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Manager - Resourcing Feminist Movements Initiative

Deadline:

Location: Flexible

Organization: Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID)

We strongly encourage people from historically oppressed groups to apply for this position. AWID is committed to ensuring an equitable and accommodating interview and working environment.

Overview of Position:

This is a unique opportunity for an experienced program management professional with strong project implementation and management skills, content expertise and effective program and team leadership experience eager to work with AWID’s senior leadership and a talented team dedicated to advancing feminism, women’s rights and gender justice.

The Manager of Resourcing Feminist Movements (RFM) Initiative reports directly to a Programs Director and leads a small but dedicated team of professionals in achieving program, and organisational objectives. This full-time position is responsible for providing leadership for AWID’s Resourcing Feminist Movements (RFM) initiative.

About the RFM Initiative

The RFM Initiative is the evolution of AWID’s focus on resourcing feminist, gender justice, and women’s rights movements, and continues the legacy of the “Where is the Money for Women’s Rights?” initiative established by AWID in 2005. The initiative focuses on the politics and practices around resources for feminist, gender justice, women’s rights and allied movements and aims to influence strategic thinking, action and advocacy around transforming approaches to funding, resource mobilization and accountability.

Through this initiative, AWID will 1) monitor and outline the funding trends impacting access to resources for women’s rights and feminist movements; 2) with allies, imagine and co-create feminist resourcing ecosystems to sustain and resource our movements, and strategize with our allies to work towards achieving these envisioned ecosystems; and 3) understand the current state of organizing and work towards developing and supporting more autonomous organizing and resourcing within movements and for AWID’s work.

Starting in 2018, this initiative will begin its first year in our five year strategic plan from 2018 - 2022.

About Us

AWID is a global, feminist, membership, movement support organisation. Established in 1982, AWID’s 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. AWID sees feminist movements as driving forces in confronting oppressions, generating alternatives and creating transformative changes. Our feminism aims to center the experiences, knowledge and visions of women, girls, trans, intersex and gender nonconforming people and movements most affected by the oppressions they seek to change. Our members play an important role in our governance, input into our strategies and are an essential part of our diverse constituencies.

To achieve its goals, AWID uses a number of tactics including advocacy, knowledge building, arts and culture, strategic information production and dissemination, online mobilization and media engagement. AWID works globally with a staff of over 45 who are based in 17 countries around the world.

Major Responsibilities

  • Provide strategic direction and guidance to the RFM initiative including setting and steering research and advocacy agendas in collaboration with other teams within AWID and external partners.

  • The development and oversight of the implementation of the Resourcing Feminist Movements initiative’s projects and related activities, ensuring alignment with yearly workplans, the RFM overall 5-year strategy, and the overall goals and strategy for AWID.  

  • Manage RFM’s work, and mentor and supervise the RFM team by providing direction, project management, support with prioritization of work, and consistent performance reviews with an eye for growth of staff capacity and responsibilities.

  • Provide a strong voice, direction and coherent strategy to global advocacy processes and spaces to improve and increase resources for women’s rights, gender justice,  and feminist organizing.

  • Develop, oversee and direct research agenda for the RFM initiative to contribute to relevant global debate and discussion.

  • Represent AWID in donor and activists convening spaces and play strategic role in AWID and ally convening spaces and processes.

  • Developing, monitoring and adhering to the RFM initiative budget, ensuring adherence to financial controls, and financial and organizational policies and procedures.

  • Hold, develop, and maintain relationships with donor and activist allies across movements that are relevant and key for the strategic implementation of the initiative plans.

  • Ensure cross-team, cross-organizational coherence and connection of RFM work with other initiatives and teams in AWID, including intersections between initiative work.

  • Implementation of internal policies and functioning, such as AWID’s commitment to  shared leadership

Key Functional Areas

  • Initiative management

  • Knowledge building and research

  • Advocacy and influencing

  • Alliance-Building and strategic convening

  • Information sharing and dissemination

  • Team and organisational leadership and management

  • Team development and support

Essential Values and Competencies

  • Value a feminist intersectional framework and its implications for organizational practices and committed to the principles of feminism and anti-oppression.

  • Focus on the big picture and overall strategic framework for development

  • Transparency and accountability including clear project management

  • Critical thinking and analysis

  • Strategic risk management

  • Build strong interpersonal relations from the role - across the organization (up, down and across)

  • Selecting, coaching, appraising & developing Staff

  • Influencing & resolving differences across boundaries

  • Self-awareness and insight

Essential Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Experience

  • More than 7 years of experience in a similar role with at least 4 years within a non-profit development, gender, human rights and/or funding organization.

  • Ability to work with people in different contexts, with multiple identities and cultures, to build mutually respectful and trusting relationships and advance feminist agendas.

  • Extensive experience in project and program management, research, and/or advocacy; ability to develop, monitor and evaluate an operational plan with multiple projects, multiple deliverables and deadlines; ability to plan, organize and lead the implementation of plans and processes.

  • Demonstrated capacity to think strategically and analytically, with expertise in complex problem solving, decision making and critical thinking skills, displays good judgment.

  • Demonstrated capacity to network and build strategic alliances internationally with women’s or other civil society organizations and other external stakeholder groups.

  • Demonstrated capacity with advocacy (and strategies aiming to influence the policy and/or practice of relevant stakeholders), external relations and negotiations.

  • Strong donor and funder management experience (including both public and private funders); familiarity with the current funding landscape for women’s rights, gender justice, and its diversity, including characteristics of different funding sectors.

  • Strong versatile writing and research skills, able to produce comprehensive strategies and concept notes, as well as research briefs and short articles.

  • Good relationships both with key donors for women’s rights, gender justice, and international and/or regional feminist and women’s rights organizations and networks.

  • Strong financial management acumen; knowledge of accounting procedures and protocols, budgeting and financial analysis.

  • Experience in human resource management; ability to work with a diverse and virtual team and engage team members, build consensus, and build high performance teams.

  • Strong public speaker – able to convey information clearly, concisely and in a compelling way.

  • Experience working with diverse communities from multiple identities across the globe, in a virtual environment

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Experience

  • University degree in social sciences, women’s rights, not-for-profit administration, international development, or other related field.

  • Familiarity with elements of feminist theory and women’s rights frameworks.

  • Training or facilitation experience.

  • Demonstrated experience mobilizing resources for feminist, women’s rights or gender justice work.

  • Multilingual – Spanish, French, Arabic or Russian.

  • Familiarity with the funding landscape in BRICS countries and other emerging economies.

  • Courses or certificates in project management, initiative design and evaluation, or non-profit fundraising.

  • Experience of shared leadership models of work

 

Other Requirements:

Ability to travel internationally (approx. 6-8 weeks per year)

 

How to apply:

Please submit a current CV, along with a cover letter that addresses how you meet the necessary qualifications and outlines why you want to work for an international women’s organization, to jobs@awid.org on or before 17 December 2017. Please include ‘Manager - Resourcing Feminist Movements Initiative’ in the subject line of the email.

Women and candidates from historically oppressed groups are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

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

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 (including pregnancy), 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

 

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