Executive Director - International Secretariat

Deadline for application: 
15 Aug 2016
Country(s) that the job is based in: 
Defence for Children International
Job type: 
Non-governmental Organisation (NGO)

The Position

DCI is looking for an Executive Director (ED) who will drive and lead its International Secretariat in Geneva. The post-holder will lead, motivate and guide a small, highly qualified and inspired team, and will manage resources to optimize impact and influence. He/she will be expected to shape and prioritise efforts to generate financial support to achieve the objectives as set out in the strategy. The ideal candidate is an individual with strong communications and relationship-building skills, policy advocacy expertise, knowledge and experience of working with civil society organizations, governments and international institutions, a keen political sensitivity, proven skills in diplomacy, and an ability to capture DCI’s mission quickly and to deliver on it effectively. The Executive Director will report to the International Executive Council (IEC) and will provide strategic direction and have overall operational responsibility for DCI International Secretariat’s staff, programs, fundraising, and execution of its mission. 


Board related activities 

  • Prepare, assist and support the activities of the International Executive Council (board) of the organization

Membership related activities 

  • Maintain and enhance the relationships with national sections and associate members

Operational planning and management  

  • Ensure that the operations of the organization meets the expectations of the IEC and the national sections

Program planning and management

  • Oversee the planning, implementation, execution and evaluation of programs and projects, including the reporting

Human resources planning and management

  • Manage staff interns and volunteers at the International Secretariat

Financial planning and management 

  • Work with the IEC to secure adequate funding for the operations of the organization 
  • Research funding sources, develop fun raising plans and write funding proposals to secure the funds of the organization 
  • Prepare/oversee the preparation of budgets and financial reports

Advocacy & Communications

  • Guide, supervise and approve advocacy initiatives in agreement with the IEC and the staff
  • Represent or delegate representation of the organization in advocacy bodies and initiatives relevant for the organization
  • Maintain the internal and external communications, with members, partners and donors

Candidate Specifications:

  •  Master’s degree in International relations, human rights, political sciences, business administration or related fields
  •  At least 5 years’ experience in similar executive position, possibly with an international nongovernmental organization
  • Sound knowledge of Human Rights ; knowledge of children’s rights and of the main UN human rights mechanisms highly desirable
  • Excellent knowledge of English and French; knowledge of Spanish and/or Arabic an asset
  • Excellent networking skills, as well as extensive experience in fund-raising, resource mobilization and project management
  • Sound financial management skills, including capacity to draft budget and financial reports
  • Ability to work effectively with a world-wide movement, maintaining their confidence, cooperation and active participation in the organization’s work
  • Flexibility, adaptability and willingness to work in a dynamic and committed environment, dealing with different things at the same time

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