Senior Team Lead Consultancy Opportunity in Kenya

Crown Agents 

Position Title: Senior Team Lead


Crown Agents is preparing to bid for the highly anticipated FCDO-funded Women’s Integrated Sexual Health Dividend (WISH-Dividend) programme. This next phase will build upon the gains from the last six years of the WISH programme to continue to support scaling-up access to sexual and reproductive health services, with a ‘Leave No One Behind’ approach, for the poorest women and girls and people with disabilities. WISH will be delivered in a selection of Sub-Saharan African countries, including fragile and conflict affected settings (FCAS) and have a strong focus on supporting health systems strengthening, country ownership and national policy reform to achieve significant family planning (FP)/ sexual and reproductive health (SRH) outcomes and impact at different levels.

About the role

Crown Agents is seeking a seasoned Team Leader to provide strategic, technical and managerial oversight of the WISH Dividend programme. S/he will lead on the programme implementation, which focuses on strengthening capacities in the provision of, and demand for, equitable, quality, integrated and rights-based SRH and FP information, products and services; and supporting in-country partners to contribute towards sustainable and resilient health systems in alignment with WISH’s goals. The Team Leader will assume overall management and responsibility for programme finances, results, staff and partnerships, and be the primary point of contact with FCDO for the programme and liaise with the Programme Director on programmatic performance to provide programme updates, discuss strategies, obstacles, performance plans, and progress against targets.

We anticipate that this role will require substantial travel. Recruitment is contingent upon successful award of the programme, and selection of final applicant is subject to FCDO approval.


Specific responsibilities of the Team Leader include:


  • Build and support a cohesive team that is effective, efficient, and outcome orientated.
  • Manage consortium partnerships and maintain collaborative partner relations, ensuring that all partners are aware of programme expectations and are actively involved in achieving their objectives.
  • Lead and drive continuous quality improvement processes.
  • Align to Crown Agents’ Delivery Strategies, including: Ways of Working, GESI and Adaptive Management.

Stakeholder coordination

  • Establish and maintain effective engagement and dialogue with governments and other programme stakeholders across all programme countries.
  • Establish and maintain effective, trust-based relationships and dialogue with key programme representatives from FCDO.

Operational Management

  • Provide operational management of the programme, ensuring all activities are implemented within agreed timelines and achieve expected results, in line with the performance framework and standard operational policies and procedures, during the inception and implementation phase.
  • Provide financial oversight of the programme.
  • Work closely with programme management and consortium partners to ensure programme deliverables are implemented according to FCDO standards and regulations.
  • Ensure lessons learned are shared across programme countries.

Technical and strategic oversight

  • Oversee technical direction, working in close collaboration with programme technical specialists.
  • Oversee development, review, and monitoring of annual workplans, programme strategy, knowledge management, and sustainability efforts to ensure achievement of programme outcomes and goals.
  • Provide quality assurance of technical outputs.
  • Represent the programme in national, regional, and international fora, including technical conferences and policy briefings, and share information about programme achievements and lessons learned within the organisation and wider development community.

Person Specification:

  • Advanced degree (MSc, PhD, MD) in a relevant field, such as public health, social science, or management.
  • International credibility in family planning and reproductive health, and a demonstrated commitment to social inclusion.
  • At least 15 years’ experience working in international health programmes, including experience in Sub-Saharan Africa, and ideally fragile contexts.
  • At least ten years’ experience in senior-level management positions and in leading diverse, multi-partner consortia, and ideally in managing multi-country programmes(Team Leader, Chief of Party, Programme Director, Deputy Team Leader, Deputy Chief of Party).
  • Excellent people management skills, including coordinating teams and consortium partners based in multiple locations.
  • Competence in building collaborative relationships and networks with donors, governments, CSOs and other key stakeholders.
  • Proven experience managing programmes including work planning, financing management and programme quality assurance and control.
  • Excel at stakeholder engagement, with strong negotiation skills and the ability to develop relations with donors, government and other key stakeholders.
  • Experience of working on FCDO programmes (and ideally other major donors too).
  • Experience in inspiring action based on evidence and influencing change, including with governments, partners and clients.
  • Fluent English oral and written communication skills (French oral and written communication skills are desirable).

You must be a strong supporter of woman’s right to access safe family planning and safe abortion services (pro-choice).

Crown Agents is a high impact social enterprise passionate about transforming the future for millions of people. Since our creation in 1833 we have worked across the globe to improve public services and drive economic growth. Our expertise is finding new solutions to difficult problems for clients in the areas of health, governance, economic growth, humanitarian action, and supply chain services. We work with and train leaders at local, national, and international level to achieve lasting change drawing on our insight and experience.

Crown Agents is an equal opportunity employer and offers a competitive salary and employee benefits. We support a work-life balance and an individual’s desire to learn beyond the experience gained at work through both personal and professional development and growth opportunities.

Crown Agents is committed to diversity and will always promote diversity for all candidates as well as a business culture that reflects that belief. Crown Agents will treat everyone equally irrespective of race, religion, colour, sex, age, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation, and places an obligation upon all staff to respect and act in accordance with the policy. Crown Agents shall not discriminate unlawfully when deciding which candidates are selected for interview, or in any terms of employment, and will ensure that each candidate is assessed only in accordance with their merits, qualifications, and abilities to perform the role. Crown Agents is committed to being an organisation enhanced by diversity and encourages applications from anyone who shares our values and commitment to improving the lives of communities affected by poverty or conflict.

How to apply

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