UK seeks fund manager for its Strengthening Higher Education for Female Empowerment (SHEFE) programme

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is currently looking for a fund manager for its Strengthening Higher Education for Female Empowerment (SHEFE) programme.

Interested applicants may submit their Expressions of Interest until 23 September 2022.

The programme aims to reform higher education systems to provide women and girls with a better future in sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and North Africa.

The programme aims to break down the barriers that prevent women from accessing and succeeding in higher education, including by promoting STEM degrees, inclusive digital education, and better protection practices for women and girls.

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By partnering with top UK universities and higher education institutions, SHEFE will leverage the world-class expertise of the UK’s tertiary education sector to meet FCDO’s priority of empowering women and girls.

Goals for the fund

The FCDO is looking for an experienced and dynamic fund manager to plan and manage the implementation and management of the new SHEFE programme, an investment of up to £45m over the next 5 years to fund:

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Those who wish to apply need to have experience in partnerships seeking to address identified challenges in the higher education system with focus on improving access, improving employment outcomes for girls and women to thrive in the labour market.

The goal is to encourage STEM-related learning and targeted interventions in support of protection against sexual exploitation and abuse and harassment (SEAH), as well as attract new types of actors within the higher education system.

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These include, but not limited to funding and quality assurance agencies and private sector partners (private providers and employers) to enable a dynamic and multidisciplinary group of experts to focus on solutions to complex problems, such as employability, and test new large-scale delivery models, including online delivery.

Eligible parties include Non-governmental organisations (NGOs), UK-based non-profit organisations, UK-based small and diaspora organisations, Educational institutions, Organisations based in Low to Middle Income Countries (LMIC) with experience in projects and programmes with funding of more than £1,000,000.

How to apply

Interested parties may submit an expression of interest to