Director, Gender and Social Inclusion Programs

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 4 September 2019
  • Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
  • Closing on 4 October 2019
  • Current

Job Description

The Director, Gender and Social Inclusion Programs will lead HQ oversight of ensuring gender and social inclusion integration into Tanager’s projects and activities. In addition, s/he will provide technical leadership on gender and social inclusion integration for the organization and lead/contribute to new business efforts, ensuring alignment with Tanager’s work in nutrition and social and behavior change. S/he will raise the visibility of the organization’s work through publications, strategic partnerships, and engagements in industry forum, as well as mentorship of staff.


Project Management and Implementation: Provide guidance, technical leadership and support to field projects, including project implementation strategy, work planning, mentoring of staff, accompaniment of implementation, and inputs to monitoring & evaluation. Coordinate with project implementation teams to ensure quality and timeliness of deliverables. Provide support or leadership as needed to identify and secure partners, consultants, and full-time staff related to gender. Liaise closely with ACDI/VOCA counterparts to deliver project commitments and promote best-practice gender and social inclusion programming. Ensure capturing, packaging, and sharing of gender and social inclusion learnings in conjunction with project implementation teams. Maintain a collaborative relationship with donor, funder, and/or client counterparts. Support routine project management activities including reviewing and submitting project reports to donors, developing budgets and workplans, and backstopping operations as needed. Ensure incorporation of social and behavior change and nutrition components into Tanager’s gender and social inclusion activities.

Thought Leadership: Lead HQ management and oversight of Tanager’s portfolio of gender and social inclusion interventions, facilitate related learning agendas within and across relevant Tanager projects. Participate in appropriate professional organizations and networks and establish an external professional network that can be used to raise the visibility of Tanager; stay current on major themes in the profession. Create and leverage synergies between Tanager and ACDI/VOCA and their work in gender and social inclusion to showcase the technical expertise, tools, and methodologies of the ACDI/VOCA group. Collaborate with Communications and Partnership Director to identify strategic industry outlets and opportunities for presenting and sharing Tanager experience and expertise. Develop thought leadership content – i.e. white papers, expert blog posts, panel proposals – for use in social media, publications, and conferences.

Account Management: Identify and pursue new business opportunities in collaboration with Tanager and ACDI/VOCA colleagues. Identify new partnerships and opportunities that build off current success and expand Tanager’s portfolio of gender and social inclusion projects. Lead proposal efforts for gender and social inclusion investment opportunities; activities may include but are not limited to the following: create budgets, collaborate with partner organizations, collect field research, design implementation activities, establish monitoring systems and metrics. Other duties as assigned by your supervisor.


Master’s degree in international development, gender studies, sociology, economics, or other related field required (additional years of experience may be considered in lieu of advanced degree). Minimum of seven years’ experience, including overseas work, in gender and/or social inclusion (particularly related to developing countries) required. Interest and experience in developing, conducting, and publishing gender and social inclusion program research desired. Experience and technical knowledge in social and behavior change and/or nutrition strongly desired. Excellent analytical and technical skills and expertise with the ability to work independently a majority of the time. Fluency in English, written and oral, required. French and/or Spanish language skills desired. Demonstrated leadership and team building skills, particularly leading cross-departmental and international groups. The ability and willingness to travel internationally is required. Adaptable and innovative. Collaborative and open to feedback. Able to work independently and in a team setting. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills required. Ability to build relationships and rapport with teams, staff, and clients and navigate challenging or unexpected circumstances with creativity, calm, and positivity. Ability to communicate effectively with persons on all levels both inside and outside the company on issues that could be complex or sensitive in nature. Strong written communication skills, including demonstrated ability to write required documents in a clear, concise, well-organized manner.

While the requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or ability required; reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Please apply online at or respond with résumé, cover letter and salary history to Attn: HR/SLD, 50 F Street NW, Suite 1000, Washington, D.C., 20001 or fax +1 202 469 6255. No phone calls please. Only finalists will be contacted. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply. EOE/AA. VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

About the Organization

Since 1963 and in 148 countries, ACDI/VOCA has empowered people in developing and transitional nations to succeed in the global economy. Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA is a nonprofit international development organization that delivers technical and management assistance in agribusiness, financial services, enterprise development, community development, and food security to promote broad-based economic growth and vibrant civil societies. ACDI/VOCA has approximately 34 projects in 19 countries and total revenues of approximately $128 million.

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