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Deputy Director

Date Posted: 10/26/2011
Organization: GSMA mWomen
Location: London, UK

Description of Organization:

The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide. Spanning 219 countries, the GSMA unites nearly 800 of the world’s mobile operators, as well as more than 200 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset makers, software companies, equipment providers, Internet companies, and media and entertainment organisations. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as the Mobile World Congress and Mobile Asia Congress.

The GSMA mWomen Program is an unprecedented, global public-private partnership between the worldwide mobile industry and the international development community - harnessing the power of the private sector to accelerate women's ownership of mobile phones, while partnering with the international development community to provide life-enhancing services to women living on less than $2 a day. The GSMA mWomen Program addresses the key barriers to women’s mobile phone ownership, including total cost of ownership, technical literacy, and cultural barriers to adoption. This is facilitated by creating an enabling market environment, which includes designing and implementing the mWomen business case in collaboration with the mobile industry and conducting primary research into base of the pyramid women’s wants and needs.

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Position Responsibilities:

The GMSA mWomen Program seeks an experienced management professional to serve as Deputy Director. The position will work closely with the Director and other key staff to oversee and implement the project in line with donor and GSMA strategy.

The Deputy Director will have the following responsibilities:

  • Provide operational oversight to all aspects of day-to-day implementation
  • Manage human resources for long-term and short-term staff
  • Negotiate, procure and manage subcontracts
  • Oversee grant disbursement including candidate selection process and implementation
  • Deliver project reports to donors and partners including USAID and AusAID
  • Oversee monitoring and evaluation throughout life of project
  • Represent GSMA and the GSMA mWomen Program to donors, governments and other key stakeholders

  • Minimum 8 years experience of working on complex projects in developing countries/markets
  • Experience managing and implementing donor projects (experience with USAID program management preferred)
  • Experience managing a global team of long-and short-term staff
  • Experience managing external suppliers
  • Strong knowledge of donor reporting systems and requirements, including programmatic and financial reporting
  • Experience working in a corporate environment preferred (mobile industry experience a plus)
  • Proactive manager who can creatively identify opportunities and suggest ways of improving existing processes
  • Strong interpersonal skills and highly professional – comfortable interacting with internal and external stakeholders, including C-level executives
  • Willingness to travel on an international basis
  • Team player, able to work in fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
  • Excellent cultural awareness and a desire to work with teams around the world

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The GSMA is able to provide suitably motivated candidates with a first class working environment, access to all of the key decision makers in one of the planets largest and most progressive industry’s and the content to keep a curious mind engaged. Many of our alumni have now taken key roles in the development of the industry. Please submit your CV to David Santos at