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Who We Are
Co-Impact is a global philanthropic collaborative that supports locally rooted coalitions in the Global South to transform underlying systems and achieve impact at scale, with a core focus on advancing gender equality and feminist principles. We bring together funders from around the world to invest in initiatives that are working to improve education, health, and economic opportunity for millions of women, men, and children, by dismantling underlying conditions that perpetuate social inequities so that systems serve everyone better. Building on our experience to date, as well as that of civil society, government, and philanthropic partners, we are now developing a second fund focused on advancing gender-equitable systems change at scale and women’s leadership globally. For more information, please visit www.co-impact.org and take a look at our Handbook.
Co-Impact currently operates as a fiscally sponsored project of New Venture Fund (NVF). Over the next year, Co-Impact will be expanding to build a second fund focused on gender equality and women’s leadership and changing our operating structure so that we spin out from NVF and build an independent institution.
Co-Impact is currently based in London, New York, and Zurich, and is seeking to establish a presence in Nairobi as well as in India (city TBD).
Where You Fit
Reporting to the Vice President, Programs, you will serve as a senior program leader responsible for sourcing, vetting and finalizing grant recommendations in several African countries; supporting program partners (grantees) to develop effective strategies for gender equality, women’s leadership and systems change at scale; strengthening organizational capabilities to achieve lasting results; and contributing to improved learning and practice among partners, at Co-Impact, in global development, and in philanthropy.
You bring a deep commitment to inclusive systems change and impact at scale, with particular attention to gender equality with an intersectional lens. You demonstrate strategic acumen, an abiding curiosity and desire to learn, excellent interpersonal and communication (written and verbal) skills, strong analytical ability, and a high level of personal initiative and the ability to work well in a distributed, diverse, deep-thinking, and fast-paced environment. You are motivated by looking for root causes, seeking justice and solving social problems at the systems level. You bring 12+ years of relevant experience in gender and global development, including at least 5 years in grantmaking and/or supporting program partners. You have substantial experience living/working in and understanding the political economies of countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
Core responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
Qualifications and Experience
This position is full time. Competitive annual salary and benefits, including allowance for paid time off.
We encourage you to apply early. We will start reviewing applications on February 1, 2021, and the position will be closed once we have established a robust shortlist. Please apply online here by submitting a brief resume/CV, a cover letter, and two samples of your writing. In your cover letter, please confirm that you are authorized to live and work in Kenya.
Because we are a small team, we regret that we can only respond to applicants selected for an interview. We also regret that we are unable to make informational calls prior to the interviews. Thank you for your understanding!
New Venture Fund Careers
Co-Impact is a project of the New Venture Fund, a 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grant-making programs. The New Venture Fund is committed to attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding and enables each of us to realize our potential. The New Venture Fund’s work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other classifications protected by law in the locality and/or state in which you are working.
Co-Impact team members hired in the U.S. are employed directly by NVF. Team members hired elsewhere are employed through a Professional Employment Organization (PEO) engaged by NVF. Hiring arrangements are subject to change, as Co-Impact spins out to become a separate entity in 2021. Co-Impact will work with relevant experts and the team member to ensure the transition has minimal impact on the initially agreed employment terms.
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