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We are seeking a confident, innovative, West African self-starter who is spirited and has a passion for the LGBTQ community, to lead this new, dynamic and impactful fund.

ISDAO is the first West African Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans* and Queer (LGBTQ) Activist-Led Fund dedicated to strengthening and supporting a West African movement for gender diversity and sexual rights by adopting a flexible approach to grant-making, and ultimately building a culture of philanthropy that is committed to equality and social justice.

ISDAO seeks to resource the LGBTQ human rights struggle in West Africa and to provide existing and emerging activist leaders with tools to build a more effective movement for LGBTQ rights. ISDAO aims to foster a more inclusive movement for LGBTQ activism in West Africa; while providing donors with a sound mechanism to invest strategically in the region in a way that ensures that resources reach the grassroots with accountability.

The Executive Director (ED) is responsible for spearheading the overall formation and set-up involved in establishing a new philanthropic fund and will provide strategic leadership for all of the fund’s core functions: grant-making, resource mobilization, communication, capacity building, networking and alliance building, as well as for developing the fund’s internal operations. Reporting to the Governing Body, the ED will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for the staff, programs, alliances and partnerships.

This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about a just and inclusive West Africa free from violence and discrimination. You should be West African, bilingual in French and English, with a proven record of leadership in human rights and social justice. You will also bring strong knowledge of West Africa, and passion for LGBTQ issues. If you have the skills, experience, and passion to make ISDAO a success, we look forward to hearing from you.

Applications should consist of a full curriculum vitae along with a covering letter of application addressing the role and person specification. You can apply or download further information at:

The deadline for applications is 09:00 GMT on 27 March 2018.