Regional Programme Assistant, West & Central Africa

United Kingdom - London (Global Support Office)

This vacancy is now closed


About Us:

At MSI Reproductive Choices Reproductive Choices we are unapologetically pro-choice. We believe that every woman has the right to make choices about her own body and her own future. As one of the world’s leading providers of contraception and safe abortion care, we give women the means to do so. Across 37 countries, we provide high quality, safe services, and work with advocacy to create an enabling environment, so every client has safe access to services when and where they are needed. Because when a woman can determine her own future, she can contribute to creating a better, more sustainable future for everyone.

MSI Reproductive Choices is committed to creating an inclusive environment with a workforce which is representative of the communities we serve. We’re proud to be an equal opportunities employer and give equal consideration to all qualified applicants without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or age. We are committed to promoting equality and safeguarding the welfare of all team members and clients, with a focus on vulnerable groups. 

The role

The West and Central A Regional Programme Assistant (RPA) is responsible for promoting and ensuring the smooth running of the West and Central Africa (WACA) regional team. The RPA provides both a vital operational and coordination role through providing administrative and logistical support to the WACA team (50% level of effort) as well as effective project and programme management support to a specific Country Programme (50% level of effort).  Your duties will be varied and interesting and will include developing effective office systems; acting as a point of contact with other teams and departments; organising internal team meetings and events; making travel arrangements; developing donor narrative and financial reports; ensuring the MSI grants database is maintained and contains all relevant and current grant documentation and providing other project and programme management support as required.

About you

We want individuals who support our mission of eliminating unsafe abortion by 2030 and who work with us to build an enabling environment to increase access to safe services everywhere. We expect all team members to share our vision and commitment to achieving our mission whilst promoting equality and safeguarding the welfare of all clients and colleagues.

To succeed in this role, you must have:

  • Experience in team co-orindation or administrative role for a large team
  • Experience in donor project management including budgets, donor regulations, policies and procedures
  • Experience in working with statistical and financial data
  • Experience in organisation of meetings/events/workshops.


  • Ability to work in a diverse and inclusive environment, respecting and collaborating with all individuals equally, and with a commitment to overcome bias and prejudice
  • Excellent written and spoken French
  • Excellent analytic and IT skills including Advanced Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to manage a heavy and fluctuating workload and to manage competing priorities of different teams
  • Ability to prioritise own workload and work under own initiative
  • Ability to work as part of a team and build strong working relationships
  • Highly developed communication skills (written and verbal).


  • Educated to Degree level or equivalent experience.

Personal Attributes:

  • Committed to the protection of team members and clients, with a focus on vulnerable groups.
  • Able to role-model inclusive and culturally sensitive attitudes and behaviours.
  • Motivated by the prospect of developing capacity in others
  • Able to remain calm under pressure
  • Able to be flexible, proactive, assertive and diplomatic
  • Able to exercise sound judgement and negotiation skills
  • Able to quickly build relationships based on trust and mutual respect
  • Able to manage to a steep learning curve with enthusiasm, positivity and determination.

For more information about the role, please view the job description and person specification on our website.

Location: London, W1T

Full-time: 35 hours

Contract type: Permanent

Salary: £27,000 - £31,000 per annum + benefits + discretionary bonus

Closing date: Friday 15th January 2021 (midnight GMT). Interviews may take place before this date for exceptional candidates.

For internal staff applying from an MSI country programme, the role will be positioned within the existing salary structure of the country. Local terms and conditions of the country will apply.


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