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Job Announcement: NORRAG Executive Director

The NORRAG Network for International Policies and Cooperation in Education and Training
An Associate Programme of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva

announces the position of

Executive Director

NORRAG is an international multi-stakeholder network, which has been seeking to inform, challenge and influence international education and training policies and cooperation for more than 40 years.  More information may be found on the website

Objectives of the position

The Executive Director will facilitate, and help sustain, the substantial growth that NORRAG has experienced over the past few years. The position entails strategic planning, management of a dynamic international team (most of them based outside of Switzerland), networking, as well as oversight of projects, co-sponsored conferences, knowledge production and dissemination.  Over the next few years, NORRAG attempts to mobilize its members (over 5,000 individuals and institutions) for regional activities and scale up its collaboration with institutional partners. Financial management, procurement and contracting are carried out in close cooperation with the Graduate Institute.

The current thematic foci of NORRAG are listed on the website. The Executive Director is expected to contribute to the existing foci and also identify new topics in international education and development that deserve to be systematically pursued and advanced by NORRAG.

The Executive Director reports to the part-time Director for the content, fundraising and strategy of NORRAG. Together, they engage in launching new initiatives and raising funds for existing as well as new activities. There is an option (but not a requirement) to teach a graduate-level course per year in the Graduate Institute on a topic that is related to international cooperation in education. The Executive Director reports for the budget, finance, human resources and general administration to the Executive Direction of the Graduate Institute.

Desired qualifications

  • A doctoral degree in comparative education, international education, development studies and education, or a related social science/humanities background;
  • Leadership and management experience in an international organization and successful team management;
  • Successful budget, finance, human resource and administrative management experience;
  • Extensive project experience in developing countries and/or international cooperation and development with a special focus on education;
  • High international visibility and well networked with international organizations and associations;
  • A record of published work (technical or academic writing)
  • A record of funded proposals or projects.


The salary is commensurate with the senior rank of the position and includes attractive social benefits. The position is located in Geneva and the expected starting date is January 1st, 2020.

For more information please contact the Director of NORRAG Professor Gita Steiner-Khamsi (

The first application round will be reviewed starting October 21, 2019, and will be continued until a suitable candidate has been found. Please submit your cover letter, CV, names of three references, and a writing sample (academic, technical, or proposal) electronically and kindly note that offers received by mail or email won’t be considered.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, marital status, disability status, race, national origin, colour, gender, sexual orientation or religion.

Please apply for the position on the Graduate Institute eRecrutement platform (click ‘postuler’ to apply).

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