Global Development Director

World Animal Protection
London, UK
Full time Staff


Our Vision is of…A world where animals live free from suffering.

To make our vision a reality… We move the world to protect animals using our theory of change which comprises. 

To most effectively deliver our vision, we focus on the issues and activities where we can have the biggest impact on reducing the scale, duration and intensity of animal suffering, through our four priority programmes.    Animals in the wild…  We will directly save at least 100,000 wild animals from being traded and used for entertainment, as luxury pets or products, and as traditional medicines.  We will also save 1 million marine animals.   

Animals in communities… We will convince the governments of 25 countries to adopt humane and ethical dog population management policies and practices. These will improve the lives of at least 50 million dogs.    Animals in disasters   We will directly benefit the lives of at least 5 million animals through our disaster response and improve the lives of a further 270 million animals by working with target governments to change policy and practice.

Animals in farming…  By 2020, we will transform the lives of at least 1 billion farm animals and secure commitments from 4 global retail brands and 12 national chicken retailers to source higher welfare chicken.

With generous funding from our supporters worldwide, we have over the past year strengthened our work to make that vision a reality. 


As part of the Global Leadership Team (GLT) this role leads World Animal Protection to build a global movement for animal protection to enable us to deliver our mission.  This has two clear priorities:   

  • To rally a movement – committed, engaged and ready to end animal suffering on a global scale
  • To generate the vital income we need to deliver our mission   

By 2020, we will have recruited a movement of 15 million digital subscribers – people who sign up to our work and activities online., with at least 10% being active as both donors and advocates.  This role will lead this work to:     

  • Empower our global movement to help animals by providing them with relevant, accessible and inspiring ways to take action on our priority programmes
  • Build public understanding and recognition of animal protection as a global priority   

To advance the delivery of this agenda the role will lead the International Marketing, Communications and Fundraising functions worldwide providing the global leadership needed to build a movement across all of our activities; particularly working in partnership programmes teams to make certain that our global campaigns are prime drivers of building the movement.             



  • Educated to degree level with a postgraduate professional qualification in marketing/ management/fundraising or demonstrable equivalent work experience 
  • Experience operating at a senior strategic leadership level within an INGO or NGO 
  • International brand/marketing experience, preferably including the not for profit sector 
  • A successful track record leading/directing fundraising in a major INGO or NGO, or equivalent relevant experience in the corporate sector  
  • A successful track record leading internal, public, media and social communication in a major INGO or NGO, or equivalent relevant experience in the corporate sector
  • A proven, successful track record of embedding digital and social media approaches into marketing, communications and fundraising programmes
  • Experience of supporter/public data and audience analysis and engagement strategies 
  • Demonstrable experience of managing a multi-function team and integrating across teams 
  • Experience of successful budget planning and financial decision making and of having managed budgets of £10 million or more 
  • Previous experience of senior leadership and/or reporting at Board level   

Skills and abilities   

  • Charismatic leader
  • Strategic, focused, structured planner 
  • Clear, original and creative thinker 
  • Strong motivational leadership skills     
  • Natural collaborator  
  • Ability to set and communicate clear, measurable goals and expectations.  
  • Effective and decisive management and business planning skills, with the ability to manage and prioritise work to deadlines and achieve results with and through others  
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to build relationships across all levels and teams 
  • Excellent presentation skills and written and spoken English  
  • Ability to work internationally and in a diverse and multi-cultural environment  
  • Good negotiation skills, with the ability to persuade effectively and deliver convincing arguments   

Attitudes and values   

  • Transparent and consistent leader 
  • Collaborative
  • Accountable 
  • Open to change 
  • Confident
  • Solutions oriented 
  • Aspirational   

Candidates will need to be willing to undertake extensive international travel; this includes long haul and short haul travel on a planned calendar.   

*World Animal Protection operates in a matrix environment. This means we routinely work with colleagues from different locations, business units and cultures in cross-functional and virtual teams.       


All correspondence, at this stage, should be via Oxford HR. To apply for this role, please find the role on our website, click on the “Apply” button and complete our online application form, attaching an up-to-date CV.


If you have any queries on any aspect of the appointment process, need additional information, or would like to have an informal discussion, please contact Thibaut Mills or Maria Grigore at in the first instance.

Closing date: 
28th February 2018