Democracy, Human Rights & Governance – Lead

Location: Remote, possibly an option of working hybrid in the Toronto office
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With a passion for global growth, the Lead actively engages in positioning RIWI effectively and builds high impact partnerships with a broad range of organizations including implementing agencies, funding bodies, governments and research agencies. A passion for innovation is at the heart of this role. Specifically, this person will have a deep commitment to the importance of reaching the previously inaccessible, the quietest voices, and an understanding of the important role technology can play in improving monitoring and evaluation efforts across the sector.

The successful candidate will have a strong network in the democracy, human rights, governance, peacebuilding and humanitarian action community including with funders. They will have a deep understanding of the sector’s programmes and goals and the potential applicability of RIWI’s technological solutions. With a proven track record in securing resources, they will lead the entire business development process from prospecting and initiating relationships with new clients to executing contracts and supporting collaborative partnerships. This individual will also inherit a solid client base to manage. Working with a multidisciplinary team, the Lead will help develop strategies to support clients’ efforts to leverage data to achieve their goals. Relevant experience building and implementing projects in this sector globally is critical to this role. The successful candidate will work closely with all departments in this fast-growing business including the Senior Management team on sales and product strategy. This position reports to the VP & General Manager of International Development.


  • Develop and implement strategies to position and amplify RIWI’s unique value proposition.
  • Scope and source new business opportunities in the democracy, human rights, governance and humanitarian action sectors.
  • Innovate and build high impact projects/initiatives in collaboration with internal and external experts/ implementation team.
  • Identify data needs of prospective partners and develop strategies to fill data gaps using RIWI’s technology.
  • Build and manage partnerships including 35+ existing clients.
  • Negotiate contracts that are win-win in nature.
  • Maintain professional network and strategic relationships, staying abreast of insights into sector needs and trends.

Qualifications and required skills

  • University degree, and a minimum of 8-10 years of sector and partnership building experience in one or more of the following: democracy, human rights, governance, peace building, humanitarian action.
  • Well networked with connections in various government agencies, INGOs, foundations, implementation partner organizations, multilateral organizations, academic and research institutions among others.
  • Strong track record securing funding, building partnerships and business opportunities in diverse settings and geographies.
  • Excellent communicator, engaged in global geo-political issues and trends with a passion for inclusion.
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation, ideally using data and technology for improved decision- making including data collection and analysis, message testing, and citizen-enabled behavioural insights.
  • Experience building and implementing USAID funded projects and knowledge of aid funding architecture.
  • Excellent interpersonal and client management skills.
  • Results-oriented mindset and a willingness to be hands-on with a high attention to detail.
  • Strong organizational skills with the proven ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Able to work independently and as part of an interdependent matrixed team.
  • Proven ability to contribute to a positive team atmosphere and collaborative organizational culture
  • English language required. Additional languages are favoured.
  • Strong cross-cultural skills are a must.
  • Commitment to work flexible hours and travel as required.
  • RIWI is constantly evolving. We expect the roles and responsibilities will continuously grow and expand. We are looking for entrepreneurial people who are excited to build RIWI.

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RIWI is committed to maintaining a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from Indigenous peoples, racialized people, people with disabilities, people from gender and sexually diverse communities and/or people with intersectional identities. If you have any accessibility requirements or concerns regarding the hiring process or employment with us, please notify us so we can provide suitable accommodation.