• Salary:
  • Job type:
  • Posted:
    2 weeks ago
  • Category:
    Human Rights, Management
  • Deadline:
    December 23, 2022




Position Overview

In the wake of the Generation Equality journey, with the Agenda 2030 deadline on the horizon, and the need for increased engagement by the private sector to achieve gender equality goals, the UN Foundation Girls and Women team seeks a skilled and experienced Director, Private Sector Engagement to drive greater, sustainable private sector engagement in gender equality.

While there is growing agreement that private sector leadership is a pre-requisite for a gender equal world, there remains room for debate and discussion about how to wield the power and influence of the private sector in favor of women, their rights, and their futures. The Director, Private Sector Engagement will work closely with the Vice President, Girls & Women Strategy and the Senior Director, Girls & Women Strategy to design and implement a learning agenda to strengthen private sector advocacy on gender equality, and with the Director, UN and Civil Society Engagement to drive private sector commitments and initiatives to advance Generation Equality goals.

This is full-time temporary position with an initial 2-year term. This position is based in Washington, DC or remote.

Essential Functions

Learning Agenda to Strengthen Private Sector Engagement:

  • Design and implement an 18-month learning agenda to identify high potential exemplars in the Global South and link and capacitate promising approaches to private sector advocacy on gender equality globally
  • Align the learning agenda with other UN Foundation and partner initiatives that engage the private sector, including Five for 5 and the Resilience Fund for Women in Global Value Chains
  • Review and build on existing mapping and studies of the private sector landscape for gender equality and other social justice issues to design the learning agenda framework and plan
  • Implement the learning agenda in 3-4 countries to identify and highlight key stakeholders, influencers, levers and exemplars of private sector engagement to advance gender equality
  • Consult with feminist organizations and networks and other key stakeholders to identify promising private sector practices and companies to advance gender equality
  • Work with Senior Grants & Finance Manager to manage sub-granting process to partners to facilitate learning process
  • Develop proposals for private sector engagement with the Manager, Grant Writing & Reporting.
  • Design and oversee process to validate findings from learning agenda with partners
  • Develop recommendations to implement high potential strategies to strengthen private sector engagement in gender equality
  • Develop final report on learning agenda process, findings and recommendations

Private Sector Engagement in Generation Equality:

  • Work with Director, UN and Civil Society Engagement to identify opportunities to strengthen private sector engagement and commitments in Generation Equality

Five for 5 and Private Sector Partnerships:

  • Work with Advisor for Private Sector Partnerships to align with and support UN Foundation’s Five for 5 private sector engagement programming
  • Work with Vice President, Girls & Women Strategy and Advisor for Private Sector Partnerships to align learning agenda with other private sector partnerships

Other Tasks:

  • Develop content to inform team materials, proposals, reports and presentations on private sector engagement
  • Represent the Girls & Women Strategy team at relevant internal and external meetings and events
  • Work with Senior Director, Girls & Women Strategy to manage partnership with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation team
  • Ensure alignment with other areas of programming and partner engagement.
  • Other duties as assigned

Selection Criteria

  • Bachelor’s degree required in relevant field. Master’s degree in relevant field preferred
  • Minimum 10 years of experience working in private sector engagement, preferably in the gender equality ecosystem on women’s rights, girls’ rights, or other human rights, international development, or international relations
  • Knowledge of and networks in the private sector in the gender equality ecosystem or international development
  • Proven track record of successful engagement with private sector corporate social responsibility, philanthropy or advocacy initiatives
  • Experience in one or more priority countries (India, Kenya) preferred
  • Strong research, analytical, and synthesis writing skills
  • Excellent technical knowledge on gender equality and rights-based issues preferred
  • Proficiency or fluency in languages other than English preferred
  • Ability to work under pressure and handle stress
  • Willingness to travel domestically and internationally

Benefits & Compensation 

For full-time, benefit eligible employees, UNF offers an excellent range of benefits, including:

  • a choice between two health plans through UnitedHealthcare (PPO or HDHP with HSA)
  • dental insurance
  • vision insurance
  • flexible spending accounts
  • 403b retirement savings plan with a generous matching contribution
  • group term and supplemental life insurance
  • short-term disability
  • long-term disability
  • health club discounts
  • commuter subsidy
  • back-up care
  • employee assistance program

Additionally, all benefit eligible employees have 12 paid holidays, 20 vacation days, 10 sick days, 3 personal days, and 8 weeks of family leave care.


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