International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims
The IRCT is a health-based umbrella organisation that supports the rehabilitation of torture victims and the prevention of torture worldwide.
Our members currently comprise 145 independent organisations in 74 countries. Our work is governed by these member organisations. Today, we are the largest membership-based civil society organisation to work in the field of torture rehabilitation and prevention.
The International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT) is currently recruiting a highly experienced professional to fill the position of Secretary-General and take leadership of the development of the organisation and its membership globally.
Based in Copenhagen, Denmark, the General Secretariat of the IRCT supports and collaborates with a global network of rehabilitation centres and programmes represented in every region of the world.
The IRCT consists of four bodies: the General Assembly, the Council, the Executive Committee and the General Secretariat. The General Secretariat serves as the operational body of the IRCT. The IRCT’s strong commitment to the rehabilitation of torture victims brings together highly committed people with different cultural and professional backgrounds worldwide. It is important that the IRCT maintains and further develops this unique organisational identity.
The Secretary-General is the Chief Executive Officer of the IRCT and as such provides overall strategic leadership to the IRCT, within the guidelines set by the Executive Committee and the IRCT Council. The Secretary-General is the main public spokesperson of the IRCT. The Secretary-General cooperates with organisations and individuals globally, in order to support the IRCT capacity development and objectives. The Secretary-General oversees all IRCTs activities and is responsible for the overall management of the IRCT Secretariat. The Secretary-General should be committed to the continuous development of the organisation and the successful development and implementation of IRCT’s strategic plan.
- Represent the IRCT globally;
- Ensure the active engagement of the membership;
- Manage the Secretariat;
- Ensure adequate resources to achieve the objectives of the IRCT;
- Ensure a strong and forward-looking fundraising strategySupport and collaborate with the Executive Committee and the IRCT council.
Knowledge and experience
- 15+ years of experience from working in a civil society movement at senior level;
- Strong network within civil society, the UN and other relevant fields;
- Cultural and political awareness of human rights;
- Capacity development experience;
- Experience in securing funding for sustainability.
Leadership and management skills
- 15+ years of international leadership experience at senior level;
- Ability to lead a complex organisation;
- Proven human resource management skills and the ability to lead and motivate an expert team from diverse professional and cultural backgrounds operating in different country settings;
- Experience in resource planning and management.
Personal skills and communication
- Excellent interpersonal skills;
- Credible with a high moral standard and a strong sense of personal integrity;
- Strong and respected mediator;
- Cultural empathy and adaptive to cultural differences;
- Persuasive and confident;
- Solid negotiation and collaboration skills;
- Fluency in both written and spoken English;
- Knowledge of Spanish and/or French is an advantage.
University degree, (likely within human rights, international development, health or torture rehabilitation and prevention)
- The Secretary-General will be offered a competitive salary with allowances;
- The Secretary-General will be offered a 3-year contract and will be expected to take residence in Denmark.
How to apply
- Send a letter of application and CV (use this form) by e-mail to email@example.com;
- Please name the documents “SG your name cover letter” and “SG your name CV”;
- Deadline for applications: Monday 27 February 2012 8AM (Copenhagen time);
- Interviews for this position will take place in Copenhagen on 18 and 19 April 2012.