Background | STBF’s Global Programs (GP) strategy invests in sexual and reproductive health and rights around the world. At the core of our strategy is the central tenet that our funding will lead to sustainable change: we want our funding to help transform the systems, and strengthen the organizations and institutions that will outlive our grantmaking so that women and girls will continue to receive services when our funding comes to an end. In order to deliver on this ambitious strategy, the GP team is expanding thoughtfully, adding strategic and grants management capacity in key areas. Compared to the size of its grantmaking, the GP team is small in staff size, though growing globally. Compared to the size of its grantmaking, the GP team is small in staff size. We are thoughtfully growing our team with colleagues who will think critically about the sustainability of the investments we make. We aim to identify opportunities for impact by questioning, piloting, reflecting, learning, and putting learned information to effective use. We are not afraid to fail or change our approach in light of new learnings. We regard our investments as partnerships, and, therefore, regard our grantees as our partners.
Position Description | The primary role of the Program Associate is to support members of the Global Programs team based in Washington, DC, in various aspects of grant management and strategy implementation. The ideal candidate demonstrates a natural inclination to operate with honesty, integrity, respect, and transparency. S/he will demonstrate adaptability with regard to managing and delivering to the needs of different stakeholders, internal and external, in serving as the operational center for the vetting of proposals and the implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of programs. S/he will be a thoughtful and valuable member to a remote and global team. The first six months of this position will include training and onboarding in Omaha, Nebraska, with the potential of up to 30% travel back and forth as needed thereafter.
The Ideal Candidate | This position is right for you if you are:
● Organized and efficient | You are highly detail-oriented, capable of maintaining a swift pace of work with high quality. You maintain a constant focus on efficiency and address challenges with immediate, actionable steps. You are resourceful and know where to find the information you need to execute on your work, but you also know when to ask for guidance and input. You always look to simplify before considering adding to a process. You keep your eye on and meet deadlines consistently.
● An effective communicator | You know that individuals give and receive messages differently and, therefore, adjust your communication tactics — regarding content, technique, and tone — to land your ideas effectively in a global and remote team. You remain aware of cultural context and power dynamics, thoughtfully communicating to bring others in and along — even in hard conversations. You take the time to listen actively and understand the value of diverse ideas and opinions.
● Thrive in complexity and ambiguity | You are comfortable in the grey, and can find ways to take meaningful steps forward toward clarity amidst a changing backdrop. You seek clarity and guidance when needed, yet remain solutions-oriented and self-directed. You aim to create clarity, not add to complexity. You maintain a positive attitude, and you enjoy connecting with others to do the same amidst uncertainty and change.
● Adaptable with a good sense of humor | You are able to manage up and collaborate like a champ. You keep sight of the end-goal and are flexible in how that is achieved, ready to pivot as needed. You aren’t out for ownership and credit, but to facilitate a smooth and results-driven workflow to serve the mission.
Responsibilities | Primary responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:
● Process, track, and support the timely execution of grants
● Review and develop concise analysis summaries of grant proposals, progress reports, and grant budgets
● Analyze and visualize data to inform grant management and decision-making
● Schedule and prepare for internal and external meetings
● Provide ad hoc support as needed to ensure excellent delivery of strategy through report analysis, communication with grantees, field visits, etc.
● Provide administrative and logistical support to Global Programs Government Engagement staff as needed, liaising with Omaha-based staff
● Contribute to the development of team management processes and procedures
● Exhibits a leadership mind-set; is always leading self, a project, or peers
● Service-oriented, adaptable to the needs and styles of different internal stakeholders
● Is an engaged, committed contributor to team initiatives, efforts, and activities