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Programme Coordinator, The Power Up! Consortium

Programme Coordinator, The Power Up! Consortium

Job Title: Programme Coordinator

Location: Based in the Netherlands

Salary: Competitive; based on location and experience

Status: Full time

Reports to: PowerUp! Steering Committee, with direct supervision by JASS’ Director of Evaluation and Funding Partnerships

Deadline: March 12, 2021

The Power Up! Consortium, an alliance of women’s rights organisations including JASS (Just Associates), Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL), Yayasan Pemberdayaan Perempuan Kepala Keluarga (PEKKA), and Gender at Work (G@W), is seeking a Programme  Coordinator to support our partnership. Power Up! works in strategic partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands (MFA).

Collaborating in a 5-year programme (2021-2025), the Consortium will engage with women human rights defenders (WHRD) and their organisations and networks to build, organise, mobilise and transform power around three strategic agendas – bodies, voices and resources. Our aims are the prevention and elimination of sexual and gender-based violence against women and girls; strengthening women’s leadership and women’s participation in (political) decision-making; and strengthening women’s strategies for economic resilience and stability, including access to and control of resources and land. Within this, the partnership focuses on ampliyfing the voices, agency and leadership of  constituencies that have been marginalised in their communities and social movements (LBQ women, HIV+ women, sex workers, women workers and rural and indigenous women). Their capacity to sustain pressure and influence policies, resources, institutions, and social norms is essential to the advancement of gender equality and women’s rights at all levels and to ensure women’s greater safety in the face of increased backlash and violence.

The consortium’s work is spread across 6 geographic regions (17 countries) and prioritizes Eastern Africa, Southern Africa and South and Southeast Asia. The joint initiative is led by a Steering Committee (SC), consisting of Executive Directors, or their equivalent roles, of the partner organisations.

Job Responsibilities 

  • Facilitate effective coordination among partners, ensuring that planning processes harness the unique and complementary strengths that each partner brings to the collaboration; help build strategic connections and relationships of trust between partners;
  • Facilitate communication and information sharing among partners, including around expectations, deliverables, deadlines, operational limits and challenges, political and other pressures and priorities;
  • Build relationships with relevant members of the MFA and stay abreast of Dutch priorities and key spaces to be able to advise partners on opportunities for advocacy, engagement and visibility of Power Up!; and support the lead in managing the relationship;
  • Support effective co-implementation and assessment of the Consortium’s programme and operations; ensure compliance with obligations including PMEL;
  • Provide the Steering Committee with timely and accurate information; support collaborative decision-making and document the process for internal reference; closely monitor and support the SC’s work to:
    • ensure cohesion and make decisions regarding overall strategic direction, plans, budget, and opportunities
    • ensure the Consortium is on track to deliver envisioned programme impact,
    • problem solve when challenges or conflicts arise;
    • adjust programme goals, processes, and products in line with changing circumstances and dynamics;
    • steer the programme where necessary;
  • Lead on politically positioning Power Up! in our different spheres of influence to advance the consortium’s advocacy agenda

Main Duties

  • Manage the full Power Up! programme plan and budget;
  • Support the implementation of Power Up!’s joint advocacy agenda and develop coordinated advocacy plans;
  • Coordinate monthly Steering Committee meetings that guide strategy, ensure the programme and strategy are on track, and raise and address financial, contextual, or organizational issues;
  • Coordinate regular information flows, communication and meetings amongst partners, and communication between the Consortium and third parties, such as the MFA; engage consultants as needed;
  • Coordinate partners around joint meetings and activities, including an annual consortium-wide meeting (virtual or in person) to reflect on progress and draw lessons and insights from activities;
  • Coordinate the strategic and annual planning processes of the Consortium, including internal evaluations;
  • Coordinate the Consortium’s embassy engagement strategy, supporting strategic and aligned engagement across countries that maximizes influence and impact and reduces duplication of work; engage with the MFA and Embassies as a representative of the Consortium as necessary;
  • Represent the Consortium in events, conferences and relevant fora, when required;
  • Promote and practice a culture of openness, transparency and mutual accountability among partners; cultivate opportunities for fun engagement, as a valuable ingredient to the health of the Consortium

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Commitment to women’s rights, feminism and social justice;
  • Minimum 3-5 years demonstrated experience coordinating programmes involving multiple partners across different regions in the global south;
  • Strong working knowledge of international development, women’s human rights, social justice and feminist movement building demonstrated through a minimum of five years of relevant work experience; experience in/knowledge of at least one of Power Up’s regions strongly preferred;
  • Experience in lobbying and engaging the Dutch MFA, and other international bodies preferred;
  • Proven managerial experience with professionals from diverse backgrounds;
  • Strong project management and analytical skills; ability to manage competing priorities and organise complex work streams;
  • Proven process facilitation skills, including aptitude for building trust and addressing tensions in a way that strengthens partnerships;
  • Ability to take initiative, contribute to quick decision making, and problem solve;
  • Strong ability to work both independently and as a member of a project team;
  • Superior verbal and written communications, negotiation and interpersonal skills;
  • Interest and ability to travel occasionally;
  • Fluency in English and Dutch proficiency required.

How to Apply

Send the following materials (in English) to demetri@justassociates.org with the subject ‘Power Up Application – YOUR NAME’:

  1. Full CV (detailing the nature, scope and scale of responsibilities held)
  2. A letter of intent highlighting relevant skills and experience for this position (please note where you learned about the vacancy)
  3. Names and contact details of 2 professional references

The deadline for applications is March 12, 2021. Due to the volume of applicants, only candidates who advance to interviews will be contacted. The successful candidate is expected to assume the role as soon as possible. Power Up! is not able to support visa or relocation costs.

JASS is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating an equitable, inclusive, feminist working environment for all employees. We value and are enriched by diversity and our leadership, staff, culture and structures reflect this. We strongly encourage qualified candidates of all races, ethnicities, colors, religions, gender identities, gender expressions, sexual orientations and abilities to apply.

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Application Dates: 
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 to Friday, March 12, 2021

Employment Type:

Salary Details: 
Commensurate with experience
Benefits: 
Competitive

Director of Strategic Operations and Organisational Effectiveness

Director of Strategic Operations and Organisational Effectiveness

Title: Director of Strategic Operations and Organisational Effectiveness

Location: Ideally based in one of JASS' regions (Mesoamerica, Southern Africa, or Southeast Asia)

Position: Full-time, remote for the foreseeable future

Deadline: March 8, 2021

About Just Associates (JASS)

JASS is a feminist movement support organisation that strengthens the voice, visibility, leadership and collective organizing power of women to resist injustice and transform institutions, policies, practices and social norms that perpetuate violence and inequality. Our partnerships, programs and multi-generational team of activists and organizers are anchored in MesoAmerica, Southern Africa, and Southeast Asia.

JASS embraces the tension between the rigidities of institutionalization and the flexibility and agility needed to support innovative social movements. To ensure our responsiveness and accountability to changing regional contexts and the needs of women on the frontlines of crisis and change, our nimble operations have relied on relationships of trust, shared leadership, strategic coherence, and light internal structures. In 2020, we saw the advantage of this agile organisational model as JASS quickly shifted to creatively support our allies and constituencies in the face of multiple global crises. 

Position Overview

JASS is seeking an experienced senior leader to join our team as Director of Strategic Operations and Organisational Effectiveness. This new position will be critical in identifying and operationalizing the infrastructure needed to strengthen our systems and expand our impact, without losing our responsiveness and grounding as an activist-driven movement-support organisation.

As a member of a shared leadership team, the Director will report to and act as a strategic partner to the Executive Director (ED).  Overseeing a team of regional finance and operations staff, the Director will closely monitor and participate in JASS’ annual planning cycle, provide strategic leadership on operations, finance and human resources, and support JASS' inter-connected multi-regional parts. This is not an administrative role; it is a highly strategic and facilitative one that requires the candidate to be a skilled listener, open learner, micro and macro thinker and decision framer, connector, project manager and change agent rooted in the feminist values and principles of the organisation. The successful candidate will be a leader who shares JASS’ enthusiasm for making change happen through shared leadership and decision making and who thrives working in teams of strategic thinkers.

Key Responsibilities and Areas of Oversight

Organisational Planning, Strengthening and Capacity Building. To ensure our complex, multi-regional organisation is equipped to respond to the demands and opportunities before us as JASS  enters a period of institutional strengthening and capacity building,  the Director will:

  • Contribute to a robust review, visioning and planning process designed to optimize JASS’ organisational architecture;
  • Play a key leadership role in our annual organisational-wide planning process; ensure that infrastructure and resources enhance our capacity to be effective, efficient and aligned to annual strategies, budgets and operational priorities; 

Financial and Operational Oversight. In line with an ambitious plan to expand our movement offers and impact, the Director will ensure fiscal and operational strength, including:

  • Lead budget forecasting and long-term sustainability planning in collaboration with other Directors; ensure alignment with our Road Map; create benchmarks to measure progress and keep staff and Board informed;
  • Provide leadership and oversight to our Finance, Operations and IT teams; strengthen capacities for effective operations and systems;
  • Oversee an IT needs assessment to identify and implement systems and practices to improve online communication and collaboration across JASS, seeking out solutions that reflect our activist values and need for accessibility and security;
  • Oversee legal, fiscal and administrative compliance across the organisation; stay abreast of laws and regulations that impact regional operations and govern US 501(c)3 operations and registration
  • Oversee risk assessment, management and mitigation protocols

Human Resources Development and Implementation. JASS’ 42  person staff are located in 6 international offices, though the majority of staff operate virtually. We also rely on a talented network of activist and professional consultants who play a critical role in our work.  The Director will manage human resources and as an immediate priority, will:

  • Scale and strengthen JASS’ human resources systems, in alignment with our core values and feminist practice;
  • Oversee and provide recommendations for strengthening staff recruitment, hiring, orientation, performance evaluation and retention;
  • Enhance work planning in a way that reflects JASS' strategic priorities and integrates individual work related goals

Senior Leadership. As a member of the Organisational Management Group (OMG), the Director will:

  • Serve as a key member of the JASS Leadership Team (JLT) with shared responsibility for achieving the organisation’s vision and goals; advise the JLT on financial and operational health and growth trajectory; collectively explore opportunities that strengthen and/or challenge our capacity and resources;

As this new role evolves and integrates within the organisation, and in response to the interests and skills of the successful candidate, we expect some responsibilities to emerge and/or be adapted.

Qualifications and Attributes of our ideal candicate 

While we intend to bring on a candidate with commensurate qualifications, it is essential that our Director of Strategic Operations and Organisational Effectiveness values and thrives in JASS’ ecosystem and has a deep desire to listen to, learn from and collaborate with our talented and diverse teams. For this reason, we will strongly prioritize qualified candidates whose lived and professional experiences align with the feminist values, culture and principles of JASS. To be successful in this role, a candidate must demonstrate:

  • Deep desire to work in an organisation whose mission and culture are rooted in intersectional feminism and a transformative approach to equality and justice;
  • Experience as a senior level non-profit leader overseeing and/or directing finance, operations, and HR functions and managing compliance with laws that govern non-profits; previous role as a COO/CFO, Director of Operations, Executive, Deputy, or HR Director with operations functions, or equivalent, a plus;
  • Excellent planning, forecasting, strategic thinking, problem solving and analytical skills; expertise in project management with demonstrated track record managing detailed processes and people;
  • Experience guiding organisational growth, navigating uncertainty and holding complex processes including big leaps of faith; a sense of how to build structures that value and draw on a vast and diverse community of people;
  • Facilitative and collaborative approach to feminist leadership with ability to inspire and strengthen cross-functional and cross-regional teams as a fellow do-er rather than a delegator; sensitivity to multiple cultures and contexts; ability to leverage diversity as an organisational strength;
  • Earned reputation for being a consensus builder, with excellent judgment and discretion; skilled at communicating respect to people at all levels; effectiveness in proactively assessing and managing conflict;
  • Strong self-awareness, emotional intelligence, sincerity and humility;
  • Ability to self-manage, prioritize, be resourceful, and adapt in a fast changing environment with multiple demands; combination of focus and agility;
  • Ability to work remotely, across time zones, with flexibility in working hours as needed;
  • Ability to travel internationally as needed;
  • English fluency and excellent written, oral and virtual communication, presentation and negotiation skills; Spanish fluency a strong plus. (JASS is a bilingual English-Spanish organisation and values language diversity.)

Compensation

The salary range and benefits package is competitive for a senior level NGO position and will be based on location and experience. Benefits include employer paid health insurance, generous vacation leave, national holidays and sick leave. Non-monetary benefits include the opportunity to make significant strategic contributions to an innovative and respected movement support organisation with a global presence, a supportive and feminist work environment that encourages leadership development, and the ability to work remotely and travel internationally.

How to Apply

Please send the following materials (in English) to demetri@justassociates.org with the subject ‘Director Applicant – YOUR NAME’:

  1. Full curriculum vitae (detailing the nature, scope and scale of responsibilities held)
  2. A cover letter highlighting relevant skills and experience for this position; including 2 paragraphs on why you are the ideal “fit” for JASS and how and what you would contribute to the organisation
  3. Names and contact details of 3 references.  At least one should be someone with whom you have worked on organisational leadership and management and one should be able to speak to your political and strategic leadership.

The deadline for applications is March 8, 2021. Successful candidates will be invited to begin interviewing in early March. Due to the volume of applicants, only candidates who advance to interviews will be contacted. No phone calls please. The successful candidate is expected to assume the role as soon as possible but not later than May 2021. JASS is not able to support visa or relocations costs.

JASS is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating an equitable, inclusive, feminist working environment for all employees. We value and are enriched by diversity and our leadership, staff, culture and structures reflect this. We strongly encourage qualified candidates of all races, ethnicities, colors, religions, gender identities, gender expressions, sexual orientations and abilities to apply.  For this role, candidates from the Global South, particularly one of JASS’ three regions, will be prioritized.

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Application Dates: 
Thursday, February 11, 2021 to Monday, March 8, 2021

Employment Type:

Salary Details: 
Commensurate with experience
Benefits: 
Competitive

Regional Program Assistant

Regional Program Assistant

regional feminist team of JASS Southeast Asia

JASS Southeast Asia is the regional anchor and network of JASS, an international women’s rights organization dedicated to strengthening the voice, visibility and collective power of women for justice. We are looking for an energetic and skilled Regional Program Assistant with experience in program management for regional and/or international social justice organizations. This is a great opportunity for a Southeast Asian feminist who is excited to contribute her project management savvy and passion for women’s rights to a growing program and team.  

Role:

Guided by the Regional Co-Directors, the Program Assistant for JASS Southeast Asia will be responsible for the day-to-day coordination of, and communication with, the regional team around priorities and deliverables, ensuring that relationships, programs and regional initiatives are on track and in line with JASS’ mission and strategy. The ideal candidate brings demonstrated experience in strengthening and coordinating highly collaborative and fast-paced team processes and is comfortable in navigating shifting priorities in response to opportunities and challenges. We seek an effective communicator who is extremely organized, accountable, and flexible in taking on whatever task is necessary to ensure the team’s and programs’ success. Experience in resource mobilization, including proposal and report writing, is strongly preferred.

Responsibilities:

  • Coordinates JASS SEA team and consultants, and work plans around program development and implementation, communications, and knowledge priorities.
  • Coordinates and backstops country-level processes as needed in Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, and the Philippines, including ensuring adequate preparation, logistics, follow up, and after-event reports of the activities and events;
  • Assists Co-Directors in ensuring that the regional team is on pace with priorities and deliverables; participates in relevant cross-regional teams particularly, helping organize meetings and preparing materials and logistics needed for the meetings;
  • Attends meetings related to programs (e.g. Team, MEL, Knowledge, and Communications). This involves taking minutes and tracking progress of meetings and next steps;
  • Assists in managing relationships with consultants, e.g. designers, animators, translators, videographers, photographers, and other program + knowledge and communications related services;
  • Assists in generating engaging social media content through platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, as well as through relevant listservs; and
  • Performs related activities to support the organizing in the region and globally.

Skills and qualities:

  • Demonstrated experience in setting up clear processes and coordinating teams around tight deadlines and multiple priorities, and in promoting teamwork in a multigenerational, multicultural context where everyone contributes;
  • Ability to think critically and politically, anticipate needs and problem-solve; 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and proven ability to operate across virtual teams in a regional or global organization where regular email and video/audio platforms (e.g. Skype, Zoom, Wire) is paramount;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and genuine relationship-builder comfortable working with a range of people from grassroots activists – JASS’ core constituency – to donors, policy advocates, NGO leaders, and academics; established relationships with donors, social justice and/or women’s rights organizations in the region a plus;
  • Demonstrated ability to write for a variety of audiences and purposes; strong proposal and report-writing skills a plus;
  • Experience working effectively with limited budgets and a corresponding ability to draft and implement budgets for regional projects and initiatives;
  • Experience in organizing and facilitating training/capacity building activities a plus;
  • Able to travel within the region and globally as needed; and
  • With a sense of humor!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

JASS is an equal opportunity employer that values and is enriched by diversity. We strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQ, and differently-abled people to apply. If this job description resonates with your background and interests and excites you, we hope to hear from you!

 

How to Apply: 

Please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and relevant writing sample via email to southeastasia@justassociates.org.

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Application Dates: 
Monday, February 8, 2021 to Sunday, February 28, 2021

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