Foundations and Philanthropy, Nonprofit and Social Impact, Program Leadership, Social Justice and Advocacy

Manager, Program Learning & Impact, Peacebuilding

  • Humanity United
  • Washington, D.C. or Location Flexible

This position has been filled.

About Humanity United

Humanity United (HU) is a foundation dedicated to cultivating the conditions for enduring freedom and peace. They support and build efforts to transform the systems that contribute to human exploitation and violent conflict. HU is part of The Omidyar Group, a diverse collection of organizations, each guided by its own approach, but united by a common desire to catalyze social impact.

For more information on Humanity United, please visit here and you can read more about core values here.

The Opportunity

Humanity United (HU) is seeking a self-motivated, adaptable, and collaborative Manager, Program Learning and Impact, who will bridge between HU’s core Strategy, Learning and Impact function and the Peacebuilding program team. Over the last three years, the Peacebuilding team has been piloting a learning plan to support learning and adaptation around their portfolio strategy. The learning plan helps to advance key team values including accompaniment, trust-based philanthropy, and diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.  In this highly collaborative role, the Manager will support the Peacebuilding team and partners with ideas for how to identify and sense-make on co-learning goals, capture necessary information, and manage knowledge to contribute to programmatic decision-making.

The Manager’s key responsibility will be to manage the learning plan in partnership with the Peacebuilding team and facilitate team and partner learning and sense-making activities. This role will be responsible for collaborating with program teams in the design and execution of their program-level learning plans and supporting the Director of Peacebuilding to connect program level learning with portfolio level sensemaking, ensuring that portfolio level learning draws from a wide range of programmatic learning and sensemaking activities about peacebuilding. As part of that process, they will liaise with external program learning and evaluation partners to offer support or connect the dots across bodies of work and support grantees and partners’ monitoring and evaluation needs. The Manager will also provide internal technical assistance to team members on a variety of evaluation or data related needs, including Terms of Reference development, contractor sourcing, document review, etc. In addition, the Manager will be responsible for supporting staff capacity development, as needed, around complexity aware evaluation tools, learning framework design, data collection, analysis, and reporting.

To enable the Peacebuilding team to best share their work with a variety of stakeholders, the Manager will also contribute to the development of effective communications around reporting, storytelling, board communications, etc. In addition, they will partner with Humanity United’s communications team to ensure that accurate and compelling data is integrated into key internal and external communications messages. Ultimately, this role will help the Peacebuilding team, in conjunction with their partners, make sense of and communicate immediate programmatic outcomes at both the program and portfolio level, and how these efforts contribute to sustainable systems-level social change.

This is a full-time, exempt role, reporting to the Director of Strategy, Learning and Impact. The Manager will spend approximately 10% of their time with the core Strategy, Learning and Impact (SL&I) team to ensure alignment with the core SL&I practice and to help adapt the core practice to meet the realities of the program work while also bringing in new ideas from working with the Peacebuilding team to inform the core SL&I practice. The majority of their time they will spend working in partnership with the Peacebuilding team, working especially closely with the Director of Peacebuilding, responsible for overall team learning, and Portfolio Manager to ensure embedded learning across the team. The SL&I team will provide thought-partnership and professional development in complexity-aware methodologies. The Manager will participate in all SL&I team meetings, retreats, and learning sessions and be responsible for understanding and adhering to SL&I practice in their work with the Peacebuilding team.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, all HU staff are working from home. As our offices reopen, and if the manager is not based in either of HU’s offices (San Francisco or Washington DC), there is an expectation that this person will attend regular team-wide or organization-wide retreats and team meetings (approximately 8 times a year). There is a strong preference that the Manager is located in Washington D.C., though the role is flexible. If located outside of Washington D.C., the Manager must be willing to work east coast hours as needed.  This position may be asked to travel domestically and internationally as needed (10% – 20%), once safe to travel post-COVID.

Candidate Profile

The successful candidate will bring professional expertise and competencies in the following areas:

Collaborative Approach to Learning

The successful candidate will bring professional expertise in supporting teams and partners to learn and sense-make by posing learning questions, generating discussion, driving actions, and conducting follow up and reflection.

  • The candidate must have experience with facilitating multiple groups of stakeholders in a collaborative way towards a productive learning experience.
  • The Manager will have the content and field knowledge to bring together various sources of information, proposing themes, and identifying concrete next steps in collaboration with colleagues. They will be skilled at connecting lessons from grants to learning objectives and strategy and data collection processes.

This team member will have cross-cultural facilitation experience enabling them to provide direct support for grantee learning needs.

The candidate will be a strong communicator in a variety of mediums including: reporting, storytelling, and board communications.

Commitment to Complexity Aware and Culturally Responsive Learning Methods

A background in qualitative analysis, research, and complex-aware approaches to program evaluation, including outcome harvesting, is essential.

The ideal candidate will feel comfortable with helping teams manage significant amounts of qualitative and oral data and will be skilled at helping them sort through and distill the most important aspects for decision-making.

Strong candidates will have the skills to support the team’s commitment to data ethics guidelines.

Strong candidates will have experience leading data collection and analysis among vulnerable and trauma-affected populations.

Candidates will demonstrate flexibility and non-dogmatic approach to learning and impact.

Familiarity with measurement in the peacebuilding sector

  • To be successful, the ideal candidate will have measurement experience in and content knowledge of the peacebuilding sector (e.g., peacebuilding, conflict prevention, or human rights). The manager will have research experience that will enable them to successfully monitor field-level research and identify and fill knowledge gaps through research.
  • HU highly values lived experience in these sectors and encourages people with experiences in communities affected by conflict to apply.

Strong candidates should also have:

  • Commitment to HU’s mission and core values (including Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice).
  • Collaborative attitude with a commitment to service.
  • Deep sense of curiosity and entrepreneurial desire to help build a robust learning and knowledge culture, and a willingness to listen and learn.
  • Strong problem-solving skills combined with the ability to adapt to changing priorities, strategic frameworks, and definitions of success.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, relationship-building and influencing skills (i.e. ability to listen as well as persuade) to enable effective collaboration across multiple functions and geographies.
  • Experience working with a globally distributed team.
  • The right to work in the United States.
  • French, and/or Spanish language fluency is desired.
Compensation & Benefits

HU is proud to offer an inclusive and comprehensive benefits package to accommodate a diversity of needs and life circumstances and to accommodate staff at all life stages with flexible and supportive benefits. Our benefits package includes a variety of medical, dental, and vision insurance plans for employees and dependents, 20 days of Paid Time Off per year, unlimited sick leave during the pandemic, 401(k), EAP and mental health support, benefits for parking and transportation, paid parental leave, and reimbursements for home internet, cell phone usage, and activities/items that support employees’ overall wellbeing. HU also prioritizes a flexible approach to management with benefits such as flexible work hours, half-day and meeting-free Fridays and inclusion of professional development and wellbeing as part of each team member’s annual goals. We also seek to support each team member in their individual growth and development via annual professional development funding and support, access to coaching and individual development plans.

In addition to full benefits, this role offers a competitive salary. The salary range for this position will vary by location, to account for cost of living. The range begins at $111,527 for Washington D.C.-based candidates.


Molly Brennan and Sarah Avendaño of Koya Partners, an executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, have been exclusively retained for this engagement. To express interest in this role please submit a cover letter and resume here. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

Koya Partners is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals living with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual living with a disability and need assistance expressing interest online, please email If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.

Humanity United are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and staff. In recruiting for our team, we welcome the unique contributions that you can bring in terms of education, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, veteran status, color, class, religion, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, marital status, and any other characteristics protected by law. We strongly encourage applications from people with diverse identities or who are members of marginalized communities.

About Koya Partners

Koya Partners, a part of Diversified Search Group, is a leading executive search and strategic advising firm dedicated to connecting exceptionally talented people with mission-driven clients. Our founding philosophy—The Right Person in the Right Place Can Change the World—guides our work as we partner with nonprofits & NGOs, institutions of higher education, responsible businesses, and social enterprises in local communities and around the world.

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