The Director of Grant Programs will be responsible for overseeing part of GFEMS’ multi-million dollar grant-making and management process. This includes working with the Director of Strategy and Programs to develop a robust process for grantee selection and program implementation, as well as management of a $35M+ and growing grant portfolio. This role will also serve as the liaison for designated major funders to ensure coordination and collaboration. The Director is a strategic, detail-oriented, and effective leader with a deep understanding of human trafficking and the ability to forge strong relationships across the anti-trafficking field.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience; Master’s degree in relevant field (e.g., Public Administration, International Affairs/Policy, Economics, Human Rights) preferred.
  • Minimum 10 years’ experience managing grants and/or overseeing significant grant portfolios; experience managing government funding a significant plus.
  • Ability to see the big picture, help shape long-term Fund objectives, and adjust processes and short-term priorities to achieve those objectives.
  • Demonstrated expertise in UK and EU bilateral donor funding mechanisms and requirements; direct experience implementing programs funded through UK and EU government sources highly-valued.
  • In-depth knowledge of history of, key trends within, and untapped opportunities in anti-slavery efforts to date required, ideally through direct work experience.
  • Proven ability to cultivate productive working relationships with various stakeholder groups in the anti-slavery field, particularly across different cultures.
  • Understanding of key drivers of successful program delivery essential (e.g. strengths and weaknesses, common pitfalls, best practices), from both donor and implementer perspectives, and for a range of organization types (i.e. differences in size, budget, level of maturity, etc).
  • Results-oriented team-player, able to represent GFEMS with a high degree of professionalism and diplomacy.
  • Skilled in strategic planning, project management, public-facing written and verbal communication, and analyzing/synthesizing information for decision-making.

Global living/working experience and foreign language skills a plus.


  • Support Director of Strategy & Programs to develop GFEMS’ geography and sector-specific theories of change and identify the corresponding interventions, innovations, partners, and other resources required to execute and validate the theory of change.
  • Serve as primary liaison with major funders (e.g., DFID, Norad), as well as other stakeholders critical to the Fund’s grantmaking (e.g., Technical Review Panel).
  • Support the development of and provide quality assurance to GFEMS’ grantmaking and management processes, including design of new funding mechanisms where appropriate.
  • Implement GFEMS’ grantmaking and management lifecycle, including coordinating funding opportunity design, solicitation, review, and selection; ensuring sufficient monitoring of grantee progress and reporting; identifying and addressing capacity-building needs where necessary; collaborating with the R&D team to ensure M&E requirements are met.
  • Establish and advance relationships with the anti-trafficking community to ensure the work of GFEMS is building on and contributing to key learnings in the field.
  • Identify and initiate opportunities to leverage GFEMS’ grant work through private sector partnerships (e.g., with corporations or business associations that can co-invest or otherwise complement GFEMS’ interventions); coordinate with GFEMS’ investments team in developing a pipeline of such partnerships