Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Vacancy: Director of Programs, WOCAN - open until position is filled

WOCAN Vacancy

Position:                                            Director of Programs
Application deadline: Until Filled
Location:                                            Bangkok, Thailand with extensive travel
Salary:                                               Competitive and commensurate with experience

Organization Description:
Founded in 2004, Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WOCAN) is an international, membership-based and women-led NGO currently headquartered in Bangkok, Thailand, with a mission to build the leadership of women in agriculture and natural resource management for effective advocacy and organizational transformation through an innovative approach of partnering motivated professional and rural women. WOCAN is a global leader in strengthening capacities for gender analysis, women's leadership and gender mainstreaming within technical sectors of agriculture and natural resource management. WOCAN implements projects in Asia and Africa, using a participatory action research approach to develop innovative strategies and 'best practices' for strengthening women and men leaders for gender equality in these sectors.

Position Summary:
The Director of Programs is a senior position to provide operational leadership in the realization of the organization's mission and programs. Responsibilities include organizational development, program strategy and implementation, as well as financial and administrative oversight for programs. The position is based in Bangkok.
The Director of Programs reports to, and works closely with, the Executive Director, and has regular contact with members of the WOCAN board, staff based in offices in Thailand, USA, Nepal, Italy and one to be set up in Africa, as well as the  Core Associate teams in Asia and Africa.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

Organizational Leadership and Development (25%)
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Program Management (50%)
The Director of Programs plays a vital role and works closely with the staff, Core Team of Associates, Consultants and the Executive Director to develop and realize WOCAN's goals. Responsibilities include:
  • helping define programmatic vision and strategy.
  • developing program and policies.
  • overseeing the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programs.
  • managing and integrating programmatic learning across the organization.
  • preparing contracts and supervising consultants.
  • overseeing development of communication products.
  • preparing new project proposals and seeking funding for these.
  • Overseeing management of the WOCAN website, through updates and the communication.

Finance, Human Resources & Administration (25%)
The Director of Programs oversees human resources and administrative functions related to the programs, along with the Operations Manager and other finance staff, including:
  • ensuring sound policies and procedures for fiscal control, risk management, contracts, human resources and legal compliance.
  • manage the development and monitoring of the program and organizational budgets.
  • contribute to recruitment, evaluation and retention of staff and consultants.

Knowledge and Experience
  • Master's degree or PhD and at least 8 years of experience related to gender and development in agriculture and natural resource management.
  • Substantive knowledge on issues related to core themes.
  • Minimum 8 years directing or coordinating programs within an international organization that involves managing staff, budgets, and management responsibilities.
  • Experience in fiscal management, organizational budgeting processes.
  • Demonstrated experience in the planning, implementation and evaluation of projects and programs.
  • At least 5 years working in Asia, preferably in Southeast Asia

Skills and Abilities
  • Ability to think strategically, creatively problem solve, exercise good judgment and lead change.
  • Ability to think through staffing needs and priorities; comfortable building and developing organisational processes for a young organization with a unique and flexible structure that is continually evolving in careful and well thought-out strategic stages;
  • Ability to flexibly share leadership and build consensus with high level of cross‐cultural competence.
  • Proven ability to work in a dynamic team and build strong working relationships.
  • High level of written and spoken English.
  • Excellent communicator and writer with experience as a spokesperson who can articulate messages to different audiences.
  • Energetic and self-directed, with positive attitude and a sense of humor.
  • Proven ability to operate in a global organization where prompt and responsive e-mail and phone communication is critical.
  • Availability to travel frequently regionally and globally.

How to Apply: Please submit a cover letter, CV and writing sample via email to:

WOCAN is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified men as well as women are strongly encouraged to apply.

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