Center for Reproductive Rights
  • 08-May-2018 to 07-Aug-2018 (EST)
  • Development
  • New York, NY, USA
  • Full Time

Job Title: Director of Resource Development: Bilateral and Mutilateral Funding

Department: Development

Center Background: The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is the premier global legal organization dedicated to advancing women's reproductive health, self-determination, and dignity.  Its mission is straightforward and ambitious: to advance reproductive health and rights as fundamental human rights that all governments around the world are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill.  Headquartered in New York City, the Center has regional offices in Bogota, Geneva, Kathmandu, Nairobi, and Washington, DC and a staff of more than 170 diverse professionals.  Its annual operating budget is approximately $23 million, the result of an extraordinary growth trajectory; the Center is now poised for a new phase of significant expansion through its next Strategic Plan.

The Center's game-changing litigation and advocacy work, combined with its unparalleled expertise in constitutional, comparative, and international human rights law, have transformed how reproductive rights are understood by courts, governments, and human rights bodies worldwide. It has played a key role in securing landmark legal victories in the U.S., Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe on issues including access to life-saving obstetrics care, contraception, safe abortion services, and comprehensive sexuality information, as well as the prevention of forced sterilization and child marriage.  It has brought groundbreaking cases before national courts, U.N. Committees, and regional human rights bodies, led the development of historic, proactive legislation advancing robust protections for reproductive rights, and has built the legal capacity of women's rights advocates in more than 55 countries.

To learn more about the Center for Reproductive Rights, go to

The Role: Reporting to the Senior Director: Bilateral and Multilateral Funding, the post holder will direct the work of the Center in developing new resources globally with multilaterals and bilaterals.  The team offers assistance to Regional Program teams in responding to opportunities with governments and major donors.  The team also lends supports on some major applications to European Foundations and Funds such as Amplify Change and CIFF. This is a demanding and exciting role that will require an individual adept at working across the grant life cycle who can drive the development of strong systems, build excellent relationships internally and externally, and has demonstrable experience of leading teams through complex processes.

This position will be based in New York City.


  • Working closely with the Director of Donor Relations, carry out market analysis in the SRHR donor market to detect trends. Remain current on latest funding trends and policies.
  • Working closely with colleagues in the Regions, generate new business leads at the international and the field level, gather intelligent about upcoming opportunities, and ensure the Center is well positioned with other key stakeholders to respond to bids.
  • Review bid opportunities in collaboration with Regional Teams and Finance
  • Serve as a key connector between program and communications staff on the development of proposals.
  • Recommend opportunities to pursue and facilitate go/no go decision making.
  • Provide quarterly forecasting against targets, and maintain an opportunities pipeline
  • lead proposal development teams to ensure high quality cohesive proposals that are compliant with donor requirements and regulations
  • Manage partnerships with other NGOs in the writing and submission of joint grant proposals.
  • Work with HQ and Field based staff to develop country level program development opportunities
  • Engage directly in the development of proposals, contributing to or leading technical design, and writing key sections.
  • Develop and implement systems that support across the grant management cycle including go / no go decision making tools, proposal pipeline data capture, templates for proposal development teams and capacity statements, templates for MOUs with partners, sub granting procedures , and reporting.
  • Develop and analyze performance metrics to track key success factors that will ensure the highest possible rate of donor awards
  • Ensure through the supervision of the Regional Grant Manger effective oversight of grants implementation to ensure compliance with donor rules and regulations, and compliant reporting that meets donor regulations.
  • Represent the Center at key funder meetings.


  • Bachelor's Degree required; advanced degree a plus.
  • Commitment to the Center's mission, purpose, and values
  • 8 -  10 years managing bilateral and multilateral fundraising programs with expertise in managing grants across the grant cycle from bid strategy and proposal development through reporting and close out
  • Proven experience in leading successful proposal development teams delivering 6 and 7 figure grants and or contract from Government and major Foundation donors.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of institutional fundraising, with specific expertise in bilateral and multilateral funding.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the global funding trends for SRHR an asset
  • Expert level knowledge and past experience with business development practices, processes, tools and reporting guidelines
  • Proven ability to be an effective, proactive manager for staff both on-site and in locations across the globe, including the demonstrated ability to build collaborative teams.
  • Superior writing and editing skills with ability to produce top-quality work in a short period of time.
  • High level of financial awareness and ability to work with Finance to ensure that budgets financial reports are compliant with donor requirements and resonate with narratives.
  • Understanding and ability to develop log frames an advantage
  • Ability to build relationships internally and externally essential, coupled with good negotiation skills.
  • Analytical thinker, detail-oriented, team player who takes initiative and has the ability to work independently.
  • Experience working in development and/or humanitarian contexts, preferably for an INGO or international organization (e.g. UN, major donor), preferably with some time spent in the field
  • English language fluency required; additional languages, especially Spanish, a plus.

Critical Position Behaviors:

  • Strategic thinker:  Applies big-picture thinking while also focusing on the details of implementation.
  • Decisiveness:  Consistently makes sound decisions in a timely manner supportive of the Center's mission, core values, and strategic objectives.  Blends vision and judgment.
  • Collaborative:  Brings a track record of working effectively with various and diverse individuals and groups, and a willingness to actively listen and invite different views and opinions across all levels of the institution to build alignment in support of a common goal.
  • Transparency:  Consistently applies openness and honesty in communicating decisions and plans to team members.
  • Commitment to learn:  Receives and provides feedback and constructive criticism professionally.  Applies a growth mentality to their own and their team's development.  Promotes a culture of learning by modeling inquisitiveness and an openness to viewing mistakes as an opportunity to learn and improve.
  • Passion for coaching and mentoring staff:  Empowers and motivates employees and creates opportunities for learning, development, and leadership, with a focus on harnessing skills for the future development of team members.
  • Accountability:  Holds themselves and others accountable.
  • Integrity:  Possesses impeccable integrity and personal and professional values that are consistent with the Center's high standards and mission.
  • Empathy:  Serves as an empathetic, approachable leader who engenders trust and confidence.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility:  Demonstrates comfort with ambiguity and calculated risk-taking.

Compensation: The Center offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits program.

How to Apply: Please click on the link below to apply. A cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references must be included in your application in order to be considered for this role.  It is encouraged to include these application materials as attachments.

Deadline for applications: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

The Center for Reproductive Rights is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring, and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We strongly encourage people from all groups and communities to apply.



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