Programme Director, International Civil Society Centre, Berlin

Position: Programme Director

Contract Start: as soon as possible

How to apply: Please send your application, including two reference contacts, to by 16 January 2017. Please list PCDN as the source of the job posting in your application.

Application deadline: 16 January 2017

The International Civil Society Centre helps the world’s leading international civil society organisations (ICSOs) maximise their impact for a sustainable and more equitable world.

The International Civil Society Centre works with ICSOs to develop strategies for successfully navigating change. We scan the horizon for exciting opportunities; enable learning and cooperation among ICSOs and their stakeholders; support ICSOs with developing effective leadership and promote robust accountability to strengthen ICSOs’ legitimacy. The Centre is a not-for-profit organisation fully owned by the organisations it serves. We strive to set high standards in management, governance and strategy for ICSOs and the wider sector.

The Centre is currently looking for a Programme Director, who will drive the development of the Centre’s growing programme and lead our growing Programme Team in a way that empowers these colleagues to grow in their respective roles and contribute in a powerful way to the Centre’s impact and further growth. This demanding and multi-facetted leadership position provides a broad range of insights into the civil society sector and entails cooperation with many of the sector’s most eminent leaders. Leading a team of dedicated and ambitious colleagues the Programme Director will develop workshop and conference formats for civil society leaders and new content to best serve the sector. Our new Programme Director shall support the development of new processes in the Programme Team and beyond to identify synergies and ideas for the team to work in smart ways. This is a key strategic position, working together with the Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director and the entire team to lead and manage the organisational development of the growing Centre.

Main tasks and responsibilities

Content Leadership:
  • overall responsibility for conceptualising and implementing projects and programmes according to the Centre’s strategic guidelines and decisions
  • devising new programmes and formats about the future of the CSO sector on topics such as disruptive change, the SDGs, global power shifts and shrinking civic space
  • communication with stakeholders, participants and speakers
Team Leadership:
  • overall management and development of programme team of about 8 people
  • manage team capacities and ensure professional development of staff
  • ensure effective teamwork and smooth coordination with other Centre teams
Network Leadership:
  • manage relationships and coordination with external project partners
  • facilitate workshops and meetings as the Centre’s representative
  • further development and expansion of the Centre’s network and outreach
Financial Responsibility:
  • monitor and administer budgets totalling approx. 1-2 million EUR per year
  • supporting fundraising with grant proposals and programme conceptualisation
  • ensure professional donor reporting together with the Fundraising Manager and Finance Manager
Centre Leadership:
  • develop and implement organisational strategies together with the Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director
  • contribute to organisational development and profile of the Centre
Main requirements and qualifications
  • About five years of experience in management and leadership in the civil society sector or other relevant sector.
  • Strong interest in the future and development of civil society organisations.
  • Innovative thinking; track record of thought leadership and implementation of new ideas/projects.
  • Strong experience in team leadership and organisational development.
  • Ideally a solid network in the civil society sector.
We offer
  • Leadership role in the development of a young and ambitious organisation
  • Working with and learning from the leaders of world’s best known civil society organisations
  • The opportunity to make an impact on key areas concerning the future of the sector
  • A team oriented and international work environment
  • Highly motivated, enthusiastic colleagues
Terms: unlimited contract with a six-months probation period

Working hours: 40 hours per week

Salary: € 66,000-90,000/year, depending on experience and qualifications

Location: Berlin, Germany

Starting date: as soon as possible

Application for the position

Please send your application, including two reference contacts, to by 16 January 2017. Please list PCDN as the source of the job posting in your application.

Interviews will take place between 23 and 26 January 2016 in Berlin. Please note that we can only contact shortlisted candidates.


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