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Offer: Africa Manager / Global Partnerships - Women Thrive Worldwide

Africa Manager / Global Partnerships
Women Thrive Worldwide
Washington, D.C.

ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION:
Women Thrive is the leading non-profit organization shaping U.S. policy to help women in developing countries lift themselves out of poverty. Women Thrive develops, shapes, and advocates for policies that foster economic opportunity for women living in poverty. We bring together a diverse coalition of over 50 organizations and 40,000 individuals united in the belief that empowering women is the most effective long-term solution to world poverty.

GLOBAL PARTNERSHIPS PROGRAM OVERVIEW:
The Global Partnerships Department gathers input from women's organizations globally to shape its policy agenda, and brings women from developing countries to Washington, D.C. to speak directly to U.S. policymakers. Building the advocacy capacity of women’s organizations in the global south is also a central focus of the department. Through listening and learning directly from women about their realities, obstacles and successes, Women Thrive informs its advocacy work and closes the gap between policies and realities on the ground.

SUMMARY:
The ideal candidate for this job must be a well-traveled, organized, self-started individual who also enjoys working in teams, is open-minded, flexible and have a good sense of humor. The Africa Manager will work closely with existing partnerships and will be responsible for developing and maintaining new partnerships in other African countries. S/he will report to the Director of Global Partnerships and will play an integral role in strategic planning. S/he will also work closely with other departments of the organization, including Policy and Government Affairs, Communications and Outreach and Organizational Advancement. Under the supervision of the Director, the Africa Manager will also assist with general departmental tasks as required.

RESPONSIBILITES:

* Gather and integrate input from African women's organizations, specifically from West Africa into Women’s Thrive policy and communication work;

* Develop and maintain partnerships with these organizations;
* In coordination with the Director of GP and the Policy Department, provide "just in-time" capacity building and coaching on advocacy and U.S. policy to locally based women's organizations;

* Ensure ongoing communication and cooperation with partner organizations and other key players (including community-based organizations, local government authorities, local women coalitions), to gather best practices on gender integration from the ground.

* Familiarize with U.S. development policy initiatives and share knowledge with southern women organizations to help inform their advocacy;
* Organize and lead 2-3 trips to Africa per year (including bringing other staff members of Thrive);
* Assist with research initiatives such as surveys on development, economic opportunity and agriculture policy issues;
* Help in selecting southern women speakers as well as plan and implement their visits Washington, D.C.;
* Coordinate the publication of a quarterly newsletter to be shared with our southern contacts;
* Assist with general departmental tasks as required.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
* 2-3 years experience with an M.A. or 6-7 years experience with a B.A/B.S. working with women's organizations/networks in Africa;
* Minimum 2 years of field experience in West African countries with an emphasis on civil society development;
* Ability to work independently, prioritize, meet deadlines and maintain consistent attention to detail;
* Exceptional written/ verbal communication skills;
* High fluency in French (reading, writing and speaking);
* Legally authorized to live and work in the U.S.;
* Ability to travel internationally 30-35% of the time.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
* Understanding of international development policy and advocacy, particularly U.S. policy;
* M.A. in gender, development, economics and related fields;
* Solid understanding of CBOs and NGOs and gender issues in West African countries.

TO APPLY:
For immediate consideration, please forward your resume, cover letter, one-page writing sample and three references to: mparker@womenthrive.org and indicate Africa Manager in the subject line. Cover letters may be addressed to Dr. Catalina Rojas, Director of Global Partnerships. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. No phone calls please. Applications that fail to comply with ALL required qualifications will NOT be reviewed.

For more information, please visit www.womenthrive.org

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Thank you for sharing.

Thank you for sharing.

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