Job title:       Director of External Affairs

Reports to:  Chief Executive Officer

Location:      Open

Position type:  TBD based on location


About the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery

The Global Fund to End Modern Slavery (GFEMS) is an international fund that works to dismantle the systems that perpetuate modern slavery. To do this, we mobilize new and diverse funding. We collaborate with governments, the private sector, philanthropists, and civil society. And we invest in programs and solutions that are scalable and sustainable.


GFEMS is working to build a coherent global strategy against trafficking and slavery. Our investments target regions and sectors with high prevalence of modern slavery and high potential for impact. The Fund also invests in building the evidence base for the anti-trafficking field and generating knowledge products to inform interventions. We invite you to read more about the fund’s strategy, investments, and impact at


Position Summary 


The Fund seeks an ambitious, experienced Director of External Affairs who thrives in environments requiring adaptability, teamwork, and a willingness to roll up your sleeves and get to work. The ideal candidate will be motivated by the opportunity to help build on the Fund’s early work and expand its global reach. This individual will join a passionate, entrepreneurial team working to end modern slavery by mobilizing unprecedented resources, collaborating with partners around the world, and investing in comprehensive programs to end modern slavery.


The Director of External Affairs will spearhead development and execution of a robust government engagement and communications strategy in alignment with the Fund’s organizational objectives. 


Position Responsibilities:


Government Relations:

  • Develop and execute ambitious, forward-looking government engagement strategies that align with the Fund’s organizational objectives.

  • Establish, cultivate, track, and maintain outreach and relationships with high priority governments in partnership with the CEO and Board.

  • Coordinate and undertake public and private advocacy for policy and resource commitments related to the Fund’s mission.

  • Design, procure, and manage activities of public/government affairs partners and consultants.

  • Oversee planning and implementation of public engagements (e.g., convenings, webinars, Hill briefings, etc.) to support the Fund’s objectives.



  • Develop and execute organizational communications strategy.

  • Oversee all of the Fund’s external messaging and brand management via website, social media, newsletter, and public events.

  • Manage communications team and ensure alignment of communications workstreams (e.g., development of publications, newsletters, website updates, social media campaign content, thought leadership articles, special projects, etc.) with overarching strategy. 

  • Lead creation of presentations, collaterals, and related materials in support of the Fund’s stakeholder outreach and engagements.

  • Manage media engagement and public statements in response to time-sensitive issues that arise.


Required Experience/Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent combination of education and experience in relevant field.

  • 8+ years of government engagement and communications experience, preferably with global multi-donor entities, multilateral organizations, or international NGOs. 

  • Proven track record of success managing stakeholder relationships; demonstrated ability to set strategic goals and execute.

  • Experience developing strategic outreach plans, talking points, and pitch decks for prospective government partners and donors.

  • Strong client-facing and interpersonal skills with ability to develop relationships and work at all levels and across all functions.

  • Experience with Salesforce or other CRM to track stakeholder engagement preferred.

  • Proven ability to motivate and manage a communications team.

  • Demonstrated proficiency managing external advisory firms, external vendors, and graphic design partners for asset creation.

  • Significant global network of communications professionals, media contacts, and government stakeholders preferred. 

  • Extremely well-organized; a proactive self-starter, capable of handling multiple tasks and establishing priorities in the face of competing demands.

  • Effective communicator with excellent public speaking and writing skills.

  • Credible resource with deep knowledge of modern slavery or other related field or candidates with personal lived experience of modern slavery are encouraged to apply.


At this time, GFEMS is not sponsoring applicants for work visas and is only able to consider candidates with existing work authorization in relevant country.


To Apply

Email cover letter (max 1 page) and resume in a single PDF to Please title document [firstname lastname] – Director of External Affairs and use the subject line Director of External Affairs. Note that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so interested candidates are encouraged to apply ASAP.



GFEMS provides equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, pregnancy, national origin, disability, veteran or military status, citizenship status, or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, or local law. Individuals from all backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.


GFEMS is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We work to ensure that only those that are suitable to work within our values are recruited to work for us.