November 19, 2021

Program Associate – East Africa

  • Deadline: 30/11/2021
  • Location: Remote
  • Organization: Women First International Fund
  • Salary: 45000
Full Time


Women First is a 50-year-old public charity based in the United States. Our innovative grantmaking model – the only one of its kind – provides long-term, flexible funding, capacity-building, and networking opportunities to especially small and emerging women-led organizations in Eastern Africa and South Asia. We partner with grantees to advance women’s economic empowerment and provide targeted mentorship and support to strengthen their organizations for long-term sustainability and amplified impact.


The Program Associate-East Africa (PA) reports to the Director of Programs – Consultant and works closely with the Senior Program Officer and the Program Officer. This position supports the implementation of Women First’s grantmaking program overall, but with a focus on East Africa. This position also assists with the implementation of Women First’s capacity-building program, helping to provide in-person, targeted support to East African grantee partners. The PA also supports fundraising, communications, internal operations from within the program team as well as the scoping of potential grantee partners in the region.

Core Responsibilities:

– Support the SPO and PO to provide support to a high-performing portfolio of grantee partners in Eastern Africa, including identifying candidates, reviewing grant proposals and reports, recommending grantee partners to the Grants and Learning subcommittee, and carrying out check-ins both onsite and virtually
– Participate in application, due diligence, and transfer of funds processes, and ensure compliance
– Provide support with grants management processes using SmartSimple and other tools.
– Support the development and implementation of Women First’s capacity building program, including 1:1 support, developing resources, identifying external partnerships, and establishing relationships to create a pipeline of potential funders for grantee partners
– Contribute to growing the team’s knowledge base to advance Women First’s thematic focus
– Support with the processing, distribution, and reporting on Emergency and Capacity Building grants and other additional funding mechanisms, as required
– Provide support to the team on program analysis to provide recommendations on adjustments to programs strategies
– Support organizational learning on topics pertaining to Women First’s grantees particularly in East Africa in the area of women’s economic empowerment; this includes presentations to both Programs Committees and Board regularly throughout the year
– Provide insight and input to marketing/communications colleagues to support fundraising, including participating in donor meetings when needed

Key Qualifications:

– A critical understanding of and deep commitment to women’s rights and social justice, including LGBTQI equality
2-3 years of experience in grantmaking, ideally with international grants
– Subject-matter expertise in the area of women’s economic empowerment and/or organizational capacity building within the context of East Africa
– Master’s degree (or equivalent combination of education and experience) in a field related to women’s rights, capacity building, community-led development, economic empowerment
– Knowledge and experience with international grantmaking processes and compliance
– Flexibility and comfort working within ambiguity
– Highly refined critical thinking and strategy development skills, with the ability to identify and support strategic solutions to complex challenges
– Outstanding written and oral communication skills with the ability to inspire others and target message and approach to different audiences; strong public speaking skills
– Demonstrated success as a relationship-builder, able to form and steward partnerships with internal and external stakeholders, especially with NGO and CBO partners
– Familiarity with strategies for peer learning, organizational development, and sustainability
– Proven ability to facilitate effective and interactive meetings and trainings with individuals of different backgrounds across time zones
– Team-oriented, collaborative, and comfortable working in a fast-paced environment and across cultures and time zones
– Ability to travel domestically and internationally up to 20% (when it is safe and feasible to resume travel)

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