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Associate Director, Economic Empowerment


Location: Flexible / Washington, DC, USA

Organization: Women for Women International


In countries affected by conflict and war, Women for Women International (WfWI) supports the most marginalized women to earn and save money, improve health and well-being, influence decisions in their home and community, and connect to networks for support. By utilizing skills, knowledge, and resources, she is able to create sustainable change for herself, her family, and community. Within two years, WfWI graduates report an average five-fold increase in personal earnings.

Since 1993, Women for Women International has served more than 500,000 women in 8 conflict-affected countries, including Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Kosovo, Nigeria, Rwanda and South Sudan.


The Associate Director of Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) leads WfWI’s WEE programming globally. The AD of WEE has overall responsibility for developing WfWI’s WEE strategy, inspiring innovation, ensuring quality, seeking funding, overseeing grants and encouraging learning on all areas related to WEE.

Based on their experience and expertise, they will guide WfWI in furthering its extensive WEE portfolio, with a focus on a gender-tranformative ultra-poor graduation approach in fragile and conflict-affected countries. All of WfWI’s activities contribute to gender empowerment/equality. WfWI’s WEE portfolio includes, but is not limited to: cash transfers, financial inclusion, formal and informal savings and loans (including savings groups), financial literacy, numeracy training, business and vocational training, micro-entrepreneurship and cooperatives/associations.

They are the primary point of contact for WfWI’s Country Offices for supporting context-specific WEE strategies, fundraising and program implementation. There is flexibility with location of the position. Expected travel is 25-30% to the Country Offices.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

Leadership in Women’s Economic Empowerment

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

Technical Guidance in Design and Planning

  • Provide high quality technical guidance to Country Offices and teams for WEE program improvement
  • Carry out regular monitoring and technical assistance to Country Offices to support the effective implementation of their WEE programming
  • Collaborate with M&E team to contribute to the development of WfWI’s M&E system-related WEE activities
  • Review and analyze global and country-specific outcome indicator data, and other evaluation reports related to WEE, as a basis for program approaches and guidance to Country Offices
  • Provide support to country teams in strategic and operational planning

Fundraising Efforts

  • Support the development of donor relationships by connecting with donor representatives, participating in donor meetings, etc.
  • Lead WEE program design for grant proposals or new project concepts
  • Develop highly impactful messages about our WEE program to share with major donors

Relationship Building and External Representation

  • Coordinate with local, national, and international NGOs, regional institutions and organizations, UN bodies, government agencies and global networks
  • Promote partnerships and linkages with other organizations working on WEE issues at local, country, regional, and global levels
  • Represent WfWI at networks, coaltions and global and regional forums
  • Support the global policy/advocacy team in developing key messages and policy papers on WEE issues

Cross-Organizational Communication & Teamwork

  • Maintain regular communications with Country Offices, HQ, and the UK office
  • Share up to date knowledge of social empowerment research, policy and practice with the global organization

Required Skills & Qualifications:

  • Required Bachelor’s degree in international development, economics or related field; graduate degree highly desirable
  • Minimum seven years’ relevant work experience in international development, with emphasis on women’s economic empowerment, of which at least five years must be at managerial level
  • Minimum two years’ work experience in conflict impacted countries; experience in one of WfWI’s countries is highly desirable
  • Demonstrated knowledge of relevant social and economic development issues such as povery, 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

Physical Demands:

  • May require bending, lifting, standing, sitting, computer work, etc.

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How to apply:

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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.

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