Women for Women International works in some of the most dangerous places to be a woman. We serve women survivors of war in conflict and post-conflict areas around the world in 8 countries including Afghanistan, Iraq, Eastern Congo, and Northern Nigeria. Our core belief is that stronger women build stronger nations; and with access to knowledge, resources, and a support network, a woman rebuilds her life and improves her community.
Our model works and we have the data to prove it. In our 26-year history, Women for Women International has reached over half a million women. The women we work with across three continents earn just $0.81 a day when we enroll them. At graduation, it’s $2.11, nearly tripled.
Our impact goes beyond income. The number of women who say at least one household member went to sleep hungry in the last four weeks has gone from 18% to 5%. And more women say they speak out against women's abuse: 26% report having publicly spoken in the last six months against physically abusing women.
When women have the right tools, they realize the power within themselves to transform their lives, their families, their communities, and entire nations.
The Director of Global Policy and Advocacy is responsible for overall leadership and direction in WfWI’s policy and advocacy portfolio which includes global, national and community strategies. This includes the development and implementation of a Global Policy and Advocacy Strategy that aligns with the Power of Women global organizational strategy. In addition to directly leading advocacy at the global level, the Director will liaise closely with Country Directors/Managing Directors in support of national level advocacy, as well as more community-level advocacy, driven by our graduate “Change Agents.”
The role involves designing new approaches, activities and projects related to advocacy, ensuring program quality and cross-organizational learning, and guaranteeing that the experience, vision and voice of the Change Agents as well as our learning from our program delivery and our monitoring, evaluation and research informs our global advocacy agenda.
The Director also plays a key role in resourcing WfWI’s advocacy work through leading on design for proposals and pitch documents and through networking with donors. She/he/they leads a small and dynamic team that raises the visibility of WfWI, increases awareness and understanding of our advocacy work, both internally and externally, including through representing the organization in key networks/coalitions. The combined efforts of the global and national teams aim to bring the voice, experience and learning of women survivors of war to influence those with the power to make decisions that impact their lives and livelihoods.
Responsible for WfWI’s global policy and advocacy strategy
- Responsible for developing and implementing WfWI’s Global Policy and Advocacy strategy, based on WfWI’s 10-year global strategy and objectives, evidence and programmatic learning and buy-in across the organization.
- Lead the Global Policy and Advocacy team to develop, implement and communicate plans and objectives to ensure that this strategic direction is effectively implemented, monitored, evaluated and adapted.
- Oversee the design and implementation of our Theory of Change for policy and advocacy work, through an inclusive and participatory organisation-wide process.
- Oversee the development of our MERL for global policy and advocacy, in collaboration with the Director of MERL and Head of Global Policy and Advocacy.
- Ensure that research, evidence, learnings gathered through MERL framework/processes are fed back into policy, advocacy and programming.
- Together with HR and Country Directors, develop a human resources plan that meets the needs of WfWI’s Global Policy and Advocacy strategy.
- Ensure alignment across WfWI’s program, MERL, communications and development efforts.
Country Power for Policy and Advocacy
- Support Country Directors and teams to develop country-specific multi-year policy and advocacy plans.
- In guiding the Global Policy and Advocacy Team, ensure high quality ongoing technical support and capacity strengthening to Country Office colleagues to ensure the effective and strategic development, implementation and monitoring of their advocacy work.
Networking, relationship building, external representation and engagement
- Lead a global mapping exercise to identify WfWI’s key stakeholders in terms of policy and advocacy, including alignment with business development efforts, program, research/evidence, and other aspects
- Maintain, strengthen and grow WfWI’s relationship and influence with top-level global decision-makers
- Strengthen the Global Policy and Advocacy, as well as Country Team’s approaches, to relationship building, networking and engagement.
- Oversee the WfWI’s strategic engagement with global, regional and national networks and coalitions.
- Lead WfWI’s strategy related to advocacy partnership development women’s rights organisations, INGO’s, multilateral organisations, think tanks, academics, other influencers, particularly in the Global South.
- As needed, represent the organisation externally and network effectively to generate new advocacy opportunities.
Policy and Advocacy development
- Together with the team, develop WfWI’s global positioning on key policy and advocacy areas: women’s rights, women’s leadership, VAW/GBV, WPS
- Oversee the team’s work on policy analysis and research, review of quantitative and qualitative data from primary and secondary materials, and development of policy related documents
Programme design, development and funding
- Together with the Director of Business Development, develop a viable strategy to resource WfWI’s Global Policy and Advocacy strategy
- Identify critical donors in the advocacy space and develop coordinated strategies (with programs, external engagement, etc.) to raise WfWI’s profile with those key donors and manage relationships
- Oversee the development policy and advocacy related funding proposals
- Lead the Policy and Advocacy team in ensuring high quality technical assistance is provided to Country Teams to implement successful grants
Global Advocacy Team coordination, communication and management
- Lead the Global Policy and Advocacy Team and ensure raising awareness and understanding of our advocacy work across the organisation.
- Grow the capacity of Global Policy and Advocacy Team members, ensuring they are delivering on the team’s strategic objectives, work plans and meet their job descriptions.
- Contribute to GPU’s annual planning process and review Country Team’s strategic and annual plans.
- Provide regular and ad-hoc updates to WfWI leadership team, the WfWI Board, Ambassadors, and others
- Collaborate with other teams – Finance, Communications, Development, Marketing, etc. – and contribute to the annual reporting process.
- Oversee the consolidated Global Policy and Advocacy budget, as well as specific activity budget lines of specific/project grant budgets.
- Sign off relevant global communications and website content with policy and/or advocacy components or messaging.
- Work collaboratively with other teams to share ideas and contributions where applicable.
- Attend relevant meetings including staff meetings.
- Support other teams’ activities such as fundraising events as required.
- Undertake any other duties appropriate to the post as may be required.
- The responsibilities in this post may be adapted or changed in line with the needs of Women for Women International. Other duties may be added or requested.
- Uphold WfWI’s values and principles in all areas of work.
Skills and Qualifications
- Minimum of 10 years work experience ideally focused on policy and advocacy in the INGO/NGO sector, with at least 5 years at a Managerial level.
- Master's Degree or equivalent post-graduate qualification in relevant field (or 15+ years’ relevant work experience in lieu of the advanced degree).
- Excellent leadership and management skills and demonstrated experience of managing diverse teams in a participatory and enabling style.
- Experience and ability in mentoring, coaching and managing staff members within a diverse and global organization.
- Inspiring and motivational advocate for women’s empowerment programming
- Demonstrable understanding and experience of gender issues and proven commitment to addressing gender inequalities in all key areas of responsibility.
- Experience working in conflict-affected contexts.
- Proven ability to raise and manage grants from major foundations, corporations, multi-lateral institutions and governments (including US Government and DFID/FCDO).
- Familiarity with managing budgets, financial reporting and grant writing.
- Strong computer skills in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Email applications.
- Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Knowledge of French and local languages a strong advantage.
- Willingness and ability to travel to program sites and internationally as required.
- Ability to have flexible work schedule which may include early mornings, evenings and weekends. May be required to occasionally work beyond normally scheduled hours.
- Commitment to and respect for Women for Women International’s mission and values.
Adhere to WfWI’s Code of Conduct and organizational values of Empowerment, Integrity, Respect, Resilience. https://www.womenforwomen.org/our-mission
The location for this position is flexible wherever we have an existing Women for Women Program Office or hub.
The possible locations include: Iraq, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Bosnia, Kosovo, Rwanda where we have programs and affiliates. We will also consider Kenya which has good proximity to our programs, If hired in Kenya, the employment conditions will be met by a third party, Professional Employer Organization.
Citizens of those countries, especially women, are encouraged to apply. We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis, so please apply at your earliest convenience through our career page here: https://www.womenforwomen.org/about-us/careers.
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.