United Nations Foundation

  • Manager, Programs and Impact, Girl Up

    Job Location US-DC
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    Girl Up is a global leadership development initiative, positioning girls to be leaders in the movement for gender equality. With resources in five languages and 2,500 Girl Up Clubs in more than 100 countries, we’ve trained 40,000 girls of all backgrounds to create tangible change for girls everywhere. Girl Up provides leadership training and gives girls tools to become gender equality advocates and activists. Through our programs, girls broaden their social impact skill set, benefit from a platform to tell their stories, and apply STEM for social good. Our girl leaders create real policy change at local and national levels, help raise millions of dollars to support United Nations programs that reach tens of thousands of girls around the world, and build community-based movements. Girl Up was founded by the United Nations Foundation in 2010, and continues to work across a global community of partners to achieve gender equality worldwide.


    The Manager, Programs & Impact is responsible for overseeing and coordinating Girl Up’s signature girls’ leadership programs. The Manager, Programs & Impact will provide strategy for and manage the online Community platform, which serves as a digital platform for all Girl Up programs, as well as lead on all learning content across Girl Up programs, including designing event programs and new learning resources. The Manager, Programs & Impact will also manage members of the Girl Up team.

    Working Relationships

    The Manager, Programs & Impact is a member of the Girl Up team in the UN Foundation Advocacy Department. The Manager, Programs & Impact works closely with all members of the Girl Up team, including communications and development, and other UNF departments. The Manager, Programs & Impact reports to the Director, Programs & Impact, Girl Up and will serve as direct supervisor to members of the Girl Up team.


    • Oversee the Girl Up Clubs, Coalitions, and Campus programs, including but not limited to strategy development and execution, reporting and communications, and the global expansion efforts of these programs.
    • Manage the online Girl Up Community by creating and executing a strategy for user engagement and overseeing appropriate vendors.
    • Train and manage regional volunteers that support the execution of Girl Up programs around the world.
    • Oversee the Girl Up Teen Advisor program, including but not limited to strategy, content creation for trainings, and support of regular communications.
    • Develop and support ongoing learning and action-based content across Girl Up, including the development of event programs such as the Girl Up Leadership Summit and skills training events, new curricula, and other resources.  
    • Ensure timely and accurate analysis of and reporting on all key Girl Up leadership programs.
    • Work closely with communications staff to ensure digital and communications efforts amplify the impact of Girl Up’s leadership programs.
    • Work closely with development staff to ensure program implementation aligns with partner deliverables and expectations.
    • Support the engagement of key funding and organizational partnerships, with an emphasis on new and ongoing collaboration opportunities related to Girl Up programs.
    • Serve a supervisory role for multiple program staff.
    • Other duties as assigned.

    Selection Criteria

    • Bachelor’s degree required.
    • 7-9 years of professional experience.
    • Experience working with youth programs or mobilization required.
    • Experience with program design, monitoring and evaluation.
    • Experience supervising staff, with experience managing multiple staff preferred.
    • Strong writer and proficient public speaker, particularly for youth audiences.
    • Commitment to data collection and analysis, including strong proficiency in Microsoft Excel.
    • Experience in national or international grassroots organizing.
    • Experience working with web-based platforms and understanding UX design.
    • Experience in managing multiple long-term projects.
    • Strong customer service skills, in person, over the phone and in writing.
    • Strong skills working in teams and across many types of organizations – collaborator; problem solver; relationship-builder; and strong inter-personal skills.
    • Stress tolerance and resilience; sense of humor; highly organized; attention to detail; and ability to work under pressure with multiple and shifting priorities.
    • Multi-cultural experience and willingness to travel domestically and internationally (up to 30%).
    • Working fluency in second language such as French, Spanish, or Mandarin preferred.
    • Self-starter with both energy and creativity.
    • Ability to work under pressure and handle stress.
    • Ability to meet regular attendance/tardiness policy.
    • Openness and flexibility.

    Benefits & Compensation

    For full-time, benefit eligible employees, UNF offers an excellent range of benefits, including:

    • A choice of two health plans through CareFirst (PPO or HDHP with HSA),
      dental insurance,
    • vision discounts,
    • flexible spending accounts,
    • 403b retirement savings plan with a generous matching contribution,
    • group term and supplemental life insurance,
    • short-term disability,
    • long-term disability,
    • health club discounts,
    • commuter benefits, and
    • employee assistance program.

    Additionally, all benefit eligible employees have 12 paid holidays, 20 vacation days, 10 sick days, 3 personal days, and 8 weeks of parental leave.


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