Senior Advisor: Together for Girls Secretariat



Together for Girls (TfG) is a global public-private partnership dedicated to ending violence against girls and boys, with a particular focus on sexual violence against girls. Our growing partnership is currently active in more than 20 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Eastern Europe.


Founded in 2009 by Gary Cohen, the TfG partnership brings together six UN entities, the governments of the United States and Canada, several private sector organizations, and implementing country governments. UN partners include UNICEF, UNAIDS, UN Women, WHO/PAHO, UNFPA, and the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence Against Children. The United States and Canada are represented by their respective agencies: the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR); the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID); and Global Affairs Canada (GAC). Our private sector partners are BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), Cummins&Partners, the CDC Foundation, and the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children.




TfG is a partnership among national governments, UN entities and private sector organizations working at the intersection of violence against children (VAC) and violence against women (VAW), with special attention to sexual violence against girls, in all its forms. We envision a world where every child, adolescent and young person is safe, protected and thriving. We apply a gender and life-course perspective to our work and seek to identify the specific needs and vulnerabilities of both girls and boys. We pay particular attention to adolescent girls because they are more vulnerable to sexual violence, and because they often remain invisible. We recognize that boys experience violence, and that focusing on them is essential– both because their rights and well-being are equally important and because they play an important role in breaking cycles of violence, transforming gender roles and achieving gender equality.

In partnership with governments, civil society and the private sector, TfG uses a three-pronged model to prevent and respond to violence:


  • Data: National Violence Against Children Surveys (VACS), led by CDC as part of the TfG partnership, to document the magnitude, nature and impact of physical, emotional, and sexual violence against girls and boys.
  • Action: Comprehensive, evidence-based, coordinated policy and programme actions across sectors in countries to address issues identified through data, under the leadership of national governments, with overall coordination and technical support led by UNICEF. Multi-sectoral responses include legal and policy reform, improved services for girls and boys who have experienced violence, and prevention programs.
  • Advocacy: Global communications to raise awareness about the problem, promote evidence-based solutions, and provide a platform for survivors, young people, and advocates to share their stories.

TfG has a small Secretariat at the UNAIDS office in Washington, D.C. The role of the Secretariat is to manage and support the global partnership in order to facilitate the achievement of partnership goals and objectives, largely through coordination, fundraising and communications efforts. The Secretariat does not have an in-country presence but rather works through our large implementing partner agencies.




The Senior Advisor will be supervised by and report to the CEO/Executive Director of TfG, with the majority of tasks to be undertaken in collaboration with implementing partners at headquarters and in the field, other secretariat staff, and primary stakeholder groups. The position may be based in Washington, D.C or New York City, with 15-20% travel.


Key responsibilities include:             


Coordinate and support efforts related to country programs

  • Be fully familiar with country-level VACS data, national action plans (where they exist), country program teams, other key documents and processes, including fundraising documents, success stories etc.
  • Support implementing partner efforts to institute and roll out actions in response to VACS data:
    • Organize and report on bi-monthly operations meetings with partners
    • Monitor and report on progress, success stories etc.
    • Support efforts for cross-country collaboration and South to South networks
    • In collaboration with partners, identify program gaps and develop solutions using consultative processes
    • Develop guidance as needed and contribute to collaborative processes to build technical materials
    • Travel to partner countries to support TfG related processes as needed, including convening meetings and participation with implementing partners on joint country visits as needed to provide support and technical assistance
    • Provide input into priority areas of work for the partnership and identify technical and financial resources where needed/possible
    • Provide strategic and technical guidance to monitoring, evaluation, and research processes and projects for the partnership, including convening and supporting Monitoring and Evaluation Subcommittee


Oversee Secretariat work relative to the Violence Against Children Surveys and Results Framework


  • Working with Secretariat staff and partners, maintain and track key aspects of VACS implementation and results – including core indicators, qualitative work, etc.;
  • Support the implementation of a Results Framework at country level;
  • Identify and support the dissemination of critical findings.


Oversee reporting and financial management support for field programs and associated grants and partnerships


  • Work with Secretariat staff and partners in prospecting and cultivating strategic opportunities and partnerships, including funding opportunities
  • Lead the concept development and writing for relevant grant proposals
  • Work with Secretariat staff and partners to track grant finances and reporting for country-level work
  • Coordinate development and tracking of annual work plans in the area of VACS and programs, and update strategies guiding work under these areas

Provide overall technical and advocacy leadership to the Secretariat and partnership


  • Keep abreast of new advances and networks in the sector; identify and support opportunities for learning, dissemination and other research and program priorities
  • Represent TfG broadly and/or the Secretariat specifically at key meetings, especially technical ones as well as advocacy-focused events, and in technical and strategic networks and processes
  • Encourage close working relationships with other agencies, funders and collaborating organizations
  • Support TfG advocacy efforts by drafting op-eds, speeches and other high impact communications and responding to inquiries from the public and media when relevant
  • Produce and/or review key partner and TfG technical and advocacy materials for technical accuracy, messaging and relevance
  • Contribute to technical and advocacy materials, articles and other products through writing, technical input or other activities to promote TfG priorities, model and data related to violence in childhood, gender, or other areas
  • Respond to inquiries from the public, directing them to team members, partners and colleagues as appropriate




The ideal candidate will be a versatile team player and professional with:

  • A graduate degree in a field related to the work of TfG. This includes social justice, child protection, social work, gender-based violence, human rights, public health or public policy
  • Expertise in preventing and responding to violence against children, gender integration and/or sexual and reproductive health
  • At least five years of experience in program management and/or research in a relevant area of which a minimum of two were in a developing country context
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and public speaking skills and capacity to interact diplomatically and professionally with staff, partners, media, and other stakeholders of diverse backgrounds, including youth and vulnerable populations
  • Capacity for innovation, creative thought, and strategic thinking
  • Ability to work well with very little guidance – a self-starter
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and lead fundraising initiatives and experience drafting funding proposals and donor reports
  • Experience with communications and/or advocacy work, such as translating technical information into compelling messaging for advocacy purposes
  • Experience with UN agencies and/or bilateral donors a plus
  • Experience with partnerships a plus
  • Strong knowledge of the sector and issues
  • Strong analytical skills with proven ability to translate data into programs
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • A relevant second language a plus
  • Strong computer skills including the full suite of Microsoft Office
  • Proven ability to work effectively in complex environments
  • Candidate must have the ability to work in the U.S. through citizenship or green card.




Commensurate with experience.

Please send CVs and expressions of interest to Sandie Taylor ([email protected]) by May 15, 2018.