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Head of Finance & Operations | Orchid Project

Orchid Project

Orchid Project has a vision of a world free from female genital cutting (FGC). Join a small but dynamic charity with a proven track record of delivering programmes, advocacy and communications work in support of an end to FGC as Head of Finance & Operations.

  • Location: Vauxhall, London
  • Salary: £45K - £50K, based on experience

About the role

Orchid Project is a growing charity with a new CEO and ambitious 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’.

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.

Who we're looking for

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.

You will bring a calm, confident, capable demeanour to this role, with a clear emphasis on collegiate working. You will bring your strong line management skills to support and lead our Operations & Finance Officer, as well as support the development and success of other line managers in the organisation. You will successfully engage with our external consultants, partners and other stakeholders. You enjoy working in an entrepreneurial environment where everyone wears many hats, and will take pride in supporting a purpose-driven charity move confidently into its next chapter of growth. Crucially, your personal sense of integrity and positive energy will make you a natural addition to the team.

If you’re excited by this role, please contact our recruitment consultants at Peridot Partners:

James Hunt | 07711 405444 | james@peridotpartners.co.uk

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 the hire of 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, 3.9 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 to 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. This requires that we ensure that our resources, processes, people strategies and technology will deliver our strategy.

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 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 great finance and operations experience and who is keen to lead a small team and work across other 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 can support us in making this happen.

You do not necessarily need prior experience in the charity sector, however, we do need a senior professional who is measured, composed, and driven. We will give you the platform to flourish and you will have the opportunity to grow with us as Orchid Project moves quickly into the next stage of its development.

If this all sounds of interest then I welcome you to continue through this recruitment site and get in touch with James Hunt at Peridot Partners, our recruitment consultants, to discuss your suitability: james@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07711 405 444.

Thank you for considering Orchid Project and I look forward to meeting you at interview stage.

With best wishes,

Grethe Petersen, CEO

Working together to end female genital cutting (FGC)

Over 200 million women and girls are affected by the practice of female genital cutting (FGC). A further 3.9 million girls are at risk of being cut each year.

Orchid Project is an NGO that is catalysing the global movement to end FGC. FGC is a human rights violation that harms the lives of girls, women and their communities. Orchid Project partners with pioneering grassroots organisations around the world, and shares knowledge and best practice to accelerate change. Orchid Project also advocates among governments and global leaders to ensure work to end FGC is prioritised.

Orchid Project in 2019… and looking ahead to 2020

Orchid Project is seeing a time of growth and increasing influence. Our work to end FGC within a generation continues on both the global advocacy stage as well as with our grassroots partners that are supporting communities to abandon the practice. Some of the special highlights across our Programmes, Advocacy and Communications from the year include:


  • Ending FGC among the Maasai in Kenya – over 3000 community members, including cultural leaders, the Kenyan Anti-FGM Board, civil society and national media came together to celebrate this milestone event.
  • Continued collaboration with our Indian partner, Sahiyo – an organisation that promotes FGC abandonment in the Dawoodi Bohra community in India, Pakistan and the diaspora.
  • Expansion of our Knowledge Sharing Programme


  • Women Deliver, Canada 2019 – Orchid Project played a key leadership role bringing together the FGC sector for the first time with common purpose.
  • Developed relationships and collaboration with multilateral, governmental and civil society stakeholders, and engaged with the donor community.
  • We participated in the African Union convening on FGC in Burkina Faso.
  • Attended global events such as the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York, and the International Conference on Population and Development in Nairobi.


  • We amplified stories from the grassroots through blog and video content drawn directly from countries where our work takes place.
  • Launched a new, user-focused website, including the creation of a powerful and accessible resource hub.
  • Hosted a ‘Facebook Live’ event to mark February 6th, the International Day to End FGC.

Please read more about our special highlights across our Programmes, Advocacy and Communications here:

Orchid Project overview

Orchid Project supports trailblazing grassroots partners

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Please download the Job Description and Person Specification. We are keen to receive applications from suitable candidates as soon as possible, and will be moving to interview stage as soon as suitable applications are received.

For more information please contact:

James Hunt | james@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07711 405 444

CV and covering letter in application, please.

Please ensure that your application is emailed to response@peridotpartners.co.uk inserting “Head of Finance & Operations, Orchid Project” into the subject field.

Disabled applicants are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the job, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.

We wish to encourage applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief.

All applications will be considered solely on merit.


Closing date: 9am, Monday 10th February 2020
First stage interviews: w/c Monday 17th February 2020
Final stage interviews: w/c Monday 24th February 2020

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