Job Opportunities

November 9, 2015




Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP) has undertaken a three-year research/advocacy project leading to a global campaign on reform of discriminatory laws against women in the family. The project will focus on the relationship between articles of the law and perpetration of violence against women and girls. The attached document describes the terms of reference for the eleven country case studies the results of which will contribute to developing strong advocacy methods for our global campaign. Applicants must have a graduate degree in a related field, extensive research experience, and good drafting skills in English. Interested candidates should submit a CV, letter of interest, names of three professional references, and a writing sample in English to by April 28, 2016. Please note: Candidates should also list the country in which they are based and the country or countries where they can carry out a case study from among the 11 countries listed in the terms of reference. The initial phase of the project will include case studies from the following 11 WLP partner countries: Egypt, Kyrgyzstan, Senegal, Lebanon, Morocco, Jordan, Palestine, Turkey, Iran, and Brazil, as well as an additional case study from India.



The WLP team has an opening for a Program Associate for Advocacy and Communications at our Bethesda, MD, officePlease review the detailed job description and application instructions below. Only qualified candidates with complete applications may be contacted.


Position Opening

Program Associate for Advocacy & Communications


March 11, 2016
Deadline for Applications: May 31, 2016


Women's Learning Partnership (WLP), a partnership of twenty autonomous organizations primarily in developing countries, trains and supports women grassroots activists and leaders and advocates for a just, peaceful world. WLP creates culturally-specific leadership curricula and trainings on democratic participation, and conducts peer to peer capacity building for organizations in the global South to help them empower women to fulfill greater leadership roles at the family, community and national levels. The partnership also conducts research-based advocacy campaigns to reform laws and practices that impede women’s full participation in the life of their communities and societies. Over the past decade, WLP’s programs and training materials, published in twenty languages, have reached thousands of women in over forty countries, strengthening local organizations to become self-sustaining and to power women’s movements across the globe.

Job Description: The Program Associate for Advocacy & Communications is based at the WLP office in Bethesda, Maryland (in the Washington DC metro area). Responsibilities include:

  • Develop and support advocacy campaigns based on ongoing communications and information from partner organizations, working collaboratively with WLP program staff. Assist with the execution of innovative web-based campaigns for WLP’s human rights advocacy program. Evaluate and/or assess outreach and effectiveness of current campaigns. Identify emerging opportunities and targets for advocacy.
  • Liaise with WLP’s partner organizations in the Global South and assist with coordinating the implementation and evaluation of grassroots training workshops and training of trainer institutes. Gather, analyze, and communicate partner activities and outcomes.
  • Working closely with WLP Leadership and our new web development firm, strategize and implement a plan to streamline and modernize WLP web content across all platforms including: web site, blogs, social media, digital content repository, online learning platform, and other entities. Coordinate with relevant vendors and consultants.
  • Create, update, and maintain WLP communications materials and web content, to include web stories, e-newsletters, blog posts, alerts, social media messaging, etc.; liaise with content authors and editors; and coordinate the development of WLP’s multi-lingual websites.
  • Work collaboratively with WLP International co-Executive Director and program associates to implement fresh ideas for print and web-based promotional materials.
  • Serve as primary point of contact for media inquiries. Pro-actively reach out to mainstream media in the US and beyond to generate media interest and cultivate strong relationships with strategic media outlets
  • Promote WLP on key gender and development websites and web-based publications. Work with WLP operations to maintain organizational contact database and strategize targeted messaging.
  • Assist with the planning and development of webcasts, video-conferencing, and video interviews with partners.
  • Assist with planning and implementing international conferences and meetings.
  • Track advocacy and communications activities and outcomes against targeted goals. Write reports to funders, board and partners.
  • Occasionally coordinate e-training and e-courses with WLP Partners.


  • Demonstrated interest in and commitment to women’s empowerment.
  • Graduate degree or significant professional experience with accredited certifications in a related field (women’s studies, international relations, journalism, media and communications, etc.).
  • Undergraduate degree in English or comparative literature, creative writing, or journalism/related field.
  • Minimum 3 years professional experience in a communications role, preferably in the non-profit sector.
  • Fluency with contemporary and cutting-edge messaging, design, and branding best practices and technologies, particularly in the online space. Ability to think strategically about communications in relation to organizational goals.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively to produce strong, compelling written and visual content across a variety of communications platforms.
  • Demonstrated project management/project coordination skills.
  • English language fluency. Excellent writing and editing skills. Ability to communicate with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office. Fluency in using social media technologies such as Facebook and Twitter for organizing or advocacy. Excited about and comfortable with utilizing emerging technologies.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail. Ability to manage multiple tasks and work under pressure.

Preferred Skills

  • Intermediate to advanced fluency in French strongly preferred. Professional working knowledge of Arabic or Russian highly desirable.
  • Basic HTML experience a plus. Experience with content management systems and web content creation in Drupal.
  • Experience with marketing, public relations, and/or branding campaigns and best practices.
  • Familiarity with the politics, history, and cultures in Africa, Asia, or the Middle East.
  • Experience living, working, or volunteering internationally.

Salary and Benefits: Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent medical, dental, and retirement benefits.

Applicant must have permission to work in the US, if not a US citizen or permanent resident. WLP is unable to sponsor work permits. Applicant does not require employer sponsorship for employment authorization (i.e. H-1B) now nor in the future.

Please submit your cover letter, resume, writing sample, and a list of three references to: with the subject line Program Associate for Advocacy & Communications.

No calls please.

Women’s Learning Partnership is an Equal Opportunity Employer.





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