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Deputy General Secretary

World Young Women's Christian Association
Le Grand-Saconnex
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About YWCA
Founded in 1855, the YWCA movement is one of the world’s largest women’s rights organizations. The organization engages women of all faiths, ethnicities, classes, sexual orientation, beliefs, and cultures. YWCA’s diversity is its strength. Its work supports the empowerment of women, human rights, and gender equality. The organization has member associations in 109 countries, is present in over 120 countries and reaches 35 million people globally.

Throughout its history, YWCA galvanized young women in the fight for equality. Noting massive political, social, demographic and technological changes, the YWCA embarked on a transformative journey towards a bold goal of having 100 million young women and girls transforming power structures for gender equality, peace and security.

About the Role
World YWCA is looking for a Deputy General Secretary, who will work closely with the General Secretary and the Lead of Young Women’s Engagement to guide the strategic transformation of the World YWCA movement and its member associations in line with the World YWCA Goal 2035 to mobilize 100 million empowered young women for social transformation.

Responsibilities & Opportunities
The Deputy General Secretary of the World YWCA, within her strategic and operational responsibilities, understands field programmes, empathizes with member associations working in different contexts—including some with limited resources—communicates with an audience that is denominationally, culturally, socially, economically and politically diverse. She must be a strong team player, fulfilled in the role as a deputy, have a passion for women's rights and young women's leadership and be a doer & organizer who demonstrates an unwavering commitment to World YWCA’s mission.

Specific roles will include:
Represents the General Secretary at key opportunities
Coordinates the annual work planning and monitoring process, coordinate the annual rhythm of work
Oversees and directs organizational transformation in operations, governance and knowledge management; as well as implementing improved processes, systems, and tools.
Lead a team in the areas of strategic partnerships and resource mobilization, operations and organizational transformation, communications and governance & movement support:
Leads and continuously improves WO operational/financial planning, monitoring, closing/reporting and external audit for the WO; cash flow planning and facilitate effective and efficient functioning of the WO
HR management, ensuring effective recruitment, development and performance management of staff, monitors performance culture & WO performance against key KPI’s
Manages the continuous improvement of key management processes and systems to ensure they are ‘fit for purpose (including IT)
Leads Financial review and analyses, ensures efficient and timely financial management of grants
Leads the Grant management / contract
Works with the General Secretary to ensure ongoing and regular leadership team meetings on young women’s engagement, finance, and the resource pipeline.
Establishes the direction and process in governance transformation, “the case for change” in consultations with the General Secretary; the World YWCA movement; the World Board and its bodies.
Works with governance specialist to supports the audit and risk committee and other financial governance topics
Leads the legal work (e.g. trademarking, branding issues) and ensure WO compliance with all statutory requirements in Switzerland
Supports audit and risk committee and oversees external audits
Oversees the actualization of World Council 2019 and works closely with the lead of Young Women’s Engagement on the Young Women’s Leadership Forum at World Council.
Works closely with the General Secretary and the lead of Young Women’s Engagement on a strategy for the movement and related tools to reach the "100 million" goal to present to the World Council 2019.
Oversees and directs the transformation of the "Power to Change" re-granting programme to align with the 2035 goal and the transformation of the movement.
Identifies resource mobilization opportunities for the movement to fund unfunded services for World YWCA
Supervises the Communications Specialist in her cross-cutting work across the organization and website content.
Coordinates delivery of the annual report and initiates the work planning and review process.

Skills, Attributes and Experience
Operational leadership experience in a federation or membership-based organization.
Experience in co-leading, specifically through transformation/organizational change.
Experience in overseeing the set-up, implementation, and evaluation of programs.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Experience in building robust and effective relationships across different cultures.
Experience in working at a women’s or child's rights organization.
Ability to project World YWCA's mission and accomplishments within and outside the movement.
Young women and candidates from the global South and East are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply
Applications must be addressed to Mission Talent via email to applications@missiontalent.com stating YWCA-DGS/+your surname in the subject line.

To apply for this role, attach your CV (in English) and a motivation letter (one page) that summarises how your profile aligns with the key requirements, skills, and abilities of this role. Kindly send these to us as .docx files only. After submitting your application, you will receive an automatic confirmation. If you do not receive this (check your spam folder as well), please contact Mission Talent via applications@missiontalent.com

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