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Current Open Vacancy

Leadership & Advocacy Senior Specialist, Global Programming & Impact

The World YWCA is seeking a passionate Leadership & Advocacy Senior Specialist to join the Global Programming & Impact team that looks after programmatic work streams, programme implementation and how to build long-term impact to ensure that young women are enabled to transform power structures for gender equality, justice and a world without war. . The ideal candidate will have strong analytical and coordination skills, be highly motivated, and work as well independently as with small and large teams.  The position requires an individual that has thematic knowledge, programming experience, has excellent interpersonal relationship skills, is detail-oriented but can see the big picture or plan, and can continually prioritize and manage multiple projects that are happening at the same time.

Location: Geneva, Switzerland

Closing date: February 28, 2019

Starting date: As soon as possible

Type of contract: Permanent

Reference: YWCA- LASS

Specific requirement: open to candidates who are CH or EU nationals or who have a valid Swiss work permit

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About The World YWCA

The World YWCA has an ambitious goal: to reach 100 million young women and girls and transform power structures to end gender inequality by 2035.

Established in 1855, the World YWCA is the world’s oldest women’s movement. With member associations in 109 countries, it works to fulfil human rights and make gender equality a reality. The World YWCA is a learning organization in which there is recognized mentorship across generations. Sixty percent of the members of the World Board are aged 30 and under.

The World YWCA mobilizes and connects millions of young women around transformational change, provides leadership opportunities in more than 100 countries around the world. It also actively works to influence policies, regulations and social and community norms which prevent the realisation of rights and leadership potential of women.

The World YWCA has three strategic priorities:

  1. Strengthening young women’s and girls’ transformative leadership
  2. Realising human rights, in particular sexual and reproductive health and rights
  3. Growing a social movement for transformational change


Duties and Responsibilities

The Leadership & Advocacy Senior Specialist will report to the Lead, Global Programming & Impact and work closely with the senior management team (“Leadership Team”) on coordinating programmatic initiatives development and ensuring high-quality implementation incl. with internal and external stakeholders, among them partners, YWCA member associations, young women leaders and donors.

The position requires thematic expertise, excellent project management skills, a thorough understanding of transversal relationships within an organization, the ability to take initiative, to anticipate and to plan ahead, the ability to observe protocol, to adhere to time schedules and to maintain a constant overview of pending matters. The position holder must be able to prioritise their work, communicate effectively both orally and in writing, and work under pressure and time constraints.

Specific work areas for the position include:

  • Providing thematic expertise around SRHR & Peace & Security
  • Providing thought leadership on young women’s leadership approaches and models – incl. shared and intergenerational leadership
  • Understanding and applying a Human-Rights based approach in programming and conduct
  • Design, coordination, implementation and monitoring of advocacy initiatives
  • Design, coordination, implementation and monitoring of young women’s leadership models development and roll out
  • Providing expertise in expansion of work around the thematic areas, working closely with Lead RM and Global Programming & Impact Lead
  • Conducting research and keeping track of SRHR & Peace & Security policy trends, developments, and opportunities on other issues of priority to the World YWCA and potential partnerships.


Skills, Knowledge and Experience

Information Technology Skills

  • Excellent command of Microsoft Office tools (Office, Outlook, Power Point, Excel)
  • Previous experience with survey building, data collection and analysis as well as interest in using and/or building new systems or digital approaches that support programmatic impact
  • Previous experience and willingness to use social media, interaction & communications platforms as part of programmatic actions

Language Skills

  • High proficiency in English (reading, writing, verbal). Excellent writing skills are a core requirement of the position
  • Command of Spanish and/or French (official languages of the YWCA movement) would be an advantage
  • Any other prevalent language (i.e. Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, etc.) would also be a bonus

Preferred Qualifications

  • Five (5) or more years’ experience in the area of gender equality and human rights, incl. working with international stakeholders. Experience working with diverse young women leaders is a plus.
  • Previous experience in non-profit and/or membership based organisation (or federated international structures) is advantageous
  • Experience with M&E frameworks incl. RBM and systems and how to leverage their use for impact
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving ability
  • Excellent relationship building skills, creativity, drive and enthusiasm with the ability to build strong, trusting relationships
  • Strong communication skills; very good verbal and written English is essential – additional languages are an asset
  • Advanced organizational skills to use in planning own work and involving team members in project development and implementation
  • Ability to work under tight time constraints and meet deadlines
  • Willingness to work with a small team, fulfilling multiple roles for one project
  • Capable of multitasking and performing general administrative skills
  • High levels of concentration and attention to detail
  • Calm and professional disposition
  • Commitment to the human rights of girls and women

General requirements for the post includes a demonstrated track record in : grants management, proposal & report writing, project management, programme design, communications, relationship management, budget management, adaptive and holistic thinking, admin operations execution when relevant


How to Apply

Applications must be addressed to World YWCA via email to stating “YWCA- LASS + your surname” in the subject line. To apply for this role, attach:

  • CV (in English)
  • Motivation/cover letter
  • Relevant work certificates and/or diplomas