The Senior Program Officer (SPO), Gender Equality India is a critical technical role in the foundation’s evolving gender work. This interim role will appeal to a creative and energetic problem-solver able to support new grantees, shape new grants and build strong relationships with stakeholders including government, multilaterals and other donors. This will include working closely with partners on the ground to aid their progress and momentum while ensuring that investments are rolling out with strong technical inputs on design (including managing the first set of baselines for these investments) and with smooth tracking and problem solving.
This is a role for someone who can step in with the existing SPO and join hands to align quickly on the existing work and vision ensuring that partners are stewarded well during the leave period. The work will involve ensuring that the nascent portfolio is well launched and that key milestones are met (baselines, early insights, and course corrections).
Stakeholder relationships: You will cultivate high quality interactions and build and deepen networks among government ministries, donors, researchers, implementers, evaluators on gender equality including with national and sub-national officials, and bilateral, multilateral institutions.
Grant management (65%): You will lead several key Gender Equality investments in India and provide inputs to global investments. You will track and assess progress and ensure key project milestones (such as baselines, baseline analysis, project roll out, etc.) are done with a high degree of quality and with strong technical inputs and problem solving. You will draw out insights and learnings and communicate results within the GE team, foundation, and the larger community.
Coordination, and learning (15%): Within India, you will serve as a point of contact on gender equality for internal foundation stakeholders as well as grantees. You will also support the Deputy Director of Gender Equality/PAC on high level leadership visits and/or other critical advocacy/voice initiatives requiring in-country inputs and engagement. You will focus on getting evidence off the shelf by making it widely accessible, and applicable to local contexts, helping key stakeholders adapt and adopt findings while exploring local barriers to scale-up of successful programs.
As a member of the Gender Equality team and the Global Growth and Opportunity division, you will also contribute to the overall team’s success and support; including attending and contributing to regular team and divisional activities. In addition, the SPO plays a meaningful role “acting as a bridge” between our India Country Office and other areas of work related to gender happening across the country.
Development (10%): The role may also involve the identification of new investments later in the tenure of the assignment (e.g. last six months). You will identify and evaluate potential partners and grantees to co-develop and evolve ideas and initiatives, develop calls / RFPs and review letters of inquiry and grant proposals, while providing clear, concise and insightful written analyses and recommendations for funding. This may include drafting and editing proposal summaries and progress reports for existing grants for review by foundation leadership. Additionally, this may also require the management of internal processes to ensure that the portfolio of work on gender data progresses with appropriate documentation, grant budgeting and reporting.
Reports to: Country Lead, India Country Office
We believe that energized people, working well together, fueled by great leadership in an inclusive environment in which they thrive, will do phenomenal things.
We are looking for people who enjoy the opportunity of working on complex problems and collectively creating solutions that have the potential for transformative change in the lives of people around the world. You must be prepared to work across a diverse set of disciplines, bridging a wide range of expertise all the while being a team player, with a demonstrated ability to work with flexibility, efficiency and diplomacy in an exciting, challenging environment. You must be an experienced grant-manager and partnership builder with expertise in women’s collectives; ideally with a deep understanding of evaluation and research.
The responsibilities of this interim role require that you have an unquestioned commitment to gender equality and experience in gender equality programming; experience gained within India essential. Specific experience in women’s/girl’s groups and group-based platforms and economic empowerment desired. Additionally, you should have: