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Senior Program Officer, Gender Integration at Disability Solutions

Senior Program Officer, Gender Integration

Disability Solutions Seattle, WA (Onsite) Full-Time
The Foundation

We are the largest nonprofitfighting poverty, disease, and inequity around the world. Founded on a simple premise: people everywhere, regardless of identity or circumstances, should have the chance to live healthy, productive lives. We believe our employees should reflect the rich diversity of the global populations we aim to serve. We provide an exceptional benefits package to employees and their families which include comprehensive medical, dental, and vision coverage with no premiums, generous paid time off, paid family leave, foundation-paid retirement contribution, regional holidays, and opportunities to engage in several employee communities. As a workplace, we're committed to creating an environment for you to thrive both personally and professionally.

The Team
The Gender Equality Division's mission is to ensure women and girls in Africa and South Asia can enjoy good health, make their own choices, earn their own money, and be leaders in their societies. When women and girls have an equal chance to thrive and lead, everyone benefits. We know that women and girls are not a monolith. A woman's experience and the barriers she faces are different depending on factors like where she lives, how old she is, and how much money her family has-alongside other factors including her race, caste, and education level. We seek to address these compounding barriers through deep partnership with our grantees. As a philanthropy, our role is to listen to and learn from these experts. We take risks in new areas, prove concepts, and bring these ideas to governments, partner organizations, and private sector companies to scale. The Gender Equality Division builds off our existing strengths as a foundation in areas like global health and data, partnering closely with all of our global divisions.

The Senior Program Officer (SPO) is a member of the Gender Integration (GI) team, which aims to amplify the foundation's impact by applying an intersectional gender lens across global programs. The power of this work is by enabling others working on the foundation's global strategies to address gender-related barriers and opportunities to further programmatic impact - specifically through strategies, investments and work with partners. To this end, the GI team has three roles:

1.\tAs a service provider: bringing gender equality technical expertise to programmatic teams to identify strategic opportunities where closing gender gaps and addressing gender-related barriers can accelerate programmatic impact and mitigate unintentional consequences.
2.\tAs a change agent: partnering with operational and programmatic teams to embed gender into foundation systems and tools, drive leadership accountability, and measure progress; additionally, we translate lessons into public goods to increase adoption of leading practices with peer donors, all towards the goal of increasing and improving quality of donor capital to gender equality.
3.\tAs an investment incubator: identifying and demonstrating gender transformative programmatic proof points adjacent to program strategy teams with significant potential GE and sector impact.

Your Role

You will play a key role leading the team's service delivery function, a core aspect of gender integration in which all team members participate. As part of our service delivery, the team identifies, builds, and maintains relationships with multiple internal teams - advising on strategic ways teams can address gender-related barriers and opportunities to further programmatic impact through strategies, investments, and partners. The power of this work is through enabling others at the foundation to focus on gender within global health, development, and economic opportunity. As the lead, you will ensure optimal effectiveness of approach, excellence in delivery, and amplifying successes. You will also be responsible for implementing a key initiative to embed gender mainstreaming experts and approaches in partners, via co-investments with multiple program strategy teams across the foundation. You will provide strategic mentorship across the team and manage a Program Officer. Lastly, you will provide technical reviews as needed.

What You'll Do

Lead Service Delivery
  • Manage team inputs and external consultant capacity to lead the team's service delivery function in partnership with a Program Officer and our global technical partner
  • Apply strategic and technical expertise to determine most high impact engagements and approaches to employ
  • Continuously assess and optimize effectiveness of engagements, and report on impact of engagements
  • Establish and maintain relationships with internal colleagues to strategically address gender gaps and gender-related barriers across global strategies and investments
  • Proactively identify areas of alignment and collaboration with other foundation teams and identify creative solutions to guide inclusive processes (e.g., craft and facilitate matrixed conversations, handling conflict, encouraging alignment)
  • Translate high quality analysis rooted in evidence into key insights and recommendations that can be communicated (written and verbal) concisely and persuasively with senior foundation partners
  • Lead key initiative to sustainably embed gender mainstreaming with select external partners
  • Co-manage investments to grantee partners, providing thought partnership to program teams, and to support grantees to strengthen gender across their programs
  • Manage a third party's facilitation of an external community of practice, and develop an internal cross-foundation community of practice on supporting external partners to mainstream gender

People Management
  • As a manager of a Program Officer, you will communicate performance expectations, create goal alignment, give and seek feedback, provide coaching, measure progress, support employee development, and recognize achievements and lessons learned
  • Mentor staff to further develop gender equality technical and organizational change skills

Provide Technical Reviews
  • Serve as a subject matter expert for the foundation on gender equality, and provide recommendations to teams and colleagues on the optimal path forward for gender intentional approaches that align with the foundation's ways of work and other constraints

Position reports to Deputy Director, Gender Integration

Your Experience

We are looking for a team member who enjoys working on complex problems and collaboratively crafting strategies that have the potential to transform the lives of people around the world. You are an agile, standout colleague who is prepared to work across a diverse set of fields and issue areas, bringing gender expertise to a wide range of issues. You are a sophisticated relationship manager, able to know when and how to support and influence internal partners. You have proven an ability to navigate matrixed organizations, see opportunity in ambiguity, and communicate effectively with tact.

We seek someone with deep gender equality expertise, as well as some who:
  • Understands and has experience in gender mainstreaming / integration within large program teams and/or operational settings (required); including experienced in the design and delivery of gender integration activities (or similar program implementation / behavior change initiatives)
  • Builds new relationships and work well with a wide range of internal partners to reconcile multiple viewpoints and often to negotiate across stakeholders to align on appropriate decisions with and for the team
  • Knows strategy development and implementation, and accountability mechanisms; has worked on strategy development, and understands how to bring various frameworks to a problem space to structure potential solution sets
  • Has a strong capacity in systems thinking, structured problem solving, and business planning, with the ability to synthesize disparate information and critically analyze development challenges
  • Addresses complex problems using a hypothesis and data-driven approach
  • Works in a self-guided manner, balance multiple priorities against demanding timelines
  • Has excellent listening skills and an ability to question and challenge colleagues, including managers and partners, in a constructive manner
  • Demonstrates excellence in influence and leadership, is able to build trust, is a team leader and player who motivates and educates other team members, and understands the value of interpersonal relationship building and collaboration; who brings innovation and an open-minded approach to all aspects of work
  • Is committed to collective success and experience and comfort working within highly matrixed teams and projects in unstructured and ambiguous situations
  • Has excellent organizational, facilitation, oral, and written communication skills
  • Able to work effectively and with sensitivity across barriers such as language, culture, and distance
  • Has a sense of humor, is humble, brings a bias towards action, and is agile, able to step into different roles on the team when needed
  • Is committed to the foundation's core values, mission, and programs with an approach that is consistent with the foundation's guiding principles while holding oneself to the highest ethical standards
  • Able to travel up to 20% domestically and internationally

The typical salary range for this role is $144,200 to $267,800 USD. The exact offer will be determined by a variety of factors such as the candidate's individual skills, qualifications, and experience relative to the requirements of the role.


Hiring Requirements

As part of our standard hiring process for new employees, employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

Depending upon your work location, we may require proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 and any recommended booster doses. All employees based in the United States are to provide proof of full vaccination upon hire and any recommended boosters, subject to applicable laws.

Candidate Accommodations

If you require assistance due to a disability in the application or recruitment process, please submit a request here .

Inclusion Statement

We are dedicated to the belief that all lives have equal value. We strive for a global and cultural workplace that supports ever greater diversity, equity, and inclusion - of voices, ideas, and approaches - and we support this diversity through all our employment practices.

All applicants and employees who are drawn to serve our mission will enjoy equality of opportunity and fair treatment without regard to race, color, age, religion, pregnancy, sex, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and prior protected activity.

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