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Development Manager

International Women's Development Agency


IWDA is an Australian-based organisation, resourcing diverse women’s rights organisations, primarily in Asia and the Pacific, and contributing to global feminist movements to advance our vision of gender equality for all.

VISION: Gender equality for all
PURPOSE: To defend and advance the rights of diverse women and girls
VALUES: Feminist, Accountable, Collaborative, Transformative

OUR GOALS 2020-2023:

  1. Resource and contribute to a resilient and vibrant feminist movement
  2. Promote systemic change towards gender equality for all
  3. Build a resilient and relevant feminist organisation

We resource the work of diverse women’s rights organisations, enable them to be more effective by providing support that goes beyond money, and we make our own contributions to feminist movements through advocacy, knowledge creation and translation.

As part of this contribution, we take actions to decolonise our approach to feminism and development. We want to become the best we can be in the world at north-south partnerships. This means we seek to understand and leverage our locational power so that we know when to:

STEP UP: and use our power to leverage resources and access for women’s rights organisations, and make our own contribution to feminist movements
STAND WITH: feminist movements in solidarity and amplify the work of global south actors
STEP BACK: when others are better placed to take the lead.

Our Strategic Plan outlines a third way between the models of women’s funds and international development NGOs. It was developed during 2020, a year of significant, unpredictable global change, with many unknown consequences for funding flows.

Ensuring that IWDA is financially resilient with a diverse income base is a core objective of the Strategic Plan. Our Income Plan outlines how we will achieve this objective, whilst navigating a constantly shifting social and economic landscape, and in alignment with the other strategic objectives we have set to achieve gender equality for all.


This is a key leadership role at IWDA, working alongside the Executive team and Board. You will oversee our institutional funding, including donor pipeline development, planning and submission of grant applications and coordination of cross team engagement to meet income targets for grant renewal, diversification and growth.

The Development Manager undertakes extensive tracking of opportunities, funding information and analyses of global development and philanthropic funding priorities. This includes quality control on submissions, convening and coordinating bid teams and writing grant submissions. The role engages in funding networks and advises on targeting strategies to achieve annual and strategic plan targets.

Alongside the Director, Business Transformation and Fundraising Manager, this role is responsible for the delivery of our strategic Income Plan. Achieving income diversity commits us to trying new approaches and shifting some long-established modes of operation. We aim to increase our flexibility and understand what will enable—and what will work against—our strategic plan. This role plays a key part in bringing this to life, in identifying new and emerging financing models and recommending innovative approaches to resource development.


You will have:

  1. Excellent project management, budget management and self-organisation skills
  2. Strong written and verbal communication skills
  3. Demonstrated success in attracting and renewing donor grants
  4. Excellent time management, attention to detail and team work skills
  5. An entrepreneurial and change-oriented mindset; able to support organisational change and operational flexibility
  6. Strong negotiation and influencing skills, to manage internal relationships above, below and alongside the role


Offered as a full-time, permanent role. Classified at SCHADS 6 with a competitive above-Award remuneration package.

How to Apply

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If you are looking for an opportunity to make a key contribution to a rights-based international development agency committed to gender equality for all, click Apply Now.

We encourage all interested candidates to apply as soon as possible because we will review applications as they arrive and will invite suitable candidates to interview before the closing date.

International Women’s Development Agency (IWDA) has an EO exemption (H204/2021) and requests applications from people who identify as women only.

IWDA welcomes people with different skills and life experiences, and encourages women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, women with disabilities and First Nations women to apply. Preference will be given to applicants who have experience in, or strong community ties to, one of the countries in which IWDA supports partners.

Any offer of employment will require a National Police Check and endorsement of IWDA’s Child Protection Code of Conduct. All applicants must be legally entitled to live and work in Australia.

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