Job Vacancy: Strategy & Operations Manager

Job Vacancy: Strategy & Operations Manager

Job title: Strategy and Operations Manager

Reports to:  Executive Director

Responsible for: Office Assistant and volunteers

Salary:  £33,392- £37, 500 per annum (pro rata)

Hours:  28 hours per week

Duration:  Two years (extension is subject to continuous funding)


We are the African women-led organisation working to end multiple forms of violence against women and girls. From female genital mutilation and child marriage to domestic and sexual violence, we tackle abuse and discrimination – enabling African women and girls to have the dignity, health and equality they deserve. For over 35 years we have worked to bring communities together, developing local skills and knowledge, and nurturing young women leaders to enable them acquire the leadership skills, information and motivation they need to transform their lives.

Job purpose

This is a new and exciting role to further advance FORWARD’s vision. The purpose of this new role is to oversee FORWARD’s operations and strategy functions, working closely with the Executive Director and Senior Management Team (SMT). This role includes development and implementation of FORWARD’s organisational strategy, operational policies and procedures, and supporting governance matters. You will oversee human resources (HR) and operational development, as well as ongoing support of the infrastructure of the organisation, compliance and governance. You will work in collaboration with the Executive Director and the SMT and lead staff development, wellbeing and organisational stability, ensuring that FORWARD’s systems and operations are effective and sustain the growth of the organisation.

Key responsibilities

  1. HR and staff management (40%), including supporting the Senior Management Team (SMT) in developing and implementing staffing and volunteer management strategies aligned with approved budget and overall organisational strategy
  2. Operations and compliance management (30%), including leading on office and building management functions and ensuring adherence to bylaws and organisational policies, in coordination with the Executive Director and SMT
  3. Governance and strategic direction (20%), including supporting the Executive Director on governance matters, such as preparation of trustee agendas, meeting papers and minutes, and running of committee meetings
  4. General duties (10%), including supporting our quality standards in relation to every aspect of the work to ensure that FORWARD maintains its distinctive positive reputation, internally and externally

Recruitment and selection

As part of the recruitment and selection process, FORWARD may undertake DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) checks where appropriate for all individuals who will work directly with children and vulnerable adults. We are committed to welcoming people from diverse backgrounds, cultures and experiences. FORWARD considers being female a Genuine Occupational Requirement for this post under the Equality Act 2010.

Closing date: Thursday, 30 June 2022, 23:59

Interview dates: Thursday 7 – Friday, 8 July 2022

To apply for this post, please read the job description and send back a completed application form and equal opportunities form to [email protected]

Please state this reference in your application: OPSJU22