US Based Development Lead

Since 2009, Gardens for Health International (GHI) has implemented nutrition-sensitive agriculture programs to combat childhood malnutrition in Rwanda. We seek to fundamentally change the treatment of malnutrition by working with families to establish nutritious home gardens, while equipping them with knowledge to support long-term health. GHI’s core program works with government-run health centers. In addition, we collaborate with a variety of governmental and non governmental partners to bring our expertise to new settings and populations, including schools and refugee camps. We are an impact-driven organization with a deep commitment to ensuring that every  program we design responds to the unique needs of the communities we serve. Our team is flexible,  innovative, and passionate about sparking lasting change. GHI is proudly locally led, with a dedicated staff of over fifty Rwandan nationals. Our headquarters are located just outside of Kigali where we operate a five-acre demonstration and production farm.


The Role

The Development Lead is an exciting opportunity for a highly organized self-starter who shares a  commitment to GHI’s values and work. The Development Lead will oversee annual fund program, capital campaigns, planned giving and major gifts giving while actively collaborating on foundation  giving and in-country partnerships – GHI’s annual income is evenly divided between individuals,  foundations, and in-country partnerships. The Development Lead will also play an important strategic role, shaping the organization’s overall development and communications strategies and establishing  annual goals.


Job Responsibilities

In collaboration with the Development and Communications team (Rwanda), Executive Director  (Rwanda) and Board of Directors (U.S.): 
  • Lead individual donor stewardship, including relationship management, organizational  updates, and thank you notes
  • Lead fundraising campaigns, especially end-of-year giving
  • Support foundation giving, including prospecting, grant writing, and reporting
  • Review in-country partnerships proposals
  • Manage relationships with all U.S. based major donors and foundation contacts
  • Maintain the donor database in Salesforce
  • Support the design and execution of the organization’s development strategy, raising ~$1  million annually
  • Support the design and execution of the organization’s communications strategy, including  social media, newsletters, and marketing materials such as the annual report
  • Support quarterly U.S. Board meetings, including producing income projections and  development updates
  • Support bi-annual Advisory Board meetings
  • Support the Executive Director in preparing for conferences and donor meetings


  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Must be based in the US
  • At least three years of relevant work experience, preferably in development/ advancement/fundraising or international nonprofit management
  • Experience working in cross-cultural, international settings
  • Strong organizational and project management skills with the ability to juggle multiple  priorities, big and small
  • Demonstrated success with fundraising, grant writing, partnerships, and/or marketing
  • Exceptional written communication skills for diverse audiences
  • Experience working independently and remotely
  • Fluency in Microsoft Office Suite and Google Suite
  • Passion for GHI’s mission, values (commitment to the families we serve, belief in the  potential of people, open and honest communication, humility and empathy, and commitment  to long-term impact), and culture (“turi kumwe” in Kinyarwanda, meaning “we are all in this  together” or “we are one”)
  • Bonus: demonstrated experience in food, nutrition, agriculture, and/or global health


Hours and Compensation
  • 20 hours/week at $25–$35/hour, commensurate with experience
  • Increased hours during holiday giving are anticipated and will be compensated
Equal Employment Opportunity  
Gardens for Health International is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse staff. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation), disability status, or any  other characteristic protected by law. We encourage and welcome all interested potential applicants.





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