Managing Director War Child Germany

“ambitious and entrepreneurial leader with international mind-set and solid knowledge of German NGO and fundraising market, to lead the German organisation of War Child and contribute to War Child’s global network expert organisation”

Your Challenge

War Child believes no child should be part of war. Ever. We have a dream that every child lives in peace. And we are daring enough to believe dreams can come true. We dream that the need for War Child won’t exist anymore.

Yet, as long as there is war, there will be a need for War Child to help. Supporting children to keep their hope in the darkest moments of their lives. Inspiring them to remember their joy, happiness, and freedom. Together with a network of partners and communities, we aim to improve the psychosocial wellbeing of children and youths affected by conflict both in Germany and internationally.

Of 160 million children living with conflict, very few have access to protection, psychosocial support or education. That is why War Child embarked on a global strategy to reach many more children as quickly as possible. To do so, War Child is changing its organisation. War Child is fast becoming a global network serviced by shared program platform.

As Managing Director War Child Germany you lead and represent War Child Deutschland, a nonprofit social business established in Germany as part of the international War Child network in Germany. You manage the War Child Deutschland GmbH organisation as a whole and, drawing on policy plans, plot the direction and strategy for the organisation, monitor its progress and review the results. This includes advising and reporting to the Shareholder Assembly. War Child Deutschland is part of the War Child International network expert organisation, consisting of the Shared Program Platform and the three country organizations in The Netherlands, Sweden and Germany, mainly focused on fundraising, advocacy and communication.

As Managing Director of War Child Deutschland you focus on:

  • Generating the planned income/funding from private, corporate and institutional donors
  • Being responsible for German programme partnerships, donor relations & institutional fundraising and quality assurance
  • Developing and implementing national and international programmes, in co-production with War Child Sweden and Holland, and the Global Shared Platform
  • Generating attention and free publicity/information to ensure maximum visibility, awareness, engagement and support for the work of War Child – being a role model for Platform partners
  • Influencing policies and society
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with partners, building coalitions, supporting ambassadors
  • Realizing the shared operations for the German country organisation as well as the Shared Program Platform

The MD is the German office’s staff supervisor within the reporting structure, and indirectly (and with due observance of the powers of the International MT of War Child) supervises the organization’s entire workforce. The MD is currently also member of the International MT and as such, plays a role in defining the over-all strategy and targets and monitoring the results of the War Child International network expert organisation.

The Managing Director Germany’s role is based in Hamburg, Germany. The ideal starting date is 3 January 2022. A successful candidate is expected to move, if currently living in another country. Assessment will be part of the selection process.

Your responsibilities

The key areas of responsibilities of the Managing Director War Child Deutschland are:

The specific responsibilities include:

  • Identify social and political trends and developments that impact the German organisation. Successfully translate them into a long-term vision
  • Develop the long-term strategic policy together with the small but motivated German Team. Map opportunities and threats, assess the impact that outside developments can have. Put forward detailed plans for improving the organization’s quality and performances
  • Define policy principles and generate support within the organisation and elsewhere
  • Once the strategic policies are adopted, oversee their implementation and translate the policy principles into concrete plans and corresponding budgets. Monitor the performance and suggest improvements
  • Monitor the organization’s short-term budget and act in response to imminent deficits and/or surpluses.
  • Identify and manage organizational risks (e.g. reviewing the quality and volume of staff’s work performances, branding and communication risks, reputational risks, financial risks, safeguarding and integrity)
  • Create long-term and short-term budgets for the German organization’s and present them to the International MT of War Child for approval and report in accordance to organizational and transparency standards to both internal and external stakeholders and donors
  • Report to the Shareholder Assembly and seek approval on items related to their mandate
  • Create planning for and deliver on the planned income/funding from private and institutional donors, with a healthy balance between restricted and unrestricted funding
  • Maintain and nurture the German organization’s strategic partnerships with relevant parties
  • Provide advocacy for the organization’s interests, influencing policies and society
  • Represent the organisation at internal and external events/occasions, act as host and spokesperson
  • Nurture and grow a network of strategic and/or influential connections, and generate support for the organization’s views, through but not limited to lobbying and advocating
  • Ensure that the German organisation’s workforce possesses the appropriate manpower and qualities to realize the defined goals and targets.
  • Ensure that the adopted HR policy is given shape, including by discussing past and future performances with appropriate staff.
  • Identify opportunities for staff to develop, discuss them and help staff to give shape to the arrangements for this
  • Identify issues, risks in the internal environment and problem areas in work processes. Ensure that problems are resolved and unnecessary risks are avoided.
  • Be transparent, fair, inclusive as well as compliant with national laws and War Child’s core values and internal regulations.

Your profile

  • Relevant University degree (Business, International Relations) or commensurate experience
  • Min. of 5 years of working experience in a senior management position, responsible for fundraising or marketing
  • Knowledge and vision in relation to fundraising and communications
  • Proven success in working in a complex international funding environment
  • Bringing a network within the German NGO sector (with donors and other peer NGOs)
  • Familiar with the principles of business and administration (policy, planning, budgeting etc.).
  • Understanding and appreciation of the organization’s target demographics
  • Understanding of the organization and its position in society
  • Knowledge of organizational HR, financial and quality policies
  • Result-based management: demonstrated capacity to plan and deliver results in a structured manner
  • Ability to inspire and mobilize stakeholders to action, also in exploring new and innovative approaches, off the beaten track
  • Well-developed strategic and analytical skills for effective policy development and risk management
  • Strong social, communication and media skills, ability to deal effectively in a variety of cultural and political contexts
  • Full professional command of German and English (other War Child country languages (Dutch, French, Spanish, Arabic) are an additional benefit)
  • Affinity with and deep passion for War Child’s cause, with demonstrable evidence for this passion
  • Eligible to work in Germany and able to start no later than Jan 2022.

War Child’s Core values

Demonstrable understanding of and ability to live and work in a healthy balance according the War Child core values:

- Integrity

- Impact

- Creativity

- Inspiring.

Our offer

  • An interesting and dynamic leadership role within an international professional organization that undergoes an exciting and ambitious transformation process
  • Gross salary indication: €6000 gross
  • Pleasant working conditions, good atmosphere, great colleagues and of course the meaningful purpose of our work!

How to apply

Interested and qualified candidates are invited to apply by no later than 1 Augustus 2021. Please upload your English language CV (maximum of two pages) and cover letter here:

Please mention where you found this vacancy. Applications are considered on a rolling basis.

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Equal opportunity

War Child has a dream that every child lives in peace - no matter who or where they are. That’s why we pride ourselves on being an equal opportunity employer. We promote diversity and belonging in everything we do and select our potential new colleagues without regard to gender, race, colour, religion, nationality, disability, age or sexual orientation.

Application process

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If we appoint a suitable candidate before the given closing date, the vacancy will be removed from our websites. In this case, any responses received after removal will not be processed. Sometimes the closing date of a vacancy is extended. If so, and you have not yet heard from us, your application will remain active.