PERIOD OF CONTRACT: the position is for 24 months, with possibility to renew, pending funding. Start date ideally 1st of July
ACTIVITY RATE: 100 %
DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS: 07-06-2020
The Centre for Trade and Economic Integration (CTEI) at the Graduate Institute, Geneva is looking for a Director for the new Platform on Societal Transformations (Transformations Platform), which will start operations on 1st of July 2020 and be hosted within CTEI.
The Transformations Platform
The world is experiencing several massive, simultaneous and confluent disruptions. Digitech and biotech technologies are disrupting the future of manufacturing, the future of work, the future of globalisation, and much more. Climate change and the exhaustion of natural resources are disordering traditional assumptions on everything from food production to international policy cooperation and coordination. The Covid pandemic – not the first and certainly not the last – has forced a rethinking all across the horizon of international cooperation. Social and economic inequality within and between nations is forcing an urgent need for a reconsidering the current social and economic operating modes.
Geneva hosts a unique and uniquely rich variety of actors and resources working on issues related to societal transformations that are being forced by these megatrends. But despite an immense potential for synergies and mutual leveraging of competencies, the whole is not much more than the sum of its parts. Moreover, the learnings tend to stay within traditional audiences.
The Transformations Platform will provide a common ground for joined-up thinking, collaborative reflective and research, and joint initiatives. The Platform will have an evolving mandate, with a first focus on the Future of Work. The Platform will operate under the following principles: independent body; user-oriented approach; an open and inclusive space; representative arena; a flexible and evolving mandate; a reliable and responsible governance structure; full transparency. It will be a flexible, lean organisation with a mandate that evolves with bottom-up interests.
Ultimately, the Platform will aim to enhance and amplify the voice of Geneva-based actors on societal transformations, with a particular focus on change on the workplace. To do so, it will create synergies between the various actors working on societal transformation processes in Geneva and help to disseminate Geneva’s knowledge and know-how to relevant stakeholders globally. The ‘business of the Platform’ can be thought of as coalescing around three pillars: Connect, Inform, and Innovate:
Mission and activities
The Platform Director will take the lead in developing the potential of the Platform in close cooperation and support of CTEI Co-Director (Richard Baldwin), the President of Executive Education (Cedric Dupont) and the CTEI Managing Director (Tamara Pironnet). The Directorship is thus first and most a position where entrepreneurship, ambition, and leadership are critical along with network building skills.
The Platform Director will be in charge of overseeing the various activities, including overseeing the logistics of conferences and workshops and the development of communications material; identifying gaps and trends to address; developing and maintaining a broad network of stakeholders; guiding the direction of the newsletter and other material; and ensuring the financial management of the platform. S/he will also be responsible for fundraising for the activities.
The GTP director will have at one part time team members to work with, as well as support from the Platform Chairs (Baldwin and Dupont), and the CTEI Managing Director.
The Platform Director should be an expert in work-related issues. She/he should have a solid network, access to key stakeholders and have a good overview of the trends, opportunities and challenges in the sector.
The required qualifications include:
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, marital status, disability status, race, national origin, color, gender, sexual orientation or religion.
For more information, candidates are encouraged to consult the Institute's website: graduateinstitute.ch
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