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Director, Partnerships

International Women's Development Agency |
ACFID Member: 1
Location: Hybrid | VIC
Sub location(s): Melbourne CBD
  • Permanent, full-time role
  • Based in Melbourne CBD (combination WFH and office )
  • Great opportunity to lead passionate Partnerships team in a progressive international development organisation.

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.

VISION Gender equality for all

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

VALUES Feminist, Accountable, Collaborative, Transformative

Strategic Goals 2025:

1.     Resource and contribute to a resilient and vibrant feminist movement, 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 the 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.


IWDA works in partnership with diverse women’s rights organisations in Asia and the Pacific; with international women’s movements and coalitions, and with government and academic institutions in Australia to address the practical and structural barriers to gender equality. Through supportive and enabling ways of working, and resourcing our partners with money, skills and access, IWDA seeks to contribute to transformational, systemic change in order to realise our vision of gender equality for all.

The Director, Partnerships will have primary accountability and ownership of IWDA’s partnership approach as it translates into practice with a transformative, feminist and decolonial lens.

This inspirational leader will strategically position and oversee IWDA’s grantee partnerships in Asia and the Pacific and contract delivery, as well as maintain, strengthen, and build relationships with existing and potential new donors to support grantee partners and programs. It will also work to amplify IWDA and our partners’ impact, and work alongside colleagues to coordinate resources and innovations towards systemic change.

The Director is an integral member of IWDA’s Executive Leadership Team and will work collaboratively to ensure IWDA’s sustainability, effectiveness and sector influence, as well as  ensure accountability and compliance requirements are met to best practice standards.

Find the full position description here.
This is a permanent, full-time role. Classified at SCHADS 7 and paid a competitive, above Award salary, plus superannuation and salary packaging.

Some of the benefits:

  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Salary packaging
  • Employee Assistance program
  • Additional end of year leave for all, additional paid personal/carer’s and paid 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 EO exemption (H69/2022) and requests applications from people who identify as women only (cis or trans).

The successful candidate will work closely with our partner organisations based in the Pacific and South East Asia, to meet the specific needs of women in those regions. Accordingly, IWDA seeks applications from women (cis or trans) with lived experience in the Pacific or South East Asia; that is, from individuals who are native to a culture of the Pacific or Asia including to an Indigenous culture in a settler society in 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.

Closing Date: Jul 14, 2024