Feminist Movement Strengthening Advisor

International Women's Development Agency

Employment Type Part time Permanent
Location Hybrid · Australia
Salary SCHADS 5 or 6 plus superannuation and salary packaging
Team Knowledge Translation
Seniority Mid-level, Senior
  • Closing: 11:59pm, 13th Aug 2023 AEST

Job Description

  • Permanent, Part-time position

  • Based in Melbourne CBD (also open for applicants outside Melbourne )

  • Excellent opportunity to work on IWDA's feminist movement Strengthening approach


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.

OUR VISION: Gender equality for all

OUR PURPOSE: To defend and advance the rights of diverse women and girls

VALUES: Feminist, Accountable, Collaborative, Transformative

OUR GOALS - 2025

1.     Resource and contribute to resilient and vibrant feminist movements, 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.


The Feminist Movement Strengthening Advisor sits within the Systemic Change & Partnerships team and reports to the Director, Knowledge Translation & Equality Insights.

This dynamic and fast-paced role will give you the opportunity to strengthen IWDA’s position within the global feminist movement, work with all parts of IWDA and our grantee partners to realise feminist, systemic change approaches to movement strengthening and support global women’s rights advocacy across IWDA.

The focus on major functions of the role in certain areas may shift at any given time according to organisational priorities, so this role is well suited to an individual with strong program management skills, the ability to sequence and prioritise across multiple projects, and with a desire to help set and realise agendas for evolving IWDA’s movement strengthening practice.

Strong financial acumen and budget management skills are required. The focus of the role includes:

  • Leading and strengthening IWDA’s relationships within global feminist movements

  • Positioning IWDA’s priority advocacy agendas in the dialogue with relevant feminist movement collaborators

  • Providing technical inputs on movement strengthening in the design and implementation of programmatic and advocacy initiatives of the organisation, including supporting grant writing to generate funding

  • Generating thought leadership, direction and coordination in support of IWDA’s approach to movement strengthening, including representing the organisation to external audiences

  • Delivering Feminist Organisational Capacity Strengthening (FOCS) training with IWDA grantee parents and a selected number of other organisations

Externally, the role holder leads the positioning of IWDA in global feminist movements. This requires active cultivation of networks across global feminist movement actors and ability to maintain and strengthen relationships from a distance. The role holder leads IWDA’s contributions to the global feminist movement, maintains IWDA’s position at the cutting edge of movement building, is accountable to the movement and realises an appropriate level of uptake by key stakeholders in the movement.

Internally, the role holder works in close collaboration with the Program Managers of the Partnerships team to provide accompaniment and support on integrating movement strengthening approaches in the work of our partners. The role holder also works closely with the Senior Research Policy and Advocacy Advisor, and with the Communications Manager and the Development Manager in the Business Transformation Team.

As with all employees, the Feminist Movement Strengthening Advisor will be expected to contribute to IWDA’s organisational culture and activities.

Find the full position description here.


This is a permanent, part-time role. Classified at SCHADS 5 or 6 (depending on skills and experience of the candidate) plus superannuation and salary packaging.

Some of the benefits:

  • Flexible work arrangements

  • Salary packaging options

  • Employee Assistance program

  • Additional end of year leave for all and additional paid personal/carer's and parental leave


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.

IWDA is committed to the wellbeing and safety of our staff including with respect to COVID-19. All our team members are able to work flexibly from home as well as from our office in Melbourne. All staff are fully equipped to work productively and safely from their homes. As long as it is COVID-19 safe, the candidate will be expected to work from our physical office space at least two days a week.

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, especially within the Pacific.

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

Applications closed Sun 13th Aug 2023


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 13th Aug 2023