The US End FGM/C Network is the leading voice in the U.S. for the elimination of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) by 2030; it connects, supports, elevates and advocates with its members and diverse U.S. stakeholders engaged in FGM/C prevention, education, care and advocacy. The US End FGM/C Network (the Network) is a vibrant and collaborative group of survivors, civil society organizations, foundations, activists, policymakers, researchers, healthcare providers, and others committed to promoting the abandonment of FGM/C.
The Network serves as the main source for information and the lead advocacy voice in the United States on ending this harmful practice in the U.S. and around the world. The Network was launched in 2018 following a year-long organizational development and strategic planning phase. After two years of building partnerships, influence and a solid foundation, we are seeking a Director who can lead the Network, its member-based working groups, and the growing movement to end FGM/C into its next phase of outreach and impact. The Network’s current member-based working groups include: Advocacy and Policy Working Group, Legal Working Group, Survivor Support Working Group, and the U.S. Clinician Network on FGM.
The Network is currently fiscally sponsored by NEO Philanthropy, an umbrella organization that accepts and administers funds on the Network’s behalf, allowing the Network to focus on programmatic work while NEO manages the financial, HR and legal elements.
The Network Director will play a critical leadership role in shaping and implementing the priorities of the Network. The Director will operationalize the Network’s strategies and develop an annual plan focused on advocacy, information sharing and fundraising. The Director will also be responsible for overseeing partnerships, as well as the day-to-day operations of the Network, including its external communication strategies. The Network Director reports to the Network’s Steering Committee, and will oversee a part-time Partnerships and Operations Manager and a part-time Communications Manager. This is currently a part-time, remote position; there will be opportunities for in-person engagements including travel. The Network's fiscal sponsor is based in New York and the steering committee is located throughout the United States.
Responsibilities and Duties
The Network Director’s primary responsibilities include:
● Develop and implement an annual strategic plan, including relevant metrics/outcomes with support from the Steering Committee
● Create and execute a fundraising plan, including quarterly fundraising objectives with support from staff, advisors, and Steering Committee members
● Develop monthly and annual reports (partnerships and financial) for the Steering Committee/external stakeholders and lead related engagements
● Represent the Network at high-level events and conferences to enhance the Network’s profile and support Network priorities·
● Work with the Steering Committee to operationalize the Network’s governance policies. Review existing policies on an annual basis and recommend changes as appropriate.
● Ensure effective partnerships and strategic alliances with key stakeholders in the U.S. (i.e. representatives from U.S. government agencies, donors, etc.) and at the global level.
● Identify strategies for cultivating new members and for facilitating deeper engagement among existing Network members, including creating opportunities for information sharing, collaborations, and advocacy,, such as newsletters, and events (virtual and in-person)
● Work with the fiscal sponsor to manage the Network’s IT, human resources, financial and other operations.
● Oversee the efficient and effective day to day operation of the Network
● Oversee two (2) part time staff members/consultants
● Work on special projects as assigned
The ideal Network Director is a self-starter and is able to manage numerous priorities while ensuring strong results and engagements. This individual is a strong coalition-builder and communicator. The Director is able to leverage opportunities in a timely manner while ensuring empathic engagement with all stakeholders. A strong collaborator, that works with the Steering Committee and supports other staff members and stakeholders in meeting goals. The Director is able to work in a diverse environment with a wide range of stakeholders (i.e. survivors, health professionals, advocates, lawyers, etc.) This individual values respect and possesses strong cultural competencies.
Skills & Abilities
● At least eight years experience working in familiarity with human rights,the field of women’s and girls’ rights, sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender based violence, or related fields, a plus
● Mastery of strategic planning, program development, fundraising, relationship and operations management
● Experience working in the field or knowledge of FGM/C
● Experience managing networks and/or building bridges across disciplines (e.g. medicine, law, policy, community engagement, education)
● Experience working on policy and advocacy issues, including areas that can be highly political
● Experience working in/with a variety of different cultures; working with FGM/C or gender-based violence survivors is a plus.
● Demonstrated ability to listen empathetically to a wide range of opinions and steer a common course 2
● Excellent English written and oral communications skills
● Bachelor’s degree in related field, graduate degree preferred
Compensation is commensurate with experience. Please include the salary requirement in the application cover letter.
Please send a resume, cover letter, and two references to SteeringCommittee@endfgmnetwork.org by Friday, May 15, 2020. The email subject line should state “Application: National Director.” Resumes will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please note that this position is being advertised concurrently with two other positions (Partnerships and Operations Manager; Communications Consultant.)
Applicants are allowed to apply to more than one position. However, they should clearly describe their competencies for each position in the resumes and cover letters submitted.
The US End FGM/C Network is the leading voice in the U.S. for the elimination of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) by 2030; it connects, supports, elevates and advocates with its members and diverse U.S. stakeholders engaged in FGM/C…
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Benefits fall in line with Neo Philanthropy employee guidelines