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Development Manager

For over ten years, Gardens for Health International (GHI) has implemented nutrition-sensitive agriculture programs to combat childhood malnutrition in Rwanda. Our organization seeks to fundamentally change the clinical treatment of malnutrition by supporting families to establish nutritious home gardens, while also equipping them with the nutrition and health knowledge they need to keep their children healthy in the long-term. GHI’s core program works in collaboration with government-run health centers to identify and support rural families struggling with malnutrition. In addition to this core program, GHI is scaling its impact by engaging with a variety of governmental and non-governmental partners to bring our expertise to new settings and new populations, such as primary schools and refugee camps. Our implementing partners include the World Food Programme, Mainsprings, Regenerosity and Vanguard Economics to mention but a few. GHI has a dedicated staff of over forty in Rwanda. Our headquarters are located just outside of Kigali in Ndera, where we operate a 5-acre demonstration and production farm. We also maintain a small fundraising and operations office in Cambridge, Massachusetts in the US. We are an impact-driven organization with a deep commitment to ensuring that every program we design meets and responds to the unique needs of the communities we serve. Our team is flexible, innovative, and passionate about sparking lasting change.



The Development Manager is responsible for designing and executing a comprehensive development strategy that advances GHI’s mission by securing and maintaining philanthropic support from foundations and individual donors. The Development Manager is the leader of the three-person Development and Communications Team, along with the Communications Associate and US Operations Manager, with support from the Executive Director. The Development Manager is also an integral member of GHI’s management team. The job involves overseeing the planning, development, and implementation of all development activities to secure funding for the organization.


Job Responsibilities

The Development Manager’s job duties include, but are not limited to:

Develop Fundraising and Development Strategy

  • Design and execute a dynamic, comprehensive development strategy to grow GHI’s annual and multi-year revenue targets
  • Manage GHI’s grant portfolio of private foundations, individual donors, and in-country partnerships
  • Lead several fundraising campaigns a year to drive revenue


Drive Implementation of Development Strategy

  • Manage the grant prospecting, writing, and reporting processes for new and existing opportunities
  • Identify and prospect new potential grantor and funders such as family foundations and in- country partnerships
  • Drive the growth and diversification of the grant portfolio
  • Maintain relationships with external stakeholders including individual donors and foundation representatives
  • Design and manage fundraising campaigns and events
  • Coordinate donor visits in Rwanda


Advance GHI through Communications and Representation

  • Design the Communications Strategy alongside the Development and Communications team to ensure consistent communication with all supporters
  • Supervise the Communications Associate as they execute GHI’s communications strategy including social media, e-newsletters, and marketing materials
  • Lead the development of the annual report
  • Serve as an ambassador of GHI in meetings with supporters, donors, and foundations
  • Ensure GHI’s work impact’s visibility locally, regionally and globally


Collaborate with GHI Staff

  • Serve as the leader of the Development and Communications team alongside the US Operations Manager and Communications Associate, with support from the Executive Director
  • Work closely with all other teams to assemble funding proposals and embed development efforts into teams’ workflow
  • Support GHI Staff in local partnerships grant reporting
  • Serve as a vital member of the management team


  • Bachelor’s Degree required, preferably in International Studies, Public Relations, Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, or Marketing
  • At least three years of relevant working experience, preferably in an NGO setting
  • Fluency in English
  • Exceptional written communication skills for diverse audiences
  • Experience working in cross-cultural and international settings
  • Organizational skills and project management experience
  • Demonstrated success in development and fundraising
  • Experience cultivating relationships with external stakeholders
  • Fluency in Microsoft Office Suite and Google Suite
  • Passion for Gardens for Health’s vision and values with a commitment to serving the organization’s mission
  • Based in and authorized to work in Rwanda, GHI is unable to sponsor a visa for this position



Place of Work: Ndera with travel to the field as required
Reports to: Executive Director
Staff reporting to this position: Communications Associate
Time frame: Open Ended
Tentative start date: ASAP




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