Girls Not Brides is a diverse, inclusive, global partnership of over 1,500 members dedicated to creating a world free from child marriage. Our member organisations are supported by the Secretariat and a Board of Trustees based across Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America and the Caribbean.
At the Girls Not Brides Secretariat, we support and work with our global Partnership to raise awareness, advance the knowledge base, and campaign for legal and social change to end child marriage.
Our impact to date lies not only in our numbers, but in the people we work with. That’s why we champion continuous learning and foster a positive working environment where individuals can flourish to contribute effectively to the movement to end child marriage.
So, what’s the vision?
We want to live in a world without child marriage, where girls and women enjoy equal status with boys and men and can achieve their full potential in every aspect of their lives. Our vision addresses deeply embedded social norms that harm girls, women and their communities, particularly in marginalised groups.
Everybody has a role to play in creating a more equal world and future - including you.
Will it be a good fit for me?
Girls Not Brides is committed to fostering a collaborative, positive working environment, and to ensuring the wellbeing of all our team members at work. We aim to be an inclusive employer in every sense of the word.
At Girls Not Brides, we celebrate diversity in all its forms and encourage people of all backgrounds, abilities, race, sexuality, gender, class, and intersectional identities to join us.
We are an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from all suitably qualified people.
We are passionate about diversity, and know that it strengthens and enriches our global partnership, to help us reach our goal of ending child marriage.
Is there a healthy work life balance?
Yes. We believe in flexible working and prioritisation of wellbeing for an effective and happy work place. We have a suite of family friendly policies that provide flexible working and encourage staff to choose their working patterns and styles. This includes additional paid maternity and paternity leave, and leave for family emergencies.
We support our team members to feel happy and comfortable in their work through schemes and policies such as:
- Flexible/school-friendly working hours
- Work capacity support
- Accessible desk setups
- Staff satisfaction surveys
- Open and transparent culture
Will I be able to develop a career here?
Girls Not Brides champions learning and professional development of all team members across the organisation. We recognise that the growth of our team is key to ensuring we achieve our ambitious strategic goals. Working for Girls Not Brides, you will benefit from:
- A structured induction programme for all newcomers to ensure you feel part of our team and understand how your role fits into the wider aims of the partnership
- An annual performance and development review, to help structure your individual development plan
- Access to internal and external courses
- Opportunities to work on organisational wide projects
- Opportunities to join social and cultural groups
What are the organisational benefits of working at Girls Not Brides?
We offer a number of organisational benefits to our team:
- Generous holiday allowance, which increases with service
- Family friendly policies, including flexible working
- A comprehensive Employee Assistance Programme for team members and their immediate family
- Generous pension
What are Girls Not Brides’ values?
Our organisational culture and the way we work is the key underpinning for everything we do. Our five values, Collaboration, Determination, Inclusivity, Integrity, Pragmatism and Respect, are at the heart of our work advancing the movement to end child marriage.
They form the foundation of our organisational culture at Girls Not Brides:
Collaboration: We are home to a diverse global membership, including other actors and networks. Our core assumption is that we are stronger when we work together, and our belief in the power of partnerships and social movements sets the foundation of our journey to end child marriage.
Determination: We understand that change will require long-term action and investment, and that progress will not always be linear. That is why we believe we need to be resilient when faced with challenges.
Inclusivity: The Girls Not Brides global partnership is a diverse, inclusive movement in the mission to end child marriage, and one in which everyone has a role to play. We recognise that it is critical to foster locally-led change that is crucial to ending child marriage, and using our platform and influence to support marginalised voices
Integrity: We will always put girls and addressing child marriage first (sometimes even above our brand or fundraising targets), and respect the dignity of the individuals, groups, and communities we work with. This value speaks to the ethical core of our vision and mission, including our aim to challenge gender inequality, not just address child marriage. We recognise that, while we are pragmatic and willing to work with a wide range of actors, there are certain boundaries we will not cross.
Pragmatism: At Girls Not Brides, we aim to be solutions- or outcome- orientated. We focus our efforts where we believe they are likely to have the greatest impact, and tailor our messages and approach to suit different audiences. We believe that our work will only have an impact if it is of the highest quality.
Respect: For true partnerships to be effective, we believe they need to be built on a strong foundation of mutual respect. We treat every individual with respect, even when we are willing to challenge their actions or approaches. We have the humility to recognise that our actions may be perpetuating long-standing power dynamics, and take steps to address these wherever we can. We take responsibility for our own actions.
Will I be working with children?
Girls Not Brides is committed to safeguarding all children, young people and adults at risk with whom our staff and representatives work and interact with. All employment with Girls Not Brides will be subject to the satisfactory completion of a background check and a criminal records check which can include but is not limited to: an overseas police record check, a Disclosure and Barring Service Check (for those based in the UK) or an International Criminal Record Check (if applicable).
- Do you accept speculative applications or offer internships?
We do not accept speculative applications or offer internships. Please apply for specific posts that match your skills and experience or sign up for email alerts for the role types you are interested in.
- Can I sign up for job alerts?
Yes, sign up to receive them to your inbox.
- How can I work at Girls Not Brides?
You can find all our latest vacancies and jobs information on our jobs listing page.
- How do I know you have received my application?
Once you have submitted your application you will receive an email notification to confirm it’s been received.
- The deadline has passed for a role can I still apply?
We do not accept job applications once the deadline has passed.
- Will you inform me of the outcome of my application?
You will receive an email notification of the outcome of your application.
We will never ask for any payment linked to applying for a role. Please be cautious of scams asking for money to apply or fraudulent job offers. If you are asked for this please inform the recruitment team.