Executive Director at Stand To End Rape Initiative (STER)

Peridot Forte Solutions Consulting Limited - Our client, 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. STER invests efficient time into work and aspires for operational excellence in personnel management processes.

They are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Executive Director

Job Ref: FTV202301
Location: Lagos
Employment Type: Full-time

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.

Key Responsibilities

  • Recruit personnel (staff, interns and volunteers) to steer the organisation toward growth and sustainability.
  • 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 and programs.
  • 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

The Ideal Candidate:
The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following competencies, characteristics, and qualifications:

  • 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 policies/processes.
  • 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 in a succinct and effective manner for informed decision-making.
  • A strategic critical thinker that also has strong operational skills, to both guide the organization 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 organization.
  • Creating and delivering on a strategy to reach out and partner with other non-profit actors
  • 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.

Our Offer
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


How to Apply
Interested and qualified applicants are to send a resume and a cover letter detailing why they are interested in this work, their relevant experience, and their approach to the work, to: [email protected] and copy to: [email protected] using the  "Executive Director" and the reference code "FTV202301"  as the subject of the mail eg "Executive Director - FTV202301"

Recruitment Process

  • 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)


  • Only qualified applicants will be notified about an interview and other selection processes. 
  • Female applicants are highly encouraged to apply

Application Deadline  17th April 2023.

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