Peer to Peer Support Specialist

Published March 17, 2022
Location Nairobi, Kenya
Category Administration  
Job Type Full Time  




The role of the Peer-to-Peer support specialist, Financial Oversight and Risk is to strategically support IPPFARO teams and Member Associations (MAs) to formulate and implement sound policies and procedures in accordance with recognized best practices and IPPF membership terms and conditions, to strengthen their internal controls and accountability and to promote the efficiency of their operations, using peer to peer strategies and approaches as well as technical assistance when necessary. He/she plays a crucial role on compliance of MAs with IPPF and other donors funding conditions and policies. The role will also support peer to peer financial governance among Mas




Under the general supervision of the of the Head of Strategy, Organizational Development


and Governance Department, the Peer-to-Peer Support Specialist, Financial Oversight and


Risk will be responsible for the following duties:


Risk Management


Support the region in the prevention, detection and management of fraud and

safeguarding matters.


Ensure that financial & other risks challenging the MAs performance are identified,

prioritized and appropriate action taken to support them.


Support and give guidance to MAs in the identification, prioritization and implementation

of risk assessment and management strategies in a timely manner using peer to peer




Develop/review and implement strong financial controls and accounting systems and

policies as well as effective collaboration with MAs on all matters relating to the IPPF


Africa Region budget, APB, project funding, reporting and data provision.


Participate in any investigation under the responsibility of the Department of Strategy,

Organizational Development and Governance (SODG) and in the development and


implementation of roadmaps including debts and other institutional challenges, faced by


the MAs, as part of o risk prevention and management.


Build capacity of MAs Governing Bodies, SMT and relevant staff on risk management

and financial oversight using peer to peer strategies and approaches.


Monitor grants of MA, including the preparation of funding agreements, and release of



Ensure Africa Region compliance to IPPF with donor project management policies, best

practices, and procedures, including the timely and complete submission of plans,


reports and other statutory requirements (Annual Program and Budget, Annual and Half


Year Reports, Audit report, etc.).


Review audited accounts, annual and half-year reports, annual program budget (APB)

and other Mas special financial reports including follow up on the development and


implementation action plans, when recommendations come from external auditors.


Financial Oversight


Lead and coordinate the development and implementation of peer-to-peer support

strategies on financial oversight, risk management and accountability, budgeting,


resource allocation and cost analysis based on principles of value for money.


Promote, support and facilitate peer to peer learning experience and sharing including

coaching and mentoring as part of Organizational Development (OD) and growth of MAs


on finance and risk management.


Ensure that MAs in the region can provide Technical Assistance on finance or risk

management of other MAs in the region and worldwide, directly or through centers of




Support MA resource mobilization exercises with the External relations department of

the Africa regional office, the program and the operations’ departments , in particular for


the development of budgets for project proposals.


Support the identification of ARO and MAs organizational /TA needs, skills gaps and

skills available to enhance peer to peer support and support capacity building initiatives


on Operations management of MAs.




Support MAs to develop and implement sound business plans.


Support MAs to comply with all legal, fiscal, and statutory requirements of governments,


donors, and other stakeholders of both restricted and unrestricted funding.


Support MAs in the development and review of their strategic and annual plans and



Promote and ensure a strong code of ethics and integrity within MAs project

management and programs principles and initiatives.


Contribute to building donor’s trust and confidence in MAs to raise adequate funding to

effectively undertake sexual and reproductive health and rights programs and project




Support incident management resolution related to fraud


Support the prevention of safeguarding issues and contributes to their resolution


Collaborate with the Peer-to-Peer support specialist project management and programs


in developing procedures, guidelines, and tools for Mas of Africa region in alignment


with national, regional and international standards.


Work in close collaboration with other departments of the organization.


Support the accreditation review of MAs and implementation of post accreditation action




Support the Department of Strategy, Organizational Development and Governance to

ensure that department objectives are achieved on time.


Undertake any other duties that might be assigned by supervisor or other departments

of the IPPF Regional Office.


1) Competencies


PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge on financial management and oversight, auditing, and risk


management. Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is


conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines, and achieving


results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns. Takes responsibility for


incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in


all areas of work.


TEAMWORK: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits


input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places


team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group


decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for


team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.


COMMUNICATION: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly


interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify and


exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to


match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.


PLANNING & ORGANIZING: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies;


identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates


appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for


contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time




2) Education


  • An advanced university degree (MA/MSC) in Accounting, Finance management or related


field. • Membership of a recognized Professional Body in the related field.


3) Work Experience


At least seven years post graduate working experience. Broad experience on financial


management including auditing, risk, budgetary control, financial accounting, and project


management. At least 5 years’ experience in working in an international membership


organization or a federation.


4) Languages


English and French are the working languages of the ARO. For this post, fluency in English


and French (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of Portuguese is an advantage.


5) Assessment


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include a desk review and/or an assessment exercise


which may be followed by competency-based interview.


6) Other Requirements


High level of demonstrated Professional Ethics


Integrity and Confidentiality


Diplomatic skills


Negotiation skills




Strong analytical skills


Good knowledge of IT


Experience in working in a multicultural environment


Willing to work outside standard office hours as required


Willing to travel internationally- about 30 days a year


How to apply

The IPPF Africa Regional Office (IPPF ARO) is seeking an individual to fill the position of Peer to peer Support Specialist, Financial Oversight and Risk. The post holder will be responsible for overall coordination and management of grants and restricted funded projects of IPPFAR and will ensure adherence to internal and donor standards, policies and regulations. S/he shall design and administer grants in IPPFAR and Member Associations, developing and refining manuals, building capacity on financial and accounting systems, ensuring alignment with program objectives, and managing procurement systems. For more details about this position, please see the job description attached (below).**


Interested individuals should submit an application form in the IPPFARO CV form (attached) and a 1-page cover letter by email with the job position you are applying for as the subject of the email. Please note that we will not consider applications that are not done in the requested format.

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