Managing Director

11.02. | Temporary | 100%

PERIOD OF CONTRACT: 01 May 2021 – 30 April 2023, with possibility for extension.
General description of the position

The Global Health Centre (GHC) at the Graduate Institute is engaged in research, strategic convening and education on the themes of governance, politics and power in global health. The GHC is seeking a Managing Director to provide day-to-day management of the Centre’s ongoing activities, support and develop the team, and continuously strengthen the GHC’s overall ability to achieve its mission (see Strategy). Our ideal candidate has demonstrated strong organizational management capacity, substantial experience in and understanding of the global health field (i.e. actors, politics, issues), well-developed professional networks, exceptional people skills and a pro-active entrepreneurial approach to preventing, predicting and resolving issues as they arrive. The Managing Director reports to the faculty Co-Directors.

Managing Director

Mission and activities
Specifically, the Managing Director is expected to take charge of the following tasks:

  • Strategy: Acts as a strategic partner to the Co-Directors in implementing, monitoring and revising (periodically) the GHC’s overall strategy. Responsible for translating the strategy into action, setting objectives and managing progress towards achieving them.
  • Planning: Developing and ensuring implementation of quarterly, annual and multi-year plans to enable achievement of the short-term and long-term objectives of the GHC.
  • Human resources management: Responsible for attracting and retaining a diverse, talented team through effective recruiting, on-boarding, mentoring, supporting professional development, and managing performance. Also ensuring conflict prevention and resolution, and oversight of human resources administration. Fostering an inclusive, respectful work culture that helps team members thrive. Direct supervision and line manager for centre’s core staff responsible for operations and administration (HR, finance, office management, grants management).
  • Operations: Oversee day-to-day operations of the Centre, ensuring efficient and effective use of human and financial resources, and compliance with Graduate Institute guidelines and policies. Ensure smooth functioning of process and systems, continuously identifying opportunities for improvement in quality, effectiveness and/or efficiency.
  • Financial Planning and fundraising: in close coordination with the co-directors, develop and implement a multi-year financial plan and strategy to ensure resources are available to achieve the GHC’s objectives in the near, medium and long term. Identify, pursue and secure funding.
  • Internal relations: Maintain and build strong relationships with other departments, Centres, programs and operational units of the Graduate Institute, fostering collaboration.
  • External relations: Maintain and build strong relationships with external partners and stakeholders, including academia, governments, intergovernmental organizations, civil society, industry, media, and funders.


Candidate's profile

  • Master’s degree in related field (e.g. management, public health, international affairs), or Bachelor’s degree with commensurate experience Background knowledge on global health.
  • 10+ years of professional experience, at least 5 of which in organizational management positions, demonstrating progressive responsibility.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills, with the ability to foresee, diagnose and address a wide range of issues.
  • Demonstrated experience in and knowledge of the global health field.
  • Experience in organizational planning and improvement.
  • Personal integrity and high standards of work.
  • Flexible and able to manage multiple tasks and responsibilities in a fast-moving environment.
  • Team player and diplomatic in written and oral communication.
  • Ability to manage up (to line managers), across (colleagues) and down (direct reports), and to navigate complex organizations.
  • Pro-active, entrepreneurial and willing to take on new challenges, with a general attitude that no task is too small or too big.
  • Fluent spoken and written English; professional proficiency in spoken and written French.
  • Grant writing and grant management experience, including budgeting and budget tracking.
  • In-depth knowledge of Genève Internationale and/or global health diplomacy.
  • Experience working with in an academic or research institution.
  • Fluent spoken and written French, other languages a plus.

Interested candidates should submit their application consisting of a one-page letter of motivation and a CV through the HR portal of the Graduate Institute.

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.

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