Programme Manager

Closing date
21 May 2021
Vienna, Austria with option for Washington DC, USA
Women at the Forefront
Duration of assignment
One year with possibility to extend
Contract type
Limited-term full-time

SEforALL is seeking to appoint a leader for the Women at the Forefront Programme. The energy sector is behind others in terms of a gender-balanced workforce. Women in the energy sector tend to lack access to support networks, role models and champions to help advance their career, as well as public and company policies to help them realize their goals. We cannot hope to meet our SDG7 goals without women’s professional contribution to the sustainable energy transition. The programme aims to challenge current barriers to workforce participation and identify, support, and champion the next generation of female energy leaders to close the access gap and ensure that no one is left behind.

Programme Objectives:

• Collaborate closely with SEforALL programme teams to establish and implement holistic gender mainstreaming and women's empowerment approaches in their programmes.
• Establish and support programmess to train young women and prepare them for careers and advancement in the sustainable energy sector.
• Deliver series of programmes matching energy access professionals with mentors to foster capacity-building.
• Establish participation in the Women at the Forefront programme as a respected professional brand within the sector.


Purpose/Objective of the role

The main objectives of the role include:

  • Lead the Women at the Forefront programme, ensuring that it is well managed, achieves its objectives and is responsive to changing client/partner needs.
  • Provide expert advice and guidance to the team and CEO as needed, on gender strategy, policy and gender mainstreaming to meet the SEforALL mission and objectives.
  • Lead the programme strategy and business planning process for Women at the Forefront inclusive of workplans, budgets, task implementation and monitoring.
  • Build and nurture external stakeholder relationships and represent SEforALL externally as appropriate.
  • Lead, enable and inspire the Women at the Forefront team, and actively engage in coaching and developing staff and managing their performance with a high level of integrity and tact and acting as a leader and role model for the rest of the organization.
  • Other tasks and duties as may be required

Duties and tasks

The primary duties and tasks of the role include, but are not limited to:

  • Lead the development and implementation of activities under the Women at the Forefront Programme, including those that help build a pipeline of women with appropriate skills to work and advance in the sustainable energy sector and to expand equal representation of women in the energy workforce.
  • Develop lasting and substantive partnerships with international organizations, education institutions and private sector firms to advance gender-related sustainable energy strategies.
  • Expand and tailor mentorship programmes to support women in accessing professional networks and personal capacity building.
  • Create and manage a supportive network of Women at the Forefront alumni.
  • Advocate for and promote education, career development, advancement and greater leadership roles for women in the sustainable energy space.
  • Work with other SEforALL programme teams to develop and implement strategic initiatives, and develop key partnerships to advance gender-related sustainable energy access strategies. This could include working with data custodians to support gender-disaggregated analyses of different data sets, leading country-level workshops for gender sensitive energy policies and developing research highlighting the lack of energy finance targeting women.
  • Play a key role in developing innovative, practical approaches to complex policy challenges at the global, regional, country, or sector levels that can advance gender equality and social inclusion.
  • Prepare communications content relating to gender activities and goals, liaise with the Communications team and other programme leads to support gender communications across the organization.
  • As the technical focal point for gender, provide wide ranging support to the SRSG/CEO for SEforALL, including developing briefings, talking points and other required communications relating to the work of the Women at the Forefront programme.
  • Facilitate knowledge building and knowledge sharing in own work area to bring about awareness and understanding and utilise SEforALL systems and process to share the knowledge. e.g. through Salesforce.
  • In co-ordination with the MEL team, manage the monitoring, evaluation and learning of the Women at the Forefront programme.
  • Collaborate closely with the Resource Mobilization team, to proactively contribute to SEforALL's fundraising efforts, including providing inputs to concept notes, proposals, presentations, and be actively involved in out-reach to potential funders.
  • As applicable, lead the relationship management with donors and other stakeholders of the Women at the Forefront programme, including managing the contractual arrangements, programme delivery, and reporting, with support from internal programmes.
  • Manage execution of the Women at the Forefront work plan and budget, updating to reflect changes and new funding, and preparing internal reports as required.
  • Motivate, lead, manage, coach and mentor the allocated team of professionals, ensuring cohesion, high performance, quality delivery, collaboration, health and well-being. Manage people processes including performance management, recruitment, training and development, career development and others.
  • Foster a team collaboration culture within and across programmes, sharing best practices and lessons learned, and supporting other team interventions as needed.

The Role Requirements

  • Minimum of 10 years of directly related experience gained in international development, a UN agency or similar organisation in the energy sector/field, in gender responsive or socially inclusive roles.
  • Several years of direct gender mainstream experience gained in international development or country level context.
  • Responsibilities/Tasks: Management of a results offer or programme which may include managing a team.
  • Problem solving:Deriving objectives for own unit and operational decision-making with a short-term to medium term focus operating within specified products or processes. Considers the impact of various contingencies/options on the RO and resolves or escalates for decision-making.
  • Interaction:Consulting on topics of a comprehensive function/specialist field.
  • Impact: Impact within own results offer
  • Discretion/ Discretionary powers:Acts within general functional or unit objectives (e.g. KPIs, budget compliance, program and project targets, fundraising targets, donor compliance, partnership development and maintenance, etc.)
  • Leadership:People management typically of programme support roles and/or individual specialists
  • Education: Master’s degree in energy economics, energy infrastructure, or in another relevant discipline, or a PhD and 3-8 years of directly related experience.
  • Functional /Specialist expertise: Advanced expertise in one speciality or own field; Extended expertise in other fields preferable.
  • Methods expertise: Expertise in advanced principles, methods and tools; Extended expertise in employee management.

Functional-Technical Competencies Specific to the Role

  • Experience in sustainable development, climate, or energy sector (e.g. energy transitions, energy finance, energy access or similar areas).
  • Ability to work in global partnerships with different types of organizations and government counterparts and cultivate new partnerships.
  • Exposure to or practical experience of engaging with stakeholders in international and/or developing country contexts
  • Demonstrated project management experience.
  • Experience in designing and implementing training programmes from a gender mainstreaming lens.
  • Strong English writing and verbal skills. Fluency of a second UN language, such as French / Spanish is desired.
  • Ability to work independently and in teams, with a focus on delivering results.
  • Experience working in a fast-paced environment that requires high flexibility and a commitment to achieving results.
  • Experience in operating across multiple time zones and with distributed teams.
  • Strong IT skills including Outlook, Word, Powerpoint and Excel

General Competences for the Role:

  • Innovation & Adaptability: Has expert skills and commitment to search for and produce innovative and creative approaches to activities.Is flexible to evolving circumstances, as well as proactively helps others in doing so.
  • Resilience & Emotional Intelligence: Has expert knowledge in the concepts of resilience and emotional intelligence. Actively promotes resilience and emotional intelligence in their team. Is able to remain calm in challenging situations, to cope with setbacks, is responsive to the emotions of others and maintains a very high level of performance.
  • Analytical & Strategic Thinking: Has an expert level of analytical and strategic thinking skills. Gathers and processes demanding information, develops innovative solutions and contributes by presenting topics/approaches in cross functional groups as well as decision making teams. Uses business analytics to develop and propose programme priorities/objectives.
  • Collaboration & Partnership: Promotes effective collaboration with colleagues within and across teams, partners and stakeholders and advises leadership team/CEO on valuable operational, strategic, technical and financial partnerships with relevant stakeholders. Actively builds and maintains effective relationships at various levels inside and outside the organisation. 
  • Lead & Empower: Understands clearly their people management role. Serves as a role model when managing and supervising others. Provides their team with clear direction. Effective, with support, at prioritising the empowerment, coaching, mentorship and performance management of others.
  • Political and Diplomatic Understanding: Has an expert level of political and diplomatic understanding and serves as a role model. Actively supports staff/team when dealing with stakeholder/partners in political/diplomatic negotiations/discussions. 
  • Communicating Information: Has expert skills in communicating information. Serves as a role model in communicating information and fosters communicating information in own organisational unit/team. Keeps staff informed of decisions and directives as appropriate. Provides constructive feedback to the team.
  • Research and Analytics: Has expert skills in research and analytics. Serves as a role model in communicating information and fosters communicating information in own organisational unit/team.
  • Project Management: Has expert skills in project management. Has the ability to identify and organize objectives, tasks and resources. Manages own projects and programmes. Is able to create plans for managing a range of SEforALL and/or integrated business projects and programmes at unit/team level. Monitors progress, risks and contingency plans along with budgets and timelines. Actively promotes use of project management as a tool to enhance efficiency.
  • Client Orientation / Striving for Excellence: Has expert skills in client orientation and in achieving excellency in work delivery. Serves as a role model and develops within their team, a client orientated attitude. Ensures internal and external long-term relationships through developing suitable services. Advises leadership team in identifying long-term and mutually beneficial solutions for both clients and the organisation.

Our Values- please refer to our core values as defined here:

Additional Considerations

  • SEforALL offers exciting high-impact assignments, a collegial and creative work environment, and the opportunity for committed professionals to thrive and grow within flat hierarchies and in the pursuit of an inspiring mission.
  • SEforALL provides competitive compensation packages at its locations in Vienna, Washington DC and New York City, and flexibility and result orientated modern workplace arrangements.
  • Qualified female candidates and candidates from developing countries are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • SEforALL reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a level below the advertised level of the post.
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