Associate Director, Economic Empowerment

Women for Women International

About the organization


In countries affected by conflict and war, Women for Women International (WfWI) supports the most marginalized women to earn and save money, improve health and well-being, influence decisions in their home and community, and connect to networks for support. By utilizing skills, knowledge, and resources, she is able to create sustainable change for herself, her family, and community. Within two years, WfWI graduates report an average five-fold increase in personal earnings.

Since 1993, Women for Women International has served more than 500,000 women in 8 conflict-affected countries, including Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Kosovo, Nigeria, Rwanda and South Sudan.


Leadership in Women’s Economic Empowerment
-Serve as the primary technical expert in WEE for WfWI globally
-Provide strategic advice to senior management to guide policy, planning, and delivery
-Develop programmatic partnerships to further WfWI’s WEE programming
-Develop global and country-specific plans to improve WEE programming based on gaps in existing programs, and work with teams to develop innovative approaches and mechanisms to address them (technology, partnerships, etc.;)

Technical Guidance in Design and Planning
-Provide high quality technical guidance to Country Offices and teams for WEE program improvement
-Carry out regular monitoring and technical assistance to Country Offices to support the effective implementation of their WEE programming
-Collaborate with M&E team to contribute to the development of WfWI’s M&E system-related WEE activities

Fundraising Efforts
-Support the development of donor relationships by connecting with donor representatives, participating in donor meetings, etc.
-Lead WEE program design for grant proposals or new project concepts

Relationship Building and External Representation
- Coordinate with local, national, and international NGOs, regional institutions and organizations, UN bodies, government agencies and global networks


-Required Bachelor’s degree in international development, economics or related field; graduate degree highly desirable
-Minimum seven years’ relevant work experience in international development, with emphasis on women’s economic empowerment, of which at least five years must be at managerial level
-Minimum two years’ work experience in conflict impacted countries; experience in one of WfWI’s countries is highly desirable
-Demonstrated knowledge of relevant social and economic development issues such as poverty, power, women’s rights and empowerment, gender, and conflict
-Analytical ability and extensive experience in creating project plans, implementing plans, managing grants and budgets
-Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to support a large, complex, ethnically-mixed team of people through a participatory and enabling management style
-Demonstrated capacity to serve as a coach or mentor of individuals from diverse cultural, linguistic, and professional backgrounds for staff development and capacity building
-Successful at establishing and maintaining internal and external relationships, building trust, and inspiring teamwork
-Confidence and experience in external representation and public speaking
-Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English; working knowledge of a language of WfWI’s country teams (French, Kiswahili, Dari, Kurdish, etc.) highly desirable; knowledge of other local languages would be an advantage

Application instructions

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