International Programmes Director

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

Job Description

Medair is now seeking an International Programmes Director, a leader of leaders, with primary responsibility for management of our country programmes.

You will lead in key decisions pertaining to strategic initiatives, operating model, and operational execution within our field programmes, and inspire Medair to be a humanitarian sector front-runner that experiments, adapts, scales, and shares innovative approaches to serving people in need. You will lead the International Programmes department annual strategy and budget planning cycle to ensure optimal deployment of resources to achieve the organisation’s ambitious business goals. You will position Medair as an organisation of choice for excellence in programme policy, delivery and support for both institutional and individual donors, and grow Medair’s servant-hearted influence of the humanitarian sector.

You will have expertise in leading excellent humanitarian programmes: managing humanitarian policy, programmes and staff, both in the field and at head office level, and you will demonstrate experience of networking with major humanitarian actors and the humanitarian and development architecture, including the UN, governments, and institutional donors.


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 humanitarian leadership expertise and understanding to strengthen Medair at this exciting crossroads, then please read the full role description and application instructions here: International Programmes 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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