Board Chair & Non-Executive Director

December 17, 2020

 International Women’s Development Agency (IWDA) is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified candidates for appointment as:

  1. Chair of the Board; or
  2. Non-Executive Director 


IWDA is an Australian-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.

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 in the world at north-south partnerships.  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.

We have set ourselves ambitious goals for 2020-2023, including to:

  1. Resource and contribute to a resilient and vibrant feminist movement
  2. Promote systemic change towards gender equality for all
  3. Build a resilient and relevant feminist organisation

We are seeking suitably qualified candidates with a commitment to working constructively to improving gender equity with one or more of the following skills, capabilities and experiences:

  • Business management within a not-for-profit environment
  • Digital and social technology and its applicability in international development
  • Human resource management
  • Legal skills
  • Fundraising knowledge and expertise and an ability to leverage fundraising opportunities

Preference will be given to applicants who have extensive lived experience in, or strong community ties to, one of the countries in which IWDA supports partners.

Please note: International Women’s Development Agency (IWDA) has an Equal Opportunity exemption (H112/2018) that allows us to advertise for, request applications from, and employ people who identify as women only. IWDA encourages women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and women with disabilities to apply. Any offer of engagement will require a National Police Check and endorsement of IWDA’s Child Protection Code of Conduct.

All candidates should be able to demonstrate an understanding of corporate governance and director’s duties and responsibilities, as well as high standards of ethics, the ability to think critically and impartially, high level interpersonal skills and a constructive approach.

The Board meets (virtually or in-person) bi-monthly, normally on a Tuesday from 4.30 pm to 8 pm and is headquartered in Melbourne.  There are additional committee meetings, and all Directors are expected to participate on a committee and an annual strategic planning session.

Please download a position description (including selection criteria) – links below. Additional information about IWDA, our partners and the work we do can be found on our website

Position Description – IWDA Board Chair

Position Description – IWDA Board Non-Executive Director

To apply for a role, applicants should email the following to

  1. Cover letter identifying the role applying for, addressing the selection criteria and identifying relevant lived experience or community ties (maximum 2 pages)
  2. Copy of resume

Application Close Date: 11.59pm on Sunday 31 January 2021