Senior Development Manager

Job description

12 months fixed term contract / full time

Location: The successful candidate may be based in a country where one of the independent National/Regional Greenpeace organisations (NRO’s) is located (subject to agreement). See the locations here. We offer competitive NGO level salary and benefits, the specifics of which depend on location where the successful candidates will be based. We aim to share this information with successful candidates before reaching the offer stage.


Greenpeace International (GPI) is seeking a knowledgeable and strategically minded Senior Development Manager, to join our International Development Department.


The Senior Development Manager will lead a team in providing strategic and enabling support/advice to the leadership of the National Regional Organisations (NROs). They will also advise the International Development Director and the GPI Management Team with the aim of keeping the global organisation together and stronger, aligned according to globally agreed strategic goals, while helping ensure the continual growth and development of individual NROs. They will also line manage, mentor and develop Development Manager(s) as needed.


​​​Your responsibilities will include, but will not be limited to:

  • Contribute to the development of the overall Greenpeace organisational strategy by staying updated on relevant geopolitical developments and trends, seeing opportunities for new NROs or downsizing current NROs, and participating as needed in global projects spearheaded by the International Development Department.

  • Provide or coordinate expert advice to NROs’ Executive Directors and Senior Management Teams in developing their Three Year Strategic Plans and annual Organisational Development Plans, covering the full range of integrated functions within each NRO and ensuring they are aligned with the global organisation’s strategy.

  • Propose and lead the development of global initiatives, programs and mechanisms which enables NROs to improve their performance and address challenges.

  • Act as a mediator between different GPI units and decision-makers at GPI and within NROs in order to address significant challenges, which hinder an NRO progress

  • Facilitate networking, knowledge sharing and best practices among NROs to improve alignments and opportunities for collaboration.

  • Provide analysis and recommendations for any emerging or looming crisis in the specified NROs and be prepared to stand in as an interim leader or in a management capacity in order to resolve the crisis.

  • Represent Greenpeace International at the NRO Boards and act as the primary point of contact for Board Chairs and Executive Directors in relation to governance matters.

  • Actively contribute to and be responsible for Greenpeace global governance systems, standards and practices and be an active partner of NROs in their Governance/Board development work.

  • Mentor and train NRO leaders by actively contributing to the global leadership development programmes: organisational management, crisis management and resolution, programme integration, etc.

  • Mentor partner Development Manager(s) through objective setting, performance reviews, coaching, training and development

Please see the full job description here.

Job requirements

About you: 

  • Significant depth of experience as Executive Director /CEO or Senior Management level of a country or regional office within an international non-profit organisation OR demonstrated ability as a Development Manager or equivalent position in an international non-profit organisation (senior management level), with growing responsibilities and increasing complexity of the portfolio.

  • Academic or professional qualification - preferably in Organisational Development or Management

  • Leadership experience in multicultural or international settings within an international non-profit organisation and/or international organisation.

  • Proven programme management experience, and ideally change management experience in an international setting.

  • Strong experience in organisational development and strategy development in an international non-profit organisation.

  • Excellent communication, presentation and networking skills. Able to engage multiple stakeholders at a senior level and build to consensus around a clear course of action

  • A good track record of delivering complex programs involving capacity building and/or significant knowledge sharing activities

  • Willingness to seek and consider diverse ideas and approaches in order to find creative solutions to complex problems

  • Ability to work as part of an international and multicultural team

  • Strong Programme and/or Campaign leadership experience would be preferable

  • Financial analysis and strategic financial management experience (preferred)

  • Excellent written and spoken English is essential, fluency in other languages is desirable.

  • Willingness and availability to travel when needed

  • Dedication to Greenpeace’s goals and affinity with Greenpeace values


What we offer: 

  • Opportunity to be part of a stimulating, challenging international organisation committed to protect the planet

  • A dedicated international and multicultural team, all striving to reach the same goals and supporting each other along the way

  • Salary in line with the National/Regional Greenpeace Organisation compensation and benefits package.


To Apply:


CLOSING DATE: 23:59 (CEST), 8th December 2021.

To apply for this role, we require you to answer a selection of key criteria and upload your CV (in English) via our online application form.


Addressing the key criteria is an important part of your application. We will be looking for evidence that demonstrates your skills and experience in these areas. Use examples where possible, to draw attention to experience, knowledge, achievements and skills gained in past employment or voluntary/leisure activities, provided they are relevant to the post.


It’s advisable to prepare your responses to the key criteria before starting your online application, as you are unable to save and return to it at a later date.


If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please email us at recruitment.int@greenpeace.org. Please note that all applications must be filled out via the website and can't be submitted via this email.


Greenpeace International is an equal opportunity employer with a longstanding commitment of providing a work environment that respects the dignity and worth of each individual. We recognise and value the benefits and strengths that diversity brings to our employees and the whole organisation and we thrive in an environment that encourages respect and trust. We do not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship, colour, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation and would like to invite you especially to apply!