Development Manager

International Women's Development Agency

  • Team: Business Transformation
  • Grade: MID-LEVEL
  • Salary: SCHADS 6, plus superannuation and salary packaging
  • Location: Melbourne (hybrid work from home and office model - as per COVID restrictions) or other Australian location (working from home)
  • Closing: 10:22am, 6th Dec 2021 AEDT

Job Description


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 full-time, permanent position and 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 also includes quality control on submissions, convening 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 need 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.

Please click here to review the full position description.

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.

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

Applications closed Sun 5th Dec 2021


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

Start your de-biased application