Created in 2007 by historian Patrick Weil, Libraries Without Borders strengthens the power to act of vulnerable populations by facilitating their access to information, education and culture. The association deploys its inclusive and innovative projects in around thirty countries around the world to enable people affected by crises and precariousness to educate themselves, have fun and (re)build their future. Thanks to its innovative tools, its content library and its expertise in mediation, BSF and its partners are tackling the major challenges of the 21st century such as education, reading and culture, citizenship and social cohesion, health or even employment and entrepreneurship.

At BSF, recruitment decisions are made on the basis of the skills and qualities of candidates with regard to the needs of the association as part of a respectful and inclusive process. BSF recruits and employs people regardless of their gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, cultural or ethnic background or disability.


Bibliothèques Sans Frontières is looking for a Development Manager for institutional and operational partnerships within the development unit of the Operations Department.

This unit, in conjunction with all of the BSF headquarters directorates as well as its decentralized regional directorates (Asia, West Africa, Central Africa and Great Lakes, Middle East) and its international network, will aim to implement the “Horizon 2030” development strategy aimed at increasing the operational volume of the organization and through this increasing its impact on the populations it intends to serve.


The Development Officer will join the development cell of the BSF Operations Directorate headed by the Deputy Director of Operations in charge of the development of operational and institutional partnerships. The Development Manager will also work in close collaboration with the entire international operations department at BSF headquarters and in particular the Deputy Director for International Operations, 3 geographic managers, 3 project advisors as well as the all operational teams in the field. The Development Manager may also be required to work with French operations as well as national BSF associations (USA, Italy, Belgium in particular).


Role :

The Development Manager, under the responsibility of the Deputy Director for Development, participates in the proper implementation of BSF’s development strategy across all geographic areas deemed priority.

He/she will have particular objectives:

  • Maintain monitoring of the priorities of donors/partners and the needs of the populations targeted by BSF’s actions in line with the organization’s development strategy.
  • To develop BSF’s portfolio of projects and partnerships.
  • To ensure the quality and relevance of project proposals submitted to BSF donors and partners.
  • To contribute to maintaining good coordination of the development unit with all BSF departments

Main responsibilities:

His role is structured around the following responsibilities:

1/ Development of projects and partnerships

  • In conjunction with the Deputy Operations Director in charge of developing operational and institutional partnerships, monitor the strategies and priorities of donors identified by BSF as priorities.
  • In conjunction with the Deputy Director for Development, monitor financing avenues, identify opportunities and formulate operational proposals adapted to the different areas of intervention targeted for the development of BSF.
  • Support and/or coordinate the writing of project notes and proposals, in line with BSF’s development strategy.
  • Carry out exploratory missions in countries targeted by development
  • Represent BSF during meetings with donors and/or operational partners

2/ Strategy & Monitoring

  • Monitor the contexts of developing geographic areas at BSF and the needs in areas related to the themes of intervention to contribute to the analysis of different regional contexts and the understanding of the issues.
  • Analyze the trends and operational dynamics of intervention of other actors intervening around BSF themes and geographical areas in line with BSF’s development strategy.
  • Contribute and support the Deputy Operations Director in the development and implementation of the organization’s development strategy

3/ Coordination & Communication

  • Participate in coordination between the development cell and the rest of the operations department
  • Participate in the good coordination of the operational and institutional development cell with the communications and partnerships department but also with other BSF departments and in particular the technical departments (Content/education/MEAL, digital, Admin/Fin/HR and Logistics )
  • Support the Deputy Director of Operations in disseminating the BSF culture and its mandate to newly recruited teams
  • Support the Deputy Director of Operations in communicating, internally in particular, news from the development unit and in particular briefing and preparing information documents for the BSF teams regarding development, donors and their practices and strategies.
  • Contribute to the dissemination of information internally and externally through the production of notes, presentations and other documents.

4/ Training

  • Contribute to the training of teams in partnership development
  • Participate in the development of training tools (online and face-to-face)


Training and experience:

  • Minimum 3 years of experience managing humanitarian/development projects, Grant management…
  • Field experience highly valued, headquarters experience appreciated
  • BAC+5 university education in international humanitarian aid, international relations, humanitarian and development or other relevant field

Skills and qualities required:

  • Excellent writing quality, ability to synthesize and disseminate information
  • Very good command of Pack Office
  • Very good knowledge of donor procedures and formats, in particular UNHCR, CDC, AFD, EU
  • Excellent mastery of the project cycle
  • Mastery of administrative and financial issues related to donor contracts (budget development, compliance, etc.)
  • Knowledge of the issues and functioning of the humanitarian and international solidarity sector
  • Capacity for representation, particularly with donors


  • Perfect command of French and English, both spoken and written. Spanish and Arabic are a plus.

Essential transversal skills:

  • Mobility in the field required on a regular basis
  • Excellent organizational skills, flexibility, strong spirit of initiative and autonomy
  • Resistance to stress, ability to work under pressure and within deadlines
  • Ability to work in sensitive and complex political and security contexts and in a multicultural environment
  • Respect for BSF values ​​and principles


  • Type of contract: Permanent contract (CDI)
  • Start date: As soon as possible
  • Status and working time management method: Executive status with Day Package (208 days). Attachment to the National Collective Agreement for Animation, on which BSF depends.
  • Gross monthly salary: Between €2,542 and €2,750, depending on BSF salary scale and experience;
  • Advantages: Restaurant vouchers (50%) with a face value of €8.00; Mutual (50%); foresight; 50% coverage of local transport fare.
  • Place of work: BSF headquarters, Montreuil (93) with travel to be expected in intervention areas. Teleworking possible (2 fixed days/week) according to the BSF Teleworking Charter in force.

How to apply


Please click on the corresponding job title and complete the following online form (including sending a CV and cover letter):

Application deadline: 06/07/2024