Job Vacancy: Capacity Building Specialist




The African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) is a pioneering grantmaking foundation headquartered in Ghana. AWDF was founded by and for African women. Since 2001 we have awarded over 30 million USD in grants to support women’s rights organisations and feminist movements across Africa.


Capacity building is an integral component of AWDF’s grantmaking methodology. From experience we know that it is critical to complement grant awards of financial resources with support for women’s organisations to build systems, sustain healthy organisational cultures and advance feminist leadership and governance.


Women with a demonstrated commitment to women’s rights are encouraged to apply. Please note that the post is based in Ghana and AWDF will not be responsible for any relocation or related costs for potential candidates.


Job Summary

The Capacity Building Specialist’s role is to develop and coordinate the portfolio of the Capacity Building Unit of the AWDF and its work in strengthening the capacities of women’s organisations and advancing methodologies and visions around feminist capacity building in Africa and parts of the Middle East. The work of the unit is conducted in English, with selected initiatives in French.

The Capacity Building Specialist will work with colleagues in the Grants Department and the broader organisation, to sustain a programme of capacity building initiatives (including trainings, coaching, peer learning, grantmaking for capacity building and knowledge production), and to grow the work of the capacity building unit in line with the AWDF strategic direction and with support from senior management. The Capacity Building Specialist will engage also in other cross-departmental activities of AWDF, particularly in relation to human resources, and on request will represent AWDF in external activities.

The post requires experience in organisational capacity building, experience of working with African women’s organisations, a knowledge of African women’s rights issues and concerns, and strong writing skills. Experience of grantmaking is also ideal.

Specific duties are as follows:

  • Lead the implementation and growth of AWDF’s Capacity Building Unit activities in line with the AWDF organisational strategy and AWDF’s capacity building methodology/ framework
  • Coordinate the organisation, implementation and learning around capacity building activities. This includes capacity assessments, trainings, technical assistance, feminist coaching and providing direct capacity building support to grantees.
  • Identify needs and oversee the production of specific capacity building tools for the Unit.
  • Support the Grants Department in building and identifying ways to better integrate and grow capacity building approaches within grantmaking
  • Liaise with Knowledge Management Unit and other units/departments to produce knowledge products such as documentation of capacity building initiatives by AWDF or grantees/programme participants, technical tools, reports and analysis.
  • Contribute to Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning around capacity building
  • Provide input into donor proposals and reports, including supporting capacity building grantees to document experiences and outcomes for reporting.
  • Represent AWDF in external meetings and on external communications and advocacy platforms.
  • Manage the Capacity Building Assistant and other CBU staff or interns
  • Any other duties assigned in furtherance of AWDF’s strategy.

Knowledge and Experience

  • At least 7 years work experience in human rights/ social justice/ rights-based development
  • Experience of designing, leading and/or managing capacity building programming for NGOs/ women’s organisations in the African region
  • Experience of working in a donor/grantmaking organisation desirable
  • In-depth understanding of feminism and demonstrable strong commitment to social justice, women’s rights and social change in Africa
  • Excellent communication skills (both written and oral)
  • High level of proficiency in MS Office required, experience of working with information management systems / databases preferred
  • Excellent planning and programme management skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to work democratically with diverse groups and people.
  • Ability to work to work to tight deadlines.
  • Ability to travel within Africa/ internationally essential
  • Willingness to work flexible working hours, occasionally outside of regular working hours are expected



  • Post-graduate degree in Gender, Women’s Rights, Organisational Development or related discipline
  • Working knowledge of French will be an advantage.


Qualified candidates should send a cover letter and CV of not more than 3 pages by email to: Human Resources Manager [email protected] with ‘Application for position of Capacity Building Specialist’ as the subject line.


Applications should reach AWDF no later than 5th June 2017.

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Only short listed candidates will be contacted for additional information and interviews.