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Head of Development | Orchid Project

Do you want to play a key role in creating a world free from female genital cutting (FGC)? Orchid Project are recruiting a Head of Development to lead their fundraising, securing income from institutional and trust & foundation sources, amongst others.

  • Location: Homebased with travel to Vauxhall, SE11 5RR
  • Salary: £45,000 – £52,000

Welcome from Grethe Petersen, CEO

Thank you for your interest in becoming our new Head of Development at Orchid Project. This is a crucial role for the growth of our organisation.

At Orchid Project, we have a clear vision. We work towards a world free from female genital cutting (FGC) – something we believe is entirely possible. Every year, 4.1 million girls are cut as a result of the practice. We are a small but growing and dynamic charity with a proven track record of delivering programmes, advocacy and communications to end FGC.

This post is of great significance for us as we move to the next phase of our organisation with our new strategy.

We are building the evidence to end the practice, strengthening the sector to attract resources and commitments, and working in partnership with organisations in practicing countries.

We want to scale our work and increase the focus of ending the practice of cutting by 2030.  To deliver on this promise requires us to inspire others to see their role in ending FGC.  We need to continue working with partners and grow networks at global, regional and national levels.

Orchid Project has a track record of fundraising success since we were established in 2011. We have a continued need to achieve scale in our three areas of work:

  • Advocate for prioritisation and resources to end FGC
  • Share best practice, and communicate the scale and impact of FGC and how it is ending
  • Partner with grassroots and other organisations working towards abandonment in practising countries

The Head of Development reports directly to me and works closely with all our teams. You will take responsibility for income generation, specifically leading on institutional and trust and foundation income. This is a broad role, which will also include working with me on stewarding major donor relationships as well as developing online fundraising.


We are looking for someone who is keen to be part of our senior leadership team. We are a nimble, effective and passionate team. We thrive on partnerships and are open and transparent in our behaviours. We are seeking a team player, and someone with a positive outlook and drive for making a difference for girls and women.

Working for a smaller charity presents both opportunities and challenges. You need to take your job seriously, with the composure and experience to navigate complexity and yet be able to laugh at absurdity. No two days are the same, and we expect you to be an experienced professional who thrives in a constantly evolving environment. You will certainly need to bring experience in trusts and institutional fundraising, and be keen to experience other areas of work.

In return we offer you an opportunity to contribute to an end to female genital cutting in an empowering and positive environment. Women’s issues are a global topic, and if you are passionate about our work then you will feel a great deal of personal satisfaction from knowing you are playing a significant role in supporting change. This role is an amazing opportunity for somebody with significant fundraising experience who is keen to lead a small team and work across all teams to achieve impact.

If this all sounds of interest then I welcome you to continue through this recruitment site and get in touch with our advising consultants, Peridot Partners.

Orchid Project is a fantastic place to work, I hope that you consider applying.

With best wishes,

Grethe Petersen, CEO


About Orchid Project

“Every time I speak about FGC, I speak as a survivor of the practice… My daughter will never speak as a survivor”

– Seleyian Partoip

End FGC Activist, Founder and Director of Murua Girl Child Education Programme

Orchid Project has a vision of a world free from female genital cutting (FGC).

We are a small but growing, dynamic not-for-profit organisation with a proven track record of delivering programmes, policy, advocacy and communications in support of an end to FGC.  More than 4 million girls a year are subjected to female genital cutting.

This involves partly or fully removal of a girl’s external female genitalia.  In the short term, it can cause serious bleeding, infection and sometimes death. It dramatically disadvantages girls for the future: many girls never return to school and are often forced into early marriage. As well as the physical damage, cutting significantly curtails the education, incomes, and independence of women and girls.  It is a fundamental breach of the human rights of women and girls, and it causes lasting health, education, economic and social harm.

Many communities are ending cutting – and we know this can be accelerated to meet the world’s target of ending this practice by 2030 – but at the moment, the population is growing faster than the prevalence is falling, leading to a rising number of girls being cut each year.

The results are effective and sustained: once a community decides to adopt a different rite of passage, it will not go back to cutting.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, programme work to end cutting has been disrupted world-wide and an additional 2 million girls are now at risk of being cut in the next ten years according to UNFPA.

Find our latest annual report here.

Anti-Racism, Diversity and Inclusion at Orchid Project

Orchid Project is committed to being actively anti-racist. We encourage people from all backgrounds and experiences to apply. We value lived experience and encourage you to apply even if you do not meet 100% of the person specification.

Closing date: Monday 11th October 2021

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Simon Callaghan, Director – Fundraising Appointments | simon@peridotpartners.co.uk | 077 02678 658

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Simon Callaghan

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    Closing date: Monday 11th October 2021

    Candidates informed of outcome: Wednesday 13th October 2021

    First Stage Interviews: Monday 18th October 2021

    Second Stage Interviews: Monday 25th October 2021

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