Associate Director, Girl’s Education & Gender Equality

Location: Hong Kong
Discipline: Program/project/events management
Job type: Full Time
Published: 16 days ago

Based in the United States or the United Kingdom, the Associate Director, Girls’ Education is a key member of the global Girls’ Education and Gender Equality Program (GEP) team which is part of Room to Read’s Program Design and Technical Assistance (PDTA) Department.

The primary duties of this position are focused on supporting the global GEP team’s ability to provide technical and strategic assistance to country offices, including their ability to advocate with governments for integration of best practices in life skills and gender-transformative educational offerings. The Associate Director reports directly to the Senior Director of Girls’ Education who is based in Room to Read’s San Francisco Headquarters.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Strategic Planning and Technical Assistance Support to Country Offices (35%)

  • Strategic Planning and Budgeting Support: Support country offices throughout their annual planning and budgeting, as well as country strategy development processes, helping them to identify new strategies to increase impact and cost-effectiveness as aligned with global GEP and organizational priorities.

  • Government Engagement: Provide technical assistance to country offices, compiling and communicating best practices for government engagement, and identifying opportunities for program integration, with the potential of growing scale and impact.

  • Measuring Impact: Together with the RM&E, GEP Director and the Senior Director, GEP, support country offices in identifying key milestones and measurements of success in integrating program components of GEP into education systems.

  • Technical Assistance: Coach and support Regional GEP team members to provide ongoing technical assistance to country teams in the direct implementation of GEP. Lead capacity building and training efforts on core GEP module content for regional and country GEP team members, including the development of additional professional development materials as needed.

  • Custom/Special Projects: Provide technical guidance in the implementation of country-specific custom/donor projects, such as financial education, boys’ engagement, climate, and other initiatives. Ensure the documentation of lessons learned and best practices to inform program improvements.

Program Design, Management and Communication (30%)

  • Mixed Modality Delivery: together with the Senior Director and other members of the GEP Team, design a strategy for mixed modality delivery of gender-transformative educational offerings, including delivery through radio, video and book publishing.

  • Gender Mainstreaming. Support the GEP Team in the design and implementation of a gender mainstreaming strategy in our organizational practices across departments. • Partnership Management. As appropriate and in partnership with other members of the GEP team, manage external partnerships across various programmatic areas, including boys’ engagement, financial education, and climate justice.

  • Program Strategy and Communication. In partnership with the Senior Director, GEP, design guidelines and memos communicating the global GEP strategy for broad internal dissemination across departments and to country offices.

Development & Strategic Partnerships (10%)

  • Identify and support business development opportunities in collaboration with the global Development team as related to donor engagement, reporting, and proposal writing. This includes responding to inquiries/requests from the Development team on behalf of GEP.

  • In collaboration with Room to Read’s Development and Communications teams, support proposal development, providing insights and content especially as related to country contexts

  • Collaborate with Development & Communications team and with the other members of the GEP Team, organize internal/external events highlighting aspects of our Girls’ Education & Gender Equality Programming, such as for International Women’s Day, International Day of the Girl Child, webinars, etc.

Thought Leadership (10%)

  • Write op-eds, articles and other written pieces increasing Room to Read’s thought leadership on life skills, girls’ education, gender equality, in particularly with respect to climate and the importance of gender transformative programs for boys, mixed-modality delivery and others;

  • Identify and represent Room to Read in external conferences, roundtable discussions, coalitions and other fora advancing girls’ education, life skills and gender equality, when appropriate

  • Participate in internal Room to Read worldwide conferences, events, or subregional meetings to support countries’ programmatic needs

Team support (15%)

  • Manage and supervise consultants and other members of the GEP team as needed.

  • Participate in regular calls and meetings with the global GEP team, as well as 1:1 discussion with Regional Managers

  • Participate in quarterly PDTA departmental meetings

  • Contribute to and complete other tasks and projects as a member of the larger PDTA departmental team



  • Master’s degree in a related field of study, e.g. gender equality, education, international relations, or related development sector

  • A minimum of 10 years of related professional experience in the international development field, with at least five years specifically on overseeing and managing programs in the field of gender equality, and/or education programs.

  • Experience working with civil society, multi-lateral institutions in the field of girls education and-or gender equality

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English

  • Experience delivering trainings as a lead trainer or technical coach and/or developing training materials

  • Experience in program design and/or developing technical program content and curriculum, preferred

  • Ability and desire to travel domestically and internationally up to 25 percent of time

  • Experience managing staff across different time zones


  • Experience and knowledge in one or more of the following fields: climate change, positive masculinity, distance learning; positive youth development; girl-centered learning; psychosocial wellbeing, social emotional learning, financial literacy

  • Experience providing support to multiple countries simultaneously

  • Experience leading or managing gender mainstreaming processes, including gender analysis, etc.

  • Experience managing projects and programs funded and implemented by a variety of bi-lateral, multilateral and private sector institutions

  • Prior experience in a fast-paced, growth-oriented global or regional organization

  • Recognized thought leadership in the field of girls’ education, gender equality and life skills (e.g. published blog posts, articles, part of national coalitions, etc.)


Room to Read offers a competitive pay with excellent benefits. The non-monetary compensation includes a unique opportunity to be part of an innovative, meaningful, fun, and rapidly growing organization that is transforming the lives of millions of children in developing countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education.


Global Office - Remote - United States Global Office - United Kingdom - London

To be successful at Room to Read, you will also:

·         Have passion for our mission and a strong desire to impact a dynamic nonprofit organization

·         Be a proactive and innovative thinker who achieves results and creates positive change

·         Have a very high level of personal and professional integrity and trustworthiness

·         Embrace diversity and a commitment to collaboration

·         Thrive in a fast-paced and fun environment

Application Procedure:

Qualified candidates are invited to apply atAssociate-Director-Girls-Education-Gender-Equality You will be asked to complete an online application and upload your resume and cover letter. You will receive an email confirmation when your application has been received.Due to high applicant volume, we regret that we are not able to send personalized responses to all applicants. Applications are accepted until the position is filled.


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