We are hiring for the role of the Executive Director of the Stand To End Rape Initiative (STER).
Stand To End Rape Initiative (STER) is a multi-award-winning and leading social enterprise advocating
against sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), providing prevention mechanisms, and supporting
survivors with psychosocial services. STER adopts a comprehensive approach to advocating for
gender equality and eliminating gender-based violence in Nigeria.
LOCATION: Lagos State JOB TYPE: Fulltime
EXPERIENCE: 5-7+ Years QUALIFICATION: Master’s Degree
About the Role
We are looking for a confident, creative, collaborative, and proactive Executive Director to join our
team and work alongside staff and volunteers. We have always put leadership and movement
building at the heart of our work, and this position will deliver on those ambitions and the targets
set in our 2022–25 strategy.
Using a feminist, collaborative, and anti-oppressive approach, the Executive Director is responsible
for the successful leadership, overall management, and operations of STER according to the
strategic direction and policies of STER. The Executive Director leads and influences the
organisation toward positive growth, and designs, updates, and directs strategies that support and
enhance the organisation’s operations. STER is looking to expand its programming into other
African countries, and is keen on having a leader that has clear strategies on how to get us there!
The Executive Director is accountable to and reports to STER’s Global Director and Advisory Board
through reports and the biannual Advisory Board meetings. The Executive Director’s primary role
is to advance the organisation’s vision and collaborate with the Board to create workplace cultures
at STER that promote equity, justice, collaboration, innovation, respect, and empowerment, with
the core belief that a woman is creative, resourceful, and whole.
The Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following competencies, characteristics, and
❖ Knowledge, understanding and commitment to principles of sexual and gender-based violence
prevention and response, anti-oppression, equity and inclusion; able to build bridges and
weave these principles into all aspects of the organisation, including its culture and
❖ Proven track record in program management, research, donor relations and innovations.
❖ A leader that leads with a participatory management style and acts as a role model for the team
and creates a high-performance workplace reflective of STER’s mission, vision and values.
❖ A relationship builder that develops and maintains positive working relationships with
community organisations (actively seeking to engage with diverse communities), survivors, civil
society organisations, donors, governments, advisory board and other stakeholders.
❖ A results-oriented leader with the ability to clearly and fairly set expectations, negotiate, and
hold self and others accountable with exceptional communication and interpersonal skills.
❖ Skilled and experienced in establishing productive relationships with the board, and presenting
complex data succinctly and effectively for informed decision-making.
❖ A strategic critical thinker that also has strong operational skills, to both guide the organisation
and ensures that day-to-day management of human resources, accounting, finance, risk
management, quality, and governance are effectively managed.
❖ A change agent, who is successfully able to support a growing organisation.
❖ Creating and delivering on a strategy to reach out and partner with other non-profit actors
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❖ Recruit personnel (staff, interns and volunteers) to steer the organisation toward growth and
❖ Review, expand, plan and execute the STER’s strategy, programs and development fund.
❖ Develop, manage and sustain grant opportunities and other fundraising initiatives towards
STER’s social enterprise model.
❖ Strategically provide professional leadership and management of the day-to-day operations
❖ Oversee budget and financial statements and expenditures, and yearly financial audits.
❖ Ensure regular timely and accurate donor reports and other publications on media platforms,
including the website.
❖ Engage with communities of best practice, sharing it with our team and keeping our work up to
date on new learning.
❖ Engage with policy, campaigns and conversations through events and meetings, as well as
submissions to consultations.
❖ Translate STER’s frontline experience into policy briefs to influence laws and debates around
sexual and gender-based violence and tech-facilitated abuse.
❖ Research and publish resources and thought leadership that benefits the VAWG sector,
technologists and policymakers.
❖ Formalize partnerships with national, regional and global organisations that advance gender
equity, women’s rights and policies and research institutes.
❖ Work in close communication with the Advisory Board and assist in the preparation of the
board and annual general meetings.
❖ Ensure regulatory compliance to all government requirements for civil society organisations
and social enterprises in Nigeria and across Africa.
❖ Oversee the regular update and amplification of digital platforms to foster service provision
and awareness-raising initiatives on the organisation’s programs and impact.
Requirements: Knowledge and Expertise:
❖ Master’s Degree in Gender Studies, Research, Social Services, Social Sciences, Business
Development, International Relations or related discipline.
❖ 5-7+ years of experience in a senior management leadership role in a non-profit, youth-led
organisation or social enterprise with proven planning, implementation and coordination skills.
❖ Extensive experience in fundraising, research and donor management.
❖ Demonstrated mentorship and leadership ability in a manner which supports the agency’s
philosophy of leadership and growth of staff and programs.
❖ Understanding of local and regional contexts on legal frameworks, committees and strategies
on gender equity, research and women’s rights programming.
❖ Fluency in English, a major local language and any other UN-recognised language is a plus.
❖ Ability to effectively use MS Office packages, G-Suites and other collaborative tools such as
Slack, Trello and monday.com.
In addition to compensation, STER offers:
❖ A hybrid working environment.
❖ 22 days paid leave days per year included in monthly compensation (excluding public holidays).
❖ In-house mental health services.
❖ Medical insurance.
❖ Pension contributions.
❖ Gadgets to support role delivery.
Interested and qualified applicants are to send a resume and a cover letter detailing why you are
interested in this work, your relevant experience, and your approach to the work electronically to
firstname.lastname@example.org with email@example.com in copy, using the subject heading
Executive Director and reference code FTV202301 on or before 17 April 2023. Only qualified
applicants will be notified about an interview and other selection processes. Female applicants are
highly encouraged to apply.
❖ Stage 0: Shortlisting based on resume and cover letter
❖ Stage 1: Pre-interview screening
❖ Stage 2: Interview (Round 1)
❖ Stage 3: Task-based interview (Round 2)
❖ Stage 4: Final interview (Round 3)