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Chief Executive INTRAC  

This is an exciting opportunity to lead INTRAC at a key stage of its development as it builds on its core strengths and adapts to the opportunities for civil society in a rapidly changing world. Reporting to the board and leading a small senior team, you will bring skills in strategic leadership and effective management, be a good communicator, strong networker and have a proven track record in raising funds and working with donors. You will have substantial experience in international development especially linked to civil society.

Based in Oxford with UK and overseas travel.

Salary: £65,000 - £70,000  + INTRAC pension (matching employee contributions up to 5%)


This year sees INTRAC ‘s 25th anniversary. Since its inception, INTRAC rapidly gained a strong international reputation for supporting the effectiveness of civil society around the world. Many of the original members remain involved as associates or consultants and a range of new staff have joined which results in a dynamic mix of skills. Last year we set a new strategic direction that builds on the considerable success to date and adapts our work to changes in the external and civil society environment. It focuses more strongly on collaborative working with regional and national organisations and individuals who in turn support local civil society in all its forms. The strategy also promotes a stronger and more targeted use of INTRAC’s research and experience to influence practice and policy. New areas of work have been developed including in the Middle East and West Africa. There is significant potential to grow and develop the portfolio over the coming years. We are now seeking a dynamic Chief Executive (CEO) to lead the organisation through this next stage.

Job role


To lead INTRAC in developing and implementing its strategy through wide ranging programmes of support, forging international partnerships and collaborations, increasing INTRAC’s profile, influencing others and ensuring financial viability. To manage a team of staff and associates both in the UK and overseas and work closely with the board of trustees.

Strategic leadership and management

  • Drive the delivery of the vision and strategy including its further development and operationalisation
  • Build an enhanced national and international leadership structure
  • Develop collaborations and networks to deliver greater impact
  • Continually review the business model

External representation and profile

  • Act as an ambassador for INTRAC in building a strong profile and reputation
  • Develop relationships with key partners and stakeholders
  • Develop roles for INTRAC in alliances and consortia

Governance and management

  • Work with the board to ensure strong governance of the organisation
  • Support the board to carry out its duties
  • Ensure adequate management policies and processes

Finance and funding

  • Develop and keep under review a business plan designed to maximise impact and viability
  • Ensure sound financial management
  • Secure income from a range of sources and expand the range of funding mechanisms

Leading managing and motivating staff

  • Demonstrate and ensure good people management
  • Ensure effective recruitment and retention of high quality staff
  • Undertake and promote good internal communication

Person specification

Experience and knowledge

  • Significant and successful experience of leadership and management at senior level
  • Considerable involvement in leading change management processes
  • Leadership in the development and implementation of strategy
  • Substantial experience in international development including working with civil society
  • A strong and proven track record in raising funds


  • Strong personal credibility
  • Effective and recognised leadership and management
  • A good people manager
  • Ability to influence at all levels and achieve results
  • Communication, relationship building and networking skills
  • A passion for and commitment to the aims and values of INTRAC

For an informal conversation about this role please email Carolyn Miller Chair or Phil Vernon Deputy Chair to arrange a call. 

Please apply by sending:

  • 1.    a cover letter of not more than 2 sides of A4 explaining why you want the job and setting out ideas that you bring to the development of INTRAC’s work and why you are the right person
  • 2.    a CV
  • 3.    the names, roles and contacts of three referees one of whom must be a current manager (along with instructions on when they can be contacted)  
  • 4.    the equal opportunities form which can be found here.

And send to


Closing date: 31st May 2016.

Interviews will be conducted in the last week of June.




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