UAF A&P Is Looking For A Co-Lead for Programmes and Innovation

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Website Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights - Asia and Pacific

The Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights Asia and Pacific (UAF A&P) Rapid Response Grants (RRGs) were established to provide protection and support to women, non-binary (e.g., lesbian, trans) human rights defenders or organisations that face urgent risk in their advocacy to uphold women’s human rights and human rights.

The Co-Leads shall be jointly responsible for the following:

  • Developing and implementing UAF A&P’s strategic plan, annual plans, and related work planning;
  • Developing and monitoring the fund’s annual and multi-year budgets as well as financial and administrative systems;
  • Delegating appropriate responsibilities and duties to the team and to contractors, and for monitoring implementation;
  • Completing regular reports, strengthening governance mechanisms and related tasks to ensure accountability to the UAF A&P Board of Directors;
  • Engaging with the UAF A&P’s Board of Directors and Advisors, including planning meetings and ensuring regular communication;
  • Engagement and maintenance of relationships with Urgent Action Sister Funds, as well as taking part in the collective leadership of the Urgent Action Funds consortium;
  • Representing UAF A&P at international, regional, or local venues;
  • Maintaining existing, and developing new, relationships with key strategic allies and partners, including women’s funds, human rights defenders’ funds, other donors, and other regional and international feminist organisations.

The Lead shall be specifically responsible for the following:

  • Overseeing and initiating innovations in developing systems to provide responsive, timely, and sustained support for women and non-binary defenders at risk in Asia and the Pacific;
  • Overseeing and managing programme budgets for Rapid Response Grant-making and Enabling Defenders;
  • Overseeing rapid response grant-making, including further developing with UAF A&P Board of Directors policies for grant-making and adjusting them as needed for future grant cycles;
  • Maintaining relationships with UAF A&P grantees, and expanding the outreach of UAF A&P’s grant-making in the regions;
  • Maintaining and building relationships with UAF A&P’s advisors, developing processes for their sustained engagement;
  • Managing and supervising of staff and consultants for UAF A&P programmes, paying close attention to principles of well-being and care;
  • Managing and collaborating with partners, including peer donors, in organising convenings and strategic conversations on critical areas of concern affecting women and non-binary human rights defenders;
  • Overseeing and implementing a capacity-building programme with UAF A&P grantees through its Enabling Defenders programme.

Values, Knowledge and Experience Needed:

  • Rooted in Asian feminist, women’s, and non-binary human rights defenders’ movements, we seek a Co-Lead who has a critical understanding of and deep commitment to feminism, social justice movements, and human rights issues facing women and non-binary persons in the regions of South and Southeast Asia. This includes:
    • Strong professional linkages with gender justice and human rights organisations and activists, as well as human rights funders;
    • Demonstrated experience of working to support and build strong movements and networks across multiple borders, actors, and cultures;
    • Demonstrated understanding of the politics of relationship-building at multiple levels and with diverse identities;
    • Ability to effectively communicate complexities of the issues facing defenders and to inspire people to join our movements.
  • Five+ years in a senior programme management position, preferably grant-making and/or capacity-building programmes. We seek a person with:
    • Expertise and comfort in managing budgets and ensuring financial accountability;
    • Passion and creativity to design critical programmes and initiatives as well as to use out-of-the-box thinking to solve problems – with suitable experience of doing this for women and non-binary defenders;
    • Experience or knowledge of international grant-making processes and compliance, with insight into the current modalities and trends affecting the ways money and resources are transferred across regions and to small grassroots groups;
    • Excellent delegation skills and experience with managing teams to provide supervision to ensure effective programmes with sustainable teams;
    • Well-versed comfort with managing teams and programmes remotely, across multiple time zones and countries, using technology and other tools;
    • Understanding of governance structures for organisations, with experience working with Boards.
  • Authentic confidence and collaborative leadership – the nature of the executive-level position as well as the specific work of UAF A&P requires its leaders to be comfortable with handling stress and risk as well as managing conflict; they should have their own coping mechanisms and self-awareness on how to deal with difficult situations and times of stress. We seek a person who:
    • Can lead by example when it comes to self and collective care and has the ability to inspire collective well-being, and understand how   to support others in order to create alternate models of functioning and institutions;
    • Is willing to travel for organisational and programme-related work;
    • Has a collaborative nature, excellent inter-personal skills, self-awareness and proven track record of teamwork and, generous and confident leadership;
    • Is comfortable with technology, which is an essential requirement as UAF A&P is a virtual organisation. The joy of learning and using technology is an asset in this role;
    • Given the funding ecosystem UAF A&P navigates and seeks to influence, has excellent English language skills. A second local language will be an additional asset.

Salary Range

85,000 to 90,000 USD per year, plus a range of benefits

To Apply

Please prepare and submit the following:

● A 1-page cover letter introducing yourself and summarising why you are the best person for this role
● A CV/résumé, with a list of at least 3 writing samples
● A list of 3-5 references, including from at least one person who has been supervised by you, at least one person who has been your supervisor, and at least one person who is active in a grassroots movement

Deadline: 15th March

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