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EMpower is Hiring! Girls Fellow, India

Posted 18 September 2020 in EMpower News   |   Share

Girls Fellow, India

12 month contract, with possibility for renewal


EMpower builds opportunities for marginalized young people (age 10-24) in 15 emerging market countries. EMpower makes grants to local organizations across three themes related to youth development: education, health and wellbeing, and livelihoods. EMpower has funded work in India since 2000 and has had a presence in New Delhi since 2012; as part of a global platform with offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, Singapore and Hong Kong, and country presence in Turkey. See

EMpower’s grantmaking and programmatic initiatives have a strong gender lens and focus on building the visibility, agency and opportunities of adolescent girls. With the Director of Adolescent Girls and Gender, the Fellow will manage EMpower’s flagship girl centered initiative, the Adolescent Girls Learning Community in India, (hereafter ‘LC’). S/he will collate learnings to build a streamlined model for LC in Mumbai and New Delhi based on learnings from girl leaders and our grantee partners. Once the new LC Model has been established, the Girls Fellow will work closely with EMpower’s global staff to incubate the LC Model in other geographies. S/he will also lift up methodologies from the Learning Community within and outside of EMpower.

Within this initiative is a new line of work to strengthen our knowledge, practice, and tools to center adolescent girls in all of our work in India. Core to this work is centering girls’ voices, perspectives and agency, and building their collective power.


The Girls fellow position is dedicated to influencing and strengthening the field with regards to adolescent girls and gender focused programmatic innovations from the Adolescent Girls Learning Community (LC). It requires expertise in gender and girl-focused programming as well as strategy, teamwork, facilitation and knowledge management skills. The Girls Fellow will be working directly with adolescent girls in Delhi and Mumbai, therefore expertise in working with girls is required. The position reports to the Program Officer India and is matrix managed by the Director Adolescent Girls and Gender Initiatives based in Sierra Leone. S/he will also work in close collaboration with the Program Team based in India.


Contract Type: Fixed

Position: 80% time; 32 hours/4 days per week

Duration: 12 months

Expected Start Date: 15th November

This position has the potential to be extended based on the successful completion of deliverables in phases 1-2 and the availability of funding to incubate in other regions.


Phase 1: Planning and Reflection (3 months approx.)

Working closely with the coordinating grantee partners in Mumbai and Delhi to:

  • Reflect upon the lessons learned (what has worked, what hasn’t etc.)
  • Bridging the Learning Communities together.
  • Create a strategy, communication plan and brand for the LC (and potentially manage consultants who will lean in on this process.)
  • Create a vision for the LC for the next three years to EMpower Global team.

Phase 2: Launching the Learning Community 2.0 in Delhi and Mumbai (9- months)

  • Based on recommendations from grantee partners and girls, along India Team and the global Program Team, upgrade the LC toolkit which contains the pedagogical and M and E tools for the LC, based on the feedback from girl leaders and our grantee partners.
  • Work closely with and support the co-ordinating grantee partners to implement part of their two year plan for the LC.
  • Support the India Program Team to mobilise and anchor convening of LC partners in India and monitor two multiyear grants for the LC in Delhi and Mumbai respectively.
  • Organise workshops to share the LC model with colleagues and donors within India as and when required.
  • Provide ongoing support to LC coordinating organisations to develop and implement training modules on inclusion, TOTs for alumni girls, and movement building.
  • Work with LC coordinating grantees to design training to empower girls to use technology for their movement, creating a volunteering program to connect LC with experts, link other youth groups and key stakeholders to LC to amplify girl-led movement.
  • Work closely with EMpower staff in other regions to share best practices stemming from the learning community model with the aim of incubating LC in other regions.
  • Provide training, support and leadership on the roll out of the learning community in other regions.

Technical Assistance, capacity building and strengthening the field

  • Contribute to strengthening the field on adolescent girls’ programming within India and globally with EMpower staff and board, with grantees, and partners by sharing strategies, best practices, lessons learned, gaps etc.
  • Develop white papers and reports highlighting the importance, learnings and impact of the Learning Community.
  • Provide technical advice / expertise to monitoring and learning frameworks and plans across programming initiatives and grantmaking.
  • Co-design and co-facilitate workshops, exchanges, webinars and other learning forums to share and exchange knowledge with the girl leaders, Program Team and grantee partners.
  • Support EMpower India in various groups / arenas such as donor, colleague organizations, partners, other colleagues/experts and curating girls-led convening.
  • Develop and provide updates and other communications on this initiative and advances in adolescent girl-centered programming to EMpower staff and board.


  • Play an active role in India team, staff meetings, and occasional retreats.
  • Other duties as assigned on an occasional ad hoc basis.


  • At least 4-6 years program experience with marginalized girls/ girls in low-resource settings in India or regionally.
  • Previous experience in setting up community of practices and anchoring partner collectives.
  • Extensive knowledge of and passion about adolescent girl-centered programming; strong gender lens experience in working with adolescent girls in India.
  • Experience in practical knowledge management – distilling and communicating key programmatic approaches, lessons and evidence in user-friendly ways that encourage their application
  • Experience and comfort in designing and leading programs independently, participatory, practice-oriented exchanges (or workshops, trainings) to share and elicit knowledge and learning. Strong documentation, presentation and research writing skills.
  • Experience with progressive movement building and advocacy, ideally for womens’ and girls’ rights
  • Knowledge of practical, user-friendly evaluation approaches and tools desirable.
  • Excellent written, interpersonal, and email communication demonstrating professionalism and tact
  • Ability to work on a team with diverse staff across geographies and time zones
  • Strong cultural competence; sensitivity to working in diverse settings and with diverse populations
  • Self-motivated, able to work well independently - resourceful, creative, flexible, and curious
  • Sense of humor and humility - Proficient in Microsoft Office computer applications (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Google
  • Fluent in Hindi and English
  • Ability to work in Delhi or Mumbai and to travel domestically / regionally.

Interested applicants should send their CV and cover letter to by 20th October 2020. Please include ‘Girl Fellow, India’ in the subject line.

Please note, only candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted. No phone calls please.

We are committed to attracting, developing, motivating and retaining exceptional talent and to a work environment that recognizes contribution, fosters respect and teamwork, and facilitates strong performance. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds, recognizing that diversity enriches all staff and our work globally. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion or faith, or physical ability.

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