ABOUT THE DISABILITY RIGHTS FUND AND THE DISABILITY
RIGHTS ADVOCACY FUND
The Disability Rights Fund (DRF) is a $6.5 million grantmaking
collaboration between a diversity of donors and the global
disability rights community that resources organizations of persons
with disabilities (DPOs) to advocate for equal rights and full
participation in society. We currently work across Africa, Asia,
the Pacific Islands, and the Caribbean. The Disability Rights
Advocacy Fund (DRAF) is DRF’s sister organization, supporting
advocacy for legislative change. The Funds – which are based on a
participatory grantmaking model – annually make 100-125 grants
ranging from USD $5,000-$50,000 each to DPOs to advance the UN
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD),
including in implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals
DRF/DRAF are in a period of significant organizational growth.
The current pandemic has highlighted the critical importance of
ensuring that government actions globally are inclusive of persons
with disabilities. There is increased donor interest in
disability-inclusive approaches, and a current opportunity to
extend and strengthen bilateral donor support for addressing the
rights of persons with disabilities around the world. The Associate
Director of Bilateral Relations will work closely with the Founding
Executive Director and the Director of Development to lead work on:
managing and deepening relationships with current bilateral donors,
adding new bilateral donors to our portfolio, and creating
communications and events which meet the needs of these donors. The
Associate Director of Bilateral Relations will manage all bilateral
proposal development, reporting, regular communications, and
The Associate Director of Bilateral Relations will report to the
Director of Development with a dotted line to the Founding
Executive Director, who has successfully built the multi-year
bilateral funding relationships DRF/DRAF currently have. This
position requires experience in bilateral fundraising,
disability-inclusive development, and excellent relationship
management. The Associate Director of Bilateral Relations will also
bring strategic thinking to underpin and grow partnerships with new
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND
- Research and identify bilateral donor prospects, their current
priorities, guidelines, and requests for proposals; build
relationships with key contacts towards funding requests.
- Utilize DRF/DRAF relationships and history of funding with
current bilateral donors as a basis for outreach and relationship
building with new potential bilateral donors.
- Organize and lead bilateral funding strategy and proposal
development meetings with the Founding ED, Director of Development,
Deputy Director, Finance Director, and other staff as needed.
- Manage process of gathering needed content for development of
new relationships and concept notes/proposals from relevant staff
and other sources; draft (and re-draft) proposal sections for
- Work with relevant staff to assemble and update all needed
information including organizational and project budgets and other
financial information, logframe/theory of change, organizational
information, and other proposal attachments.
- Coordinate and edit any staff writing to ensure consistency of
voice and avoid repetition of information in proposals. Maintain
quality results by using past proposals and/or templates; by
following proposal-writing standards including readability,
consistency, and tone; and by meeting all donor guidelines and
- Meet proposal deadlines by establishing priorities and target
dates for information gathering, writing, review, and approval;
entering and monitoring tracking data; coordinating requirements
with contributors; contributing proposal status information to
review meetings; and preparing proposals with all attachments for
- Coordinate with Program Director and Evaluation and Learning
Manager to ensure we maintain relations with bilateral
representatives in the countries where we operate and stay on track
with DRF/DRAF deliverables.
- Work closely with Evaluation and Learning Manager, Finance
Director, and Director of Grants Management on reporting.
- Ensure that DRF/DRAF comply with the requirements and policies
of bilateral donors, in collaboration with the Safeguarding Team
- Collaboratively prepare for and lead meetings with bilateral
donors both virtually and in-person as scheduled and needed.
- Stay on top of bilateral donor requests and coordinate with
other relevant staff to respond promptly.
- Maintain up-to-date knowledge of issues and trends facing
disabled persons organizations (DPOs) globally, particularly in
DRF/DRAF’s geographic and thematic focus areas.
- Maintain clear documentation through digital filing and
- Other related duties and responsibilities as assigned from time
to time by the DRF/DRAF Director of Development and Founding
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
The ideal candidate will possess exceptional relational skills
and a keen understanding of best practices in fundraising from
governments. They should have a proven ability to meet fundraising
objectives with a record of accomplishment in bilateral
fundraising, in particular. The candidate will be a professional of
the highest integrity and will seek to bring out the best in other
members of the team.
- Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 6-8 years’ experience in
fundraising with a focus on human rights and international
development, with at least 3 in bilateral fundraising.
- Multiple years’ experience and a record of success in
fundraising from bilateral donors.
- Detailed understanding of bilateral donor due diligence
processes and requirements. Prefer existing relationships with
- Expertise in raising funds for rights advocacy by marginalized
groups in the developing world. Prefer experience in
- Ability to think strategically and work in partnership with
other international funders, donors, and allies.
- An experienced writer who is able to translate complex ideas
and data into compelling proposals and stories that can translate
the challenge in addressing international disability rights into
- Ability to align financial information with narrative of
- A superb colleague with outstanding verbal and written
communication skills and a professional demeanor.
- Strong planning and project management skills.
- An independent, confident self-starter who is also skilled at
working in a collaborative and inclusive environment; a willingness
to learn and challenge personal paradigms; good listening
- Capacity to work on multiple tasks and projects simultaneously,
while still meeting the priorities of the position.
- Ability to be nimble and pivot in response to
- Commitment to the human rights of persons with disabilities and
the organizational mission, and demonstrated understanding of
marginalized and intersectional identities.
- Demonstrated ability to work well with diverse populations and
across countries working in an e-office environment.
- Knowledge of best practices in the field of international
development and human rights advocacy, with particular strength in
both innovation and learning.
- Knowledge of the field of international disability rights and,
specifically, the CRPD. Experience in working with Disabled
- Knowledge of international development, and specifically, the
Sustainable Development Goals.
- Detail-oriented while still able to understand and promote a
global view of the disability rights field and DRF/DRAF.
- Experience working on remote teams is a plus.
- Existing networks with bilateral donors and/or mission offices
within DRF/DRAF’s target countries.
- If not based in Boston, the candidate must have the ability to
work independently from a home location. Preference will be given
to an individual based in the U.S., in particular the Northeast or
D.C., or to someone in a country where DRF/DRAF currently operate
and who has the requisite experience.
- If not Boston-based, travel will be required to DRF’s Boston
office on an as-needed basis. International and other domestic
travel may be needed.
SALARY AND BENEFITS
This is a full-time position; salary will be commensurate with
experience. DRF offers an excellent benefits package including
employer paid medical, dental, and vision insurance for