Development and Partnerships (Senior) Manager

Location: Fully remote work +/- 3 hours from CET, 

Employment in Budapest or New York with a hybrid arrangement is also possible

Indicative salary range (based on experience, seniority and location):  USD 40.000 – 80.000 per annum depending on experience and location


PILnet is an international, locally present non-governmental organization (NGO) that partners with legal professionals and civil society organizations (CSOs) globally to protect civic space, address global challenges, and work to build just, equitable, and sustainable societies. PILnet does this by supporting civil society, engaging legal professionals, and nurturing the next generation of legal professionals in three strategic priority areas: civic space, climate justice, and refugees and people on the move. PILnet currently has offices in New York, Budapest, and Hong Kong but operates globally. 



We are looking for an enthusiastic Development and Partnerships (Senior) Manager to devise and implement PILnet’s development strategy to increase and diversify PILnet’s sources of revenue from private sector, foundations, government donors, and others. In collaboration with the Co-Executive Directors, the Development and Partnerships (Senior) Manager will serve as a fundraiser to sustain and grow support for the organization by working with senior staff and the Board, as well as with external consultants or other persons as may be requested by the Co-Executive Directors, to identify, cultivate, and maintain productive relationships with PILnet’s key contacts, networks, and partners. The Development and Partnerships (Senior) Manager will also be responsible for helping to establish and meet annual revenue goals, executing the annual development plan, and building and maintaining the necessary systems/infrastructure.

Reporting to the Co-Executive Directors, you will apply your technical skills, education and experience to:

  • Work closely with the Co-Executive Directors and others as requested by the Co-Executive Directors, to proactively seek out, research and track new funding opportunities in line with PILnet’s mission and objectives.
  • Manage relationships with existing and new funders, including serving as go-to-person, upkeeping consistent communication, involving senior program staff and Co-Executive Directors as needed to position PILnet as a preferred grantee.
  • Together with program staff (including external consultants and grant writers if relevant) and the Co-Executive Directors, develop high quality concept notes and proposals.
  • In collaboration with relevant program staff, develop, establish, and communicate the prospecting or proposal implementation plan by outlining all requirements and deliverables, providing needed research material or examples, and setting and keeping staff to timelines.
  • Oversee and execute tracking of grant implementation within the internal database system to ensure deliverables are met or reviewed accordingly while also supporting program staff to have a clear understanding of grant deliverables.
  • Manage reporting deadlines and obligations by working with program and finance staff, ensuring requirements are met and materials are submitted on time.
  • Oversee planning of yearly development budget and monitor progress throughout the year, in coordination with the finance team.
  • Maintain and expand corporate sponsor relationships by maintaining accurate donor files and corresponding with corporate sponsors according to donor cycles.
  • Supervise staff working on development and provide professional guidance to them as needed.
  • Serve as liaison to the development committee of the board of directors.




  • 3-5  years of experience in fundraising, donor relations, or business development, preferably in the nonprofit sector or international development context.
  • Demonstrated success in securing grants, donations, sponsorships, or partnerships from diverse sources, including foundations, corporations, government agencies, and individual donors.
  • Proven track record of developing and managing relationships with stakeholders, including donors, partners, volunteers, and board members.


  • In-depth knowledge of the nonprofit sector and international development issues. 
  • Interest in public interest law, social justice, and human rights law issues is a plus. 
  • Knowledge of various funding mechanisms, such as grants, individual giving, corporate partnerships, and events.
  • Familiarity with the global philanthropic landscape and trends in nonprofit fundraising.
  • Understanding of compliance and legal regulations related to international fundraising and partnerships is a plus.


  • Excellent communication skills in English, both written and verbal are required. Knowledge of other languages is a plus. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to build and maintain relationships with diverse stakeholders.
  • Exceptional networking and relationship-building abilities across diverse cultures and backgrounds.
  • Proficiency in project management, including the ability to manage multiple initiatives simultaneously.
  • Strong negotiation and persuasion skills.
  • Analytical skills to assess fundraising effectiveness and make data-driven decisions.
  • Ability to develop and deliver compelling presentations and proposals.
  • Ability in using structured approaches to fundraising including software and donor management systems (CiviCRM).
  • Ability to work well under pressure and manage competing priorities while maintaining a professional approach.
  • Proficiency in Google Apps (or demonstrated ability to learn).


  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (such as nonprofit management, international relations or development, business, marketing, or a related social science). A master’s degree or relevant certifications (e.g., Certified Fundraising Executive) is a plus, but not required. 

Additional Qualifications (Preferred):

  • Experience working with international NGOs or development organizations
  • Fluency in multiple languages, especially those relevant to the organization’s work, is an asset, but not required.
  • Familiarity with impact measurement and reporting.
  • Previous experience in managing and leading teams.



You will work alongside a small multicultural team from nonprofit management and legal backgrounds, providing you with a supportive and flexible working environment. Your work will be global in nature and you will be required to connect with internal and external stakeholders around the world; preference will be given to candidates who are based in an African, Middle East or European time zones. This is a remote position, but there is also an option to work in a hybrid arrangement and be based in the Budapest or New York office of PILnet. PILnet will however not be able to facilitate visa and work permits.



Interested candidates should provide basic information via this form and send a cover letter and CV to [email protected] with the subject line Development and Partnerships (Senior) Manager Position’, as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed after January 28, 2024. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis by early February. PILnet will be able to offer you an open-ended contract with an initial probation period of 3 months.

The  cover letter should describe your interest to work with PILnet and spell out your relevant educational and/or practical experience. We kindly request that applicants do not submit CVs with pictures. PILnet focuses solely on qualifications, skills, and experience relevant to the job requirements.

PILnet is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at PILnet are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications and merit, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. PILnet will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics. PILnet encourages applicants of all ages and backgrounds.

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