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Development and Outreach Manager

Skoll World Forum

Skoll World Forum

Sales & Business Development
London, UK · Remote
Posted on Monday, September 25, 2023


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 over 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 have an exciting opportunity for a Development and Outreach Manager. Based within the 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, this role, this role will report to the Head of Development and Outreach and work closely with senior staff and external stakeholders.

The successful individual will have wide ranging responsibilities including managing and strengthening relationships with existing and prospective donors, leading the development of Girls Not Brides’ prospect pipeline, and preparing and quality assuring a range of proposals and donor deliverables. You will also contribute to the organization and delivery of our calendar of donor-related events.

We are looking for a passionate and talented fundraiser with significant experience in a similar role in the not-for-profit sector, international/intergovernmental organisation or social enterprise. You will have in-depth knowledge of the funding landscape, excellent relationship management, impeccable written communication skills and strong people management experience.


Job location

London, UK (hybrid with up to three days on site). Includes international travel.

The successful candidate must have the right to work in the United Kingdom.

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 late evening) this is not a regular occurrence and is only to accommodate collaboration of teams across different time zones.

Accountable to

Head of Development and Outreach

Salary range           

£44,100 rising on an annual incremental basis. Girls Not Brides also offers a generous 10% pension.


This is a permanent full-time role.


Donor relationship management

·     Cultivate new and strengthen existing relationships with a range of donors for Girls Not Brides – currently largely donor governments and private foundations.

·     Lead the development of funding proposals working with different team members including the developing budgets and MEL indicators with the support of Finance and MEL teams.

·     Manage, draft and quality assure a range of communications and deliverables for existing and prospective donors.

·     Exercise sound judgment to anticipate and respond to the needs of existing and prospective donors, to share news, products and updates and involve them in relevant Girls Not Brides’ activities.

·     Support the broader Girls Not Brides team to engage with, and inform, donors in their work.


Donor pipeline development

·     Lead the management of Girls Not Brides’ prospect pipeline.

·     Identify new donor prospects for Girls Not Brides through conducting research, analysis and networking.

·     Use knowledge of the sector and funding landscape to rate and recommend which prospects Girls Not Brides should pursue and recommend appropriate outreach plans.

·     Work with SLT and other team members to support development of a Funding Wishlist and concept notes for prospective donors in line with our strategy.

·     Work with the Finance team to support pipeline and gap analysis to inform fundraising agenda.


External visibility and events

·     Represent Girls Not Brides externally with donors and partners. This may include attending events and meetings both in the UK and internationally.

·     Project manage donor related meetings and events as necessary.

·     Support increased visibility and awareness of Girls Not Brides’ work.


Development and Outreach Strategy

·     Contribute to the strategic direction of the Development and Outreach Team, particularly in relation to Girls Not Brides’ fundraising strategy.

·     Manage project budgets with delegated budget authority as applicable.

·     Track and deliver on action points and commitments related to fundraising, funder relationship management, and maintaining and updating our database and prospect pipeline.

·     Contribute to the broader work of the Development and Outreach Team.


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.

·     Line manage roles and consultants as necessary, delegating responsibilities and tasks as appropriate.

·     Comply with Girls Not Brides policies and processes, with particular note for safeguarding, diversity and inclusion, the code of conduct and data protection.

·     Prepare and deliver reports for the Senior Leadership Team and Board of Trustees, as necessary.

·     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

·       Experience of successful fundraising and donor engagement, preferably within a similar sector.

·       Experience of writing successful funding proposals for private foundations and/or governments.

·       Experience of prospect research and cultivating new partnerships with institutional donors.


Essential skills and knowledge

·       Advanced understanding of charity fundraising, and knowledge of trends in fundraising and the broader development sector.

·       Excellent written communication skills, with the ability to write effectively and synthesize information for different audiences.

·       Excellent research and prospecting skills.

·       Excellent people and relationship management skills, including the ability to interact with people from different backgrounds and cultures.

·       Highly organised with excellent information management skills.

·       Strong strategic thinking and problem-solving skills and ability to appraise options and adapt plans as required.

Essential values and attributes

·       Strong commitment to the mission and values of Girls Not Brides including understanding of approaches to empower girls and women and support gender equality.

·       Skilled team worker with an inclusive and collaborative approach, in line with Girls Not Brides’ values.

·       Ability to maintain strict confidentiality.


·       Proficiency in French and/or Spanish.

·       Programmatic experience of working on child marriage or broader work on empowerment of girls and women.


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 20 October 2023.

To apply, 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.