Location: New York City Posted: August 2019 Priority Deadline: March 27 (applications will then be reviewed on a rolling basis)
Women Deliver is a leading global advocate that champions gender equality and the health and rights of girls and women. Our advocacy drives investment–political and financial –in the lives of girls and women worldwide. We harness evidence and unite diverse voices to spark commitment to gender equality. And we get results. Anchored in sexual and reproductive health, we advocate for the rights of girls and women across every aspect of their lives. We know that investing in girls and women will deliver progress for all.
Summary of the Position:
The Director will lead Women Deliver’s youth engagement portfolio as an advocate and spokesperson for meaningful youth engagement. The Director will play a key role in guiding the vision and strategy for Women Deliver’s Young Leader’s program, which connects outstanding young advocates with the platforms, the people, and the resources that can amplify their influence on a larger scale. With an emphasis on sexual and reproductive health and rights, Women Deliver elevates the work of young people taking a stand for gender equality. The Young Leaders Program is a catalyst for rising advocates, providing access to small grants, training, a digital university, speaking opportunities, and networking. Since 2010, a total of 700 young people from 138 countries have increased their impact through the award-winning program so far.
As a member of the organization’s Coordination Team, the Director will bring exceptional leadership and strategic abilities, strong understanding of gender equality, intersectional feminism, and meaningful youth engagement within the global development sector, and a deep sense of respect for the power of young people as leaders in advancing the health, rights and wellbeing of girls and women.
The Director will partner with the Senior Manager, Youth Engagement – who oversees day to day implementation, staff management and reporting. This position reports to the Chief Operating Officer.
Continuing to refine the strategic vision of the youth engagement portfolio, ensuring integration across program areas and in alignment with the overall strategic plan
Ensuring meaningful youth engagement and youth-led advocacy, through norm setting, is elevated at a global level and conversation
Influencing the Young Leaders Program, creating new opportunities and partnerships; enhancing the platform for Young Leaders
Representing Women Deliver and meaningful youth engagement externally – serving as a content expert at international fora, conferences, events, and media opportunities
Serving as an advisory member and key counselor with key stakeholders, working groups and coalitions – ensuring representation at both global and regional levels
Proactively identify new opportunities to enhance Women Delver’s role as a leading advocate for young people’s engagement and leadership
Developing and maintaining relationships with a diverse donor community in collaboration with the External Relations team
Lead and mentor a team of youth engagement professionals
Qualifications, Skills, and Knowledge:
Minimum of 10-12 years of cumulative work experience
Program management experience required, preferably in a youth-led or youth-serving organization
Strong understanding of and connections in the field of youth engagement, global development and/or gender equality
Experience working with intersectional feminist movements, including LGBTGIA+ communities, people with disabilities, indigenous groups, ethnic and religious minorities, and people living in humanitarian settings
Strong understanding of advocacy, particularly at the global level
Experience with public speaking and the ability to represent the organization in a variety of settings, including media
Excellent writing, editing, communication, presentation, and time management skills, with the ability to handle multiple priorities simultaneously
Experience with results-based program design and grant management
Demonstrated ability to respectfully and diplomatically engage with diverse groups and discuss sensitive topics
Experience living in a developing country context strongly preferred
A truly collaborative personality with the ability to work cross functionally and articulate a point of view with a hands-on, positive, can-do attitude
Comfort in working across time zones using video technology as a communications tool
French, Spanish or Arabic language skills a plus
Ability to travel domestically and internationally (up to 40%)
Must be able to work in the US without sponsorship
Additional Salary Information: Please read about some of Women Deliver's benefit offerings here: https://womendeliver.org/benefits-and-more-at-women-deliver/
Internal Number: Director, Youth
About Women Deliver
Women Deliver is a leading global advocate that champions gender equality and the health and rights of girls and women. Our advocacy drives investment – political and financial – in the lives of girls and women worldwide. We harness evidence and unite diverse voices to spark commitment to gender equality. And we get results. Anchored in sexual and reproductive health, we advocate for the rights of girls and women across every aspect of their lives. We know that investing in girls and women will deliver progress for all.