Are you committed to feminist peace and looking for an opportunity to advance transformative work on women, peace and security? Do you have new ideas to bring to WILPF? 

The Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Director of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) has the overall responsibility for our WPS work on advocacy, fundraising, programme plans and management. The Director is based at our office in New York.  As our new Women, Peace and Security Director your responsibilities will be:


  • Direct political advocacy around the Women, Peace and Security Agenda and key country priorities.
  • Develop analysis and recommendations on key country and thematic priorities based on opportunities particularly at the Security Council.
  • Represent WILPF in WPS meetings and political spaces.
  • Cultivate relationships with NGO partners, UN entities and Member State representatives to the UN, and liaise with coalitions and partners.

Financial and Funding

  • Fundraise to run the WPS programme work.
  • Manage and develop current donors and create new funding partnerships.
  • Financial management responsibility for the programme (currently USD 300,000/year).

Strategy, Implementation and Learning

  • Oversee implementation of programme’s current strategic focus areas and commitments.
  • Participate actively in organisational Strategy meetings and committees.
  • Devise systems for following up on issues arising from WILPF sections and partners, particularly in relation to peace processes.
  • Manage internal monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) processes.

Management and Coordination 

  • Manage two WPS staff team (WPS Coordinator and Associate), fellow (s) and/or consultants.
    • Support monitoring (WPS Security Council, National Action Plan, and UN Monitoring tools) with WPS Coordinator; support outreach with WPS Associate; and support research/analysis projects with WPS team.
  • Manage key partnership and projects as determined by the Secretary-General (SG) and Director of Global Programmes (DGP) and fit with priorities.
  • Work across the organisation to create ideas and advance programme work.
  • Work with programmes and teams on country and regional focus including for example MENA team.
  • Work with sections and programmes to coordinate and develop priorities and initiatives including:
    • Manage WPS small grants to sections from selection through reporting.
    • Travel to sections to support work on WPS.
    • Liaise with the SG of WILPF to ensure that the International Board is cognisant of work done and attend occasional Board meetings to up date in person.

About you:

  • Experience working in the areas: peace, feminism, gender equality, and disarmament particularly related to Women, Peace and Security.
  • Experience in advocacy, preferably within the UN system or national level.
  • Excellent skills in networking, analysis, communications and management.
  • Good knowledge of and interest in WILPF’s work, aims and principles.
  • Demonstrated success in fundraising, donor cultivation, proposal writing and reporting.
  • Expertise in strategic planning and implementation, as well as in monitoring, evaluation, and learning.
  • Strong collaborative skills and ability to organise work with others including members, activists, diplomats, coalitions to realise social justice goals.
  • Fluency in English. Other languages skills preferred (especially Arabic, Spanish, or French).
  • Graduate degree preferable in one or more of the following fields: law, gender, women’s rights, peace, international relations, human rights, social sciences or related disciplines.
  • Minimum 7 years of relevant work experience with prior experience in NGOs, international and/or campaign organisations a plus.

About us:

  • You will report to the Secretary-General and Director of Global Programmes.
  • The WPS Director supervises with the WPS Coordinator and Communications Associate, WPS fellow, and works in close collaboration with UN Office/Finance Manager, and other programme staff and WILPF members.
  • We are a feminist organisation with team of passionate individuals, who focus on cooperation and sense of responsibility.
  • Our culture is informal, yet professional, and we have a strong preference for teamwork.
  • Our team consists of multiple nationalities, is based in three offices (Geneva, London, New York) and our working language is English.
  • Read more about Women Peace and Security programme on:
  • Read more about WILPF as a membership peace organisation on:


Permanent position

Based in New York

Starting date: January or early 2020

Gross yearly salary: $USD 72,500 – $85,000 for full time role plus benefits

How to Apply

Interested candidates should apply before 20 December 2019 by submitting a letter of interest, resume and a writing sample, preferably as PDF files.

The applications should be emailed at with “WPS Director Application” written in the subject line.