Director, Program Strategy and Design

February 9, 2022

Job Description

Women for Women International (WfWI)

Women for Women International (WfWI) – In countries affected by conflict and war, Women for Women International (WfWI) supports the most marginalized women to earn and save money, improve health and well-being, influence decisions in their home and community, and connect to networks for support. By utilizing skills, knowledge and resources, she is able to create sustainable change for herself, her family, and community.

Since 1993, WfWI has served over 500,000 women in 8 conflict-affected countries, including Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Kosovo, Nigeria, Rwanda and South Sudan. Since 2002, we have worked with over 20,000 men worldwide to support women’s rights and gender equality.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Director, Program Strategy and Design
Location: Flexible, Remote
Reports To: Global Programs Unit (GPU)

The Director, Program Strategy and Design provides leadership in program strategy, guidance and tools related to WfWI’s program approaches. This includes designing new approaches, activities, and projects; and ensuring program quality and cross-organizational learning.
The Director also plays a key role in developing new business for WfWI through leading on design for proposals and pitch documents and through networking with donors.
The Director identifies and leads on WfWI’s programmatic partnerships and represents WfWI in global networks that help raise the organization’s profile.
This position reports to the Deputy Vice President, Global Programs Unit (GPU) and is a member of WfWI’s GPU Leadership Team and the Global Leadership Team. The Director of Program Strategy and Design leads a team of four: Associate Director, Women's Economic Power; Associate Director, Social Power and Gender Equality; Sr. Program Officer, Program Design; Program Design Associate.

Duties and Responsibilities
Lead on WfWI’s Program Strategy:

Collaborate on WfWI’s overarching organizational strategic planning processes
Review and support Country Office strategies that align with organizational strategy
Ensure staff from across the organization understand, use, adapt and provide feedback on program strategy
Based on evaluations and learning, lead the organization in its global program strategy development
Share research and cutting-edge approaches on gender equality and women’s power with WfWI staff to align program strategy with broader development trends
Develop global program theories of change and guidance
Guide Country Office, MERL, Advocacy and Business Development teams to develop theories of change for program strategies
Oversee the development of programmatic tools (ToTs, curricula, training aids, etc.) in response to the needs of country offices
Engage with Country Office and MERL teams to promote program quality and learning loops
Based on agreed strategy and through participatory processes, design program guidance documents to ensure high quality of WfWI programs
Share programmatic adaptations and best practices across country offices to promote continuous learning and improvement (i.e. annual Program Meeting).

Development of New Business:

Oversee and lead, as needed, the design of program approaches and activities for new business development opportunities
Engage in and support donor cultivation, as needed
Provide technical leadership and guidance to ensure quality and consistency of activities as presented in proposals
Provide technical review of proposals to potential funders to ensure high quality program activities in line with WfWI’s program strategy.

Cross-organizational Alignment and Initiatives:

With the Global Director of Policy & Advocacy, ensure alignment between WfWI’s program and global advocacy strategies and support WfWI’s advocacy efforts.
Build collaboration and teamwork across program/advocacy staff
Engage with WfWI Affiliates to share programmatic learning and support program approaches in grants
Collaborate with Comms teams for high quality outputs on our program work
Support grants management, M&E, and operations as needed

Development of External Partnerships:

Explore partnerships with external organizations and represent WfWI in donor and other external briefings regarding WfWI’s work
Maintain WfWI’s role in key networks (SEEP, MIUSA, etc.)
Provide guidance to country offices in developing and maintaining program partnerships
Develop WfWI’s capacity building approaches with local NGOs based on 5C model.


Adhere to WfWI’s Code of Conduct and Safeguarding Policies and report concerns and to the organizational values Empowerment, Integrity, Respect, Resilience.


Master's Degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Minimum of 10 years of work experience, the majority in international development with preference for a lived experience in fragile and conflict affected countries
Experience and ability in mentoring, coaching and managing staff members within a diverse and global organization
Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to manage a large, complex, diverse team of people through an inclusive and empowering management style
Stellar planning and project management ability
Able to work under pressure and handle multiple projects
Ability to convey complex subject matter clearly and concisely
Skilled consensus builder
Ability and willingness to travel internationally
Demonstrated commitment to mission-related causes
Demonstrated understanding of, and passion for, women’s issues, conflict, and international development.


Language skills in French, Arabic, Swahili or other languages of our program countries.

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.
Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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