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Site: Switzerland, Zürich, Zurich
Sector: Nonprofit/Community/Social Services/International Cooperation

Swisscontact is a leading partner organisation for the implementation of international development projects. We are represented in 38 countries with over 1200 employees. The foundation is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland.

Swisscontact promotes inclusive economic, social and ecological development to make an effective contribution towards sustainable and widespread prosperity in developing and emerging economies. Swisscontact stands for professional quality and high ethical standards in its activities.

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Director Products & Solutions (Member of the Executive Board)

Switzerland, Zürich , Zurich

The Department "Products & Solutions" defines standards and methodologies for project implementation and impact measurement, provides guidance and support to project teams, facilitates knowledge exchange, and develops and tests new methods and innovative solutions in collaboration with the projects. It also offers Advisory, Training and Applied Research on the market and plays a pivotal role in positioning Swisscontact as a leading development organization by providing the conceptual framework and defining the scope of its work. The Department currently encompasses four teams: Inclusive Economic Development, Skills Labour & Migration, Climate Change & Food Systems, and Impact Measurement & Learning. To complement our Executive Board, we are seeking a new Director Products & Solutions (100% with the possibility of Job-sharing)Member of the Executive BoardPlace of work: Zurich, SwitzerlandStart Date: January 1st 2024 or by mutual agreement ResponsibilitiesAs Member of the Executive Board, you contribute to the strategic, operational, financial, and administrative management and performance of Swisscontact based on the statutes and the by-laws of the foundation.You lead a dedicated and professional team that supports quality project design and best practice implementation to achieve sustainable impact at scale promoting Swisscontact Sustainability Strategy and working principles.You stimulate and streamline innovation and guide institutional knowledge exchange, thematic and digital learning and project impact measurement.You contribute to strengthening Swisscontact's capacity and positioning as a shaper and influencer of successful and result-oriented economic development cooperation.You develop strategic partnerships with academia and the private sector, co-create project ideas and facilitate funding of these ventures.You ensure the operational and financial management of the P&S Department including the provision of advisory and training services based on a business plan.You provide strategic guidance to your team and inspire and empower your collaborators, promoting teamwork.You represent Swisscontact in relevant external organizations and networks to position, and to promote innovation and services. RequirementsStrong leadership skills with relevant experience in leading and empowering interdisciplinary, intercultural and remote teams around the globe. Proven ability to set priorities.Good listener and reliable team player with excellent social and communication skills. Strong facilitator and bridge-builder oriented at solutions. Resistant to pressure.Good understanding of development cooperation paired with technical expertise in the fields of work of Swisscontact, ideally including work experience in the implementation of economic development projects in the global south. Familiarity with methodological approaches in private sector development.Business-oriented mindset and knowledge of consultancy business.Ability to build constructive and sustainable partnerships.Availability for periodic travel to countries in the global south (around 4 times per year)Excellent skills in English Additional assets:Relevant experience in consultancy.Strong networks in the Swiss Development Cooperation and related academic and corporate sectors.Language Skills in German, Spanish and French.Familiar with content and knowledge management systems and strategies. Swisscontact offers attractive working conditions in an international and multicultural context. We see our work as a joint effort in an agile organizational culture: mutual respect, trust and teamwork. We look forward to receiving your online application unitl October 10th with the following documents: letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, diplomas and references.


Regional Director for Eastern Europe 100% (with the possibility of job-sharing)

Albania, Tirana , Tirana

In Eastern Europe (Western Balkans, Ukraine and Georgia) Swisscontact implements projects in skills development and enterprise promotion for a variety of donors. In order to ensure successful project implementation in terms of client specifications and achieving the expected impact; ensuring that the administration of all operations meets external and internal quality requirements as well as to lead and support the country offices in the acquisition of new projects for the further development of our project portfolio in the region, we seek to employ a Regional Director for Eastern Europe as per 1st January 2024 or by arrangement.TasksStrategic leadership of the region: development and updating of strategic medium-term plans incl. financial projections and business plans for the region in cooperation with the Country DirectorsDevelopment of new Business Opportunities for Swisscontact: Active contact with potential customers and partners in coordination with the Country Directors and the Head Office in ZurichOversight and control of project implementation: ensuring quality and adherence to deadlines. Ensure and support project planning and reporting, content-related support, introduction of corrective measures for target deviations, organization of external evaluations, etc.Line manager of Country Directors according to the values and principles of SwisscontactMaster's in economy, business administration, social sciences or equivalentAt least 10 years of experience in managing projects and/or multi stakeholder initiatives in development cooperationStrong experience in acquisition/business development and eminent communication and negotiation skillsGood knowledge of and practical experience in the use of methodologies related to skills development and/or Economic Transformation as well as Monitoring and Results MeasurementAbility to think analytically and systemically, strong in innovation and creativity.Proven leadership skills and experience in coordinating interdisciplinary and intercultural project teams Experience with the Swiss and other Development AgenciesExperience in the collaboration with the private sectorExperience in Eastern Europe and more specifically in the Western Balkans is an assetExcellent skills in English; German is an assetSwisscontact offers attractive working conditions in an international and multicultural context. We see our work as a joint effort in an agile organizational culture: mutual respect, trust and teamwork.We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents: letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, diplomas and references until 30 September 2023. Please apply exclusively via the online application portal. We particularly encourage women to apply. For further information please visit