Senior Associate, Grant Management – Women Deliver

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Senior Associate, Grant Management

Location: Flexible, with the ability to work core hours (2-5pm UTC) as established by Women Deliver. Work authorization is required for the location in which the selected candidate is based.
Status: Full-time employee
Salary: $68,000 - $74,000 USD + Full Benefits
Posted: July 1, 2024
Priority Deadline: July 19, 2024 (applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis)  

Preferred Start Date: September 2, 2024

Please note: This role is dependent on funding. 

How to Apply

Please send a CV or resume and a letter of interest to: careers@womendeliver.org

Women Deliver

Women Deliver is a global feminist advocacy organization with a clear mission: to ensure that every self-identifying girl and woman can exercise full control over her body and life. We believe sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) are the cornerstone of bodily autonomy and have convened gender equality advocates from all levels of power for almost two decades to advance this cause. While we are best known for our convening power, our expertise extends beyond the Women Deliver Conferences to global advocacy for gender equality. Specifically, we have extensive experience in navigating and leveraging global spaces, in equitable youth engagement and co-leadership, including resourcing young people working for change in their communities, countries, and regions, and in supporting and strengthening coalitions and collective movements.

Women Deliver recognizes that our sector and work is deeply embedded in and tainted by colonial and racist power structures, ideals, and practices, and that we, ourselves, have benefitted from and perpetuated these practices. We are steadfast in our commitment to shaping a future where our work not only reflects our feminist and anti-racist values, but also actively contributes to dismantling the systems that oppress girls and women in all their diversity.

 

Emerging Leaders for Change:

The Emerging Leaders for Change Program (Emerging Leaders Program) is a dynamic, multi-leveled program that is grounded in the belief that investing in Emerging Leaders, who are most proximate to their communities and the needs of adolescent girls, is critical to ensuring that solutions to the challenges in sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), faced by adolescent girls, are youth-centered and address the specific needs and nuances of their local contexts. We believe this approach leads to more resilient outcomes.

The Emerging Leaders Program also aims to bring forward the voices and solutions of adolescent girls and their advocates, to global spaces, where they have been traditionally ignored or misrepresented.

These Emerging Leaders are the driving force behind addressing these critical challenges in SRHR and it is essential that global spaces benefit from their perspectives and voices.

Using Women Deliver’s convening power and collective action approach within our three issue areas, the Emerging Leaders Program will form a vast movement of Emerging Leaders, Young Leader Alumni, and youth advocates that can advance and carry forward the fight for bodily autonomy – in the face of the climate crisis, rising anti-rights movements, and in the 2030 global development agenda and beyond.

Working at the national, regional, and global level, these youth leaders will hold their governments accountable to deliver on Sexual Reproductive Health & Rights (SRHR) in Universal Health Coverage (UHC) plans, ensuring a gender just approach in climate adaptation measures, and safeguard SRHR. Lastly, the Emerging Leaders Program will provide funding, resources, supportive ecosystems, and leadership opportunities that Emerging leaders they need to achieve their gender equality and SRHR advocacy goals.

 

Summary of the Position:

The Senior Associate will bring technical expertise in trust-based grantmaking practices to support Women Deliver in directly resourcing advocates, primarily from global majority countries, to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and gender equality. The Senior Associate, Grant Management oversees and supports grantmaking across all Women Deliver workstreams, with a focus on grantmaking to adolescents and youth as part of the Emerging Leaders for Change program.

Additionally, the Senior Associate will support the development and management of new and emerging grantmaking initiatives at Women Deliver, including to organizations active in countering anti-rights movements at local and regional levels. The Countering Anti-Rights portfolio of grants will be identified and administered through an in-depth consultation with affected stakeholders, preferably through participatory and trust-based grant-making methodologies.

As this role will spend a significant level of effort contributing to the Emerging Leaders program, this role will report to the Senior Manager, Youth Engagement, responsible for directing the Emerging Leaders work stream.

Responsibilities:

Grant Management (70%):

  • Guide Emerging Leader grantees[1] through the creation of their grant project during the Emerging Leaders Journey creation period (months 1-5 of the program inception)
  • Provide coaching and technical assistance to Emerging Leader grantees in the implementation of their advocacy projects, in partnership with other Women Deliver staff and Emerging Leader Program Mentor, and serve as the grantee’s point of contact for their grant
  • Lead and facilitate grant- making participatory processes such as co-creation sessions and youth consultations with Emerging Leader grantees as needed
  • Work with the Countering Anti-Rights issue area expert to develop a new grantmaking initiative for civil society actors working to promote SRHR and counter anti-rights actors in local and regional contexts. This will be guided by the findings of an in-depth consultation with stakeholders affected by anti-rights movements in their SRHR work, and will utilize trust-based and participatory methodologies.
  • Manage reporting and compliance of grants by:
    • Drafting and managing grant agreements, in partnership with Women Deliver’s legal counsel and Senior Manager, Finance & Operations
    • Overseeing due diligence requirements for new grantees
    • Continuously reviewing and improving on reporting practices to center learning for both Emerging Leaders and Women Deliver, including finalizing initial reporting plans and designs for Program launch on October 1, 2024
    • Working with grantees to identify key learnings through reporting practices, and make real-time project adaptations based on those learnings
    • Processing grant disbursements as designed in grant agreements in partnership with the Finance and Operations team
    • Reviewing final learning reports from Emerging Leader grantees and closing out of grants
    • Reviewing grantee financial reporting and supporting documentation, in partnership with Senior Manager, Finance & Operations; liaising with grantees on any necessary revisions or clarifications
    • Cultivating and managing relationships with any fiscal sponsor organizations working with Emerging Leaders
    • Lead the design of and manage the implementation for new grant making initiatives to resource advocates from global majority countries.

Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (15%)

  • Project manage all qualitative and quantitative reporting on the Emerging Leaders’ Workstream, in partnership with the Youth Engagement Team and the Senior Advisor for Design, Learning, and Impact.
  • Lead, in partnership with relevant focals and the Senior Advisor for Design, Learning, and Impact, all qualitative and quantitative reporting on all grantmaking initiatives, including the Emerging Leaders for Change program and the Countering Anti-Rights initiatives, by drawing out key results and learning for the organization’s Feminist Intentions for Change framework and donor reporting.

Thought Leadership (5%)

  • Lead the ongoing adaptation and refinement of the Emerging Leaders for Change grantmaking approaches, tools and processes, including during the pilot phase (first cohort) and as new cohorts launch in new regions, to ensure Women Deliver is modeling trust-based and youth-centric grantmaking practices.
  • Serve as grant management technical expert to all Women Deliver workstreams; this includes serving as a thought partner and advising on emerging grant making opportunities in Women Deliver’s collective action and convenings work.
  • Participate in grantmaking learning and knowledge sharing opportunities internally and externally to support Women Deliver and partners to model equitable and trust-based grantmaking practices.

Cross-team Support (10%)

  • Co-create with Youth Engagement team members grant and financial management related capacity-strengthening trainings, workshops, resources, and other relevant learning opportunities.
  • Serve as a key member of the Youth Engagement team and contribute as requested to additional projects within the Emerging Leaders for Change workstream, including but not limited to new cohort selection, co-creation of Emerging Leaders Program convenings and events.

 

Qualifications

  • 4-6 years of experience in program and grant management, with an emphasis on equitable approaches to trust-based and/or participatory grantmaking, in youth engagement, advocacy, sustainable development, gender equality, or sexual and reproductive health and rights required.
  • Experience working with and for adolescents and young people globally, including those from diverse backgrounds, on social change-focused campaigns, programs, or initiatives, and utilizes ways of working that embody equitable youth engagement and co-leadership required.
  • Strong understanding of budget management and monitoring, evaluation, & learning frameworks to both support grantees and report out from the small grants program required.
  • Knowledgeable in any of the following: sexual and reproductive health and rights, Women Deliver’s three issue areas (Climate Justice, Countering Anti-Rights Actors, and Universal Health Coverage), and/or adolescent girl issues and rights strongly preferred.
  • Commitment to fostering an anti-racist and inclusive workplace required.
  • Experience in program design and developing grantmaking strategies desirable.

 

 

[1] The Emerging Leaders for Change program will last two years for each cohort. The first cohort will have 30 Emerging Leaders, with future cohorts expanding up to 50 Emerging Leaders. A new cohort in a new region is scheduled to launch each year. In 2025, we anticipate approximately 70 Emerging Leader grantees across two cohorts; in 2026, there will be 90 Emerging Leader grantees across two cohorts; and in 2027 and years thereafter, there will be 100 Emerging Leader grantees across two cohorts. Each grant will be between $5,000 - $50,000, depending on the nature of the project and the Emerging Leader.

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