Governance and Accountability Lead, South Africa

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    October 22, 2022

FHI 360 UK, building on the KI’s experience in political economy analysis (PEA), citizen empowerment & accountability programming, and adaptive management, is seeking to build a specific practice area to facilitate increased specialisation within the arena of governance.  While these subject areas of work are an integral part of overall governance reform and would fit within that overall technical area, FHI 360 UK also recognises the cross-cutting application of these subjects and seeks to incorporate these functions across a wider array of technical areas.

To do this, FHI 360 UK is seeking a technical lead who will have both a direct role in building and growing our portfolio in Governance & Accountability as well as ensuring that these technical skills, learning and tools are applied across FHI 360’s offerings.  The technical lead will be responsible for:

  • Building and leading a PEA practice including:
    • recruitment of a pool of PEA experts covering a broad range of geographies and technical subject matters (with a particular focus on education, health, climate, gender and public financial management, the main technical focus areas of FHI 360 UK).
    • Development of PEA tools which can be a part of the FHI 360 UK offering in PEA, across all sectors.
    • Win new work (and contribute to the winning of new work) and support the delivery of PEA services on distinct PEA programmes, as a component of broader development programmes, and to help reinforce understanding of political economy for bids across FHI 360 globally.


  • Oversee and grow FHI 360 UK’s existing empowerment and accountability (E&A) programming:
    • Provide technical input and management on existing FHI 360 UK E&A programmes.
    • Win new FCDO E&A work.
    • Support other FHI 360 UK projects which may have E&A needs, even if not specifically E&A focused.


  • Strategic leadership on Adaptive Programming:
    • Work with other technical and programme management leadership in developing and integrating the use of adaptive management in existing and new programming.
    • Work with other technical and programme management leadership in developing adaptive management approaches and tools as part of an FHI 360 UK offering.


  • Support to and Liaison with FHI 360 US:
    • Support PEA services to backstop FHI 360’s US-based work.
    • Liaise with FHI 360’s US based Civil Society & Peacebuilding (CSPB) practice to share learning and resources.


The position will sit within the Technical Leads group and report to the Senior Technical Director.


The Governance & Accountability Lead will have:


  • Significant interpersonal skill, including listening; showing understanding, courtesy, and concern; developing and maintaining effective relationships with project staff and stakeholders; and displaying sensitivity to cultural diversity, gender, age, and disabilities, and other individual differences is highly recommended.
  • Experience building the capacity of a project team, coaching, and mentoring is highly recommended.
  • Experience in delivering PEA work for at least FCDO, USAID and other donors in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the MENA region.  Experience and knowledge of Zimbabwe and Pakistan essential.
  • Experience in gendered PEA as well as conducting PEAs for climate change/environment, education, youth empowerment, health and with local civil society and non-state actors.
  • Experience in the application and use of PEA in adaptive management and programming, specifically in working with MEL teams in developing adaptive monitoring frameworks in response to dynamic political situations.
  • Working with programme technical teams and partner organisations in building their PEA capacity.
  • A strategic vision and the ability to buy into the company-wide vision.
  • An interest in and ability to manage people
  • Be thoroughly familiar with emerging and up-to-date techniques used in the identification, development, and implementation of projects.
  • A strong network of contractor, donor relationships and understanding of donor tends.
  • Be informed about current developments in the technical area and possess the ability to exchange information, present recommendations and collaborate with colleagues and peers within the organization and possibly externally.
  • Report, policy and document writing skills as well as budget, finance and forecasting skills
  • Strong diagnostic, analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong English writing and communication skills.
  • Masters degree (or higher) in politics, economics, or development studies

Significant (10+ years) expertise in PEA, E&A and adaptive management on FCDO or other donor programming is essential.


This job posting summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.


FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law.


FHI 360 will consider for employment all qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws.

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