Head of Skills Development

The Skills Development Team is part of the domain Products & Solutions which has recently been formed to support the organisation’s goal to strengthen its core. The domain is responsible for the thematic scope and expertise, monitoring and impact reporting and knowledge exchange and learning. Within the Skills Development portfolio, 3 working areas have been formed: a) Initial Vocational Education and Training, b) Labour Market Insertion and c) Upskilling and Reskilling. Each working area has a lead, who coordinates a working group of in-house experts from the field, organises online exchanges and develops content central to the organisation’s interest and needs.

Head of Skills Development

Contract type
Unlimited
Working location
Zürich
To lead our Skills Development team at our headquarter in Zurich and be part of the wider Management we are looking for an experienced and highly motivated Head of Skills Development (80-100%) Place of work: Zurich, Switzerland Start Date: September 1st or by arrangement

Responsibilities

  • Responsible for defining and coordinating the overall ‘scope of work’ in Skills Development and representing the skills portfolio within Swisscontact’s management team
  • Oversees and coordinates the Working Area Leads for Initial VET, Continuous VET, Labour Market Insertion in their work, their collaboration with the working groups and communities of practice 
  • Leads one of the working areas in Skills Development
  • Identifies, together with the team, trends and thematic areas where Skills Development products and solutions need to be provided 
  • Positions Swisscontact’s thematic expertise within and outside the organisation
  • Actively contributes to the development of internal reference documents, guidelines and training manuals and/or capitalization documents in the field of Skills Development
  • Ensures thematic on-boarding and capacity building of Team leaders and key staff
  • Provides Strategy guidance and technical backstopping of project teams as senior technical advisor in Skills Development
  • Undertakes capitalisation studies, midterm reviews in complex projects, when required
  • Proactively supports business development providing market intelligence, project ideas, concept notes and concepts, networks and recommendations for proposals and project documents.
  • Identifies, develops and maintains relevant thematic and strategic networks and partnerships with the private sector, foundations, international development agencies and academia for research and implementation of projects

Requirements

  • Postgraduate in Education, VET, Labour Market Sociology/Economics or equivalent
  • Proven VET or Labour Market insertion expertise 
  • At least 8 years of project implementation experience in development cooperation, of which 5 years in developing countries 
  • Experience in applied research in the field of VET or labour market insertion
  • At least 5 years of proven experience in project advisory and backstopping support
  • Proven experience in business development, tender writing 
  • Proven experience in representing the organisation in international conferences and seminars
  • Excellent writing skills in English required; writing skills in French and/or Spanish is an advantage
  • Good presentation skills and conceptual understanding
  • Experience in facilitating thematic networks and teams across countries
  • Proven digital competences
  • Business oriented, initiative, dynamic, and ambitious personality

Additional information

Swisscontact offers attractive working conditions in an international and multicultural context. We see our work as a joint effort in an agile organizational culture: mutual respect, trust and teamwork.
We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents in English or German: letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, diplomas and references. Please apply exclusively via the online application portal until 30th June 2021
In case of questions, please contact Doris Keller doris.keller(at)swisscontact.org or Sandra Rothboeck sandra.rothboeck(at)swisscontact.org
 

Swisscontact - Swiss Foundation for Technical Cooperation

We are a leading partner organisation for the implementation of international development projects. Founded in 1959 and registered under Swiss law, we are an independent non-profit organisation. We are politically and denominationally neutral.

Swisscontact offers attractive working conditions in an international and multicultural context. We see our work as ajoint effort in an agile organizational culture: mutual respect, trust and teamwork.

Swiscontact is a leading partner organisation for the implementation of international development projects. We are represented in 38 countries with over 1 200 employees. The foundation is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland.

Swiscontact promotes inclusive economic, social and ecological development to make an effective contribution towards sustainable and widespread prosperity in developing and emerging economies.

  • We strengthen the competencies of people, improving their employability
  • We increase the competitiveness of enterprises, growing their business
  • We foster social and economic systems, promoting inclusive development

We believe that people, even in dire conditions have the ability and will to act and liberate themselves from the shackles of poverty. However, this is only possible in an enabling environment and level playing field.

Swisscontact stands for professional quality and high ethical standards in its activities.

Foundation
Founded in 1959 and registered under Swiss law, we are an independent non-profit organisation. We are politically and denominationally neutral.
Team
The abilities and readiness for action of our employees are decisive for our projects’ ability to achieve sustainable impact, as well as our long-term success. As an attractive employer, Swisscontact invests in a positive management and work culture. This is defined by our fundamental understanding of development intended to serve not only our beneficiaries in project countries but our employees as well.
Mission statement
We promote inclusive economic, social and ecological development  to make an effective contribution towards sustainable and widespread prosperity in developing and emerging economies. With this objective in mind, we offer the chance to economically and socially disadvantaged people to improve their lives on their own initiative.

Head of Skills Development

Contract type
Unlimited
Working location
Zürich
To lead our Skills Development team at our headquarter in Zurich and be part of the wider Management we are looking for an experienced and highly motivated Head of Skills Development (80-100%) Place of work: Zurich, Switzerland Start Date: September 1st or by arrangement