The World Council of Churches (WCC) is an ecumenical fellowship of churches founded in 1948. It brings together 350 member churches from all over the world, including Orthodox churches, Anglican, Baptist, Lutheran and Reformed denominations, to promote Christian unity in faith, witness and service for a just and peaceful world.
The headquarters of the WCC is at the Ecumenical Centre, Grand-Saconnex, a unique space for its member churches, and from which is coordinated the programmes and activities conducted together with the member churches and ecumenical partners.
At its site in Grand-Saconnex, working together with its developer, the WCC has launched a significant real estate project, named Green Village. The development is the first in Geneva with the One Planet Living label, and includes six new buildings set in a park, grouped around the Ecumenical Centre, a classified building, which is to be renovated. The development will take place in several phases. Following the adoption of the area development plan in 2017, and approval of the three building permits in 2018, construction work begins on the first phase in 2020.
The WCC is looking for an assistant manager for the construction project at 100% who will work with the team to define project requirements for a new office building for WCC; and who will lead and implement preparatory work, with both staff teams and tenants. The position will be based at the Ecumenical Centre, Grand-Saconnex, and will report to the IT and Facility Services Manager.
Fluent in English and French, the assistant manager will hold a recognised qualification in facility management, project management, or business management, and will be able to demonstrate relevant experience. Working closely with the ITFS Manager and the Finance Director, and with the developer’s team, the successful candidate will have responsibility for:
Planning and implementation of the preparatory phase in facility management before demolition of current offices (2023);
Short-term office relocation plans for WCC, and for its tenants, in the transition phase (2023-2025), to include definition of space and service requirements;
Definition of requirements for a new office building, principally for WCC’s sister organisations and tenants, and participation with the architects and developer’s team in the planning sessions, leading to delivery of building permit;
Developing the profile for efficient facility management costs, and implementation of One Planet Living initiatives and targets in WCC’s new building;
Participation in the process leading to approval of the building permit for renovation of the Ecumenical Centre central building;
General support in project work, including analysis of requests for proposal; monitoring of project issues; participation in project meetings with the developer; project work with specialised consultants, including a real estate economist;
General support in preparation of steering committee meetings; and management of project documentation libraries.
QUALIFICATIONS AND SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
At least four years related experience
Recognised professional qualification in facility management
Bachelor/HES in engineering, building construction, facility management, project management or business management, with focus on construction or real estate development or equivalent.
Working knowledge of building systems and structure
Facility management, including space management
Project management and Risk management
Ability to work in a team.
Language skills :
Ability to correspond in French and English.
Ability to manage computerised accounting systems and to work with Microsoft Office applications such as Excel and Word; knowledge of architectural software, including BIM, would be an advantage
Deadline for applications: February 14, 2020
Other relevant information:
More information about the Green Village development:
The WCC ’s annual Financial report 2018 can be consulted at:
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The WCC is an equal opportunity employer. The sole criteria for recruitment, training and career opportunities are qualification, skills, experience and performance to all its staff members.
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