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Monday, July 15, 2013

Program Director of Latin America & Caribbean, Global Fund for Women, San Francisco, CA

Program Director of Latin America and Caribbean

Posted on: July 3, 2013

Posted by: Global Fund for Women


The Program Director leads the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) grant-making programs of the Global Fund for Women. As a senior member of the Program team, the Program Director provides vision and strategic leadership to the organization's strategies in the region.


The Program Director will be responsible for the strategic development and operational delivery of GFW's program in the LAC region.

Regional Focal Point and Integrator:

•Develop strong analysis to guide the grant-making priorities and strategies for the region •Oversee and manage a diverse portfolio of grants in the region •Develop, manage and strengthen the regional Advisory Council network •Ensure the timely and high-quality completion of all program deliverables and reports •Build GFW's capacity in the region to deliver on the grant-making vision and strategy, including managing the resources required to meet the programs' objectives and facilitating 'best practice' sharing •Provide regional thought leadership and strategic direction in response to the challenges women face in collaboration with GFW Advisory Council and grantee partners

Regional Strategy and Impact

•Ensure that regional program development activity achieves the desired results articulated in the strategic priorities and annual work plan •Work with the Vice President of Programs and the other Program Directors to implement a comprehensive Learning, Monitoring and Evaluation framework and approach in the LAC region •Track LAC external environment and trends – strategic priorities, desired impact, performance metrics and align LAC priorities with overall Program priorities •Lead the LAC region's operating plan and report on progress against strategic priorities

Strategic Regional Partnerships

•Build and engage a highly effective group of Program Advisers in the LAC region •Identify and secure the critical partnerships required in the region for funding, resourcing and support for grantee partners •Manage and strengthen collaboration with strategic partners, such as women's funds and peer women's rights and donor agencies. •Contribute to linking opportunities between grantees and donors •Articulate regional trends and grant-making priorities to diverse audiences, including media, donors and other organizations at public events, forums and conferences •Leverage additional resources for the movement by advising grantee partners and applicants on how to secure funding support from other funding sources and serve as a strategic bridge between women's rights organizations and other foundations/funders •Conduct exploratory visits and field trips to countries and areas that are strategic for the region and/or where strategic support to women's rights is required

Regional Fundraising

•Work with GFW's Development team to implement a LAC regional fundraising strategy to identify funding priorities, sources and opportunities •Work with the Vice President of Programs and Development to increase funding opportunities for the LAC region, including participation in meetings, presentations to current and prospective partners •Ensure time on grantee partner visits to also meet with current and prospective fundraisers, as appropriate •Work with grantee partners to expand opportunities for new partnerships and resource mobilization

Learning, Monitoring and Evaluation

•Participate in the development and implementation of a learning, monitoring and evaluation framework and coordinate its operation in the LAC region •Create, establish and share systems and models of effective and efficient grant-making to contribute both to GFW's organizational learning as well as to influence the field of philanthropy •Produce documentation and reports on the impact of GFW's grant-making and partnerships

GFW's Regional Presence

•Serve as the regional spokesperson and advocate; Promote knowledge of the region at the Global Fund through information sessions and grantee presentations •Work with GFW's communications team to ensure regular stories and social media on GFW's grantee partners and GFW's advocacy for the LAC region •Maintain up-to-date records on LAC grantees and programs in the region for use in GFW advocacy, communications and funding proposals •Represent the Global Fund for Women, influencing and informing decision makers, working collaboratively with leaders from other organizations, and building alliances and networks with other players in the social justice, human rights, women and feminist movements, among others

Capacity Building

•Ensure at least one regional and thematic convening every two years to be conducted with advisors and/or grantees. •Work with grantees in the region in operationalizing GFW's Learning, Monitoring and Evaluation plan •Identify opportunities for leadership training for grantees as well as speaking opportunities at key forums •Organize strategic grantee convenings to develop program initiatives and implement GFW's monitoring and evaluation strategy in collaboration with Advisors and Grantee partners

Organizational Responsibilities

•Administer an annual LAC budget (grant-making and program expenses) •Work with the Grants Operations staff to ensure the successful management and delivery and tracking of GFW's LAC's grants program •Manage the work of other staff as assigned, ensuring effective individual and team performance •Liaise with other Program Directors to ensure consistent policies across all regions; supervise interns and volunteers as needed •Build a performance-driven culture across the region, with monitoring and consultation with grantee partners on performance indicators and appropriate risk mitigation •As a member of the Senior Management Team, contribute to the overall leadership of the GFW •Promote an integrated approach, so that Development and Communication work is strategically aligned and balanced with program priorities: contribute to the organizational fundraising efforts by developing and strengthening relationships donors, as needed and in consultation with Development staff; contribute to the Communications team in drafting regional content for reports and publications •Participate actively in organizational knowledge management, sharing learning with others and drawing on learning from across the organization and our networks/alliances

Other Duties

•Participate in cross-functional work teams as appropriate •Follow Global Fund for Women policies and procedures •Undertake other projects and initiatives as required


Internal Relationships

Daily working relationship with the LAC Program Officer, Grants Operations staff, Vice President of Programs and fellow team members. Constant interaction with President & Chief Executive Officer, COO, Vice Presidents of Development and Communication, Development Officers and Communication staff.

External Relationships

Grantee partners, potential grantees, institutional and individual major donors, advisors, peer organizations/foundations, international agencies and organizations, media, networks and interested outside parties.


•Strong interest in a career within the field of women's philanthropy, women's human rights, and commitment to the mission and vision of the Global Fund for Women •Ability to continually assess the political, social and economic context of the region, set a realistic strategic direction, and evaluate and develop the organization's capacity to fulfill that direction; strong knowledge of women's human rights, including knowledge of women's groups and international development •Working knowledge of international philanthropy •Proven ability to recognize opportunities and suggest new programmatic initiatives and collaborations •A high level of initiative and sound judgment •Demonstrated ability to create and assess a range of strategies and systems for achieving goals •Excellent people leadership and management skills, with a track record of building high performing teams from different backgrounds and cultures •Demonstrated skills in supervision, mentorship, and development of staff. Demonstrate sensitivity and appreciation for diverse viewpoints and different communication styles in a politically and culturally diverse environment •Excellent written and verbal communicator and influencer, capable of effectively interacting with other senior managers, decision makers, donors, media and pivotal figures in the sector. An ability to build and maintain relationships with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders at all levels •Spoken and written fluency in one of the major languages of the region •Excellent project management skills, including, but not limited to: the ability to coordinate and manage complex tasks, creative problem-solving, organizational skills, ability to meet deadlines, attention to detail, and the ability to prioritize competing demands and issues


•Proven leadership experience at a strategic level in a complex and diverse professional environment; substantial supervisory experience preferred •A minimum 5 years substantive professional, academic or activist experience in women's human rights issues •A minimum 3 years grant-making experience; 3 years fieldwork experience in the region •Masters degree in a related field


The projected start date for this position will be August-September. This position is located in San Francisco. Candidates must be eligible to work legally in the US and willing to relocate. The Program Director of Latin American and the Caribbean is a full time, exempt position. Salary will be commensurate with experience. The Global Fund for Women offers 100% employer paid premium health benefits, an excellent paid leave package, a generous retirement plan, a professional development stipend, and other benefits.


Applications and all supporting documents will be received until position is filled. To submit your application materials, please visit our website: All pages of the application should be typed and should include the following:

•Cover letter, with the applicant's current contact information •Resume, including references with contact information NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE! Please note: due to the volume of applications we receive, we will not process incomplete applications.

The Global Fund for Women is committed to working globally and addressing inequities. In line with this global lens, it is our policy to actively seek a diverse pool of candidates, from a variety of backgrounds, who are committed to the mission and vision of the Global Fund.

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