Room to Read

We Believe that World Change Starts with Educated Children.®


We envision a world in which all children can pursue a quality education that prepares them to lead fulfilled lives and make positive change — in their families, communities and the world.


Room to Read is creating a world free from illiteracy and gender inequality. We are achieving this goal by helping children in historically low-income communities develop literacy skills and a habit of reading, and by supporting girls as they build skills to succeed in school and negotiate key life decisions. We collaborate with governments and other partner organizations to deliver positive outcomes for children at scale.


To learn more about Room to Read, visit their website About Us – Room to Read.


Role purpose

In accordance with Room to Read’s Freezone Personnel Sponsorship Agreement, they are recruiting for a Development Manager to be based in Dubai. The Development Manager, Dubai, plays an integral role in the implementation of Room to Read’s activities in the Middle East. The Manager is focused on business development, cultivating relationships, and renewing and providing strong customer service to our donors.


The Business Development Manager is a part of the Global Development team and reports to the Development Director, EMEA. Weekly working hours will be 40 hours. The Middle East is one of Room to Read’s newest and important markets, and we are looking for a dynamic, personable and results-oriented person to help us build on this success. The successful candidate must be a self-motivated team player committed to our cause and have a track record of delivering results.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • The Manager will serve as Room to Read’s key point person for the International Humanitarian City (IHC) Free zone, Dubai. IHC will be responsible for the day-to-day management of Room to Read’s IHC operations.
  • The Manager will serve as Room to Read’s key point person for the International Humanitarian City (IHC) Free zone, Dubai. IHC will be responsible for the day-to-day management of Room to Read’s IHC operations.
  • Day-to-day responsibilities include (but are not limited to) managing the on-going operations of the branch including signing official documents, organising and overseeing the ME events strategy, meeting with donors and prospective donors, supporting project managers overseeing Room to Read’s programs in the MENA region, supporting with leads and opportunities in other markets through collaboration with other Directors and Managers and engaging with other authorities as required and employing staff.
  • The Development Manager will oversee a portfolio of individual, corporate and foundation donors with a minimum goral for the region of US$1.5MM.
  • Alongside the Development Director, EMEA, the Development Manager will be the point person for Room to Read’s Middle East Board, convening Board meetings, working with the Board to set goals, and assisting the Board in executing regional priorities.
  • The Manager shall be named on the IHC branch trade license.
  • The Manager will be the point person for Room to Read’s Banking Partnerships in the region and will support the finance and legal team in opening bank accounts and other formalities.
  • The Manager will maintain effective and productive relationships both internally and externally.
  • Undertake other duties as necessary.


Education, Qualifications & Experience



  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience
  • At least 7-8 years of relevant work experience in a similar role
  • Proven experience of achieving fundraising results, including successful relationship management, and income generation
  • Proven experience in successfully cultivating foundation, individual and corporate donors and in securing five and six-figure donations.
  • Familiar with the legal framework and regulations in the UAE region
  • Proven ability to work successfully in a fast-paced environment while managing multiple projects and priorities
  • Excellent written and spoken communications skills in Arabic & English
  • Willingness and ability to work autonomously and collaboratively with a team
  • Prior success working closely and building relationships with diverse groups of people
  • Strong work ethic, results and detail-oriented
  • Ability to be flexible and proactively problem solve
  • Effectiveness in working or volunteering in a non-profit organization that is focused on maintaining high-quality work and low overhead
  • Ability and desire to travel internationally, as needed
  • Adept at using MS Excel, MS Word, PowerPoint, database systems and communicating over email
  • Legally eligible to work in Dubai; no sponsorship provided



  • Proven experience in relationship management with the Government, individuals and/or corporations
  • Knowledge of the Middle East charitable environment
  • Familiarity with Board and executive-level operations


To be successful at Room to Read, you will also:

  • Have passion for our mission and a strong desire to have a positive impact in a dynamic non-profit organization
  • Be a proactive and innovative thinker who achieves results and creates positive change
  • Have a very high level of personal and professional integrity and trustworthiness
  • Embrace diversity and a commitment to collaboration
  • Thrive in a fast-paced and fun environment


Role Location   

Dubai, UAE


How to Apply

If you wish to be considered for this position, please complete the Application Form below on or before 7 October 2022. In addition, we encourage you to please attach a copy of the most recent English version of your CV.


All information will be treated in the strictest confidence.


If you have an initial query rather than an application, kindly email us at [email protected]


SRI Executive is exclusively retained by Room to Read to undertake this assignment.


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