Head of Network Development -- ECPAT International, Thailand

Job title                        Head of Network Development
 
Duty station                  Bangkok, Thailand
 
Reports to:                   Executive Director
 
Duration of contract      Initial two year contract (renewable)
 
Grade                           D
 
Background
 
ECPAT International is a global network of civil society organisations working together to end the sexual exploitation of children through prostitution, pornography and trafficking. It seeks to ensure that children everywhere enjoy their fundamental rights free and secure from all forms of commercial sexual exploitation.
 
The ECPAT network currently has 90 member organisations in 82 countries in all regions of the world. All members are independent organisations or coalitions working against the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC). The Secretariat of the Network is based in Bangkok, Thailand.
 
ECPAT’s capacity to accelerate progress against CSEC requires a stronger and more effective Network, served by a more responsive and unifying Secretariat. The movement requires enhanced global and regional collaboration, greater shared understanding, clarity of direction and a focus on common goals. Successful network development links national, regional and international efforts, with synergies and clear accountability among the different parts of the organisation that bring positive results for children.
 
Job purpose
 
 
This is a Senior Management position based in the ECPAT International Secretariat in Bangkok. The Head of Network Development will oversee the network development team and will focus on working towards a stronger and more effective and united ECPAT International Network; to ensure mechanisms and tools are in place for the Secretariat to serve the Network; and encouraging “networking” among members (collaboration, alignment, interaction, learning, etc). ECPAT’s network development aims at increasing the network’s impact in ending the sexual exploitation of children at local, national, regional, and global levels. Regionalisation and regional coordination processes are considered key tools for achieving the network development goals. Currently the ECPAT Secretariat has coordinators based in two regions and is planning for at least two additional regions.
 
Tasks and Responsibilities 
Knowledge management
 
  • Gather, synthesize and maintain up to date knowledge through pro-active collection and analysis of information on CSEC developments in each region, including trends, manifestations and the implications for regional bodies, mechanisms and key actors.
  •  Ensure that CSEC Overviews for each Region are regularly updated and available to members, partners and decision makers for purposes of awareness raising, advocacy and informing policies, programmes, and legislation and resource allocations. 
Partnerships
 
  • Ensure that ECPAT initiates and maintains strategic relations with regional bodies and mechanisms. 
  • Promote the mobilisation, maintenance and strategic management of ECPAT’s global partnerships at national, subregional and regional levels. 
  • Represent ECPAT at regional forums, especially in regions where there is no coordinator. 
Networking
 
  • Review, refine and ensure the implementation of processes and procedures for working with, serving, and strengthening the membership. 
  • Foster appropriate ways and mechanisms for effective coordination and collaboration to advance ECPAT’s mission at regional, subregional and national levels. 
  • Oversee the development and maintenance of tools to facilitate and encourage networking among members to create synergies. These may include Intranet, Webinars, conference calls, training sessions, consultations, staff exchanges, etc. 
  • Working closely with members and Secretariat staff to ensure the identification and sharing of good practices and potential resources between members, countries and regions. 
Capacity Building
 
  • Identify capacity building needs of the membership and develop a practical learning approach to address these needs, in close collaboration with members, regional coordinators, heads of programme, and external consultants. 
  • Identify potential resources (including those of members) for CSO capacity building and develop communication and collaboration mechanisms and tools to increase members’ capacity to mobilise such resources. 
  • Promote and support the strengthening/development of national coalitions. 
  • Identify potential new, strong member organisations in strategically important countries and promote and support the accreditation process. 
  • Mobilise participation in regional and international advocacy. 
  • Evaluate and monitor network effectiveness to ensure the multiplication of the impact of the network extends beyond its’ membership. 
  • Strengthen network visibility and branding.
Team and Programme Management
 
  • Provide leadership, supervision and when appropriate coaching to the network development team, including regional coordinators and network development manager.
  • Develop, implement and monitor the workplan for global network development, in line with the overall network development objectives in ECPAT’s Strategic Framework 
  • Ensure and technically support the development and implementation of regional workplans and monitor their implementation. 
  • Manage the global network development programme ensuring timely and satisfactory delivery; managing and monitoring expenditure against budget; and ensuring timely and quality reporting, including reporting to donors. 
  • Ensure staff and members of team under his/her leadership comply with organisational policies and procedures 
Resource Mobilisation
 
  • Identify potential resources for network development. 
  • Develop funding proposals and negotiate donor agreements for sustained network development resources. 
  • Build and maintain positive donor relationships that support regional actions and sustainable network development. 
Network Governance
 
  • Ensure the ECPAT network database is up to date and oversee processes for the collection of membership information. 
  • Advise and support relevant Board Committee on network development strategies and implementation. Identify any potential conflict within the membership and work with Board Committees (or Members) to resolve these. 
  • Oversee the Secretariat’s support in: ECPAT Governance processes, network communications, member accreditation process, facilitation of Board Meetings, facilitation of network meetings, including the International Assembly. 
  • Ensure the effective participation of Network members in the development of ECPAT International’s Strategic Plan. 
  • Foster ownership and compliance with ECPAT International Composite Policies 
  • Evaluate and monitor network effectiveness to ensure the multiplication of the impact of the network extends beyond its’ membership. 
  • Strengthen network visibility. 
Secretariat Management
 
  • As a member of the Senior Management Team, provide a leadership role in the Secretariat’s visioning, development and planning processes. 
  • Ensure collaboration, coordination and synergies between/among regional work and other departments. 
  • Ensure preparation of relevant sections of Annual Reports, Board Reports, Website and Intranet.
  • Facilitate the coordination of regional activities from other departments (programmes, research, advocacy, and communications). 
Representation
 
Represent ECPAT International at events, meetings, forums, conferences, etc and make presentations on behalf of the organisation. 
Profile
 
 
Qualifications
 
  • Advanced university degree in international development, management, law, public administration, human rights or other related field; 
  • Minimum of ten years progressively responsible and relevant professional experience working in organisational development, not-for-profit management, staff development and supervision, and organisational learning; 
  • Demonstrated knowledge and positive track record of working effectively with networks and coalitions; 
  • Knowledge of child rights, CSEC, and of the ECPAT Network is a strong plus; 
  • Excellent English language skills (written and verbal, a knowledge of other network languages (French/ Spanish/ Russian) is a plus. 
Competencies
 
  • Demonstrated commitment to ECPAT’s vision, values and principles; 
  • Solid track record in team leadership; 
  • Relating and networking: excellent interpersonal skills, diplomacy, and tact; 
  • Sound strategic thinking and planning skills, including the ability to think creatively, and to innovate and to set priorities in a changing and complex external environment; 
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision, meet deadlines and prioritise multiple requests and demands; 
  • Demonstrated capacity to manage complexity, champion organisational change and create an environment where team members and colleagues become drivers of change; 
  • Ability to analyze and synthesize large amounts of information; 
  • Communication: excellent writing, speaking and public presentation skills; 
  • Strong drive for results; 
  • Persuading and influencing: charismatic, credible and good negotiating skills; 
  • Ability and willingness to undertake frequent international travel. 
Salary and benefits
 
ECPAT offers a competitive remuneration package and staff benefits. 
 
Application process
 
 
Candidates interested in this position can download ECPAT’s Personal History Form at http://www.ecpat.net/employment
 
Please submit a completed Personal History Form and your cover letter to vacancy@ecpat.net Mention your name and the title of the position in the email subject line
 
Closing date: 22 February 2016 

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