Job Opportunity: Program Officer for Women’s Economic Empowerment at Hewlett Foundation

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation seeks a Program Officer for the Women’s Economic Empowerment subcomponent of the Global Development and Population Program. The Program Officer will play a critical role in furthering our commitment to women’s economic security and autonomy through fair employment, decent work, and just economic policies that can allow women to narrow the gap between their aspirations for themselves and their families and their experiences in everyday life. We believe that excluding or marginalizing women in the workforce sacrifices general productivity, growth, and shared prosperity. Worse, lack of economic power goes hand in hand with women’s political and social marginalization, which in turn perpetuates inequitable norms, attitudes, and practices, including public and private forms of gender-based violence.


We are seeking a dynamic Program Officer to work with a team to evolve the women’s economic empowerment strategy and subsequently advance our work in this area. Reporting to the Program Director, Global Development and Population Program, they will take a strategic view of the issues and of the field, working in partnership with grantees, funders, governments, and others to assess needs and bring stakeholders together to seek solutions to problems. Operating with great autonomy and from a posture of trust and empowerment of grantees, the Program Officer identifies and supports creative solutions to ensure the success of individual grantees on an ongoing basis as well as through formal grant proposal review and assessment. Meanwhile, the Program Officer identifies gaps and opportunities in the field and undertakes research and evaluation initiatives to explore new approaches to solving social problems. The Program Officer must have the ability to work seamlessly across strategic, substantive, and administrative aspects of the role.

The successful candidate will be a resourceful self-starter who is passionate about women’s economic empowerment and gender equality, especially in Africa, and bring a broad understanding and appreciation of this field to effectively shape and implement grantmaking strategies. They will be an effective relationship builder with a clear and articulate communication style. They will possess sound judgment, creativity, and basic quantitative and qualitative analysis skills as well as a commitment to fiscal stewardship in both grantmaking and administrative activities. The Program Officer must be committed to a nonpartisan, non-ideological approach, and be eager to marshal intellectual resources and practical thinking to solve problems. Excellent listening skills, confidence, candor, curiosity, a sense of humor, humility, energy, and a commitment to feminist principles and the foundation’s guiding principles are all essential characteristics for the role.

For more than 50 years, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has supported efforts to advance education for all, preserve the environment, improve lives and livelihoods in developing countries, promote the health and economic well-being of women, support vibrant performing arts, strengthen Bay Area communities and make the philanthropy sector more effective. The foundation’s assets are approximately $10 billion, with annual awards of grants totaling over $400 million.


Prospective candidates interested in applying should contact our search partners Perrett Laver. For an informal discussion about the role, contact Audrey Gamet ( to hear more or address any questions you may have. Completed applications comprised of CV and cover letter should be uploaded at quoting reference number 4480 or sent to Audrey Gamet directly at ( The deadline for applications will be Tuesday, January 7th, 2020.