Director of Operations

Are you the new IRCT Director of Operations?
As Director of Operations, your job is to manage a broad portfolio of operational fields – finance, HR and IT – but the focus is financial management.

You are a natural leader – although you may not have many years’ experience – with a flair for numbers, excel spreadsheets and budget reconciliation. You are tech savvy. And you are a convincing communicator, able to explain complicated data, clearly and concisely. Maybe with a smile, too.

You will be part of the management group and lead a team of 4 staff. You have a strategic mindset but are not shy about developing a quick project budget, if needed.

You want a job which makes a difference every day. IRCT is the leading global association on torture rehabilitation with 162 members in 76 countries. A team of 13, based in Copenhagen, Brussels, USA and Canada, coordinate the collective work of global members with an annual turnover of € 2 m. from a diverse donor base.

IRCT works at the heart of the human rights sector supporting member-led global anti-torture initiatives. Torture rehabilitation centres do the front-line work to rehabilitate torture survivors through psychological support, physical therapy, occupational therapy, etc. IRCT secretariat leads data collection and analysis from cases, so decision-makers at national and international levels can be influenced to live up to their obligations to eradicate torture, to finance rehabilitation support and deliver justice.

You will be close to the local reality for front-line human rights defenders, health professionals and legal staff from the torture rehabilitation world. And you like this! Work at the IRCT secretariat provides a direct view into the machine room of an international non-governmental organisation. You will directly be involved in the practicalities of day-to-day running of the organisation, strategic decision making and global impact work. You can read more about our current Strategic Plan 2022-25 here.

The core focus of this position is on the transparent and accountable financial management of the IRCT to ensure long-term sustainability. This includes budget planning, analysis and review, oversight of the financial processes, internal and external reporting, project finances as well as ensuring donor compliance. You understand the importance of administering project and free funds and advise on the effective use of funds and fundraising. You will have a skilled finance officer and a controller at your side, and you will collaborate and coach staff across the organisation and advise IRCT members and project partners globally.

Our IT support and payroll management are outsourced, but we need a strategic thinker to guide these areas and to develop our digital systems further to ensure that we work secure, cost-effective and accountable.

You will also be responsible for our human resource. Given the smaller size of the secretariat, human resource management fills less, but is still of high importance.

Please find more details on the position in the job description.

We seek candidates who have/are:

  • Natural leadership skills which motivate staff to feel confident and develop their skills.
  • Experience with project and financial administration processes with development/humanitarian/human rights funding.
  • Excellent knowledge of Excel and experience with financial management systems (Business Central/ NAV); experience with time registration, HR and CRM systems.
  • Positive person, outgoing.
  • Can find solutions and get things done, until they are completely done.
  • Ability to work with different stakeholders and manage multi-cultural relationships.
  • Fluent in English and Danish.
  • Masters degree in Finance or other relevant subject

We encourage applications from all backgrounds and communities. We are committed to equality and diversity within our organisation, and to having a team that is made up of diverse skills, experiences and abilities.

Terms of employment:
The position is full time, and the starting date is as soon as possible.

How to apply:
If you are interested in the position, please submit your CV and a motivation letter in English online via “Apply”. We do not accept applications sent by e-mail.

Deadline for applications is 22 Sept 2023. Interviews will be held on 26. Sept. 2023 at IRCT office, Fælledvej 12, 2200 Copenhagen DK. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews immediately after the deadline. Should you have any questions regarding this position, please contact IRCT Secretary General, Lisa Henry +45 29 61 99 04 or

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