HEKS/EPER Swiss Church Aid is the aid organisation of the Protestant Churches of Switzerland and has its headquarters in Zurich/Switzerland. HEKS/EPER works towards a more humane and more equitable world, assisting people and communities to overcome economic, social or humanitarian disparities in order to gain autonomy and to live with dignity both in Switzerland and abroad. Therefore, HEKS/EPER engages in development cooperation, humanitarian aid and church cooperation. HEKS/EPER has its own coordination offices in presently 16 key countries and around 200 projects world-wide. HEKS/EPER is a member of the ACT Alliance.

In Niger and Senegal, HEKS/EPER operates country offices with 5 to 10 local staff members. The programmes have a focus on rural development in particular on pastoralism, agroecological production and market, and access to land.

HEKS/EPER International Division is thus looking to recruit a strong candidate by mid-June 2018 to fulfil the role of:

Desk Officer for Niger and Senegal (80%)

Main tasks:

  • Strategic and thematic leadership for the programmes in Niger and Senegal and their development
  • Monitoring and administrative supervision of the programmes, including finances
  • Acquisition of additional funding sources (mandates)
  • Leadership and supervision of the Country Directors in Niger and Senegal
  • Active cooperation in pertinent networks, fundraising, and public relations in Switzerland
  • Active contribution to the further development of HEKS/EPER’s international division

Required profile:

  • University degree or similar qualification and at least five years of experience in development cooperation
  • Multi-year work experience in developing countries, preferably in Africa and in the domain of rural development.
  • Sound track record in programme management (including controlling, budgeting and audits)
  • Proven experience in acquiring and managing mandates
  • Fluent in English and German or French (oral and written)
  • Team player, performs under pressure, initiative and pro-active personality
  • Able to master the usual IT tools

Our offer:

  • A varied and interesting position in a dynamic environment
  • Two to four duty travels to the programme area annually
  • An engaged and a competent team
  • Decent employment conditions and a competitive compensation package
  • A modern work place in Zurich or Lausanne

Please send your complete application at latest until 25 February 2018 to HEKS/EPER (Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!). Regula Hafner, Head of Africa/Latin America Department is at your disposal for further information: +41 44 360 88 71
More detailed information on HEKS/EPER see www.heks.ch.