Partnerships and Grants Advisor

International Women's Development Agency

Employment Type Full time Permanent
Location Hybrid · Melbourne, Australia Melbourne (hybrid work from home and office model)
Salary SCHADS 5 plus superannuation and salary packaging
Team Business Development
Seniority Mid-level
  • Closing: 11:59pm, 8th Oct 2023 AEDT

Job Description

  • Full time (1.0 FTE), permanent

  • Based in Melbourne (combination WFH and office)

  • Exciting opportunity to work in the grants domain along with the passionate team and in the International Development Sector


IWDA is an Australia 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 2023-2025:

1.     Resource and contribute to a resilient and vibrant feminist movement, primarily in the areas of freedom from violence and power, leadership and civic space

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 at partnerships across the Majority and Minority worlds. 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

SIT WITH uncertainty, embrace communal learning and deep listening, and accept that time is needed to collectively discern the best course of action.

Our 2023-2025 Strategic Plan outlines a third way between the models of women’s funds and international development NGOs.


The Partnerships and Grants Advisor plays a critical role in driving opportunities for increasing revenue from diverse institutional funders, through both relationship-based funding and grants.

Alongside other key members of the team, the Partnerships and Grants Advisor contributes to the delivery of IWDA’s Income Plan, which has a strong focus on income diversification.

Working closely with the Development Manager, the Donor Relationship Coordinator, the Leadership Team, the CEO, the Board and the Board’s Resources and Partnerships Sub-Committee, this role identifies and drives new funding relationships by:

  • leading the tracking of opportunities globally;

  • identifying target funders;

  • managing the development and nurturing of new funding relationship; and

  • tracking ongoing engagement with funders.

This position assists the CEO, senior staff and Board members to engage effectively at the national and international level in establishing new relationships and new sources of funding, and to manage existing relationships.

The Advisor position is responsible for maintaining and growing a pipeline of funders and partners and will lead the tracking of global off-market opportunities.  

To further the goal of diversifying our income streams, the Advisor will be responsible for identifying new and innovative approaches to resource mobilisation to help build a sustainable funding pipeline.

The role also supports IWDA’s established grants processes and practices. The Advisor will lead the monitoring and assessing of advertised grant opportunities. Alongside the Development Manager, the Advisor will support creation of bids for funding, including contributing to bid writing, and convening and coordinating cross-organisational bid teams.

The Advisor will play a key role in driving process and systems improvements, including in taking a lead role in implementing and maintaining a new grants database module in Salesforce.

Find the full position description for complete position context and focus here.


This is a permanent, full time role . Classified at SCHADS 5 plus superannuation and salary packaging.

Some of the benefits:

  • Flexible work arrangements such as compressed hours

  • Salary packaging options

  • Employee Assistance program


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 and submit your application.

International Women’s Development Agency (IWDA) has an Equal Opportunity exemption (H69/2022) and requests applications from women only (including trans women) .

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.

Removing bias from the hiring process

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Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You’ll need a CV/résumé, but it’ll only be considered if you score well on the anonymous review

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