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|Date Posted||Friday, 17 March 2017|
New York, NY
The Ford Foundation's Gender, Racial and Ethnic Justice (GREJ) thematic area seeks a dynamic, curious and collaborative Program Officer (PO) to help shape and implement the Foundation's work to advance social justice work globally with a focus on advancing the rights of those marginalized by gender, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity or other identities. Based in New York, the Program Officer will support the GREJ thematic area strategy and grantmaking, and will work collaboratively with Ford's Regional Offices and colleagues in other funding institutions to advance GREJ goals.
Addressing inequality is the core focus of the Ford Foundation. The overall goal of the GREJ thematic area is to make concrete gains toward full equality for all people regardless of their gender, race, or ethnicity. Towards this, Ford supports innovative organizing and collaborations, legal and policy advocacy, and culture change efforts.
The goal of GREJ's work globally is to advance regional and global policy, standards and funding flows to support the priorities of those who face multiple forms of discrimination across gender, race and ethnicity. Ford's strategy will include support to strengthen Global South networks that advance gender and racial/ethnic justice together and work to challenge the criminalization of people and communities that are targeted based on their identities. This includes but is not limited to the Foundation's global commitment to advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights. Identifying key opportunities that leverage Ford's work in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East will be a part of this role. In addition to grantmaking, the Program Officer also will serve as a resource to Ford colleagues working in specific regions or issue areas interested in incorporating a stronger "GREJ" lens into their strategies.
The PO will primarily focus on refining and implementing the strategy to strengthen global south identity-based networks so they are able to advance their rights through national, regional and global standards, policies and funding streams. Three interrelated strategies of interest are: (a) strengthening connections across movements, (b) connecting issue specific leadership in the regions where Ford funds to regional and global advocacy strategies and (c) deepening activism that challenges the criminalization of people based on their identities.
Reporting to the NY-based GREJ Director and working with a multidisciplinary team of Program Officers, the PO will:
ALIGNMENT TO THE MISSION AND THE CULTURE OF THE FORD FOUNDATION:
Travel: Domestic and international travel expected, approximately 20-25%; some travel is directly related to grantmaking, but also to attend team conferences, retreats and meetings. Given that we work across different time zones, some non-traditional hours for early or late calls are an expectation of this role.
|Qualifications||*BA/BS plus at least 8 years' experience (or equivalent combination of education and experience) leading social justice strategies related to global gender and racial/ethnic justice work, with a particular focus on strengthening the impact of such groups on policy and funding entities.
*A proven record of work on and knowledge of women’s human rights (including but not limited to sexual and reproductive rights) and how these intersect with other potential forms of marginalization such as race, ethnicity, class, and disability.
*Significant experience working in diverse regional contexts across Africa, Asia, Latin America and/or the Middle East.
*An open, flexible and curious mind
*Experience bridging diverse communities towards shared strategy
*Exceptional communications skills – strong active listening skills, constructive verbal and written skills, strong public presentation skills
*Demonstrated ability to be a productive member of a community of people at work, respecting differences while working toward shared goals, comfort with periods of ambiguity, constructive participation in ongoing organizational development
*Ability to balance external engagement and strategy setting with routine program management responsibilities
*Written and oral fluency in English; bilingual preferred
*A master’s degree in relevant field of study or an equivalent experience is preferred
|Highest finished education||University|
|How to Apply||https://ford-foundation.forms.fm/program-officer-gender-racial-and-ethnic-justice|
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