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Global Fund For Women

Program Director, Adolescent Girls' Rights

Programs – San Francisco, California
Department Programs
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Senior Manager/Supervisor
Compensation $85 - 95K


Global Fund for Women’s vision is a world where every woman and girl is strong, safe, powerful, and heard. No exceptions. We are a feminist fund and a global champion for the rights of women and girls, using grantmaking, strategic communications and resource mobilization to advance movements for women’s rights.

We are seeking a Program Director, in either our San Francisco or New York office, to expand, diversify and strengthen our work to advance adolescent girls’ rights. 

Please note: all candidates must be legally able to work in the US. 

The core objectives are:

• To expand and strengthen Global Fund for Women’s strategic focus on adolescent girls.

• To lead Global Fund for Women’s efforts in supporting movements comprised of and led by adolescent girls in fighting for and sustaining their rights.

• To enable Global Fund for Women to sustain collaboration & learning; programming and movement building with and for adolescent girls for many years to come.


The Program Director, Adolescent Girls’ Rights is a full-time position working to advance grassroots-led holistic programs and movement building through long-term partnerships that aim to increase adolescent girls’ choices, power, and voice. The position requires practical expertise in program management and movement building and the ability to develop insight, concepts, strategies and relationships that help advance adolescent girls’ rights.  This is a three-year term-limited position, with the potential for renewal.  



• Understand the existing practices, policies and priorities of Global Fund for Women and integrate adolescent girls’ activities into these structures.

• Facilitate integration of adolescent girls’ programming and movement building into the overall strategic planning and programming priorities of Global Fund for Women.

• Develop and implement grant-making priorities and strategies, working within an agreed team process.

• Provide thought-leadership on adolescent girls’ programming, leadership & movement building.

• Develop and manage portfolio of select grantees, including reviewing profiles, grant proposals and reports, selecting and supporting grantee partners.

• Support peer colleagues with thematic and country/regional expertise to inform their strategies and program implementation.

• Develop strong relationships with advisors, partners and grantees.

• In line with the approved strategy, develop critical partner relationships for Global Fund for Women.

• Provide input and insight on how the work of adolescent girl movements on the ground intersects with Global Fund for Women's overall efforts.

• Provide thought partnership and strategic support to grantees through selected field visits and through interactions at convening’s and forums.

Networking and Coordination

• Liaise with key stakeholders (including partners; community-based and grassroots organizations; donors and other private and public funds; and other international partners focused on adolescent girls and young women).

• Represent Global Fund for Women at selected women, girls and social change events (philanthropic, programmatic, etc.), as agreed upon with supervisor.

Knowledge Management and Knowledge Sharing

• Provide brief updates on the development of adolescent girl-centered grantmaking to Global Fund for Women

• Provide assistance and guidance in any organizational-wide work that involves data collection, compiling lessons learned, and support knowledge sharing.

• Assist in the development of concept notes, project documents and policy frameworks, fundraising proposals/initiatives and research area and gender issues for best practices as directed by supervisor.

• Support grantee partners and—as appropriate/relevant—other staff to participate in annual adolescent girl community of practice convenings.

Monitoring and Reporting

• Provide occasional reports on context and strategic issues.

• Oversee and finalize prepared reports, including annual report and bi-annual phone updates with donors.

Additional Responsibilities

• Play an active role in program meetings and in team planning.

• Attending and participating in the planning of annual convening with 3 additional Funds and staff.

• Participate in occasional cross-functional work teams and projects, in negotiation with supervisor.

• Ensure compliance with Global Fund for Women's policies and procedures.


Internal: Daily working relationships with Programs Team colleagues, and with Impact and Effectiveness staff. 

External: Relationships with grantee partners, advisors, young feminist/women’s movements and donors. 



• 7-10 years of relevant grantmaking, program management, and/or movement building experience, including operational field experience.

• Extensive knowledge of adolescent girl-centered programming.

• Extensive knowledge of SSA or MENA regions, with a preference for applicants with lived experience in the region.

• Experience in designing / co-designing communities of practice.

• Proven ability to negotiate and strategically influence a wide range of stakeholders (including at senior level) through team/coalition building and advocacy.

• Demonstrated coalition-building skills and experience within social justice movements; the ability to understand the needs of a variety of organizations and ability to develop their potential to fulfil strategy and goals; a strong teamwork orientation.

• Excellent analytical, strategic planning, oral and written communication skills

Strongly Preferred:

• In depth knowledge of at least one, and ideally several of Global Fund for Women’s operating regions (Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe & Central Asia, Latin America & the Caribbean, Middle East & North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa)

• Fluency in English, French, Spanish, and Arabic are valuable assets.

Personal Qualities:

• Shared values of interest in and ability to work in diverse intersectional, multi-cultural settings and across various time zones.

• Ability to quickly adapt to new settings and dynamics.

• Ability to identify innovative and practical ways of influencing and building the capacity of a variety of philanthropic stakeholders.

• Entrepreneurial, resourceful, creative, flexible, and curious, with a sense of humor and humility.

• Self-motivated, self-starter able to work well independently

The Global Fund for Women is an equal opportunity employer. We enthusiastically encourage applications from people of color, bilingual and bicultural individuals, trans people and other members of the LBTQI communities. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, age, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by law. Women, people of color, and LGBTQI candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

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  • Location
    San Francisco, California
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  • Minimum Experience
    Senior Manager/Supervisor
  • Compensation
    $85 - 95K
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