Associate Director, Women’s Economic Power

WfWI - Women for Women International

Associate Director, Women’s Economic Power

WfWI – Women for Women International

Multiple Locations

Purpose

The Associate Director, Women’s Economic Power (AD WEP) leads WfWI’s global programming to support women’s economic power. The AD WEP has overall responsibility for developing WfWI’s WEP strategy, inspiring innovation, ensuring quality, seeking funding, overseeing grants and encouraging learning on all areas related to WEP.

The AD WEP will guide WfWI in furthering its extensive women’s economic power program portfolio, with a focus on gender-transformative programming in fragile and conflict-affected countries. WfWI’s WEP portfolio includes, but is not limited to: cash transfers, financial inclusion, formal and informal savings and loans (including savings groups), numeracy and financial literacy, business and vocational training, micro-entrepreneurship and cooperatives/associations support, and market and value chain linkages.

Leading WfWI’s Women’s Economic Power Program

  • Serve as the primary technical expert in WEP for WfWI globally;
  • Provide strategic advice to senior management to guide policy, planning, and programme delivery;
  • Develop partnerships to further WfWI’s WEP programming;
  • Develop global plans to improve WEP programming based on gaps in existing programs;
  • Work with teams to develop country-specific plans, innovative approaches and mechanisms to address gaps (technology, partnerships, etc.);
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of WEP research and practice.

Technical Guidance in Design and Planning

  • Provide technical guidance to Country Offices and teams for WEP program improvement;
  • Carry out regular monitoring and technical assistance to Country Offices to support the effective implementation of their WEP programming;
  • Collaborate with M&E team to contribute to the development of WfWI’s M&E system-related WEP activities;
  • Review and analyze global and country-specific outcome indicator data, and other evaluations, research and reports related to WEP, with country teams, as a basis for improving WEP program approaches.

Fundraising Efforts

  • Lead WEP program design for grant proposals or new project concepts;
  • Develop highly impactful messages about our WEP program to share with donors;
  • Collaborate with business development teams on finding and responding to funding opportunities.

Relationship Building and External Representation

  • Establish relationships and coordination with regional and global NGOs, institutions, UN bodies, and networks;
  • Support country teams to develop partnerships and linkages with other organizations, government and private sector working on WEP issues at national, regional and community levels;
  • Represent WfWI in networks and coalitions (e.g. SEEP) and at global and regional forums;
  • Support the global advocacy team in developing key messages and policy papers on WEP issues.

Cross-Organizational Communication & Teamwork

  • Maintain regular communication with Country and Global Support offices;
  • Share up to date knowledge of research, policy and practice with the global organization.

Required Skills & Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in international development, economics or related field; graduate degree highly desirable;
  • At least seven years’ relevant work experience in international development, with emphasis on women’s economic power, of which at least five years must be at managerial level;
  • Lived experience in WfWI’s target countries (or similar) is highly desirable;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of relevant social and economic development issues such as poverty, power, women’s rights and empowerment, gender, and conflict;
  • Analytical ability and extensive experience in creating project plans, implementing plans, managing grants and budgets;
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to support a large, complex, ethnically-mixed team of people through a participatory and enabling management style;
  • Demonstrated capacity to serve as a coach or mentor of individuals from diverse cultural, linguistic, and professional backgrounds for staff development and capacity building;
  • Successful at establishing and maintaining internal and external relationships, building trust, and inspiring teamwork;
  • Confidence and experience in external representation and public speaking;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English; working knowledge of a language of WfWI’s country teams (French, Kiswahili, Dari, Kurdish, etc.) highly desirable; knowledge of other local languages would be an advantage;
  • Good judgment and problem solving skills, positive attitude, demonstrated willingness to take initiative especially in changing security contexts, political dynamics and budgetary shifts;
  • Commitment to and respect for Women for Women International’s mission and values;
  • Strong computer skills in MS Word, Excel, internet, email applications.

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