Portfolio Lead – Income Security

HelpAge International

HelpAge International works with partners and a diverse global network of more than 150 organizations across 85 countries, supporting millions of older people to live safe, dignified and healthy lives. Through our partnership and collaborations, we work to ensure the inclusion of older people across society and strive to deliver a just and fair world for everyone, whatever their age. Our work is driven by our desire to deliver real impact for older people, to be inclusive, to work in partnership and to learn from our shared experience.

Our 2030 strategy Ageing in a Just World sets out how we will work together to shape the future we all share. By working together we aim to help inspire a movement for change and through ensuring all our work promotes older people’s wellbeing, dignity and voice, we can transform the lives of older people now and in the future.

Since the launch of our strategy in January 2020, the world has changed in profound ways. We are still experiencing the impacts and consequences. Recognizing and anticipating these important and fundamental shifts, HelpAge International is evolving and transforming itself to be relevant, impactful and viable. As a result we are reconfiguring our organizational design and resources in the following ways:

  • Driven by our commitment to the localization agenda, we are evolving the way we partner and deliver value at country and local level. In the coming 3 years, we will localize our country offices and programmes, and develop new and diverse forms of partnerships
  • We seek to give primacy to local agents for change. To this end, we will replace all programmes delivered by HelpAge staff and resources on the ground with implementation by partners. This will apply across all our work – humanitarian and long-term development. Going forward, our value is framed around supporting, convening and thought
  • A key way of creating value and bringing impact is collaborating across boundaries and by bringing different perspectives, skills and talent together. We will deliver our work through agile teams and a global operating model, with regional roots, to focus on impact and maintain the relationships at the national level to help build collaborations and support others to set their own

How you can make a difference

At HelpAge International, we offer a unique and exceptional career experience to bring positive and lasting change in the lives of older persons. As countries prepare for and adapt to population ageing, you can make a difference at a critical juncture to how societies, economies and institutions adapt to this change. Guided by our commitment to our values of impact, learning, partnership, and inclusion (see values), you will work with talent like yourself and partner with other agents for change to bring systemic change and impact at scale. By acting as a supporter, convener and thought leader, together, we can make an impact that matters for older persons and their communities. HelpAge International offers you an inclusive, collaborative workplace and innovative environment.

This is a critical time for HelpAge International as we seek to transform the ways the organization works and brings value. We are looking for exceptional individuals who will explore new opportunities to create value, to find new avenues, unique ways and novel partnership and collaborations to reach our shared goals. We are looking for talent which thrives in collaborating with others (inside HelpAge International and beyond) and who can work in agile ways and across boundaries. We are seeking individuals, with an entrepreneurial mindset, who can work across diverse areas of our work, who can leverage both their unique expertise and deploy a wider range of experiences and competencies.

What you will do (Department info)

The Global Impact Department contributes to the 2030 Strategy as follows –

  • To achieve positive impact on well-being, dignity and the voice of older people by inspiring a movement for change, through implementing the strategic approach of support, convene and thought
  • Leading, advocating and partnering on initiatives that support and transform systems, challenge attitudes and social norms, and influence laws, policies and practice at national, regional and global level

Team info

The four focus areas for the teams are Inclusive Humanitarian Action, Healthy Ageing, A society for all ages and Income Security. Each of these teams work together and separately, with the following remit –

  • Responsible for thought leadership on the four focus areas of 2030 strategy and differing approaches and challenges at a regional and national
  • In cooperation with Transformation team, lay the groundwork for the emergence of global portfolios and shift to partner-led programming
  • Identify and develop new programmatic opportunities to deliver impact for older people in countries with
  • In collaboration with the Business Development and Transformation Teams develop, test and iterate non-traditional opportunities that deliver impact for older people, increased reputation and diverse sustainable revenue stream for HelpAge
  • Identify, develop and deliver the technical expertise and advocacy opportunities to promote

HelpAge’s thought leadership within and beyond the sector.

  • Participate in and create opportunities to convene relevant stakeholders in global campaigns to increase the focus on older people and issues related to
  • Through partner led programming building evidence &learning to develop initiatives and utilise platform to support drive for longer term sustainable change through influencing and advocacy at the national

Key areas for impact/influence and responsibilities

These outline the broad areas of responsibility in the role, but in collaboration with your colleagues you will be able to shape and design specific activities that are relevant at any point in time. We want you to work creatively to deliver impact and respond to relevant opportunities.

With your colleagues you will develop your team workplan to drive initiatives, develop ideas, as well ensure there is space for cross organisational working and short-term tasks. From this you will devise your individual workplan that will form the basis of your day to day activities and your performance reviews.

As Portfolio Lead – Income Security you will –

  • Develop and deliver an Income Security strategy in line with HelpAge’s 2030 strategy
  • Build and shape a portfolio of diverse age-inclusive commercial and non-commercial initiatives and partnerships that can bring together multiple stakeholders to create and/or promote income security initiatives that increase older people’s independence and sense of purpose.
  • Engage with external stakeholders and advocate policies at national and global level to promote income security of older
  • Ensure Income Security policies and practices at country, regional or global level are successfully communicated and advocated for using all available means
  • Develop thought leadership that challenges and adapts the area of expertise on income security and opportunities for others are
  • Lead the work of the team to strengthen capacity strengthening and learning interventions across the HelpAge International network and partners to prepare and respond to the needs of older men and
  • Build HelpAge’s reputation as the partner and collaborator of choice within the public, private and INGO sector for age-inclusive
  • Ensure that the team deliver Partner-led programmes with prompt quality support and assistance
  • Effectively manage the income security team and ongoing projects and develop new initiatives

Let’s talk about you

You will be someone with:

  • Degree or equivalent in experience in public policy, social protection, employment creation, financial service programming or policy making in development/humanitarian contexts or equivalent experience in commercial settings
  • Ability to conduct and deliver thorough analysis, research, report writing and dissemination of information to a broad range of
  • Experience of policy development, dissemination and
  • Demonstrable skills and/or experience in working with or influencing decision-makers, national governments or international institutions (e.g. UN agencies like ILO ,FAO and donors like DFID/FCDO ,BMZ,USAID EU , )
  • Demonstrable skills and/or experience in public presentation and speaking
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively and dependably with colleagues and in a way that encourages experimentation, learning and agency
  • Substantial knowledge of and/or experience in all aspects of Programme Cycle Management
  • Previous experience of managing a globally dispersed team
  • Experience in at least one of HelpAge’s regions of operation – LAC, Africa, Eurasia & Middle East, Asia Pacific

At HelpAge International, we believe in the importance of empowering our people to be change makers and leaders at all levels. We expect our people to embrace and live our values, challenging themselves every day to identify issues that are most important to older persons and their communities, and to make an impact that matters.

In addition, as an HelpAge employee you are expected to:

  • Work collaboratively, building mutual trust and respect, with external organisations and partners to achieve our strategic aims and objectives; being accountable for the work you dotogether
  • Adapt to new directions or opportunities arising within the organization and in your work area; being flexible in your role, constantly using the feedback to learn more and evolve
  • Lead behavioral and cultural change through embracing a supportive, collaborative and highly inclusive environment where everybody feels supported, respected and engaged
  • Extend HelpAge’s reach and impact, by creating and identifying new business development opportunities and building relationships with new partners.
  • Lead and promote a culture of including the voices of older people across our support, convening and thought leadership roles, in a way that is transformative, empowering and highly inclusive of those marginalized by gender, economic status, disability and other factors


HelpAge International is committed to safeguarding the communities with which we work, our partners, staff and any others who we come into contact with.

Therefore you will also be responsible for:

  • Preventing harm and abuse from our people, operations and programmes, to anyone that encounters our work;
  • Reporting all safeguarding incidents you see, hear, hear about or suspect, using our internal reporting mechanism;
  • Complying with all safeguarding framework policies and practices
  • Completing mandatory training courses relating to our safeguarding policy framework and complying with HR vetting

How to apply

How to Apply

Closing date: 12th June @ 23:59 BST

Please click on the link here to be redirected to the Red Sea site. For this role, kindly submit a MS Word version of your CV (maximum 3 pages) and a 1-page cover letter detailing your motivation and how you are suited to this role.

Please name your submitted files with the following reference*: HAI-PLIS***

Please note that the interview dates for this role will be confirmed with you should your application be successful.

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