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Senior Officer: Development and Outreach, Girls Not Brides – Deadline 13 October

By 02/10/2023

Job title: Senior Officer
Term: Full Time, permanent role
Deadline: Friday 13th October 2023
Location: London, UK. (Hybrid with up to three days on site) Includes international travel.
Company: Girls Not Brides
Salary: £38,250 rising on an annual incremental basis


Girls Not Brides is the only global organisation uniquely focused on creating and sustaining a worldwide movement to end child marriage and ensuring that this movement leads to tangible change for the girls at risk or affected by the practice. We are a network of more than 1,600 civil society organisations in over 100 countries working in partnership to end child marriage.

Our vision is a world without child marriage where girls and women enjoy equal status with boys and men and are able to achieve their full potential in all aspects of their lives. Our vision challenges deeply embedded social norms that harm the lives of girls, women and their communities.


We are seeking an enthusiastic fundraiser to join our Development and Outreach team, which leads Girls Not Brides’ work on influencing fundraising for the movement to end child marriage and for the Girls Not Brides Secretariat, and supports broader events, partners and positioning for the movement. Reporting to the Head of Development and Outreach, the Senior Development and Outreach Officer holds varied responsibilities including relationship building and management, proposal writing and donor reporting, development of donor communication products, support to events and outreach activities, prospect research, and fundraising capacity support for Girls Not Brides member organisations.

The Senior Development and Outreach Officer is someone who is passionate about Girls Not Brides’ mission, with excellent verbal and written communication, strong stakeholder and relationship management skills. The Senior Officer is a team player with good organisational skills and a commitment to learning and development. Knowledge of the funding landscape and previous experience with programming relating to girls and women’s rights is an asset.

Job location
London, UK. (Hybrid with up to three days on site) Includes international travel.
The successful candidate must already have the right to work in the UK.
Working as a global team, all Girls Not Brides team members may from time to time be expected to work outside normal working hours (e.g. early morning or early evening) this is not a regular occurrence and is only to accommodate the collaboration of teams across different time zones.

Accountable to
Head of Development and Outreach

Salary range
£38,250 rising on an annual incremental basis. Girls Not Brides also offers a generous 10% pension.

This is a permanent, full-time role. The successful candidate must have the right to work in the United Kingdom at the time of applying.


Donor Relationship Management

• Cultivate and strengthen relationships with existing and prospective donors (focused on government donors and private foundations).
• Lead on funding proposals and concept notes for new funding, working closely with relevant team members from across the organisation to coordinate technical, financial and MEL inputs.
• Lead on the renewal of a number of existing donor grants, coordinating inputs from relevant teams.
• Manage donor compliance for restricted and unrestricted grants including reporting (narrative and financial reports) and deliverables (such as MEL trackers).
• Ensure donor contractual requirements adhered to, working closely with teams across the organisation to support compliance in all areas of Girls Not Brides’ work (e.g. branding guidelines, public profile, PSEAH reviews, safeguarding standards).
• Exercise sound judgement to anticipate and respond to the needs of existing and prospective donors.
• Hold responsibility for sharing communications and updates with the wider donor community to end child marriage.
• Facilitate engagement of broader Girls Not Brides team with donors to inform their work.

Donor Pipeline and Prospecting

• Identify, cultivate, and monitor prospective donors and partners for Girls Not Brides through conducting research and analysis.
• Lead on prospect scoring and provide recommendations for pursuit.
• Conduct research and create briefs to inform development of pitches and concept notes for funding. Contribute to development of Funding Wishlist.
• Conduct due diligence on prospective donors – including providing oversight of due diligence conducted by the Development and Outreach Associate and Development and Outreach Officer.
• Monitor trends and developments on context of child marriage in multiple regions to support donor outreach. Use knowledge of the sector and regional expertise to rate and recommend which prospects Girls Not Brides should pursue.
• Provide support to the Development and Outreach Associate in their prospecting efforts through weekly check-ins and ongoing guidance.

Donor Communications

• Lead on development and dissemination of donor communication products, including Quarterly Donor Infographics.
• Work closely with the Communications Team as the key point of contact between the two teams – providing a Development and Outreach lens on social media, as well as contributing to the Voices newsletter and other communications products.
• Lead on special projects relating to donor communications, such as donor videos.
• Provide strategic guidance on organisational communications and the implications for the child marriage donor community – including advising what should be disseminated to donors and through what channels.

Development and Outreach Strategy & Leadership

• Support the implementation of the Girls Not Brides fundraising strategy.
• Support the tracking of Development and Outreach Team’s impact to feed into MEL framework.
• Track and analyse bilateral and multilateral donor landscape to inform strategy development and updating.
• Use knowledge of the prospect pipeline to contribute to Girls Not Brides fundraising direction of travel.
• Take responsibility for regional and thematic areas to lead on research for the Development and Outreach Team, monitoring trends, developments, and new data.
• Contribute to research and development of strategy papers on new potential areas of fundraising for Girls Not Brides to explore/pursue.
• Lead on Development and Outreach Team’s contribution to Fundraising Offer for Members, working closely with teams to ensure cross-team collaboration and increasing visibility of Development and Outreach Team’s role internally.
• Line management of Development and Outreach Associate or Development and Outreach Officer as required.

Outreach and Events

• Project manage donor related meetings and events as required.
• Represent Girls Not Brides externally with donors and partners.
• Identify and recommend relevant meetings and events that could be of strategic benefit to Girls Not Brides.

Administrative Support to the Development and Outreach Team

• Contribute to maintenance and development of Development and Outreach Team systems and processes.
• Contribute to regular internal fundraising check-ins.
• Maintain and update database records (Salesforce, AirTable).

Wider Organisational Responsibilities

• Commit to the mission and vision of Girls Not Brides, putting these at the forefront of all planning, work and actions.
• Uphold the core values of Girls Not Brides in all areas of work and interactions with colleagues, members, partners, and other stakeholders.
• Comply with Girls Not Brides’ policies and processes, with note for safeguarding, diversity and inclusion, the code of conduct and data protection.
• Ensure that internal databases and monitoring information are kept fully up-to-date.
• Commit to ongoing personal development and learning.
• Fulfil any other reasonable requests for the advancement of Girls Not Brides.


Essential experience

• Significant professional experience in a similar level role in the not-for-profit sector, an international/intergovernmental organisation, a social movement, research centre or social enterprise.
• Relevant higher academic qualifications in a related field (e.g. International Development, International Studies, Public Health, Communications or other) or equivalent professional experience.
• Experience of donor engagement and fundraising from governments and foundations preferably in a similar sector and/or any type of fundraising on girls’ rights/ gender equality.
• Experience of writing funding proposals for private foundations and/or governments.

Essential skills and knowledge

• Excellent communication, networking and interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to persuade and inspire others.
• Outstanding written communication, creative thinker, and the ability to write for different audiences.
• Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
• Good understanding of charity fundraising, and knowledge of trends in fundraising and the broader development sector.
• Advanced interpersonal and relationship management skills, including the ability to interact with people from different backgrounds and cultures.
• Excellent desk-top research skills, including funding research and analysis.
• Excellent written communication skills, with the ability to write effectively and synthesise complex information for different audiences.
• Proficient in Microsoft Office and ability to learn new packages, when required.
• Ability to work both independently and collaboratively, a motivated self-starter, with strong problem solving and multitasking skills.
• Strong project management skills: ability to coordinate inputs from a wide range of internal and external stakeholders, manage timelines and budgets, conduct risk assessments, and quality assure outputs and deliverables.
• Experience designing/developing infographics, reports, newsletters, and other communication products for donor audiences. Ability to communicate information succinctly in written or visual format.
• Good strategic thinking and problem-solving skills.
• Excellent organisational skills with strong information management skills.
• Familiarity with safeguarding and PSEAH principles.

Essential values and attributes

• Strong commitment to the mission and values of Girls Not Brides and our vision in relation to addressing child marriage and gender justice.
• Team player spirit, proactive and able to confidently take initiative and make appropriate decisions.
• Willingness to work flexibly and regularly travel internationally, as necessary.
• Ability to maintain strict confidentiality.


• Programmatic experience of working on child marriage or broader work on empowerment of girls and women.
• Experience collaborating with diverse stakeholders across an international/global team
• Proficiency in French and/or Spanish.
• Ability to travel internationally for up to 1 week at a time, 2 to 3 times per year.


Girls Not Brides is committed to safeguarding all children, young people and adults at risk with whom our staff and representatives work and interface. Any employment with Girls Not Brides may be subject to the satisfactory completion of a background check and a criminal records check, which can include but is not limited to: an overseas police record check, a Disclosure and Barring Service Check (for those based in the UK) or an International Criminal Record Check (if applicable).


Girls Not Brides is an equal opportunities employer. We embrace diversity, equal opportunity and inclusion in a serious way. We are committed to building a staff body that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.

How to apply

The closing date for this role is 09:00 BST on Friday 13 October 2023.

To apply, please submit your CV and a brief cover letter (no more than two pages) demonstrating how you meet the criteria within the Person Specification via the Online Application Portal.

We regret that due to the large number of applications anticipated, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

For more information or to apply for this role, please visit the Girls Not Brides website.