Director of Prevention Response Initiatives

Organization and Team: 

Vital Voices Global Partnership is a leading international non-profit organization. We invest in women leaders who are tackling the world’s greatest challenges – from gender-based violence to the climate crisis, economic inequities, and more. We are “venture catalysts,” identifying leaders with a daring vision for change and partnering with them to make that vision a reality.  What sets Vital Voices apart is that we make long-term,  wholistic investments in leaders with bold ideas for change — providing them connections, capacity, a network of their peers, financial support and visibility for their work. We have provided early support for leaders who went on to become Nobel Peace Laureates, US Youth Poet Laureates, Prime Ministers, award-winning innovators, and breakthrough social entrepreneurs. Over the past 24 years, we have directly invested in more than 18,000 change-makers across 182 countries, who in turn have improved the lives of millions of people in their communities and countries.

Today, Vital Voices has a staff of nearly 60 headquartered in Washington, DC. In the coming years we have a bold vision to dramatically scale our impact. In early 2022 we will be opening the first ever Global Headquarters for Women’s Leadership, a 30,000+ sq. ft. historic building just blocks from the White House on 16th Street. It will be a hub of activity, events and collaborations — bringing together women leaders and their allies to tackle the world’s greatest challenges.

We are looking for an entrepreneurial Director of Prevention and Response Initiatives to help us build our new Global Networks and Regional Engagement Team.


The Global Networks and Regional Engagement team seeks an experienced GBV professional with strong U.S. Federal Government program management and sub-award management, supervisory and communications skills for the position of Director of Prevention and Response Initiatives. The Global Networks and Regional Engagement Team’s programs contribute to preventing Gender-Based Violence (GBV), specifically domestic violence, sexual violence, human trafficking and harmful traditional practices. Reporting directly to the Vice President of Global Networks and Regional Engagement, the Director will lead a team in providing strategic direction for GBV programs on the Global Networks and Regional Engagement team, ensuring that all initiatives are reflective of international best practices to end GBV. The Director is responsible for determining programmatic approach and providing technical expertise for special projects, including program design, implementation and evaluation. The Director will serve as the primary point of contact for the Voices Against Violence Initiative, providing management of special projects associated with the Initiative, including the urgent assistance program, and contributing expertise to regional initiatives. The Director’s scope will also include budgetary oversight, strategic planning, fund development, overseeing program design/planning/implementation/evaluation, communications, relationship building, cross-team collaboration, and team management support. The Director of Prevention and Response Initiatives will work across a portfolio of projects alongside and learning from cross-functional teams with leaders and peers with varying backgrounds, education, and experiences.  This role supports the development and management of members of the Global Networks and Regional Engagement team.


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Gender-Based Violence Expertise: Maintain and cultivate an understanding of GBV in countries of operation, including the legal framework, key stakeholders, political/governmental structures, security situation, social norms, as well as existing and emerging issues worldwide. Serve as a resource person internally and externally to provide knowledge and technical assistance on GBV, particularly related to victim services, coordinated community responses and social norms change for prevention. In addition, the Director will provide strategic direction for the Voices Against Violence Urgent Assistance program, including establishing programmatic criteria and standard operating procedures.
  • GBV Resources: Develop and implement curriculum, learning, and facilitation across programs, especially related to survivor empowerment, accessing services and assistance, and secondary trauma. Serve as a programmatic resource for subawards to ensure that grant activities are reflective of international best practices in GBV.
  • Crisis Response: Oversees crisis coordination across cross-functional matrix teams to ensure effective crisis communication plans and resources are in place to meet the needs of the Vital Voices Global Network.
  • Facilitation and Training: Facilitate trainings for multidisciplinary partners, service providers and other stakeholders focused on best practices related to victim services, coordinated community responses, social norms change for prevention and other related topics. Represent VV at conferences and events, particularly as it relates to GBV programming.
  • Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning: Oversee departmental and programmatic monitoring and evaluation strategies to align with funder and organizational expectations. Ensure learning objectives, activities, implementation strategies and evaluation systems lead to intended outcomes and objectives. Lead interdepartmental collaboration related to monitoring and evaluation to contribute to organizational annual reporting and strategic plan implementation, while integrating GBV best practices into organizational approach. Apply lessons learned to inform the development of current and future programming.
  • Program Management: Oversee multiple programs and initiatives from design phase to execution, evaluation and close out. Ensure adherence to program plans and schedules as well as develop solutions to problems. Monitor the technical performance and outcomes of the program according to M&E plan. Oversee training workshops or other convenings as part of program (including development of content, facilitate meetings, perform trainings, etc.). Oversee other program processes, as needed.
  • Employee Engagement: As part of program management, identify, recruit, and manage engagement of potential program consultants and/or staff members. Actively participate in hiring process.  Serve as Team Lead for integrating wellness strategies, including burnout prevention and mitigation of exposure to secondary trauma.
  • Financial/Grants Management:  Provide input and oversight on multiple program budgets and forecasts. Oversee spending and review financials for accuracy. Ensure that all financial transactions are completed in accordance with VV and donor regulations. Institute due diligence practices to minimize risk and ensure adequate oversight of transactions. Ensure financial resources are spent effectively to meet program outcomes and objectives.
  • Relationship Management & Business Development: Identify and liaise with key stakeholders both in the US and in major countries of operation. Maintain contact and relationships with organizations, individuals and participants on VV’s behalf. Leverage VV’s network to lead the development of a global GBV referral directory. Produce reports for donors and the organization. Actively monitor potential grant opportunities, and work with VP and other members of Senior Leadership team to pursue grant opportunities. Lead and/or assist in writing proposals, concept papers, pitches, etc. Ensure timely submission of proposals/reports.
  • Communications: Oversee the creation of reports for donors, one-pagers, concept notes, as well as other communications activities for Human Rights team and specific programs. Oversee and edit program content and descriptions on VV website and other print or electronic media. Interact with media as necessary with guidance from VV communications team.
  • Other related duties as assigned.


  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree with eight years of relevant experience. Alternatively, a JD or graduate degree in international affairs/development or related field and six years of experience in program management or related experience;
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively within Human Rights team and organization more broadly;
  • Broad network of international contacts in the public and private sector;
  • Experience of working on USG grants or cooperative agreements, such as US State Department or USAID grants, required;
  • Experience supervising and leading development of at least two direct reports, required;
  • Experience working on GBV programming in the international context required, preferably including best practices in coordinating multidisciplinary teams and/or leading social change initiatives to prevent GBV;
  • Experience providing direct support for victims/survivors of GBV, including leading direct service programs that provide crisis intervention, shelter, legal services and/or psychosocial support  strongly preferred;
  • Background and experience related to harmful traditional practices and conflict/unstable settings strongly preferred;
  • Experience applying abuse and exploitation safeguarding strategies to international program design, development and implementation strongly preferred;
  • Experience designing and implementing strategies and policies to promote wellness, mitigate burnout and reduce the risk for secondary trauma strongly preferred;
  • A proven track record of strong program management, including: curriculum design, program planning and implementation, facilitation, financial management, budgeting, oversight for monitoring and evaluation, staff supervision and managing donor relations;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Experience with public speaking and facilitating training;
  • Ability to prioritize work, execute, implement, and deliver high-quality program exceptionally well, and deliver high-quality results within very tight timelines with minimal supervision, on time and in budget;
  • Excellent networking and interpersonal skills;
  • Track record of demonstrating excellent judgement, sensitivity, and values in line with Vital Voices mission;
  • Proficiency in a foreign language, strongly preferred; and
  • Experience working with databases, with a strong preference for Salesforce.

This position is a full-time, exempt position based in Washington, DC. Vital Voices does not provide work visa sponsorship or relocation assistance for this position.

Vital Voices provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetics or any other federal, state or local protected characteristic. Vital Voices does not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.

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