FCA is looking for an inspiring and experienced Deputy Executive Director

The Deputy Executive Director assists the Executive Director and, when necessary, officiates as the substitute for them.

FINN CHURCH AID (FCA) is Finland’s largest international aid organisation with operations in 12 countries and more than 70 years of experience. We seek positive change by supporting the most vulnerable people in fragile contexts. We specialise in supporting local communities’ right to peace, livelihoods and quality education.

FCA is a faith-based organization, grounding its work in human rights and international humanitarian law, norms, standards and principles. FCA is a founding member of the international aid alliance of churches, ACT Alliance. FCA is certified against the Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS).

Currently, FCA is looking for an inspiring and experienced Deputy Executive Director. The Deputy Executive Director assist the Executive Director and, when necessary, officiates as the substitute for them. The role also supports the work of the Executive Director in other tasks as agreed on separately and they report to the Executive Director.

We’re looking for an experienced and inspiring person with the capacity to lead a diverse work community to utilise its full potential. Excellent organisational skills, and fluent spoken and written English, are essential in this position. Finnish or other language skills are an asset. You have superb communication skills, and you don’t shy away from the media.

We expect you to have a suitable education and proven experience of several years in successful management positions. You should also have experience in non-profit organisations working in international aid or the humanitarian sector, as well as experience in cooperation within the sector. FCA focuses on three thematic areas: Right to Quality Education; Right to Livelihoods; and Right to Peace. A solid understanding of the interconnection between the themes is essential.

In addition, we appreciate a good understanding of how digital solutions can benefit international aid work, experience in practical cooperation with private sector, and how climate crisis can be addressed from the organisation’s thematic perspectives. Proven experience of successful proposal development for donors is essential. You should have experience in developing and evaluating an international organisation’s strategy as well as building an evidence base to demonstrate organisational impact. We highly value an understanding of the role of faith-based organisations in the international aid sector.

As the Deputy Executive Director you are the convener and chairperson of the Service and Accountability Centre (SAC) Management Team in Helsinki. You manage FCA’s Strategy Development Department. The department is responsible for monitoring and evaluating FCA’s global strategy and program as well as for guiding the development and implementation of country strategies and programmes’ thematic content by providing timely support to FCA’s country offices. The department is also responsible for global programme content planning, monitoring and evaluation. It hosts the Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers Secretariat, and you are the supervisor of the Secretariat’s Executive Director. In addition to the Secretariat, you lead the work of Strategy Development Unit and Humanitarian Emergency Response Team.

We can offer you an inspiring and meaningful job in a value-based and truly global environment. You will be in charge of a professional, committed and multicultural team. We are a trusted partner and a widely known actor both in Finland and globally. The position is based in Helsinki, Finland, and the ideal timetable for starting in it is 1st of April 2023.

Qualified and interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, religion or ethnicity are encouraged to apply for the vacancy.

Interested? For more information, please call Eezy Personnel’s Senior Executive Search Consultant Johanna Ahola, tel. +358 400 739 308 or send an e-mail johanna.ahola@eezy.fi

Please submit you application by 6th of February 2023. You need to prepare a CV, application letter and salary expectations for the application.

FCA practices zero tolerance on sexual exploitation and abuse, including child abuse in all forms. FCA has zero tolerance concerning aid diversion and illegal actions and may screen applicants against international lists to ensure due diligence and compliance with Anti-money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism requirements.