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Organizational Description

Tanager is an international nonprofit that connects smallholder producers and private businesses to co-create new ways of realizing life-changing economic and social opportunity. Our process builds on years of technical expertise, on-the-ground presence and public/private partnerships to unite economic growth with social innovation. Together, we are ushering in an era of equitable market systems that combine profitability with the power to address urgent challenges in poverty, malnutrition, and gender inequity.

Tanager provides a full range of services to co-create healthy markets that benefit all participants:

Connect: Tanager connects people and partners to bridge stakeholder divides, expand market access, and unlock the full potential of shared market opportunities. We bring the right people to the table and make sure every voice is heard, linking smallholder producers to major consumer brands and everyone in between.

Analyze: Tanager combines technical expertise and business perspective to assess markets, analyze supply chains, and pilot new technologies and tools. We test promising business models and shed light on issues critical to market success. We advance research vital to emerging economies. Our analytical approach helps us identify variables early on, which saves time and money in the long run.

Implement: Tanager is a flexible implementing partner with a track record of delivering results in complex, dynamic environments. We drive ambitious initiatives to the finish line with a clear roadmap and the right resources at the right time and place. Our global expertise and on-the-ground presence brings last-mile experience crucial to sustainable market solutions. Clients know they can count on us to keep our word and see things through.

People & Values

It takes bold hearts and resourceful minds to change the world. Our mission attracts high-caliber professionals who are dedicated to the work we do and the way we do it. We take risks, roll up our sleeves, and push the boundaries of what’s possible. We listen, learn, and adapt rapidly, without losing sight of our end goal or the momentum needed to reach it.

We are a networked team that supports each other. We live our mission and exhibit and embrace the following values:


  • Make choices using sound thinking, intelligence, and experience.
  • Be honest and ethical in everything you do and say.
  • Set high standards and learn from your mistakes to continually improve.
  • Trust your teammates’ capabilities and intentions.


  • Build strong connections with our partners and communities to achieve results.
  • Work as a team with everyone at the table and reach out for input as well as advice.
  • Measure success, not by the boxes we tick, but by the real difference you make in people’s lives.


  • Strive to achieve equilibrium in all you do.
  • Exercise perspective and prioritize what is important.
  • Align the interests, expectations, and needs of those we work with.
  • Balance seriousness with humor and levity, and our work with our personal lives.


  • Ask, evaluate, innovate, and apply to deliver the best result for all.
  • Be agile, efficient, and adaptable in your relationships, processes, and work.
  • Take what we’ve learned and adapt to each new situation.

Project Summary

The Director, Gender and Social Inclusion Programs will lead HQ oversight of ensuring gender and social inclusion integration into Tanager’s projects and activities. In addition, s/he will provide technical leadership on gender and social inclusion integration for the organization and lead/contribute to new business efforts, ensuring alignment with Tanager’s work in nutrition and social and behavior change. S/he will raise the visibility of the organization’s work through publications, strategic partnerships, and engagements in industry forum, as well as mentorship of staff.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Project Management and Implementation

  • Provide guidance, technical leadership and support to field projects, including project implementation strategy, workplanning, mentoring of staff, accompaniment of implementation, and inputs to monitoring & evaluation
  • Coordinate with project implementation teams to ensure quality and timeliness of deliverables
  • Provide support or leadership as needed to identify and secure partners, consultants, and full-time staff related to gender
  • Liaise closely with ACDI/VOCA counterparts to deliver project commitments and promote best-practice gender and social inclusion programming
  • Ensure capturing, packaging, and sharing of gender and social inclusion learnings in conjunction with project implementation teams
  • Maintain a collaborative relationship with donor, funder, and/or client counterparts
  • Support routine project management activities including reviewing and submitting project reports to donors, developing budgets and workplans, and backstopping operations as needed
  • Ensure incorporation of social and behavior change and nutrition components into Tanager’s gender and social inclusion activities

Thought Leadership

  • Lead HQ management and oversight of Tanager’s portfolio of gender and social inclusion interventions, facilitate related learning agendas within and across relevant Tanager projects
  • Participate in appropriate professional organizations and networks and establish an external professional network that can be used to raise the visibility of Tanager; stay current on major themes in the profession
  • Create and leverage synergies between Tanager and ACDI/VOCA and their work in gender and social inclusion to showcase the technical expertise, tools, and methodologies of the ACDI/VOCA group
  • Collaborate with Communications and Partnership Director to identify strategic industry outlets and opportunities for presenting and sharing Tanager experience and expertise
  • Develop thought leadership content – i.e. white papers, expert blog posts, panel proposals – for use in social media, publications, and conferences.

Account Management

  • Identify and pursue new business opportunities in collaboration with Tanager and ACDI/VOCA colleagues
  • Identify new partnerships and opportunities that build off current success and expand Tanager’s portfolio of gender and social inclusion projects
  • Lead proposal efforts for gender and social inclusion investment opportunities; activities may include but are not limited to the following: create budgets, collaborate with partner organizations, collect field research, design implementation activities, establish monitoring systems and metrics

Other duties as assigned by your supervisor.


  • Master’s degree in international development, gender studies, sociology, economics, or other related field required (additional years of experience may be considered in lieu of advanced degree).
  • Minimum of seven years’ experience, including overseas work, in gender and/or social inclusion (particularly related to developing countries) required.
  • Interest and experience in developing, conducting, and publishing gender and social inclusion program research desired.
  • Experience and technical knowledge in social and behavior change and/or nutrition strongly desired.
  • Excellent analytical and technical skills and expertise with the ability to work independently a majority of the time.
  • Fluency in English, written and oral, required. French and/or Spanish language skills desired.
  • Demonstrated leadership and team building skills, particularly leading cross-departmental and international groups.
  • The ability and willingness to travel internationally is required.
  • Adaptable and innovative. Collaborative and open to feedback. Able to work independently and in a team setting.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills required. Ability to build relationships and rapport with teams, staff, and clients and navigate challenging or unexpected circumstances with creativity, calm, and positivity. Ability to communicate effectively with persons on all levels both inside and outside the company on issues that could be complex or sensitive in nature.
  • Strong written communication skills, including demonstrated ability to write required documents in a clear, concise, well-organized manner.

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