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Chief Executive Officer

The Vavengers
Closing date
20 Sep 2021

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Right to work in the Uk, London-based only

Who we are?

'The Vavengers exist to end Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG), looking specifically at communities experiencing multiple forms of disadvantage. Our work seeks to support asylum seekers and refugee women who have experienced Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Domestic Abuse (DA) and Honor Based Violence (HBV). The diaspora communities we work with often sit at the intersection of forced migration, Gender-Based Violence and health inequalities here in the UK because of their race/gender and legal status. Our community projects, advocacy work, and campaigning aim to empower our beneficiaries to understand their rights and the services available to them. Our campaigning and advocacy work is centered around understanding the gaps in healthcare and education for the most marginalized groups living in the UK. The Vavengers recognize education and safe spaces as key to supporting the asylum seeker and refugee communities, ensuring those with lived experience are at the center of the change needed to prevent and stop the cycle of harm.'

The perfect candidate will lead the Charity through its start-up phase, supporting the engagement of a wide range of local and national stakeholders, using their understanding of the challenges faced by survivors of Female Genital Mutilation and Refugees and Asylum Seekers. If you feel you have leadership qualities strong enough to take our charity to the next level, this position could be for you.

We are seeking a CEO who will not only manage The Vavengers as an organization within its own right, but also provide leadership, innovation, and strategic direction for the core team. We are at an exciting moment in our organization life, the ideal candidate will think creatively about enhancing our current projects as well as developing the core strands of our work. Our organizational theory of change can be found here:

In the coming three years, in response to the increasing need and demand, we are looking to grow the number of community projects that we run.

At the same time, our current CEO and Co-Founder, Mabel Evans, after a term of 7 years (2 as a registered charity) has decided that she would like to step aside. Mabel will continue to be involved with The Vavengers as an ambassador, an adviser, and a trustee, but the trustees now wish to recruit a new Chief Executive at 3 days a week to lead our core team of four and take the charity forward during this next stage of development.

The Chief Executive will act as a key ambassador for The Vavengers to the outside world and the key influence in creating a productive, supportive and collaborative environment for the team. They will be responsible for setting overall direction, for the day-to-day management of the team and for oversight of all the charity's activities, specifically:

Role responsibilities:

• Provide senior leadership and management across and beyond the organization.

• Lead on business development.

• Lead on the development of governance and culture and drive change whilst respecting and developing the core ethos of the charity.

• Build on the ambition of The Vavengers to become an exemplar of the next generation of change-makers, leading, developing and accelerating a comprehensive program of transformation.

• Ensure that all areas of care, delivery of targets, operations, finance, innovation, work within our populations and development of the business are uniformly excellent, putting in place systems of support and accountability to ensure this is achieved.

• Be highly knowledgeable about key policy developments in all areas affecting the health and wellbeing of survivors of Female Genital Mutilation and their pre-cursors.

• Develop Partnership strategy; formulate objectives and research and develop ideas for future development.

• Build productive relationships with commissioners and key stakeholders at the local, Network and integrated system level.

• Produce and maintain a business and finance development plan which articulates the ambition and tactical position of the organization in regards to growing and sustaining the business.

• Build on and develop the framework in which the culture of the organization can develop.

• Provide strategic leadership for organizational development and higher-level human resources functions.

What's in it for you?

  • Leading a young and dynamic majoritively female team
  • Access to network within the charity and more specifically in the GBV sector
  • Relationships within the sector built over 5 years
  • Opportunity to make a real difference in the fight against gender-based violence

You are:

• Educated to degree level or equivalent, or ability to demonstrate aptitudes and attitudes at this level.

• Evidence of continuing professional development. (unnecessary)

• A natural leader

• Strategic and business focussed

• Proactive, and an innovative thinker and planner

• A superb communicator (verbal and written)

• Experienced in financial and business planning

• A creative and inspiring individual with a desire to question systemic practices harming women and girls

• Experienced in preparing business cases and representing an organization

• A great networker

• A Radical thinker, with a desire for innovation and collaboration at all levels

Desirable but not essential:

• Relevant HR, management, or finance qualification.

• Experience of working in women's rights, healthcare, or social services environments (an advantage but not essential).

• Experience in the arts sector.
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