Deputy Executive Director

About Together for Girls

 

Together for Girls is a global partnership working to end violence against children and adolescents, particularly sexual violence against girls and other vulnerable populations. The partnership pays special attention to the gendered dimensions of violence, and its impact on health, education and human rights. We envision a world where every young person is safe, protected and empowered.

 

Founded in 2009, the Together for Girls partnership includes more than 20 national governments across sub-Saharan Africa, Central and South America, Southeast Asia, and Europe, as well as civil society organizations, UN entities, development partners and the private sector. Our collective work uses an innovative three-pronged model:

  • Data: Generating quality data and evidence about violence against children in order to inform solutions to prevent violence. This work is grounded by the Violence Against Children and Youth Surveys (VACS), led by national governments with technical assistance and support from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other partners.
  • Advocacy: Raising awareness to drive lasting change through communications and campaigns to build political will, shape policy agendas, and elevate the voices of survivors.
  • Action: Galvanizing a coordinated, multisectoral response to bring evidence-based solutions to scale and create lasting change in the lives of children and adolescents.

 

Through data, advocacy and action, we work to ensure prevention, healing and justice.

 

Organizational Achievements

 

Since its inception, TfG has made considerable achievements. The partnership is a  technical and advocacy leader with high-level global credibility bringing together sectors and partners in the area of violence prevention and response, especially relative to sexual violence and girls.  Through the VACS, TfG and its partners now have data representing an estimated 11 percent of the world’s population under the age of 25.  TfG engages and informs policy at the global and country-level and is a co-author of INSPIRE: Seven Strategies to End Sexual Violence Against Children, What Works to End Sexual Violence Against Children, and a plethora of peer-reviewed journal articles, briefs, infographics and other collateral produced on evidence-based approaches to the subject across multiple topic areas.

 

In addition, TfG is making strong headway as a leading advocacy partnership at the forefront of survivor-centered movements to end sexual violence against children and adolescents. TfG focuses on bringing together survivor activists and allies from around the world for coordinated action to create transformational change.   In 2021, TfG was awarded a grant to catalyze the Brave Movement to End Childhood Violence, focused on collective advocacy by adult survivors and allies. TfG also co-founded the Keep Kids Safe Movement, based in the United States, in 2020.

 

TfG’s leadership is evident in the post-VACS response on the data-to-action continuum, strengthening advocacy and action through program and policy reform at the country level. TfG’s contribution to strengthening the capacity of country governments, civil society organizations and individuals to understand the scourge of violence, raise the voices of survivors and allies, build awareness of strategies to prevent and respond, and contribute to sustainable structural systems to address the problem, is, potentially, the most significant contribution of the partnership.  A 2022 grant from the Government of Canada, among other funding sources, is specifically focused on this work.

 

The TfG partnership is built on an efficient operational model, staffed by a small secretariat headquartered in Washington, D.C. with remote team members based in North America, Africa, South America, and Europe. Activities across the three pillars of work are largely implemented by partner organizations, either with direct funding, as is the case with CDC and the VACS, or through subcontracts and grants through TfG.  Coordination, communications, fundraising, grant management and some technical leadership activities are led by the Secretariat.  The Secretariat receives strategic direction from the Leadership Council, which consists of high-level public and private sector representatives and the Board of Directors, which also approves annual budgets and work plans.  In addition, TfG leadership interacts at the most senior levels with national governments and development partners.

 

Since its inception, TfG has leveraged an estimated $160 million in partnership activities or about $20 million per year.  Currently, the Secretariat’s annual operating budget is approximately $2.7 million and includes grants from multiple donors, including the Government of Canada, USAID, and several private donors.

Position Overview

 

The Deputy Executive Director (DED) is an exciting new position that will facilitate internal cohesion throughout the organization and report to the Executive Director/CEO.  Under the leadership of the Executive Director/CEO, the DED is responsible for providing strategic and technical direction to TfG and leading the TfG team in the development and implementation of core aspects of the TfG strategy focused on the data, advocacy and action continuum.  Responsibilities include:

 

Guidance and Oversight:

  • Provide overall leadership and support for collaboration and coordination across the TfG partnership.
  • Supervise and guide the work of three TfG senior leadership team members, including the Director of Data and Evidence, Director of Policy and Advocacy, and Director of Communications. Oversee all data and research aspects of TfG, including the VACS, as well as associated products.
  • Provide oversight and guidance to policy and program work including at the global level and in priority countries.
  • Support and guide global advocacy and campaign efforts in collaboration with the communications team, including establishing priorities for communications messaging, campaigns, and events and providing oversight to TfG products.
  • Work in collaboration with the Brave Movement to support, amplify, and collaborate on movement activities (given TfG is the host and a key partner in the movement).

 

Strategy, Planning, Management and Budgeting

  • Ensure proper oversight, delivery and reporting on projects and grants.
  • In collaboration with the COO and Grants and Reporting Manager ensure the development and maintenance of reporting systems that monitor and track project funding and performance/results.
  • In collaboration with the TfG team and with the guidance of the ED, establish annual and ongoing priorities to achieve TfG strategy goals and ensure all grant deliverables are met. Work with the COO to codify these into an annual workplan and budget, and make adjustments as necessary.
  • Work across TfG teams to identify key priorities for the organization, and support decision-making on budgets, work plans, and overall strategy.

 

Partner Relations

  • Serve as the liaison and primary contact for the TfG Leadership Council and other key partners
  • Support internal communications systems and relationships with partners to ensure strong communications channels across and between partners. This includes formal mechanisms such as the Leadership Council, the Board of Directors of TfG, Inc., donors, grantees and stakeholders and the field, as well as informal relationships with partners and stakeholders.

 

External Relations

  • Support fundraising and outreach by the Executive Director/CEO and Director of Development, to attract new partners and donors while nurturing existing partners to advance TfG strategic objectives across the private and public sectors.
  • Represent the partnership externally with stakeholders and media.

 

Other Organizational Leadership

  • Provide backstop support to the Executive Director/CEO.
  • Exemplify, demonstrate and build upon the organizational values and cultural practices.
  • Serve as the focal point for proper implementation and updates to the TfG Child Safeguarding Policy

Qualifications

 

  • A minimum of 15 years of experience with a strong track record in managing large-scale, multi-stakeholder programs in the international development space. At least five years should be in a senior leadership position.
  • Experience and understanding of complex issues surrounding violence prevention and response, child protection, gender-based violence, and multi-sector approaches.
  • A strong technical background and in-depth experience working in countries supporting policy reform and programming in the social sectors, including either public health, social welfare, education or justice.
  • Knowledge and experience with the UN and/or international development agency and/or the private sector at the global, regional and/or country level.
  • Proven experience in managing complex partnerships.
  • Strong management background that includes oversight of budgets, reporting, human resources, management and contracting.
  • Evidence of a wide network across bilateral, multilateral, private sector and implementing partners working in violence prevention, gender equality, child protection, public health, education, social services, and or social justice.
  • Knowledge of development issues and multi-sectoral approaches to meet the needs of developing countries.
  • Excellent knowledge and experience in developing technical and policy consensus on complex strategic and technical issues.
  • Strong skills as a public speaker and writer, representing organizations externally.
  • Evidence of strong interpersonal communications and facilitation skills/
  • High level of integrity, transparency, initiative , creativity, and problem-solving capacity.
  • Cultural competency and demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with a wide array of people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Strong and inclusive leadership and management qualities. A collaborative, warm, consensual leadership style.
  • Committed to upholding TfG values.
  • Experience effectively supervising and motivating a high-performing team working remotely, in locations around the world.
  • Able to embrace and advocate for the big picture but equally able to be hands-on.
  • Knowledge and experience in advocacy, communications and campaigning is a plus, but not necessary.
  • Proven success in supporting fundraising and donor relations is a plus, but not necessary.

 

Education

 

Advanced university degree in social sciences, public health, medicine, management or related fields is preferred.

 

Languages

  • Must be fluent in both verbal and written English.
  • Other language skills, particularly Spanish, French, or Swahili, are desirable.

 

Location

 

This position is a full-time (40-hours per week) remote position. The location is flexible. Applicants both inside and outside of the U.S. are encouraged to apply, especially individuals living in countries where the TfG partnership worksAll team members are expected to be available during the core working hours of  9:00 AM – 1:00 PM Eastern Standard Time. The other four hours that the team member chooses to work are flexible and may be coordinated with their supervisor. This position will also require travel up to 15-20%.

 

Work Permits

  • The candidate must have the ability to legally work in the country where they reside without sponsorship.
  • In the United States, the candidate will be hired directly through Together for Girls. If the candidate is hired outside of the United States, Together for Girls will work with an intermediary “Employer of Record” that is established in the candidate’s country to hire the candidate as an employee.

 

Compensation

 

This role offers a competitive salary based on the candidate’s location, i.e. the annual gross salary for the position for a candidate based in Washington, D.C. will be between $163,000 – $192,000. The final salary within this adjusted range will also be determined by the candidate’s years and type of experience; any academic qualifications or certifications; and language skills.

 

The salary will also be adjusted based on the cost of labor and other required employee benefits in the city/country in which the candidate resides. Benefits offered will be based on what is customary or required in the country where the candidate resides.

 

Current benefits for full-time U.S.-based employees include:

  • 11 paid holidays
  • 20 paid vacation and 12 paid sick days
  • 1 paid community service day
  • 3% employer match on employee contributions to Simple IRA retirement plan, 100% vested
  • 100% of the cost of a Carefirst BlueChoice Advantage Gold 500 plan for the full-time employee only (for 2022 plan year) and 60% of dependent coverage
  • Dental and vision insurance (100% for employee and 60% for dependents)
  • Long-term and short-term disability insurance
  • Life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment – $50,000 coverage

 

Culture and Values

 

Together for Girls team seeks to create a courageous, inclusive, and flexible culture that empowers our staff to have the capacity and ability to deliver change. We strive to build and maintain psychological safety, trust, and accountability among team members in order to foster honesty and openness about our needs and challenges while also prioritizing self-care. We are a small, ambitious team and are proud of our work environment which is based on the values of respect, courage, empathy, agility, and collaboration. This is coupled with a strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion that underpins our work.

Application Information

 

Together for Girls, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and committed to maintaining an inclusive and diverse working environment free from discrimination and harassment. Our policy is to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin including ancestry, ethnicity, gender, sex including pregnancy, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, actual or perceived sexual orientation, age, religion, marital status, familial status, military or veteran status, or disability. Qualified applicants from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Together for Girls, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

 

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to [email protected] with the subject line “Deputy Executive Director application” by July 26, 2022.