Program Director - Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, SSA experience required

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $85,000
Maximum: $95,000




800 Market Street
San Francisco
United States



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 global champion for the rights of women and girls, using grantmaking and advocacy to propel global movements for women’s rights. The position is located within the Programs team, which unifies grantmaking, movement building and advocacy activities to get money and attention where they will make the biggest difference in the fight for gender equality.


The Program Director, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, is a full time position with work focusing on strategic grantmaking and movement building, including the management of projects and initiatives. The position requires practical expertise in movement building and the ability to develop insight, concepts, strategies and relationships that help quantifiably advance women’s rights, as well as regional expertise in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The role develops and manages a portfolio of grantee partners, selecting, managing and building relationships with grantee partners. The position will work with LEI (learning, evaluation and impact) to develop metrics and proactively engages in aligned advocacy efforts. The Program Director also acts as a critical collaborator and thought-partner within the Programs team and Movements group, offering country, regional and other expertise to inform other programs strategies and – reciprocally - soliciting input and ideas from other Programs team colleagues to inform their own strategies, ideas and projects. They also play a key development role, contributing ideas, analysis and concepts for Development proposals, engaging and educating donors, and providing insights and reports on Global Fund for Women work and that of its grantees.

All qualified candidates must be legally able to work in the US out of our San Francisco or New York offices. We cannot sponsor VISAs at this time.


Thematic Strategy and Expertise

  • Develop global expertise, analysis and thought leadership to guide global grant-making priorities and strategies, with focus on sexual and reproductive health and rights, crisis/ disaster response grantmaking and media and technology
  • Provide peer colleagues with Africa region expertise and insights for to inform their strategies and program implementation
  • Assess, manage and strengthen the capabilities of the advisory network in relation to key portfolios and projects
  • Develop knowledge and expertise in relation to other assigned projects and initiatives
  • Play an active role in the development of Global Fund for Women’s new programmatic strategies, engaging in research, idea generation, data analysis and development of PowerPoint slides

Grantmaking, Movement Building, and LEI

  • Manage grantmaking and movement-building initiatives, as assigned
  • Develop and manage a high-performing portfolio of select grantees, including reviewing profiles, grant proposals and reports, assessing and selecting grantees, and carrying out grantee check-in calls
  • Consult with grantees and advisors to ensure a high quality portfolio and participation in major initiatives
  • Ensure the timely and high-quality completion of all portfolio deliverables and reports
  • Engage proactively with Grants Operations and LEI team colleagues to ensure the successful management, delivery and tracking of grants and grantee reports
  • Provide input to LEI’s efforts to produce high quality qualitative and quantitative information on grantmaking, movement building and advocacy impact
  • When recommended and feasible, implement ‘grants plus’ strategies to build movements including thematic, cross-cutting and/or in-country/regional convenings, leadership development, campaign coordination or capacity-building activities


  • Support Development efforts in support of strategies, and in line with overall organizational efforts to accelerate revenue
  • Develop specific concepts and ideas for Development, in line with approved strategy and in concert with team leadership
  • Participate in meetings, pitches and presentations to current and prospective donors – with the ability to represent both personal projects as well as colleagues’ projects and the work of the organization as a whole
  • Consult with grantees and advisors to gather relevant information for specific proposals and reports or facilitate communication with development team
  • Review funding proposals and final reports to donors to provide analysis and to ensure updated and accurate information from the field is included
  • In collaboration with Development, Grants Operations, and LEI, ensure that all donor requirements for reporting, results and engagement are fully met

Thought Leadership and Advocacy

Engage proactively with Advocacy team colleagues to:

  • Provide input and insight on how the work of movements on the ground could intersect with Global Fund for Women advocacy
  • Consult with grantees and advisors to identify opportunities and gather relevant information for specific programmatic/ fundraising concepts and proposals
  • Facilitate process and carry out actions to embed advocacy into programmatic/ fundraising concepts and proposals, the design of convenings and other ‘grants plus’ activities
  • With support of Advocacy colleagues, develop own visibility, presence and contribution e.g. via personal social media presence, blogging or op-ed writing
  • Contribute to grantee insight and content to support advocacy efforts, e.g. in response to ‘crisis’ or ‘breaking news’ situations, or for planned proactive thematic campaign
  • Serve as a Global Fund for Women spokesperson to the media and others as needed

Additional responsibilities

  • Proactively encourage and role model the development of an integrated, cohesive and nimble team culture, and fostering the development of talent, new ideas and leadership across the team
  •  Play an active role in team meetings and in team planning
  • Participate in occasional cross-functional work teams and projects, in negotiation with supervisor
  • Ensure compliance with Global Fund for Women policies and procedures
  • Other duties and projects as requested by supervisor


Internal: Constructive and effective daily working relationships with Programs Team colleagues and with Grants Operations staff. Interaction on strategy and management with Vice President of Programs.

External: Strategic, dynamic relationships with Grantee partners, advisors, women’s movements, individual and institutional donors (in concert with Development team), peer organizations, foundations, networks, international agencies and organizations.



  • Proven ability to be a grantmaking strategist, thought leader and spokesperson on global women’s rights issues
  • Ability to use Salesforce to track and manage grantmaking
  • Competence in grantmaking including skills in assessing grant applications, knowledge of grant administration systems, ability to review budgets and ability develop grantmaking strategies
  • Excellent project management skills. Ability to deliver projects and activities on deadline in a fast-paced environment with many competing demands and priorities, and without administrative support
  • Solid experience, knowledge and understanding of women’s human rights, including the role of movements in advancing women’s rights
  • In depth knowledge of Sexual and Reproductive Health & Rights
  • In depth knowledge of Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Proven ability to recognize opportunities and suggest, secure and raise funds for new programmatic initiatives and collaborations
  • Readiness to work in a team setting that integrates grantmaking and advocacy, and strong ideas about how Global Fund for Women’s advocacy can advance women’s movements
  • Ability to travel nationally and internationally as required (envisioned as to 30% of work time)
  • Excellent written and verbal communications and influencing skills
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders at all levels
  • Proven ability to generate compelling fundraising and advocacy content inclusive of experience writing content for successful grant awards
  • Highly competent ICT and information management skills
  • Highly fluent in MS Office, including Excel and PowerPoint
  • Proven ability to manage external consultants, advisors and contractors
  • Spoken and written fluency in English, and at least one other language i.e. French, Spanish, Russian, or Arabic, preferably French

Strongly Preferred:

  • Established credentials, public visibility, media relations and spokesperson experience in areas of grantmaking focus
  • Knowledge and connections in the international funder landscapes for women’s rights
  • Experience in advocacy activities such online campaigns, policy/ international advocacy, social media activism, media relations, op-ed writing and digital storytelling
  • Direct fundraising experience – ideally with major donors, governments and institutions
  • In depth knowledge of additional Global Fund for Women operating regions (Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe & Central Asia, Latin America & the Caribbean, Middle East & North Africa)
  • In depth knowledge of additional Global Fund for Women thematic areas of focus: Economic & Political Empowerment, Freedom from Violence, as well as Crisis Response, Women’s Funds and Advocacy, Media and Technology


  • Minimum 7 years’ experience in women’s empowerment work globally, ideally in a philanthropic, social change or rights-based setting
  • Proven skills as a successful grantmaker, grantmaking strategist, thought leader and spokesperson on aligned global issues
  • At least 3 years’ experience in both grant-making and program design and implementation
  • Degree in a related field

The Global Fund for Women is an equal opportunity employer. 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.

Level of Language Proficiency

Native/professional-level French required

Arabic, Russian or Spanish a plus

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree