Women's group seeks director

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 10 May, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 10 May, 2008, 12:00am

A challenging role, tailored for proactive and strategic thinkers, is on offer with a non-governmental organisation (NGO) that has built up credibility, trust and presence among its corporate donors and stakeholders through its research and outreach efforts.

The Women's Foundation is seeking to hire a programme director to help it embark on programmes that focus on women's economic self-reliance.

'The post-holder should take a strategic role in formulating grant policy and process, proposing grant focus and suitable programmes for adoption by The Women's Foundation,' said Charles Chan, executive director.

'He or she is also responsible for the management of the grant application process.'

The successful candidate will help the foundation identify suitable grantees and donor partners for implementing strategic solutions to fundamental issues of economic self-reliance for women in Hong Kong.

According to a benchmark study by the foundation, there was a serious gap between women's academic and workplace achievements. In helping achieve economic self-reliance for women, the director will play a pivotal role in terms of the foundation's three-programme focus areas.

'He or she will empower girls with the skills to become economically self-reliant, successful leaders of the future,' Mr Chan said.

The successful candidate will also help increase women's roles in decision-making processes.

The programme director will be expected to create pathways for women in poverty to long-term financial independence and economic security.

'We serve as a catalyst for collaborative efforts in the community and believe that the gender gaps cannot be closed without a community-wide effort to stamp out the gender-based biases,' Mr Chan said.

Applicants who share these personal values and philanthropic passion should therefore find the foundation a good place to work.

Candidates should have an advanced degree in gender studies, public administration, management or a related field, and more than 10 years' solid project management experience - at least five years of which should have been spent in a senior management position.

'Previous work experience with an NGO is an advantage,' Mr Chan said.

'To facilitate communication with the board of directors and liaising with local NGOs, the candidate should have an excellent command of spoken and written English and Chinese,' he said.

The ideal candidate should be creative and flexible about developing grant-making initiatives, outgoing and resourceful. He or she should have an analytical mind in assessing impacts and reviewing the grant process.

Although the position is largely based in Hong Kong, overseas visits may be required occasionally.