Finance Director

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 25 July 2018
  • Switzerland
  • Closing on 31 August 2018
  • Current

Job Description

To develop strategically and sustainably, we need a Finance Director, sat firmly in the driving seat, to push this role and team forwards in support of the new Medair vision. The majority of our finances (typically around 80%) go to our humanitarian work around the world. We therefore need a financial leader who can strengthen our finance strategy, reporting systems and controls to manage and improve this distinctive business model.

As a true business partner to the CEO and departmental directors of the ELT, you will assess organisational performance against both the annual budget and the organisation’s long-term strategic objectives. Developing tools and systems to provide critical financial and operational information to the CEO and ELT you will make actionable recommendations on both strategy and operations. You will assume responsibility for the organisation’s financial management reporting, overseeing treasury management and the finance internal control systems.

You will be a leader with financial and grant management experience, preferably in a humanitarian context, and proven experience with institutional or government donors. The responsibility and influence of this role across Medair’s worldwide operations creates a critical platform for growth in our sustainability and reach within the humanitarian world.


Medair is a humanitarian organisation inspired by Christian faith to relieve human suffering in some of the world’s most remote and devastated places. In 2017, we brought relief and recovery to over 2 million people in crisis.

Medair saves lives in emergencies and then stays to help people recover from crisis with dignity. Our teams do whatever it takes to bring assistance where it is needed most, regardless of religion, race or nationality. We work side by side with communities and partners to leave a lasting impact.

Though the humanitarian context is one of increasing challenges and greater numbers of people in need, Medair’s ambition and firm belief is not only to respond to more people as we grow, but to serve them more efficiently and effectively than ever before.


Based in Medair Head Office, Ecublens, near Lausanne, Switzerland.

Starting Date / Contract Details

Starting as soon as is reasonably possible. Full time, open-ended contract.

Application Process

If you are open to considering investing your life experience and your strategic financial leadership expertise to strengthen Medair at this exciting crossroads, then please read the full role description and application instructions here: Finance Director - full profile pdf.
In your covering letter, please reference how your profile matches with the person specification in the Medair packs, how you fit within the culture of Medair, and your response to the leadership style we detail in the application pack.
Please ensure that your letter of motivation is sent as an attachment, and not in the body of your email. If you have not done this, please resend the cover letter as a doc / pdf to the indicated email address.

Applications Deadline

Applications must be received by August 31, 2018 at 12 p.m. CEST.

About the Organization


Medair is a humanitarian organisation inspired by Christian faith to relieve human suffering in some of the world’s most remote and devastated places. We bring relief and recovery to people in crisis, regardless of race, creed or nationality. As signatories of the Red Cross Code of Conduct, we believe that aid should be given to everyone who is in need, regardless of political, social or religious viewpoint. We save lives in emergencies and then stay to help people recover from crisis with dignity—working side by side with communities to leave a lasting impact. We provide a range of emergency relief and recovery services: health care and nutrition; safe water, sanitation, and hygiene; shelter and infrastructure.

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