07JAN - Associate Director, Women for Women International - Deadline: N/A

Organization Description

Founded in 1993, Women for Women International (WfWI) is an INGO headquartered in Washington, DC and operating in conflict-affected countries around the world with a mission to provide marginalized women with the knowledge, tools and resources to move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency.

Location – Washington DC

Job Description

The Global Programs Unit (GPU) is based in the Washington, DC headquarters and is the program support team for Country Offices, affiliates and partners implementing programs in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, Rwanda, and South Sudan. WfWI has an immediate opportunity for an experienced Associate Director of Social Empowerment. This position will report to the Director of Program Design and Development. Ideally, this individual will be based in Washington, DC headquarters, but there is flexibility with the location of the position. Expected travel is 25-30% to the field.


The Associate Director of Social Empowerment guides implementation of WfWI’s social empowerment programming globally and is the primary point of contact for all technical, operational and policy issues related to WfWI’s social empowerment initiatives. S/he has overall responsibility for inspiring innovation, ensuring quality, seeking funding, overseeing grants, and encouraging learning on all areas related to social empowerment. At WfWI, social empowerment includes, but is not limited to: lifeskills, women’s rights and decision making, women’s leadership, women’s networking, basic health education and nutrition, violence against women/GBV and engaging men as allies in supporting women’s rights and participation.


The Associate Director works closely with his/her counterparts on Economic Empowerment to ensure that social and economic aspects of our programs are coordinated and harmonized across WfWI’s programs. The Associate Director of Social Empowerment also guides the development and design of new complementary and innovative social empowerment programming, linkages with government bodies, local and international NGOs, UN bodies, regional institutions and social movements. S/he may also contribute to advocacy and policy initiatives.


Job Responsibilities

Social Empowerment Program Management:


  • Serve as the primary support, technical assistance, and monitoring point of contact for Social Empowerment units in Country Offices and with affiliates and partners;
  • Carry out regular monitoring and technical assistance visits to field operations to support the effective implementation of their social empowerment programming;
  • Ensure that staff have guidance and oversight to enable them to complete grant deliverables. Monitor the implementation of any relevant grant-funded social empowerment activities;
  • Directly implement any specific HQ-based required outputs or deliverables included in donor-funded project work plans that are related to design, implementation, or management of the social empowerment program (for example, development of syllabus or guideline documents);
  • Monitor global and country-specific outcome indicator data, and other evaluation reports related to social empowerment programming.


Capacity Building and Staff Development:

  • Provide direct, hands-on operational and program support to Country Office Social Empowerment teams (Managers, Officers) to assure quality of program implementation;
  • Provide guidance to Country Office Social Empowerment teams to support the training and capacity development of direct program implementers, particularly trainers;
  • Provide advice and support to affiliates and partners in the development and monitoring of their activities related to social empowerment.



Program Design, Strategy, Planning and Implementation:


  • Provide strategic advice to senior management in HQ and UK to guide policy, planning, and on-ground programs delivery;
  • Provide support to field teams in strategic and operational planning;
  • Contribute to the development of program improvements in current activities in WfWI’s core and complementary activities;
  • Identify gaps in existing programs and work with the team to develop innovative approaches and mechanisms to address them (technology, partnerships, etc.;
  • Support field teams and offer direct technical contributions for grant proposals, new project concepts and reports as needed;
  • Maintain up to date knowledge of international development, best practices, and innovations in social empowerment, lifeskills, men’s engagement, VAW/GBV, networking, etc.;
  • Promote partnerships and linkages with other organizations working on social empowerment issues at local, country, regional, and global levels.


Communication & Teamwork

  • Maintain regular communications with Country Offices, HQ, and the UK office;
  • Coordinate with local, national, and international NGOs, regional institutions and organizations, UN bodies, government agencies and global networks;
  • Represent organization at global and regional forums.

Job Requirements

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree preferred), in international development, or related field;
  • 7-10 years of relevant work experience in international development, with emphasis on grassroots development in Africa with specific experience in Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan and Rwanda. Experience in Afghanistan or Iraq preferable;
  • Very strong skills for, and experience with, staff development and capacity building in development management and field implementation of programs;
  • Demonstrated capacity to serve as a coach or mentor of individuals from diverse cultural, linguistic, and professional backgrounds;
  • Strong working experience with regional, continental and global women’s empowerment organizations, networks and movements;
  • Skills and knowledge in gender and conflict analysis;
  • Fluent in English and strong working skills in a language spoken in our Country Offices preferred (French, Swahili, Dari, etc.).

How to Apply

All interested applicants should submit their resume and cover letter to http://www.womenforwomen.org/about-women-for-women/careers.php. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with an estimated start date for this position of April 1, 2016.

Deadline – N/A