Martin Ennals Foundation in Geneva seeks part-time Coordinator – deadline 29 April

April 4, 2019

With the departure of Michael Khambatta – planned for June 2019 –  the Martin Ennals Foundation (MEF) seeks a part-time Coordinator to lead a new, restructured team of (part-time) posts in Geneva.

Part-time 60 % (3 days per week, flexible). Languages: Fluent French and English. Start date: June/July 2019

The MEF has a Board of up to 12 members, led by a Chairperson elected by the Board. It includes a Vice-Chairperson, a Secretary and a Treasurer who together make up the Governance Committee that is entrusted with overseeing the routine business of the Foundation. The Coordinator is the executive arm of the MEF working on a part-time basis until additional resources can be found to strengthen staff capacity. Other staff include (as at June 2019) a Communications Manager and a Programme Officer (also part-time positions).

To apply please send:

1) a current CV and

2) a motivational cover letter of 500 words

to by 26 April 2019. Interviews will take place between 7-10 May 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Below a more detailed JOB DESCRIPTION:

Within delegated authority (see section B), the Coordinator is responsible for the following:

1. Planning, steering and programme implementation

Coordinate the work of the Foundation and implement the Foundation’s activities with the overall

perspective of delivering a high-quality Award event, leading the implementation of the MEF’s strategic

framework. This includes organising the Award ceremony in coordination with the City of Geneva,

liaising with the Jury, arranging for international advocacy with Finalists, and maintaining contact and

support to past Laureates. The Coordinator ensures effective internal communications between MEF

staff, consultants and the Board.

2. Fundraising and donor relations

With guidance and support from the Board, develop and implement a robust strategy for raising

resources that assures sufficient funds are available to carry out planned activities, short- and long-term.

Develop and strengthen relationships with current donors and soliciting new ones; draft and submit

funding proposals, follow-up actively and systematically on all resourcing matters including reporting.

3. Communications

Ensure close liaison with the Communications Manager, keeping abreast of developments particularly in

relation to aspects touching upon the preparation for the yearly Award event, and in matters of

resource mobilisation and donor relations. Support active development of the MEA brand by the

Communications Manager, via the Website, audio-visual materials, media and other external links.

4. External relations and partnerships

Represent the MEF in all daily relations with a wide variety of stakeholders and partners including the

City/Canton of Geneva, donors, the Jury, NGOs on the Jury and the Regional Panels, Laureates, final

nominees, academia, filmmakers, consultants and the media, in close consultation with the

Communications Manager as and when appropriate. Act as the secretariat for both MEF and the Jury in

particular to support the Chair of the Jury.

5. Administration and finance

Direct the day-to-day running of the MEF, ensuring that administrative records are maintained and

updated as necessary. Maintain up-to-date records of former Laureates and Patrons. Produce agendas

and minutes of meetings in a timely manner. Manage relations with the landlord. Handle

correspondence and inquiries. With guidance from the Chairperson and the Treasurer, manage all

financial matters by monitoring the budget, ensuring expenditure aligns with the budget and income

and is systematically recorded to audit standards; and carefully regulating all payments and related

financial transactions and reporting, as required, to the Board. For many of those tasks, the Coordinator

will be assisted by a Programme Officer.

6. Staff

Supervise MEF staff (currently – June 2019: Communications Manager and Programme Officer).

Dependent on income, and subject to the approval of the Board, recruit and provide guidance and

supervision to staff, interns or volunteers.

7. Other duties: Take on other related duties as directed by the Board.


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