Conflict is increasing globally, and with it the number of women suffering from violence, displacement, and poverty. After 25 years of serving close to half a million women survivors of war through our life-changing integrated program, Women for Women International (WfWI) is in a unique position to help. Gender equality and conflict are at the forefront of public minds. Donors understand and support our evidence-based pro-poor graduation style program. We have a powerful one-to-one individual giving model that connects tens of thousands of supporters directly to the women we serve and to the women’s movement, which provides funding for 70% of our work. Partnerships with the US, UK, Irish and Dutch governments and with foundations including Bloomberg Philanthropies, Cartier Philanthropy, BlackRock, and NoVo have allowed us to expand. We are now recruiting a Vice President of Global Programs with international experience to join our committed board and staff in developing a new 2020-2025 strategy that will double our size and impact. We seek candidates who are highly motivated by our mission, bring existing networks and contacts, and are established thought leaders in their area of expertise. We are a global organization with fundraising offices in the US, UK, and Germany, direct programs in Afghanistan, Rwanda, Nigeria, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Iraq, and partnerships with organizations serving Syrian, South Sudanese, and Rohingya women, so ability to travel and collaborate with colleagues at a distance is required. French and Arabic skills are a plus, as is prior exposure to pro-poor graduation model. Candidates must be comfortable with growth, change, and ambiguity and able to think strategically while also pitching in at an operational level to get the job done. Washington DC, London, or Nairobi are the preferred locations for this post.
The Vice President, Global Programs, reports directly to the CEO and will lead the program and field teams, set strategy, and support the organization’s commitment to innovation, impact, and programmatic learning. The VP will serve as a thought leader within the NGO community and to the WFWI Global Board and staff on issues relating to gender equality, marginalized women and populations impacted by war or internal conflict.
Duties and Responsibilities
Within the areas below, the VP has direct responsibility for strategy; overall program guidance and direction setting for the Global Programs team; external representation and thought leadership; strategic partnership building; and, supervision of Country Directors and leading the Business Development team. The functions below related to program planning; design; development; grant management; monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning (MERL); etc. are led by the Deputy VP of Global Programs and Directors for each functional area, under the general oversight of the VP.
- Lead the development and execution of WfWI’s programmatic strategy.
- Drive continuous improvement efforts impacting program results, capacity and operations in country offices in multiple fragile and conflict affected states.
- Develop global strategy regarding expansion of WfWI programs to new countries and execute upon that strategy.
- Lead a talented team of mission-driven professionals in HQ, the UK, Nairobi, and in Country Offices to reach annual and multi-year targets.
- Oversee the development and execution of grant management systems to monitor and report on achievement of grant deliverables.
- Oversee and approve annual country office operational plans.
Monitoring and Evaluation
- Conceptualize the organization’s approach to MERL and support the Director of MERL to maintain good practices and to design, develop, and execute new initiatives.
- Advocate externally for our program excellence through public dissemination in academic and international development communities.
Development and Fundraising
- Oversee the Business Development Unit to meet financial targets while ensuring grant fundraising is done in accordance with the organization’s mission, goals and programmatic priorities. Partner with Major Donor fundraising to support effective individual philanthropy.
- Represent WfWI in international programmatic fora and business development opportunities related to women’s economic and social empowerment.
- Create strategic partnerships and linkages to other organizations with the aim of building WfWI’s profile, improving the organization’s capacity and significantly expanding the reach and impact of services.
- Accountable for direct oversight of Country Directors. This responsibility requires strong collaboration with the Chief Administrative Officer
- Accountable for direct oversight of the Deputy VP, Global Programs who manages the Global Program Unit (GPU) staff and budget.
- Coach and mentor staff at HQ and field levels.
- Lead on organization-wide efforts to strengthen Country Office capacity and ensure clear accountability structures between HQ and Country Offices
- Represent and champion the Programs (Country teams and Global Programs Unit (GPU)) at the Global Leadership Team.
- Serve as the organization’s primary liaison to the Program Committee of the Global Board of Directors.
Qualifications and Skills:
- 15+ years’ experience as an accomplished leader with experience in the international nonprofit, development, or humanitarian sector.
- Prior international assignment (5+ years), spanning multiple regions, highly desirable. Prior Africa & Middle East experience a plus.
- Master’s degree or equivalent in international development, social science, or other relevant
Representation: Talent in articulation of the strong impact of WfWI programs in public, small group and intimate settings with donors, international development professionals, academics and the press. Existing networks and reputation with relevant stakeholders a plus.
Fundraising: Extensive experience raising and managing institutional funding. Demonstrated ability to translate interest from donors into funding commitments.
Management: Solid track record in managing large, diverse and remotely based teams, preferably in fragile and conflict affected states.
Strategy: Ability to think strategically – on a global scale, with evidence of having successfully operationalized strategy leading to significant impact/change.
- Demonstrable understanding of and passion for women's issues, conflict, and international development.
- Considered an industry expert in their field of work.
- Demonstrated ability to lead evidence-based decision making regarding programing and monitoring and evaluation. Prior experience overseeing RCTs a plus.
- Experience of pro-poor graduation or other wholistic integrated model a plus.
- Experience of advocacy and/or strong research background plus
- Self-starter with a positive attitude, brings curiosity and drive.
- Calm and focused; ability to multitask at multiple levels of engagement and remain gracious throughout.
- Flexible and creative, able to work in a fast-paced, evolving environment.
- Upholds organizational values, including focus on empowering women leaders at all levels; willing to invest in the development of colleagues and of the organization.
We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis so please apply at your earliest convenience. Interviews are being held through February, with intention to appoint in March.
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.