Senior Program Associate (Gender)
Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs
Washington, DC United States
Date Posted 12/23/2021
Type of Position Full-time

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The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) is a global network of organizations that propel entrepreneurship in developing economies. ANDE members provide critical financial, educational, and business support services to small and growing businesses (SGBs) based on the conviction that SGBs create jobs, stimulate long-term economic growth, and produce environmental and social benefits.

As the leading global voice of the SGB sector, ANDE believes that SGBs are a powerful, yet underleveraged tool in addressing social and environmental challenges. Since 2009, ANDE has grown into a trusted network of nearly 300 collaborative members, representing a wide range of entrepreneurship support organizations, impact investors, researchers, donors and others relevant to the Small and Growing Business sector that operate in nearly every developing economy. ANDE grows the body of knowledge, mobilizes resources, and connects the institutions that support the small business entrepreneurs who build inclusive prosperity in the developing world.

ANDE is part of the Aspen Institute, a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society.

Job Summary

The Senior Gender Programs Associate is part of the Membership and Programs (MAP) team at ANDE and is dedicated to delivering on the organizational mission through managing special initiatives and projects to the benefit of ANDE members and the sector that the MAP team oversees. The role will serve as the project manager for specific global projects and grants such as ANDE’s regranting facilities. The majority of the project portfolio will have a gender focus.

The Senior Associate will coordinate ANDE’s day-to-day Gender Equality work by acting as a “knowledge switchboard,” capturing knowledge across all ANDE activities specific to the thematic area. They will also help to ensure that ANDE is communicating issue-specific learning with our members and the wider sector through events, research, communications, and more.

Job Responsibilities

  • Project manage multiple global grants and special initiatives across multiple ANDE regions – including promoting, tracking completion of deliverables and support with budget tracking as needed, coordinating project with involved staff, communicating with funder(s) where appropriate, managing grant reports, and other project management tasks as needed.
  • Managing the design of new ANDE programs including initiatives like systems change initiatives and regranting facilities – from research, to facilitating design brainstorming sessions, and overseeing development and launch.
  • Act as ANDE’s internal Gender Equality coordinator, keeping current with key thematic priorities in the gender sector as well as gender lens investing, with a specific focus on developing countries.


The ideal candidate for this role:

  • Bachelor’s degree required and 4-7 years of experience with an international development organization, social enterprise, or membership organization
  • Demonstrated experience in gender focused programs or research.
  • Experience with databases and managing technology operations. Salesforce and Asana experience is a plus.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • 2 -3 years progressive experience with project planning and management.
  • Strong written and oral communications skills in English.
  • Ability to work cross-culturally with diverse groups of staff and external stakeholders in a global team context.
  • Ability to handle deadlines, prioritize multiple and simultaneous projects, and demonstrate strong project management skills.
  • Background or familiarity with developing country small and growing business (SGB) sector and impact investment preferred.
  • Ability to work productively both autonomously and with a small team.
  • Commitment to building breakthrough solutions to overlooked global challenges.

Our Values

The candidate will self-identify with or even have worked in an environment previously that aligns with ANDE’s Values. At ANDE we:

  • are motivated by the urgency of the global challenges we are trying to address
  • embrace diverse experiences and perspectives
  • value community and collaborative action
  • leverage limited resources for maximum impact
  • work hard and have fun

Application Instructions – Please submit a cover letter including salary expectations and resume through the online portal.

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