Are you committed to movement building and are looking for an opportunity to support collective power? Do you have a strong background in all aspects of 21st century grassroots organising and mobilising, and experience working in leadership positions? Then you could be the Membership Manager we are looking for.

The world’s need to advance feminist peace is growing rapidly and so is the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). Several jobs are available, and among them is our new Membership Manager position.

As our new Membership Manager, you will be responsible for building up our membership unit, developing and executing a strategy for membership development, and ensuring that WILPF continues to be a safe, diverse and inclusive organisation that brings women together through membership to advance feminist peace.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Contribute to shaping our organisational vision and culture, hereunder further developing our existing global membership of 33 Sections and 12 Groups.
  • Develop and execute a membership strategy in line with the WILPF International Programme 2018-2021 and the WILPF Strategic Plan 2017-2021 in order to support WILPF to expand and improve our grassroots infrastructure; diversify the membership; foster safe spaces for dialogues and debate between members; and deepen our political power over time.
  • Provide support to our members and Sections/Groups as needed.
  • Manage, coach, and collaborate with our membership team, and with all WILPF Sections and Groups.

You are a fantastic candidate for this role if you have most or all of the following characteristics and qualities:

  • Natural people skills, with the ability to foster trust and mentor others and you are unafraid to initiate difficult conversations.
  • Strong collaboration skills.
  • Respect and sensitivity for all cultures and perspectives.
  • Political awareness, with a global mindset.
  • Ability to take ownership and initiative in everything you do, with an understanding of how to work in a diverse global team.
  • Ability to thrive on major organisational challenges while remaining enthusiastic about optimising procedures to learn from mistakes.
  • Strong persuasive writing and speaking skills.
  • The ability to travel globally.
  • Experience conceiving, planning and/or executing nonviolent direct action.
  • Experience working closely with communities impacted by state-sponsored violence, from Indigenous communities, to LGBTQIA+ to refugees
  • Experience managing and coaching staff to reach ambitious goals, while helping others develop their skills.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Extensive experience working in/with membership organisations, feminist movements, and with grassroot or local civil society organisations in various contexts.
  • Proven track record in project management, grant management, and outreach, with the ability to establish priorities and to maintain a variety of projects and activities simultaneously.
  • Experience with developing, organising and implementing non-violent direct actions, innovations and happenings with a strong focus on movement building.
  • Strong collaborative skills and the ability to organise work across departments to achieve common objectives.
  • Excellent fluency in written and spoken English (additional language is an advantage, especially Spanish or French).
  • Effective mediation skills.
  • Commitment to WILPF’s vision, aims and principles.

Education and Experience

  • University degree and at least 5 years of experience in the field, or if no degree, at least 7 years equivalent experience.
  • Good knowledge and experience of feminist movement building and demonstrated experience working to support the engagement of a membership organisation.
  • Prior experience in a membership organisation, an NGO, and/or campaign organisation a plus.

Interdependencies and Reporting

The Membership Manager reports to the Secretary-General and works in close collaboration with the Director of Global Programmes and the Communications Manager. The Membership Manager works closely with the Membership Coordinator and the Membership and Office Management Intern.

Please read the full Job description before applying.


Reporting line: Secretary-General

Duration: Contract for 2 years with a 3-month probation period

Activity rate: ideally 100%, but open to candidates interested in 80%-100%

Based in: Geneva, Switzerland, or other location if agreed

Type of employment: staff contract if based in WILPF international offices – consultant contract if based elsewhere

Starting date: May/June 2020

The salary will depend on location and type of contract, and based on experience and qualifications.


Please submit your motivation letter and CV to with “Application for Membership Manager” in the subject field for consideration before 2 April 2020.