Director of Grant Programs


Job Title:       Director of Grant Programs

Reports to:   Director of Strategy and Programs

Location:      Rosslyn, VA
Note: At this time, GFEMS is not sponsoring applicants for work visas and is only able to consider candidates with existing work authorization in the United States.


The Global Fund to End Modern Slavery (GFEMS) is a bold international fund forging public-private partnerships and catalyzing a coherent global strategy to end modern slavery. Our mission is to end modern slavery by making it economically unprofitable.

GFEMS will make grants across sectors and geographies with a focus on three core funding themes: rule of law, business engagement, and sustaining freedom.  The Fund’s strategy also includes the development of public-private investments across key industries and innovative approaches to evaluating what works in reducing the prevalence of modern slavery. We invite you to read more about the fund’s strategy and early investment priorities at


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.


  • 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


  • 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.


Please email a cover letter and resume in a single PDF to Please title document [firstname lastname] - Dir of Grant Programs and use subject line Dir of Grant Programs. 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 take all possible measures to ensure that only those that are suitable to work within our values are recruited to work for us.

Sara Beatty