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MADRE Program Coordinator 

MADRE is an international women's human rights organization partnering with grassroots women to create social change in contexts of war, disaster, their aftermath. MADRE supports our sister organizations to meet urgent community needs and trains and accompanies women to effect long-term change. MADRE galvanizes people around the world in support of our partners' demands by shaping public opinion and policy.

MADRE seeks a Program Coordinator to support in country programs implementation, facilitate international advocacy strategies for partners, provide strategic support, and play a key role in conducting research and writing on program areas. This position reports to MADRE Program Director.


Partnership for Change Program

  • Develop and update strategic framework for MADRE programs in country as agreed upon with the Programs Director;
  • Provide support to MADRE partners in project development and implementation as well as Monitoring and Evaluation methods to expand the impact of MADRE’s work as agreed upon with the Programs Director;
  • Contribute to research and writing on MADRE Program Areas (Rape as Weapon of War; Climate Justice/Gender Justice; and, Sexual Rights) to further project implementation;
  • Contribute to furthering MADRE’s international advocacy strategy by participating and coordinating MADRE and sister organizations’ advocacy efforts at international forums such as the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, and other key UN processes and events;
  • Support emergency responses to crisis through MADRE Emergency and Disaster Relief Fund;
  • Gather and compile information from sister organizations to update proposals and reports to funders;
  • Write program updates on sister organizations’ programs for MADRE website, the MADRE blog, and third party websites, and MADRE publications;
  • Maintain general correspondence & provide support to sister organizations in different regions;
  • Train and supervise interns to provide programmatic and administrative support to the Programs Department;
  • Create and reconcile annual Programs Department Budget in coordination with Program Director and Financial Officer;
  • Oversee disbursements of grants and other program contributions to sister and network organizations.
  • University degree in related field: social sciences, international relations, development, gender studies, human rights, etc.;
  • Plus 3-5 years of work experience, specifically experience in developing international programs/projects with development or human rights organizations;
  • Strong demonstrated interest and familiarity with global women’s issues, gender analysis and human rights;
  • Spanish language skills, high working proficiency or fluency highly desired; Arabic is a plus;
  • Strong research, analytical, and writing skills, with an emphasis on keen editing skills and attention to detail;
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a dynamic team;
  • Ability to prioritize tasks, swiftly shift priorities, and work in a fast-paced environment with tight deadlines, sometimes in difficult conditions, is necessary;
  • Demonstrated cultural sensitivity required;
  • International travel or professional experience abroad highly desirable; and,
  • Strong computer skills including MS Office applications and social networking tools. 
How to apply 

MADRE offers competitive benefits and is an equal opportunity employer.

Please send resume and detailed cover letter to after reviewing our website at

We will contact qualified applicants only. No phone calls, please. Position open until filled.

Starting Date: October 27, 2014

MADRE Development Director 

MADRE seeks an experienced development professional with a strong track record of securing both private and public funds to oversee all aspects of its fundraising. This position works with both MADRE staff and board, reporting to the Executive Director (ED).

The Development Director is responsible with the ED for raising the organization's annual budget of $3 million. This is to be achieved through providing strategic leadership, work product and supervision to staff who report to the Development Director. The position entails supervising MADRE’s development team in all aspects of fundraising, including prospecting new donors, grant writing, reporting, and stewarding relationships with funders.

The ideal candidate has the ability to lead staff in fundraising strategies, including leveraging strong contacts with funding institutions, and be an integral part of a successful, growing organization. Importantly, the ideal candidate has the ability to work independently and take initiative while providing leadership, management and strategic direction to MADRE’s development staff. We are looking for someone with dedication, flexibility, energy and enthusiasm—a professional working closely with the ED to create and develop sustained relationships with a wide range of funders, and be a key driver in helping MADRE achieve its strategic growth goals. The candidate should have outstanding interpersonal skills with the ability to deal effectively with a wide range of individuals and groups, while demonstrating warmth, integrity and professionalism.

The Development Director is responsible for foundation, corporate and individual fundraising, working with the ED, who will orient and provide direction. Responsibilities include:

  • Secure financial support from, and develop strategic relationships with, institutional donors, including foundations and corporations, and begin efforts to tap investment capital;
  • Lead the stewardship of our long-term donors, and ensure they receive timely reports and new requests for funding;
  • In coordination with the ED, develop and coordinate a major individual donor program;
  • Develop and execute an overall organizational fundraising strategy, including benchmarks for progress and needed systems and tools to implement priorities;
  • Build and supervise a team of staff/consultants to achieve fundraising goals, including research, pipeline tracking, and execution of proposals, reports, and written communication;
  • Identify new funding opportunities and donor prospects; 
  • Oversee the development of high quality proposals that meet donor requirements;
  • Strengthen MADRE’s capacity to compete for funding calls in coordination with relevant stakeholders;
  • Work w/ ED and Bookkeeper to ensure that all proposal submissions include budgets that adequately cover costs;
  • Work closely with staff to develop and present ideas to potential donors;
  • Work closely with staff to ensure fundraising goals are aligned with program goals;
  • Analyze development data and reports on a quarterly basis to ensure our best efforts are invested in areas that yield high results; 
  • And, other duties as assigned by the ED.


  • Minimum 8-10 years non-profit development experience;
  • Proven ability to raise an annual budget on par with MADRE’s and cultivate new donors; 
  • Experience working with both foundations and private donors strongly preferred; 
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including superior writing skills and the ability to effectively manage a variety of relationships;
  • Proven supervision and management skills and ability to negotiate effectively with donors and partners;
  • Experience with strategic planning;
  • Strong critical thinking, research, and analytical skills;
  • Strong organizational skills with ability to juggle multiple tasks, set priorities, effectively manage time and meet deadlines, and proven ability to work under pressure; 
  • Strong knowledge of current trends in charitable giving; 
  • Expertise in the content of MADRE’s work and familiarity with the International Women’s Human Rights movement and its allies preferred. 

To apply, send resume and cover letter to No phone calls, please.

MADRE, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.



MADRE internships are a great way to gain work experience and support MADRE's work with women and families worldwide.

Internships come with a $15/day stipend and require a minimum time commitment of 15 hours a week for at least three months. Internships take place at the MADRE office in Manhattan.  MADRE offers three internship sessions throughout the year: Summer (June-August), Fall (September-December), and Spring (January-May).

Please send your application to ONLY one email address. If you wish to apply to multiple internships send your application to your first choice and include your other choices in your cover letter.

Internship positions include:

Program Intern

Deadlines:  March 15 (Summer); July 15 (Fall); November 15 (Spring) 

  • Assist with Partnerships for Change projects, including program updates, proposals, reports, highlights, and profiles of organizations.
  • Research specific issues related to MADRE programs: Peace Building, Women's Health/Violence Against Women/Sexual Rights, Economic & Environmental Justice.
  • Provide support for MADRE campaigns and programs.
  • Monitor UN debates on issues related to MADRE programs and issue areas.
  • Provide research support on women's human rights, using UN reports and other resources.
  • Provide administrative support to MADRE staff.

**Bilingual Spanish/English language skills are desired, but not required, for the Program Intern position.

To apply please send a resume and cover letter to: No phone calls, please.

Human Rights Legal Advocacy Intern

Deadlines: March 15 (Summer); July 15 (Fall); November 15 (Spring) 

  • Represent MADRE at meetings and in coalition work with other NGOs and UN contacts
  • Follow and participate in the Gender Equality Architecture Reform (GEAR) Campaign, the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) meetings, and other UN processes as needed
  • Draft and submit memoranda of law to Special Rapporteurs, as needed
  • Conduct research for publications and program work on gender dimensions of women’s health and violence against women; and peace building and women’s political participation
  • Develop and implement a strategy to advance women’s human rights in UN processes
  • Collaborate with MADRE Program and Human Rights Advocacy staff

To apply please send a resume and cover letter to: No phone calls, please.

Communications Intern

Deadlines: March 15 (Summer); July 15 (Fall); November 15 (Spring)

  • Monitor international news reports related to MADRE program areas and partnerships.
  • Assist in creating content, designing and producing MADRE print materials and newsletters
  • Assist with e-communications to MADRE's membership.
  • Conduct research and draft content for MADRE's website.
  • Assist with social networking initiatives.
  • Draft and post blog entries to myMADRE, the MADRE blog.
  • Provide research assistance as needed.
  • Assist with event planning and outreach.

To apply please send a resume and cover letter to: No phone calls, please.

Development Intern

Deadlines: March 15 (Summer); July 15 (Fall); November 15 (Spring)

  • Assist development staff with research on topics related to grant proposals.
  • Research funding opportunities (with businesses and religious communities).
  • Assist staff with written communications with funders and follow-up phone calls.
  • Assist with the maintenance of funder files (electronic and paper).

To apply please send a resume and cover letter to: No phone calls, please.

Humanitarian Aid Campaign Intern

Deadlines: March 15 (Summer); July 15 (Fall); November 15 (Spring)   

  • Engage in ongoing aid campaigns by soliciting, gathering, and inventorying material donations that meet the specific needs of MADRE’s sister organizations around the world.
  • Maintain and update large donor and inventory databases.
  • Research women’s human rights issues as background for student outreach and new campaign launches.
  • Design and write promotional materials in a variety of media.
  • Assist with planning and execution of donor events and fundraisers.
  • Position may involve lifting and transporting boxes around New York City; interns will also provide occasional administrative support to MADRE staff.
  • Experienced interns may have the opportunity to launch their own humanitarian aid campaigns

To apply please send a resume and cover letter to: No phone calls, please.

Accounting Intern

Deadlines: March 15 (Summer); July 15 (Fall); November 15 (Spring)

  • Assist with data entry and maintaining electronic files.
  • Assist in the reconciliation of financial transactions.
  • Possess thorough knowledge of Microsoft Excel.
  • Possess knowledge of Fund E-Z or a comparable computerized accounting system.

To apply please send a resume and cover letter to: No phone calls, please.

Please send your application to ONLY one email address. If you wish to apply to multiple internships send your application to your first choice and include your other choices in your cover letter.