Women for Women International works in some of the most dangerous places to be a woman. We serve women survivors of war in conflict and post-conflict areas around the world in 8 countries including Afghanistan, Iraq, Eastern Congo, and Northern Nigeria. Our core belief is that stronger women build stronger nations; and with access to knowledge, resources, and a support network, a woman rebuilds her life and improves her community.

Our model works and we have the data to prove it. In our 26-year history, Women for Women International has reached over half a million women. The women we work with across three continents earn just $0.81 a day when we enroll them. At graduation, it’s $2.11, nearly tripled.

Our impact goes beyond income. The number of women who say at least one household member went to sleep hungry in the last four weeks has gone from 18% to 5%. And more women say they speak out against women's abuse: 26% report having publicly spoken in the last six months against physically abusing women.

When women have the right tools, they realize the power within themselves to transform their lives, their families, their communities, and entire nations.


Women for Women International has the ambition to significantly increase grant funding to support programming that has proven to be transformative for marginalized women survivors of war in fragile and conflict affected countries. The Head of Global Philanthropic Partnerships will be one of the senior members of the Global Business Development team, managing and executing on our global business development strategies related to donor and prospect relationship building and cultivation. This person will be a key member of a 11-person global business development team and directly line manage a Manager for Global Government Relations and a Manager of Global Corporate and Foundation Relations and jointly manage the Nigeria Business Development Coordinator with the Country Director of Nigeria.

The Global Business Development team sits within the Global Programs Unit, which also includes sub-teams focused on program design, monitoring and evaluation, country office support, and grants management. This position will work and coordinate especially closely with the grants management team to ensure proper stewardship of current donors, including that they are primed well for renewal asks.

The location for this position is flexible wherever we have an existing Women for Women Office or hub, excluding United States. The possible locations include: United Kingdom, Germany, Iraq, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan or Kenya. If hired in Kenya, the employment conditions will be met by a third party, Professional Employer Organization.

Duties and Responsibilities:

New Business Development/Prospect Cultivation


  • Work closely with prospect research staff to prioritize and tier prospective donors globally.
  • Manage a global portfolio of prospective donors, and support donor relations managers in growing and strengthening their own portfolios.
  • Strategically deploy WfWI programmatic experts, staff, and leadership towards implementation of the global BD Strategy, including support to the CEO, MDs UK and DE and other Executive Leadership and staff in country offices in efforts to cultivate prospective donors.
  • In conjunction with the rest of the Global BD team, participate in regular meetings with Country Offices to discuss their fundraising progress and ensure they have the needed capacity and support to fundraise locally.


  • Develop cultivation plans and strategies for engaging different types of prospective donors (government, corporate, foundation, etc).
  • Track and understand all cultivation progress (including portfolios managed by the Director of Global Business Development and others) and develop new cultivation opportunities that could further engage prospective donors.
  • Work closely with the proposal team to ensure proposals reflect the priorities of the donor and effectively make the case for investment.

Donor Stewardship


  • Manage a global portfolio of current institutional donors, creating and executing stewardship plans for each and working closely with other relevant staff to ensure donors are engaged and satisfied with the partnership.
  • Work closely and regularly with the grants management team to ensure that donor interests and expectations are monitored and addressed and that current grants position us well for renewal asks.

Partnership Development


  • In conjunction with the Director of Global Business Development, work across all parts of the organization that are engaging in various forms of partnership to ensure that we understand and can leverage these partners in BD efforts.
  • Lead BD efforts to understand and address gaps in existing partnership relationships that are needed to complement and make us more competitive for proposals in current and future WfWI priority areas.


  • Lead BD efforts to understand and address gaps in existing partnership relationships that are needed to complement and make us more competitive for proposals in current and future WfWI priority areas.
  • Support the smooth development of new partnerships, including developing and managing processes for ensuring necessary due diligence of consortia partners, entering into teaming agreements, etc.

Global Leadership

  • Participate in and support relevant global business development fora including annual department planning processes, country budgeting and planning, etc.
  • Participate in regular program and BD strategic discussions with other senior leaders of the global Business Development team and Global Programs Unit.
  • Serve as a member of the Global Programs Unit Leadership Team to support the leadership of all areas of program, business development and the Country Offices.
  • Serve as a member of the Global Leadership Team of the organization.


  • Directly supervise at least two BD staff focused on donor relations, providing them with strategic guidance, mentorship, and support.
  • Performance manage direct reports in line with WfWI’s performance management framework, including setting of annual performance objectives, development plans, appraisals throughout the year, and regular one-on-one meetings.
  • Ensure safeguarding measures are implemented within area of responsibility.
  • Follow up, and address Code of Conduct or Safeguarding issues appropriately. 
  • Adhere to WfWI’s Code of Conduct and Safeguarding Policies and report concerns.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree required and Master’s degree preferred, in a relevant subject, or the equivalent in experience.
  • At least ten years of experience in fundraising, preferably across at least two funding channels (i.e., foundations, corporate partnerships, or government) for an international NGO.
  • Proven track record of success in fundraising with evidence of personal engagement and leadership of successful, large, and complex proposals and pitches.
  • Adopts a growth mindset and has demonstrated experience in relationship-based fundraising strategies.
  • Experience working cross-departmental, cross-country contexts with a proven record of building, managing and working with virtual teams.
  • Experience and ability in mentoring, coaching, and managing staff members within a diverse and global organization.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to manage a large, complex, diverse team of people through an inclusive and empowering management style.
  • Current and strategic understanding of global humanitarian, development and gender funding environment and future trends.
  • Excellent spoken and written English to include research, writing, and communication skills.
  • Commitment to and respect for Women for Women International’s mission and values
  • Computer skills including working with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Email.
  • Experience with Salesforce preferred.
  • Ability to travel as required and have flexible work schedule which may include early mornings, evenings and weekends. May be required to occasionally work beyond normally scheduled hours.

The duties, responsibilities and activities of this job description may change, or new ones may be assigned at any time with or without notice.

Organizational Values:

Our global core values define how we are to behave as we pursue our mission, our vision, and our strategic objectives: 

  • Empowerment: We believe every woman is unique and powerful in her own right. Our people areour greatest strength and we will support them to achieve our aims by providing them with the information, rewards and power they need to take the initiative and make decisions to solve problems and improve our delivery and performance. As a learning organization - we encourage our people to take risks and make mistakes, we learn and grow and get better, stronger and  
  • Integrity: We will never communicate in any way that exploits or demeans the women we exist to serve, we will deliver a program of training that maximizes the impact for the women we serve  to bring them the biggest benefits and facilitate the greatest long-term positive change in their   we do what we say we are going to do, when we say we're going to do it. We act as good stewards of the organization’s resources. 
  • Respect: We believe every woman has the right to be treated with fairness and dignity. we trusteach other implicitly, confident in the knowledge that we are all working towards the same goals. Equally, we hold each other responsible and accountable at all levels of the organization for the outcomes of our actions. We will be bold, clear and kind in our communication with our colleagues across the organization and not allow disrespectful behavior to go unchallenged. 
  • Resilience: We see every day the strength of women survivors of war and their ability to neverlose hope despite having faced the greatest atrocities and horrors of conflict. They inspire us to stay strong, hopeful, focused and committed to our global purpose. We support each other to do the 

Application Instructions:

We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis, so please apply at your earliest convenience through our careers page: Careers (womenforwomen.org).

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for

employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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