Development and Outreach Officer


Girls Not Brides is the only global organisation uniquely focused on creating and sustaining a worldwide movement to end child, early and forced marriage and unions (CEFMU) 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 1,400 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 and proactive Development and Outreach Officer to play a key role in mobilising resources, expanding the network, and raising awareness about child marriage globally. The Development and Outreach Officer will work within the Development and Outreach Team to develop and implement fundraising strategies, cultivate donor relationships, lead the development of grant proposals and reporting processes, and support with outreach events.

We are looking for a passionate fundraiser with previous experience in a similar role in the not-for-profit sector, international/intergovernmental organisation or social enterprise. You will have a proven track record of writing funding proposals for trusts and foundations, excellent relationship management and impeccable written communication skills.

Job location

London, UK (hybrid with up to three days on site per week). May include international travel.

Accountable to

Development and Outreach Manager

Salary range

£32,600 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.


Proposal development, grant management and reporting

  • Develop concept notes and proposals, collaborating with relevant teams to ensure alignment with Girls Not Brides‘ priorities and with donor requirements.
  • Coordinate the preparation of budgets, work plans, and other supporting materials for grant applications, ensuring accuracy and compliance with donor guidelines.
  • Support in monitoring grant timelines, deliverables, and reporting requirements to ensure compliance and accountability.
  • Prepare timely and accurate donor reports and updates.

Donor cultivation and stewardship

  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with existing and prospective donors to expand Girls Not Brides‘ network and strengthen collaborations.

Fundraising strategy

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of fundraising strategies to diversify and increase Girls Not Brides‘ funding base, in alignment with organisational goals and priorities.
  • Research and identify potential funding opportunities from diverse sources, including trusts and foundations, governments and corporates.
  • Collaborate with Girls Not Brides‘ internal teams (Regional, Finance, Communications, Learning and Impact teams) to maximise fundraising opportunities.

Outreach events

  • Support the team in the planning and implementation of events and outreach work throughout the year, working with other teams in the Secretariat, our members and partners.
  • Represent Girls Not Brides at meetings, conferences, and events to network with existing and potential donors, to promote the organisation’s mission and impact.

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 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.
  • Proven track record of successfully securing grants and donations from diverse sources, with experience in proposal writing, donor cultivation, and grant management.

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 cultures and backgrounds.
  • Proficiency in all areas of Microsoft Office Suite and adaptability to learn new software packages as needed.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a fast-paced environment, prioritise tasks and meet deadlines effectively.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work unsupervised, possessing strong problem-solving and multitasking skills.
  • Highly organised, detail-oriented and able to manage multiple priorities and deadlines effectively.
  • Fluency in English required.

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.


  • Programmatic experience of working on child marriage or broader work on empowerment of girls and women.
  • Proficiency in French and/or Spanish.
  • Ability and willingness to travel internationally when required.


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 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).

How to apply

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.

The closing date for this role is 23:59 BST (GMT+1) on Sunday 26 May 2024.
In-person interviews will be held on-site on Thursday 6 June & Friday 7 June 2024.

To apply, please click on the ‘Apply now‘ button on the job page and submit your CV and a brief cover letter (no more than two pages) clearly demonstrating how you meet the criteria.

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

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