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Handicap International Switzerland - National Association Director

This is a great opportunity for an experienced and driven manager to translate Handicap International's global strategy into the Swiss context. You will grow HI's brand and lead the teams in Geneva and Bern through the next steps of the organisational change, as well as influencing, networking and increasing their resources for the global fight against poverty and exclusion.

About Handicap International Switzerland

Handicap International Switzerland is part of the global Humanity & Inclusion (HI) organisation and is an independent charity working in situations of poverty, exclusion, conflict and disaster. They work tirelessly alongside disabled and vulnerable people to help meet their basic needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights.

HI is organised as a federation of eight national associations: Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, UK and USA. Together, they mobilise resources from private and public donors and mutualise their operations into projects in 55 countries all over the world to support disabled and vulnerable people.

About the Role

The National Association Director (NAD) Switzerland will be responsible for the development and growth of the Swiss branch of HI. HI currently has an office in Geneva with a branch in Bern, the NAD will be responsible for the office in Geneva as well as all staff across Switzerland, growing the team and its capacity.

The NAD will continue to lead the implementation of HI’s 2016-2025 strategy in Switzerland, including the global re-branding that began in January 2018.

Purpose of the Role

  • The NAD helps define the federal network's joint strategy and implement its mandate.
  • The NAD develops HI's national office in line with HI’s 2016-2025 strategy, with a particular focus on meeting private fundraising objectives and mobilising the resources needed for operating and implementing HI's operational mandate.
  • The NAD is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Swiss offices, ensuring the performance of the Swiss team.
  • The NAD ensures that the Swiss team complies with the principles of the global HI organisation and that the functional relations between staff in Switzerland and their contacts with the rest of HI satisfy defined operating procedures.
  • The NAD is a face of HI Switzerland and represents the organisation towards its donors, political actors and the media.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Draw up a multi-annual development plan in coordination with other concerned divisions, and in line with HI’s 2016-2025 strategy.
  • Management and supervision of teams in the Geneva and Bern offices.
  • Lead the external representation and influence of Handicap International in Switzerland as part of the HI global organisation, growing the organisation’s brand, reach and means across both the French and German-speaking part of Switzerland.
  • Overall budget and fiscal responsibility, ensuring that a draft budget is developed by the national association's activity managers in liaison with global colleagues.
  • Manage relations and ambitions with the HQ in France, as well as engaging with other national associations and programme teams, collaborating and exchanging when possible, playing an active role in the International Committee of Directors and International Coordination Committee.
  • Strengthen and ensure governance by assisting the NA's chairperson to ensure that the proceedings and official documents related to national governance conform with the country's laws on associations.
  • Develop and engage the Swiss team as part of a global entity within Switzerland as well as within the federation.

Skills and Experience

  • Credentials in managing, organising and leading dispersed teams and offices;
  • Ability to make decisions and see them through;
  • Experience in engagement and branding across a national market; ideally a deeper knowledge of the challenges of such activities in Switzerland’s multilingual environment;
  • Background in marketing or communications;
  • Experience in implementing a global or regional strategy into a national context;
  • Track record in building relationships and engaging stakeholders of various backgrounds;
  • Fluency in (Swiss-)German, working knowledge of either English and French;
  • Knowledge of the contexts of a non-profit organisation desirable.