Associate Director Global and Latin America

Brazil or Mexico

04 Apr 2024

Brazil or Mexico

Full Time


10 years

150000 - 150000 USD

05 Apr 2024

Associate Director Global and Latin America
Mexico or Brazil (Remote)

Full time 
$150,000 per annum

Who We Are

Co-Impact is a global organization that supports locally-rooted coalitions in Africa, Asia and Latin America to transform key systems at scale, with a core focus on advancing gender equality and women’s leadership. We bring together funders from around the world to partner with initiatives that are working to improve education, health, and economic opportunity for millions of people by addressing the root causes of social inequities so that systems work better for everyone. For more information, please visit and read our Handbook.

Where You Fit

Together with your team, you will support program partners (grantees) to develop effective strategies for systems change to advance gender equitable outcomes, women’s leadership, and gender equality at scale, while strengthening organizational capabilities to achieve lasting results; and contributing to improved learning and practice among partners, at Co-Impact, in global development and philanthropy.

Reporting to the Global and Latin America Director of Programs, you will support the program team across multiple areas, particularly the sourcing, vetting, and recommending of grants, supporting program partners and project management during the design phase of their work. You will have a mix of grant management, research, team coordination, project-management, and administrative responsibilities. You may be asked to support account leads across different grants and may be the team point person for critical cross-cutting issues.

You will need to demonstrate excellent organizational ability, strong analytical skills and strategic instincts, robust problem-solving skills, excellent interpersonal and communication skills, a high level of personal initiative, and a kind and collaborative spirit and supportive approach, including the ability to work well in a distributed, diverse, deep-thinking, and fast-paced environment. This role will provide a valuable opportunity to gain insight and experience at one of the leading edges of philanthropy and social change, and to learn, stretch and grow, with the potential to take on added responsibility over time.

You bring a commitment to feminist values, gender justice, intersectionality, as well as an abiding curiosity and humility and desire to learn. You are motivated by looking for root causes, seeking justice and solving social problems at the systems level and at scale. 

The Role
Core responsibilities will include:

Strategy Development and Implementation

  • Supporting the Global and Latin America Program Director as a close thought partner in the development of the strategy - ideating and executing priority specific strategy and plans (e.g. unpaid care, climate change, narrative work, etc) and annual program plans. 
  • Identify trends, areas of opportunity, problem areas and other insights (around program partner support and sourcing of new ideas) and share with the Program Director on a regular basis to adapt plans accordingly.
  • Making grants and managing the Global and Latin America portfolio. This includes having grantmaking experience, assessing strategic alignment to ensure that the right organizations are identified, accompanying potential Program Partners in proposal development, and preparing grant recommendation memos, guiding and supporting due diligence processes. All with key input from the Program Director and leadership to ensure movement through the grantmaking process in a seamless manner.
  • Serve as account lead for a select number of grants. Providing support to Program Partners including thought partnership, communicating clearly and in a timely fashion the expectations from a Co-Impact grant, accompaniment on organizational strengthening, connections to other actors and collaborations across the LatAm portfolio and across regions.
  • Support the Program Director and the Learning, Measurement and Evaluation team to provide support to the Program Partners, identifying research grant opportunities, drawing out cross-cutting themes and lessons, and disseminating them, and in measuring and tracking our impact at a meta level through the work of our Program Partners.
  • Bring a feminist lens to Co-Impact’s system change approach throughout its operations: from organizational culture, selection and support of Program Partners, to our approach.

Team Coordination and Representation

  • Serve as a liaison and coordinator with other Co-impact teams to ensure flow and sharing of information and decision making for the region as needed and based on consultation with the Program Director.
  • Represent Co-impact and the Program Director in important external meetings and convenings including building relations with regional funders in consultation with the Program Director.
  • Support the team (Program Assistant and Program Managers) in their growth and development.
  • Managing consultants, including drafting Terms of Reference and Statements of Work, management of relationships, timelines, deliverables and overall alignment with outcomes and strategies.
  • Help foster a culture in line with Co-Impact values and serve as a trusted colleague that demonstrates organizational values (outcomes-focused, program partner-centered; beginner’s mindset; draw from unity in diversity and build trusting partnerships.)
  • Perform other reasonable responsibilities and duties as requested by the Program Director.


  • 10 plus years professional experience and extensive knowledge of advancing gender equality (with a feminist and intersectional lens) and at least one of our areas of sectoral focus (education, health, and economic opportunity).
  • Significant experience working directly with senior-level staff.
  • Experience in grantmaking, lived experience and knowledge of Latin American context, and linkages to feminist/women’s rights networks strongly preferred.
  • Track record of increasing responsibility.
  • Master’s degree or equivalent in a relevant area (preference to specialty in Education, Health and/or Economics with focus on gender studies, gender and development, international women’s rights, sociology, and similar degrees.)
  • At least 5 years of experience managing a team and mentoring staff to deliver strong results within a positive work culture.
  • Prior experience in client service/consulting roles may also be helpful.
  • Prior exposure to an array of different working contexts, stakeholders, etc.
  • Fluency in English and a second language (Portuguese and/or Spanish required).
  • Right to work in Mexico or Brazil (as we are unable to sponsor a visa).

Required Skills

  • Strategic Agility: Ability to spot high-potential opportunities and facilitate the design of strategic approaches backed by evidence-informed analysis.
  • Work Maturity: Ability to collaborate and work effectively with line manager and other colleagues, demonstrate emotional intelligence, communicate clearly, seek assistance when appropriate, is proactive, independent, practices sound judgement and is solution oriented.
  • Decision Making: Ability to listen well, integrating gender analysis, see perspectives from different sides, making good judgements based on values and principles balancing data, experience, and risk. 
  • Working with People: Experience with motivating, contributing to, and managing collaborative teams to work productively, effectively, and inclusively. 
  • Managing Action with Purpose and Values: Ability to motivate colleagues and get things done in accordance with core purpose and values.
  • Results Orientation: Evidence of delivering results through developing strategic coherence, project management skills strong leadership, the ability to manage multiple responsibilities and work effectively, remotely and independently.
  • Interpersonal Savvy: Great at making and fostering relationships inside and outside the organization, keen intercultural appreciation, inclusive style, comfortable around senior leaders, can represent Co-Impact well.
  • Dealing with Ambiguity: Ability to shift gears comfortably; decide and act without having the total picture; can comfortably evaluate and handle risk and uncertainty.
  • Learning Orientation: Intellectually curious; seek and work with evidence, demonstrated an openness to new ideas and a diversity of perspectives; unafraid to admit and learn from failure. 
  • Strong Moral Compass: Impeccable personal ethics and integrity, kind and caring.
  • Communications: excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to effectively manage and influence a variety of relationships in a multicultural environment
  • Global Flexibility: Given the global nature of the organization working across time zones, a willingness to be flexible with working hours and international travel.
  • Feminist leadership: Demonstrated ability to collaborate equally and effectively with colleagues in 'remote' and diverse teams. Demonstrating an infectious enthusiasm for horizontal collaboration and partnership. Recognizing the value in fostering an environment that promotes shared communications, efforts, and results. 
  • Language Proficiency: Fluency in English, as well as at least one other major language spoken in Latin America (Spanish and/or Portuguese).
  • Perspective: Sense of humor and ability not to take oneself too seriously.


Co-Impact’s compensation philosophy is guided by the following three principles: 

  • Equity and Fairness: Our approach to compensation and benefits is designed to ensure that our global team is treated equitably regardless of location and without regard to gender, race, or nationality.
  • Transparency: We want Co-Impact’s employees to understand our salary structure and to feel confident that they are paid equitably, and potential job applicants to have an understanding of how the role for which they are applying will be compensated.
  • Accountability: As stewards of the philanthropic resources entrusted to us so that we can support our program partners, we are accountable to our donors and our board, to our staff, and to the general public.

In accordance with that philosophy, we include the salary for each position in our job postings to ensure equity within the organization and for all candidates, we will not negotiate the salary or benefits. The salary for this role is US $150,000 per year (paid out in local currency where applicable) plus a generous benefits package, including a significant allowance for paid time off.

Application Details
Please apply online here by submitting a resume and a cover letter by April 5, 2024. In your cover letter, please confirm that you are authorized to live and work in Mexico and/or Brazil, as relevant. Because we are a small team, we regret that we can only respond to applicants selected for an interview. We also regret that we are unable to participate in informational calls prior to interviews. Thank you for your understanding.