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Forum Manager

Application Closing Date: 13 November 2022 at 23:00 EST
Location: Flexible / Remote (candidates in the Global South are strongly encouraged to apply)
Term: full time - 35 hours a week 
Organization: Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID)
Salary: The starting gross annual salary for this tier role is $70,000.00 USD
Benefits: Group medical and life insurances. Paid time off (20 vacation days, 15 sick days, 5 personal days and up to 12 paid holidays). Contribution to retirement savings. Remote work and flexible work arrangements.

Overview of the organization:

The Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) is a global, feminist, membership, movement-support organization. We currently have 35 staff members based in 20 different countries. Our mission is to support feminist, women’s rights and gender justice movements to thrive, to be a driving force in challenging systems of oppression, and to co-create feminist realities. 

The position and profile:

AWID is looking to hire a committed feminist who is an experienced event organizer as Forum Manager for the AWID International Forum to be held in 2024. The AWID Forum is a global feminist convening of up to 2000 participants. 

The Forum Manager will hold overall responsibility for Forum logistics and all aspects of organizing, from planning and design to implementation and evaluation of this global convening.

In this role you will provide strategic leadership to the development and manage the implementation of the Forum workplan coordinating closely with the Director of Membership and Constituency Engagement (MCE) and the Co-Executive Directors (Co-EDs) who are leading the overall AWID Forum strategy. You will organize site visits and meetings with women's rights, feminists, LGBTQI rights and other social justice groups at potential Forum locations to understand context dynamics and expectations of the event, and assess and respond to logistics-related needs. You will facilitate decision making by providing well-researched, objective and balanced descriptions of all aspects of Forum organizing (financial, political, human resources-related and any other relevant ones), along with recommendations. On site, you will have ultimate responsibility for the smooth operation of all aspects of the Forum: You will hold, develop, and maintain relationships with AWID partners and allies, AWID members and diverse feminist movements. You will manage forum logistics staff and contractors, providing direction, managing performance and overseeing work planning to ensure effective fulfilment of Forum objectives in alignment with AWID’s feminist intersectional values and culture. 

As the right candidate, you will be understanding of AWID’s feminist values and ways of working, and be sensitive to upholding them in the way you take up the responsibilities of the role. You will also be familiar with regional and global realities of feminist movements, and the political and logistical aspects of creating safer, welcoming and accessible spaces to a diversity of constituencies. You will be willing to continuously expand your knowledge about diverse accessibility needs and solutions.

Successful applicants will have significant experience in roles responsible for overseeing, developing and implementing a large and complex event, convening, or conference at a minimum of 1000 participants and over at a singular event. You should have demonstrated capacity to think strategically and analytically, with expertise in complex problem solving, decision making and critical thinking skills, displaying good judgement. You should have a strong understanding of  international project planning and management.  You would be someone who can thrive in a virtual environment working in high-pressure situations and with tight deadlines (and ideally, preventing high-pressure situations and safeguarding realistic guidelines and collective wellbeing as much as possible). You should show high levels of initiative, creativity, and resourcefulness.

How to apply:

Please submit in English, a current CV, along with a cover letter explaining how you meet the requirements of the role, and how you would further AWID's vision for its next Forum. Please include “Forum Manager'' in the subject line of the email and submit to jobs@awid.org by 13th  November 2022 at 23:00 ET. Please see the detailed Job Description by clicking here.

We thank all those who apply, but only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. No calls/emails please. To learn more about AWID and our programs, please visit our website at www.awid.org.

People from and based in the Global South; women, trans, non binary and intersex persons; Black and Indigenous people; persons with disabilities and other candidates from historically oppressed groups, of all ages, are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. If you fit most, but not all, requirements for this position, please don’t hesitate to apply.

AWID is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at AWID are based on organisational needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex, pregnancy status, age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression. If contacted in relation to an employment opportunity, please advise AWID of the accommodation measures, if required, which would enable you to be interviewed in a fair and equitable manner.  All information received in relation to accommodation measures will be treated in confidence

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