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 for applications: 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.
- 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
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject ‘Power Up Application – YOUR NAME’:
- Full CV (detailing the nature, scope and scale of responsibilities held)
- A letter of intent highlighting relevant skills and experience for this position (please note where you learned about the vacancy)
- 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.