Senior Program Officer (WEE)


Gates Foundation

  • Location: Southern Africa, Central Africa, East Africa, Northwest and Northeast Africa 
  • Career category:Programme/ Project design & management
  • Job type:Job
  • Humanitarian or Development:Development
  • Experience level:5-10 years
  • Organisation type:Philanthropy
  • Remote option:Hybrid
  • Right to work requirements:Right to work required in advance
  • Salary: Not Disclosed
  • Work schedule:Full-time
  • Length of contract:Temporary/ Fixed-term
  • Deadline:27/11/2023
  • Location:Southern Africa, Central Africa, East Africa, Northwest and Northeast Africa 
Economic justice
    • As a key advisor on strategy, you will contribute to the continued development of the team’s strategic vision, while partnering closely with team leadership to set the overall strategy and goals for the team.
    • Build/manage GE advocacy, communication and policy portfolio of grantees to support WEE goals, with a focus on partners in priority countries on the African continent. This includes managing a large multi-year investment with an African feminist fund partner, a new approach for the foundation - which will entail building a learning agenda on the best practices, continuity and outcomes of this approach.
    • Develop and implement policy, advocacy, and communication strategies to accelerate WEE through investing in partnerships to raise awareness, mobilize resources, advance policy change, and hold policymakers accountable to implementation, with a focus on the African continent.
    • Refine and implement a grantmaking strategy that complements programmatic team efforts to accelerate WEE in priority geographies in Africa, specifically focused on access to capital, improving data, access to markets, digital and child care.
    • Manage the tracking and analysis of key Africa continent, regional and national level policy developments and trends important to the team's policy goals.
    • Develop and/or maintain relationships with key decision-makers on the African continent who are directly involved in areas of interest to the team.
    • Develop appropriate outreach plans for meaningfully engaging and listening to a diverse set of external partners especially those closest to the issues, sharing our strategies, and thinking about how we communicate impact assessment.
    • Represent the foundation to key program-related external constituencies. This includes both formal and informal presentations such as making speeches, attending conferences and other meetings as necessary.
    • This role is responsible for high quality interactions and clear and consistent communications with grantees and partners in the field.
  • Your Experience
    • Advanced degree in public policy, or equivalent work experience, in international relations, development, communications or a related field.
    • A minimum of 8 years of experience working in government, public affairs, multilateral institutions, civil society organizations, and/or corporate roles aimed at influencing and implementing economic and/or financial policy change on the African continent, to make the economy work better for women.
    • A breadth of knowledge and experience working with a range of key partners working to advance WEE in Africa on the range of key gender policy issues related to WEE.
    • Experience developing and implementing campaigns and sophisticated advocacy strategies in support of policy and financing goals, specifically on advancing WEE in Africa.
    • Expertise and proficiency in government relations, advocacy, and resource mobilization specifically on WEE across both donor and low and middle income countries (LMIC) markets – with deep work experience and knowledge of the political economy of the African continent - and ability to drive and develop strategy in those areas.

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