Acting Director of Programmes

Mama Cash Foundation
  • Location
    Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    May 27

Position description

Mama Cash is looking for an Acting Director of Programmes, preferably based in Amsterdam (estimated time 5-6 months). 

Purpose of the position:

Working in close collaboration with the Executive Director, Supervisory Board , Advisors and Programme staff, the Acting Director of Programmes will play a critical role in implementing and articulating the vision and direction of Mama Cash’s programme strategies and initiatives. 

Job summary

They will provide strategic and operational leadership of the Programme Team, promote innovation to respond to changing trends in the landscape of feminist movements, maintain strategic alliances with peers in international philanthropy, and be a thought-leader around feminist social change and women’s human rights. 

In addition to Programmes Team responsibilities, the Acting Director of Programmes contributes to the work of other teams, in particular participating in resource mobilisation and promoting the visibility of Mama Cash. And they will provide vision and strategy for the development of Mama Cash as a whole. A particular focus for the role will be the renewal of two of Mama Cash’s larger, strategic partnerships: Count Me In! (CMI!) and the Global Alliance for Green and Gender Action (GAGGA).

Essential job function: 

A. Leadership and management 

  • Work to ensure the well-being of the organisation as a whole and model effective leadership to all Mama Cash staff. 
  • Provide strategic leadership and oversight of the Programmes area. 
  • Manage the Programmes Team, ensuring that employees are aware of what is expected of them and providing them with the tools to do their work. 
  • Supervise direct reports (at this moment 7 people). 
  • Lead Mama Cash’s engagement in the Count Me In! (CMI!) Consortium through participation in the CMI Programmes Committee, driving programmatic goals including quality control of implementation, supporting the development of renewal plans, and by supervising the Coordinator of the consortium.
  • Manage the quality of Mama Cash’s programme inputs in the Global Alliance for Green and Gender Action (GAGGA), including supporting the development of renewal plans.
  • Ensure satisfactory levels of support and guidance to volunteers, interns, advisors and consultants. 
  • Supervise the nomination of new advisors.


B. Content areas 

  • Manage and oversee all Programmes Team initiatives and an annual grantmaking budget of approximately 5 million euro. 
  • Supervise the implementation of departmental objectives, and monitor progress and activities on a quarterly basis.
  • Maintain oversight of programme budgets. 
  • Review and approve all grants.
  • Produce programme updates for the Supervisory Board on grantmaking trends and developments. 
  • Oversee programme evaluation and assessment activities—monitor feedback in order to ensure that programme goals are aligned with the needs and challenges of feminist movements worldwide. 
  • Consult regularly with women’s funds, women’s and feminist NGOs, donors, and other key players in order to stay current with international women’s rights/feminist trends and to ensure that Mama Cash’s programmes are responsive to these. 

C. Organisational relationships; internal and external communication 

  • Meet regularly with the Executive Director and work closely with her on issues related to grantmaking strategy, work with other women’s funds and management of the Programmes Team. 
  • Work closely with the Management Team to develop and monitor the annual budget, ensure flows of relevant information across the organization, and encourage effective coordination and collaboration between teams, especially vis-à-vis cross-team projects and initiatives. 
  • Work closely with the Director of Partnerships and Communications to identify and share programme priorities in support of Mama Cash’s communications and resource mobilization work. 
  • Work closely with the Director of Finance and Operations to strengthen the administration and management of grants and other programme work. 
  • Work closely with the Director of Research, Knowledge and Advocacy to identify and share programme priorities in support of Mama Cash’s learning and advocacy agendas.
  • Play a lead role in maintaining and strengthening Mama Cash’s work within the Count Me In! consortium, including by building programmatic relationships with consortium members.
  • Represent Mama Cash externally in various national and international conferences, identifying opportunities for visibility and cultivating effective relationships with grantee-partners, advisors, donors and other stakeholders. 
  • Contribute analysis and insights on the feminist movement within key feminist, women’s rights, and philanthropic and donor spaces, including online. 
  • Contribute to the development and reinforcement of cooperative relationships within the international women’s movement, and international philanthropic and donor arenas, including participation in relevant affinity groups and membership organisations. 
  • Maintain strong and effective collaborations and alliances with peers, allies and other stakeholders for advancing Mama Cash’s programmatic priorities.


  • Believe passionately in Mama Cash’s mission, vision and values. 
  • Extensive knowledge and experience in the area of women’s rights and social change in an international context, with a solid network. 
  • Strong political analysis and expert knowledge of feminist movement building, and the role(s) of funding in activism. 
  • Excellent leadership, management, and supervisory skills. 
  • Able to think critically, analytically and strategically, and able to set priorities. 
  • Excellent communication, presentation, and negotiation skills in the English language (oral and written). The ability to present and represent Mama Cash (and its interests) both internally and externally in a convincing manner. 
  • Strong knowledge of budgeting. 
  • Strong sensitivity and commitment to cultural, racial, ethnic, gender and socioeconomic diversity. 
  • Able to work under pressure and keep a good sense of humour. 
  • Fluency in more than one language, particularly Spanish, French, Russian or Dutch, is preferred.

Education and experience:

  • At least 7 years work experience in the area of women’s rights or social justice with progressively increasing management responsibility and preference for experience with groups/movements in the global south or east. 
  • Proven managerial experience (strategic and operational) with professionals from diverse (cultural) backgrounds. 
  • Demonstrated experience in supervising and developing staff. 
  • Master’s degree or equivalent other experience in relevant field: International Human Rights, Anthropology, Sociology, Political Science, Gender Studies. 
  • Experience with policy development. 
  • International grantmaking experience is preferred.

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