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Program Officer - Girls First Fund

Deadline: Until filled

Location: Pennsylvania, United States

Organization: Geneva Global

Who We Are

Geneva Global is a Certified B Corporation that helps clients maximize their social impact. We offer services across the philanthropic continuum, from capital raising in support of philanthropic initiatives to capital deployment through on-the-ground program design and implementation.

We serve as trusted advisors and thought partners to foundations, corporations, high-net-worth individuals, and non-profits, working with them to develop customized strategies, launch new initiatives, and improve and assess the impact of their work and their giving.

Geneva Global provides strategic advice, grantmaking, donor engagement, and operations services to the Girls First Fund. We are currently working with the fund’s board committee to design and implement pilot programs in six countries with the aim of making inaugural grants by May 2019. The six countries are Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominican Republic, India, Nepal, Niger, and Uganda. The six pilot programs are part of a Learning Year, during which time the fund will co-create its 2020-2025 strategy alongside girls, grantees, the board committee, and other key stakeholders.

The Girls First Fund is supported by eight founding partners including CIFF, Packard, Dutch Postcode Lottery, Ford Foundation, Girls Not Brides, Kendeda, NoVo, and an anonymous foundation.

The fund seeks to radically expand resources to community-based organizations, particularly girl- and women-centered and -led organizations, that are working to comprehensively prevent and respond to child marriage. The fund is committed to being community-driven, transparent, and collaborative, utilizing grantmaking practices that are girl-centered and gender transformative, and adhering to the highest standards of child safeguarding. Therefore, it is necessary that the Program Officer’s work and behavior be guided by such principles.

Your Role

Your goal in this position is to support the design, set-up, and implementation of the Girls First Fund and manage a portfolio of grants in at least two of the six Learning Year countries. As part of a dynamic headquarters team, you will report to the Director of Programs, and work alongside in-country consultants to:

  • Launch the inaugural grantmaking program in at least two countries.

•       Co-create the Girls First Fund 2020-2025 strategy by actively soliciting input from girls, grantees and other stakeholders to shape the fund’s future.

•       Inform the Girls First Fund’s understanding of country-specific trends, context, opportunities, and challenges related to child marriage and grantmaking.

•       Ensure that the values and guiding principles of the Girls First Fund are adhered to through the fund’s grantmaking and co-creation activities.

•       Identify and build relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders including, but not limited to: CBOs, NGOs, INGOs, other donor agencies, government officials, and existing networks and conveners to establish support for the Girls First Fund, and develop linkages that foster complimentary, versus duplicative, activities.

•       Manage a large portfolio of grants, from solicitation through assessment, analysis, recommendation, monitoring, evaluation and learning.

•       Conduct field visits to grantees to understand progress and learnings and to gather feedback on the Girls First Fund's draft Theory of Change, learning agenda, and country strategies.

•       Develop a pipeline of potential grantees to the fund. The Girls First Fund has a commitment to reaching traditionally neglected and under-funded organizations, including newly established organizations and organizations that have previously received little-to-no funding from large donors.

  • Explore new grantmaking models that are grantee-centric and reduce barriers for grantees.

•       Support a learning community of grantees to encourage networking, capacity building, and collaboration, and identify new partners to collaborate in advancing grantmaking strategies.

•       Actively support learning and ensure that promising practices and lessons learned locally are disseminated globally, and vice versa.

  • Travel up to one-third of the time, including to remote areas of the countries in which the fund operates.

Your Experience

•       Grantmaking or program management, working on initiatives to address child marriage and other human rights issues - particularly girls’, women, and minority rights - through a human rights and feminist approach.

  • Working in or with organizations in the Global South, preferably with girl- and women-led organizations.

•       A passion for the fund’s work, including a commitment to girl-centered and gender transformative grantmaking, community-led development, and grassroots movement building.

•       Knowledge of key intersecting areas and supporting programmatic integration of girls’ leadership, social norms change, education, and/or sexual and reproductive health and rights.

•       Building constructive relationships with grantees, both virtually and through site visits in the United States and internationally.

•       Experience in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Dominican Republic, India, Nepal, Niger, and/or Uganda is highly desirable.

  • Master’s degree preferred in social sciences, law, or other relevant subjects.

Your Skills

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
  • High written and verbal proficiency in French, Hindi, or Spanish is required. Other languages an asset.
  • Strong group facilitation, presentation, and community organizing skills.
  • Detail oriented with the ability to manage and track big picture data and deadlines across multiple grantees.
  • Strong problem-solving, analytical, and organizational skills.
  • Self-starter and proactive, with an ability to make decisions under conditions of uncertainty.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team to manage multiple deadlines.
  • Ability to lead in the design and set-up of programs, systems, and processes.
  • Proven experience working effectively in a cross-cultural team.
  • Flexible and willing to perform other tasks as assigned, in a fast-paced, team-oriented work environment.

•       Proficiency in and experience with grant management systems is preferred. SmartSimple experience is an asset.

The Details

This full-time position will work from our Paoli, PA office (Philadelphia metro area) with international travel up to one-third of the time. Our Geneva Global Headquarters Team works in a quiet, collaborative environment in which consideration is given to every detail to produce the best outcome.

We provide an excellent benefits plan including parental leave, medical, dental, short-term and long-term disability, a 401K program that includes a 3% contribution from day one, 11 paid holidays and 20 paid personal time off days per year.

This position is equivalent to a Geneva Global Senior Associate or Program Director role, depending on experience.

How to apply:

Interested applicants can apply here.

Applicants should upload a cover letter, resume (including names and contact information for three references), and two writing samples in English (two to five pages each; excerpts from longer documents accepted).at the link provided above.

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Geneva Global and the Girls First Fund are committed to diversity and encourage individuals to apply for this position who are of underrepresented backgrounds including, for example, gender identity, race, ethnicity, religion, and sexual orientation. Due to the volume of inquiries, only candidates for consideration will be contacted. Regrettably we will not accept phone calls.

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