Co-Manager of Programs (Capacity Strengthening and Special Grant-Making) Maternity Leave Cover

Location: Flexible, preferably in the Global South
Start date: October 1st, 2021
Type: Maternity Leave cover – Fixed contract
Duration: 1 year, with possibility of extension until the end of 2022.
Salary: USD $42,030. FRIDA is currently in the process of conducting a salary scale review, so this will likely change in the coming months.


The Interim Programs Co-Manager is responsible to co-manage the Programs team at FRIDA. They are a dynamic and confident feminist leader to be responsible for FRIDA’s Capacity Strengthening (CS) and Special Grantmaking (SG) work, including: overseeing the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of Special grantmaking programs, building knowledge to assess the impact of FRIDA’s Special grantmaking and Capacity Strengthening work, and supervising Programs team staff. In addition, this position will be responsible for coordinating the planning, budgeting and payment of Special grantmaking cycles at FRIDA, as well as the Accompaniment program, Online Learning and other Capacity Strengthening initiatives. They will also oversee risk management with regards to FRIDA’s programmatic activities, and build relationships with grantee partners and the Global Advisory.  They will be part of the overall leadership team at FRIDA, and therefore support overall organizational management and cross-team coordination, play a key role in resource mobilization, represent FRIDA in key forums (only when safety allows, due to the global COVID-19 pandemic), and contribute to FRIDA’s strategic planning and vision, development and administration. This position will work closest with the Co-Manager of Programs and their direct supervisor, a FRIDA Co-Executive Director, as well as the Programs team. As the co-lead of a core FRIDA team, they will work closely with the CELIA team, all members of the FRIDA team, and interact with the larger FRIDA community.


Leadership and Management

   Co-manages the Programs team at FRIDA. Provides overall direction for the team alongside the other Co-Manager.
 Works closely with the Co-Manager, Co-Executive Director and other stakeholders to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy for FRIDA’s programs including preparing an annual team workplan and budget.
Ensures the team is resourced, meeting its goals and fulfilling organisational priorities.
Co-leads in developing and monitoring the Programs budget, with the oversight and support of a Co-Executive Director.
Ensures the team and its members have sufficient and adequate resources to perform their functions.
Supervises Programs consultants and staff at the Senior Officer, Officer and Associate levels. Supports them to build and monitor their annual work plans, checks in with them on a regular basis, provides ongoing support and enables their leadership. Coordinates with Human Resources and a Co-Executive Director for further supervision support.
Tracks and supports the professional development of supervisees, ensuring professional development opportunities are aligned with team strategy / FRIDA strategy / their personal professional development trajectory.
Participates actively in strategic thinking and planning for the organization, working closely with other Managers and Sr. Officers.
Strengthens and promotes cross-team collaboration at FRIDA, linking with Finance, Resource Mobilization, Advocacy and Communications, and Communities & Cultures and MEL staff for the advancement of team and organizational goals.
Approves expenses up to a certain amount per FRIDA’s finance policies and as aligned to the overall annual budget.
Enables the (co-) leadership of initiatives within the Programs team.
 Leads by example to promote a healthy and happy work culture. 

Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation

Co-leads the development of the annual Programs team work-plan and team goals; and monitors and assesses its implementation.
Works with FRIDA’s Monitoring and Evaluation team to ensure relevant data is compiled, and is reaching and serving FRIDA’s grantmaking strategies.
Co-manages knowledge-building projects, such as research pieces, opinion pieces and special publications to ensure that FRIDA is a ‘go-to’ source for knowledge on participatory grantmaking, and has the evidence needed to support its strategies.
 Participates in FRIDA’s strategic thinking and planning for Program directions and initiatives, including playing a key role of scoping partnership and collaboration opportunities. 

Oversight of Capacity Building and Special Grantmaking Operations   

Provides overall direction to programmatic work at FRIDA and oversees Capacity Strengthening initiatives and Special Grantmaking.
Designs and supervises the implementation of Special grantmaking operations and the Funding+ model program at FRIDA.
Adheres to the existing Program policies and strategies, and oversees their updating.
Co-designs, plans, and budgets for FRIDA special grantmaking programs, and capacity building programs.
Oversees risk management with regards to FRIDA’s programmatic activities.
Builds and maintains relationships with grantee partners and advisors.
Identifies and analyzes regional and thematic developments and trends in young feminist organizing on an ongoing basis, and maintains an expert understanding of the strengths, needs, opportunities, and challenges of young feminist groups in advancing social justice movements and agendas.

 Resource Mobilization

Provides writing support and co-leads the compilation of data relating to Special Grants and Capacity Strengthening for proposals, reports, and communication to FRIDA’s donors.
 Leads and assists in resource mobilization and community engagement campaigns. 

External Representation, Collaborations and Related Tasks
Pursues key coalitions between movements and donors to catalyse participatory grantmaking collaborations between activists and donors towards social justice change.
Builds and maintains strong, collaborative relationships with other young feminist-led organizations, women’s funds partners, international non-government organizations and other key partners.
Organizes events and represents FRIDA at relevant venues, networks and in consortia to educate and encourage more and better support for young feminist organizing.
Represents the organization by participating strategically in key associations and organizations, serving on committees, boards, and advisory groups.
 Speaks in public settings to sustain and build organizational visibility and influence.
Other duties as assigned, in line with the Co-Manager role description. 

Interested and qualified candidates should submit  their applications through Humi including their CV, a cover letter, and three reference contacts, before August 15.

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