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WILPF Is Looking for a Membership and Governance Associate

We are looking for a Membership and Governance Associate (work rate 80% or 100%) to work with our Membership Team and WILPF members around the world to support connection, collective action, and the strengthening of WILPF as outlined in our International Programme 2022-2025.

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WILPF International Secretariat
18 January 2023

Background Information:

The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) is a leading global organisation focused on addressing the root causes of violence through a feminist lens. We are working to create a world of permanent peace built on feminist foundations of freedom, justice, nonviolence, human rights, and equality for all.

We are seeking to immediately hire a motivated, creative, and methodical team player to join WILPF’s Membership Team. The purpose of this role is to provide critical support to WILPF activists and leaders who are working for feminist peace around the world.

About WILPF: The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) is an international non-governmental organization (NGO) with National Sections covering every continent, an International Secretariat based in Geneva, and a New York office focused on the work of the United Nations (UN). Since our establishment in 1915, we have brought together women from around the world who are united in working for peace by non-violent means and promoting political, economic and social justice for all.

The Membership and Governance Associate’s main responsibilities will lie in supporting membership development, networking, and effective governance. With a passion for networking while demonstrating strong organisational skills, you’ll help the team stay on task and liaise with members across WILPF’s global network. 

Main Responsibilities

Membership-Internal Communication

Support implementation of WILPF’s Membership Strategy to mobilise a powerful movement, in particular:

  • Enable smooth, accessible, and efficient internal communications, including through WILPF’s membership platform, myWILPF, and various mailing lists.
  • Create content for WILPF’s monthly membership newsletter and write articles to amplify the work of WILPF members.
  • Organise and systematise documents related to WILPF’s global membership, including updating databases.
  • Support the organisation of online meetings/webinars (internal and external), events, film projects, and other types of creative inputs that come up as projects develop.
  • Assist with the engagement of our global membership, including liaising with members for implementing actions, communications efforts, and collective learning.
  • Develop material for WILPF’s members, such as toolkits, guides, and templates.
  • Support the translation of membership material to make our communications accessible.

Governance

Support the functioning of WILPF’s governance mechanisms, in particular:

  • Support the preparation and implementation of online Advisory Board meetings, including taking notes and preparing meeting documents and memos.
  • Provide administrative support for the functioning of the International Board and International Congress.
  • Support communications that improve the transparency and connection between the International Board, different committees and the membership.
  • Support the logistics and preparation of in-person International Board (IB) meetings.

Other

  • Assist with the maintenance of general mailboxes, mailing lists, emails, and online directories.
  • Provide general administrative support to the team as needed and as relevant.

Interdependencies and Reporting

The Membership and Governance Associate will work with the Membership Coordinator and Governance Liaison as part of the Membership Team, and reports to the Membership Manager, all based in Geneva.

Knowledge, Skills, and Competencies

  • Extremely well-organised and detail-oriented with excellent time management skills and the ability to coordinate multiple projects concurrently.
  • Ability to effectively communicate across a multicultural and multilingual staff, as well as with internationally based membership sections.
  • Excellent organisational skills with the ability to prioritise work and take initiative. Detail oriented. Ability to quickly pivot to evolving organisational priorities, based on fluid programmatic contexts in complex conflict environments.
  • Practical, and efficient with a structured yet creative approach to problem-solving.
  • Enthusiastic and reliable team player, yet independent and self-reliant.
  • Proactive and able to preempt needs and requirements.
  • Service-oriented, patient, personable, and diplomatic with a willingness to help members when needed, along with the ability to easily build professional relationships with people from different and diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to collaborate and work well in a team setting.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to write in a way that is clear and concise, in order to cater to different audiences.
  • Strong commitment to WILPF’s values and mission.

Education and Experience

  • At least 2 years of experience in internal communications or operations.
  • Fluency in English and working knowledge of French and/or Spanish and/or Arabic.
  • Excellent computer literacy. Demonstrated experience with collaborative applications (such as Airtable, Trello, and Asana), email services (such as Mailchimp and Mailman), and in-depth knowledge of MS Office (Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel), as well as knowledge of the Google Suite.
  • Excellent administrative skills, including filing and maintaining digital records.
  • Experience participating in digital communications (websites, content management systems) and event organisation, logistics, and coordination.
  • While a university degree is not a requirement, a bachelor-level qualification in communications, information and technology science, peacebuilding, international development or other interdisciplinary studies is a plus.

Compensation

WILPF will provide the Membership and Governance Associate with compensation commensurate with experience. Compensation will also be based on the location of the selected candidate. 

The Geneva based annual salary range for the position is 60,000 – 72,000 CHF

The New York based annual salary range for the position is $53,018 – $65,621 USD

Start Date and Work Schedule

1 March, 2023 or ASAP

This is a full-time position (40 hours/week) or it can be at 80% (32 hours/week) according to the candidate’s preferences and/or availability. 

Location

This position is remote and can be based anywhere. Preference will be given to candidates located in (or close to) areas in the Central European Standard Time Zone (or within a difference of +/- 2 hours). Office space is available in Geneva should the candidate prefer to work onsite.

Submissions

Please send a resumé or CV and a cover letter to jobs@wilpf.org with “Membership and Governance Associate” in the subject line.

Please note that any applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

Deadline for applications: Wednesday 1, February 2023.

WILPF thanks all applicants for your interest; however, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. The position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate has been identified.

WILPF is an Equal Opportunity Employer 

As an equal opportunity employer, WILPF welcomes applications from all suitably qualified candidates, irrespective of sex, gender, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, ethnic or social origin, disability, religion, or belief. During the different stages of the recruitment process, specific measures may be taken to ensure equal opportunities for candidates with disabilities.

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WILPF International Secretariat

WILPF International Secretariat, with offices in Geneva and New York, liaises with the International Board and the National Sections and Groups for the implementation of WILPF International Programme, resolutions and policies as adopted by the International Congress. Under the direction of the Secretary-General, the Secretariat also provides support in areas of advocacy, communications, and financial operations.

Melissa Torres

VICE-PRESIDENT

Prior to being elected Vice-President, Melissa Torres was the WILPF US International Board Member from 2015 to 2018. Melissa joined WILPF in 2011 when she was selected as a Delegate to the Commission on the Status of Women as part of the WILPF US’ Practicum in Advocacy Programme at the United Nations, which she later led. She holds a PhD in Social Work and is a professor and Global Health Scholar at Baylor College of Medicine and research lead at BCM Anti-Human Trafficking Program. Of Mexican descent and a native of the US/Mexico border, Melissa is mostly concerned with the protection of displaced Latinxs in the Americas. Her work includes training, research, and service provision with the American Red Cross, the National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Centre, and refugee resettlement programs in the U.S. Some of her goals as Vice-President are to highlight intersectionality and increase diversity by fostering inclusive spaces for mentorship and leadership. She also contributes to WILPF’s emerging work on the topic of displacement and migration.

Jamila Afghani

VICE-PRESIDENT

Jamila Afghani is the President of WILPF Afghanistan which she started in 2015. She is also an active member and founder of several organisations including the Noor Educational and Capacity Development Organisation (NECDO). Elected in 2018 as South Asia Regional Representative to WILPF’s International Board, WILPF benefits from Jamila’s work experience in education, migration, gender, including gender-based violence and democratic governance in post-conflict and transitional countries.

Sylvie Jacqueline Ndongmo

PRESIDENT

Sylvie Jacqueline NDONGMO is a human rights and peace leader with over 27 years experience including ten within WILPF. She has a multi-disciplinary background with a track record of multiple socio-economic development projects implemented to improve policies, practices and peace-oriented actions. Sylvie is the founder of WILPF Cameroon and was the Section’s president until 2022. She co-coordinated the African Working Group before her election as Africa Representative to WILPF’s International Board in 2018. A teacher by profession and an African Union Trainer in peace support operations, Sylvie has extensive experience advocating for the political and social rights of women in Africa and worldwide.

WILPF Afghanistan

In response to the takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban and its targeted attacks on civil society members, WILPF Afghanistan issued several statements calling on the international community to stand in solidarity with Afghan people and ensure that their rights be upheld, including access to aid. The Section also published 100 Untold Stories of War and Peace, a compilation of true stories that highlight the effects of war and militarisation on the region. 

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Demilitarisation

WILPF uses feminist analysis to argue that militarisation is a counter-productive and ill-conceived response to establishing security in the world. The more society becomes militarised, the more violence and injustice are likely to grow locally and worldwide.

Sixteen states are believed to have supplied weapons to Afghanistan from 2001 to 2020 with the US supplying 74 % of weapons, followed by Russia. Much of this equipment was left behind by the US military and is being used to inflate Taliban’s arsenal. WILPF is calling for better oversight on arms movement, for compensating affected Afghan people and for an end to all militarised systems.

Militarised masculinity

Mobilising men and boys around feminist peace has been one way of deconstructing and redefining masculinities. WILPF shares a feminist analysis on the links between militarism, masculinities, peace and security. We explore opportunities for strengthening activists’ action to build equal partnerships among women and men for gender equality.

WILPF has been working on challenging the prevailing notion of masculinity based on men’s physical and social superiority to, and dominance of, women in Afghanistan. It recognizes that these notions are not representative of all Afghan men, contrary to the publicly prevailing notion.

Feminist peace​

In WILPF’s view, any process towards establishing peace that has not been partly designed by women remains deficient. Beyond bringing perspectives that encapsulate the views of half of the society and unlike the men only designed processes, women’s true and meaningful participation allows the situation to improve.

In Afghanistan, WILPF has been demanding that women occupy the front seats at the negotiating tables. The experience of the past 20 has shown that women’s presence produces more sustainable solutions when they are empowered and enabled to play a role.

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