of FGC and how it is ending
  • Partner with grassroots and other organisations working towards abandonment in practising countries

You will be reporting directly to me and working closely with all our teams. You will take responsibility for finance, human resources, operations and compliance. You will have superb financial management skills, broad operational and compliance experience, excellent people management skills, and strong business acumen.

We are looking for someone who is keen to lead our finance, HR and operations and will be part of our senior leadership team. We are a nimble, effective and passionate team. We thrive on partnerships and are open and transparent in our behaviours. We are seeking a team player, and someone with a positive outlook and drive for making a difference for girls and women.

Working for a smaller charity presents both opportunities and challenges. You need to take your job seriously, with the composure and experience to navigate complexity and yet be able to laugh at absurdity. No two days are the same, and we expect you to be an experienced professional who thrives in a constantly evolving environment.

In return we offer you an opportunity to contribute to an end to female genital cutting in an empowering and positive environment. Women’s issues are a global topic, and if you are passionate about our work then you will feel a great deal of personal satisfaction from knowing you are playing a significant role in supporting change. This role is an amazing opportunity for somebody with significant charity finance experience who is keen to lead a small team and work across all teams to achieve impact. We want to evolve the sector by providing better partnerships and improving the methodology in impact and measurement which can be used by all. You will play a leading role in making this happen.

If this all sounds of interest then I welcome you to continue through this recruitment site and get in touch with our advising consultants, Peridot Partners.

Orchid Project is a fantastic place to work, I hope that you consider applying.

With best wishes,

Grethe Petersen, CEO

“Every time I speak about FGC, I speak as a survivor of the practice… My daughter will never speak as a survivor”

Seleyian Partoip

End FGC Activist, Founder and Director of Murua Girl Child Education Programme

Orchid Project has a vision of a world free from female genital cutting (FGC).  We are a small but growing, dynamic not-for-profit organisation with a proven track record of delivering programmes, policy, advocacy and communications in support of an end to FGC.  More than 4 million girls a year are subjected to female genital cutting.

This involves partly or fully removal of a girl’s external female genitalia. In the short term, it can cause serious bleeding, infection and sometimes death. It dramatically disadvantages girls for the future: many girls never return to school and are often forced into early marriage. As well as the physical damage, cutting significantly curtails the education, incomes, and independence of women and girls. It is a fundamental breach of the human rights of women and girls, and it causes lasting health, education, economic and social harm.

Many communities are ending cutting – and we know this can be accelerated to meet the world’s target of ending this practice by 2030 – but at the moment, the population is growing faster than the prevalence is falling, leading to a rising number of girls being cut each year.

The results are effective and sustained: once a community decides end the practice of cutting their daughters, by for example of adopting a different rite of passage, the community will not go back to cutting.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, programme work to end cutting has been disrupted world-wide and an additional 2 million girls are now at risk of being cut in the next ten years according to UNFPA.

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    Closing date: 9am, Monday 19th April 2021
    First stage interviews: w/c Monday 26th April 2021
    Final stage interviews: w/c Monday 3rd May 2021

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