Oak Foundation Job Vacancy: Director - Child Abuse Programme, Geneva, Switzerland

Director - Child Abuse Programme

Oak Foundation commits its resources to address issues of global social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged. With offices in Europe, Africa, India and North America, Oak Foundation makes grants to organisations located in around 40 countries worldwide.

The Foundation is seeking to recruit a Director of the Child Abuse Programme.

The Child Abuse Programme funds a broad range of partners working to prevent and reduce child sexual abuse and sexual exploitation within the broader frame of violence prevention. Its work is underpinned by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. It currently supports over 120 partners in more than 20 countries and has an annual grant budget in excess of $ 20 million. It has 9 team members in Geneva, Dar es Salaam and Sofia.

Based in the Foundation’s Geneva office, the Director is responsible for the overall portfolio management and the management/supervision of a team of 8 staff. This involves: 
  • setting a 3-5 year strategy and planning its implementation and review;
  • managing the annual grant portfolio including budget allocation across the Programme;
  • overseeing processes for monitoring, evaluation and learning;
  • developing communication networks for the programme, for internal and external use (e.g., website, annual report) and
  • representing Oak Foundation, particularly in areas and on issues related to the Programme’s strategy. 
Working closely with the President, Oak’s Trustees and team members, the Director: 
  • plans and provides technical inputs to the grant portfolio, ensuring a smooth progression of grant-making throughout the budget year;
  • supports the team in negotiating major and innovative grants, including negotiations with other private and public funding partners;
  • reports to the Advisory Panel of the Foundation twice a year; and manages/leads a multi-national team of Programme Officers who deliver the strategy. 
The Director reports to the President of the Foundation.

As Director, he/she will be a part of the Senior Management Team of Oak Foundation and will be expected to assume additional responsibilities, as requested.

Qualifications and skills required
  • Advanced University Degree and at least 10-15 years experience in the child rights/child development sector. In addition, familiarity with the geographies as well as experience in a philanthropic organisation would be useful. An eye for innovation and cutting edge initiatives is essential.
  • Demonstrated technical knowledge in the appropriate sector and a broad network of contacts.
  • Advanced research and analytical skills, understanding of evaluation techniques and principles, management experience.
  • Understanding of non-profit and/or governmental financial reporting and budgeting.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a team of senior level professionals; experience managing staff in remote/field offices will be an advantage.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Able to work to deadlines.
  • Excellent planning, analytical, negotiation and communication skills.
  • Excellent written and oral English communication skills; other languages will be an advantage.
  • Willingness to travel (approx. 20-25 per cent).
  • At ease using contemporary software (word processing, excel, PowerPoint, email).
  • Tact, maturity, and a good sense of humour.
Competitive salary (based on qualifications & experience) and benefits.

To apply, please send your curriculum vitae and a covering letter by e-mail only to capdir@oakfnd.org no later than 31 May 2016. No telephone calls or faxes please.