REC – Executive Director

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Pracovná ponuka – Výkonný riaditeľ Regionálneho environmentálneho centra pre strednú a východnú Európu – v Szentendre (Svätý Ondrej) – pár kilometrov od slovenských hraníc, na sever od Budapešti.

The Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC) is a multilateral organisation with 32 member states and the European Commission. It was established in 1990 by the governments of the United States of America and Hungary and the European Commission. It has an independent, non-partisan, non-advocacy and non-profit status enshrined in a legal charter. For 25 years, the REC has built and maintained multi-stakeholder platforms of governments, non-governmental organisations and businesses, and offered technical assistance to the countries in the region to support EU accession and to promote sustainable development. The organisation has also participated in key global, regional and local processes and contributed to environmental and sustainability solutions within and beyond its country office network, transferring transitional knowledge and experience to countries and regions. Headquartered in Szentendre, Hungary, near Budapest, the REC also has a network of more than a dozen offices throughout the Central and Eastern European region, including in South Eastern Europe and Turkey. During the past 25 years, the REC implemented over 2000 donor-funded projects with a total budget of over EUR 200 million.

The REC is opening the position of Executive Director at its head office in Szentendre, Hungary.
(Ref. no. 2016/1)

The Board of Directors of the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe is seeking a dynamic and visionary individual to serve as Executive Director and to lead the REC in fulfilling its mandate during a challenging time in the region. The Executive Director needs to be able to articulate a vision that promotes environmental stewardship and sustainable development among disparate audiences. She or he must inspire a diverse team of approximately 160 people to fulfil and enhance the organisation’s mission to foster cooperation among stakeholders to address environmental and related sustainable development challenges. The ideal candidate should have the ambition and ability to work in a challenging, multinational organisation, where multidisciplinary teamwork is essential. The candidate should be dedicated and committed to the founding principles of the organisation, as set out in its founding charter and overseen by its Board of Directors, and dedicate full and utmost attention to successfully navigating the challenges and opportunities in REC’s complex and rapidly changing environment.

Scope of the position
Duties include the following:

–  participating with the Board of Directors in developing a vision and strategic plan for the organisation to help meet the environmental and sustainability challenges affecting Central and Eastern Europe and the REC’s member states;
–  planning and leading fundraising activities and taking responsibility for the financial sustainability and long-term viability of the organisation;
liaising with the REC’s 32 signatory countries and the European Commission, donors and constituent stakeholders in the region and beyond to develop and implement the work programme of the REC;
–  directing the organisational development of the REC, establishing and overseeing the consistent implementation of its policies, implementing employer’s rights, and signing legally binding documents;
–  identifying and informing the Board of Directors of all external and internal strategic issues that affect the organisation;
–  organising and supervising the work of the REC and representing the organisation within her/his mandate;
–  along with the Chair of the Board, serving as an official spokesperson for the REC;
–  managing the day-to-day affairs of the organisation in accordance with the REC Charter and the policies and guidelines established by the Board of Directors;
–  regularly informing the REC’s General Assembly of the latest organisational developments;
–  ensuring the most efficient and impartial delivery of services to constituents and target audiences; and
–  providing leadership, support, coaching and feedback to motivate staff and maximise their potential in a multicultural environment.

The Executive Director reports regularly to the Board of Directors and implements its decisions.

Qualifications and experience

–  Minimum of ten years of experience in the governance and/or policy development of environmental and sustainable development issues, including in a multilateral setting, particularly in Central and Eastern Europe and Turkey.
–  Minimum of ten years of experience as a senior policymaker in public administration or executive/senior manager with a noted, preferably multilateral organisation focused on issues related to the environment and sustainable development.
–  Thorough understanding of and preferably first-hand experience with running and managing a project-based organisation with limited core resources.
–  Demonstrated experience in the formulation and implementation of high-level organisational visions and strategies.
–  Thorough knowledge of environmental and sustainable development issues and their impacts on key stakeholders, including governments, non-governmental organisations, the business sector and the general public.
–  Knowledge of EU environmental and sustainable development–related legislation, policies and strategic directions, including as they relate to EU accession processes.
–  Awareness of current initiatives and projects in the Central and Eastern European region.
–  Excellent fundraising skills with proven knowledge of EU and other donor funding instruments.
–  Effective and proven public speaking, presentation and communication skills.
–  Demonstrated diplomatic and negotiation skills, with thorough understanding of international processes related to the environment and sustainable development.
–  Demonstrated experience in networking and partnership building.
–  Demonstrated project development skills and experience, including the management of projects valued over EUR 1 million.
–  Excellent command of English. Knowledge of other languages used in the region is an advantage.
–  Excellent writing skills and necessary computer literacy.
–  High level of initiative and ability to work under pressure.


–  Advanced university degree/s in a field related to the work of the REC.

Terms and conditions

Location: The position is located in Szentendre, Hungary, at the head office of the REC, and the assignment is expected to start no later than May 2017.
Salary and conditions: The assignment is initially for a two-year term with the possibility of extension. The gross annual salary is in the range of EUR 85,000 to EUR 110,000 with benefits. Diplomatic privileges and immunities, when applicable, are determined according to the principles of international law regarding the treatment of officials of international organisations and the headquarters agreement of the REC concluded with the Government of Hungary.
The selected candidate will be expected to reside in Hungary for the duration of the contract, with extensive travel in the region and beyond.
Interested candidates are kindly requested to send a letter explaining their interest in and qualifications for the job, as well as a detailed resume, by e-mail in English no later than Tuesday, April 5, 2016, to:
Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC)
Position ref. no: 2016/1

Please include the position reference number in the subject line of your e-mail.

The REC is committed to ensuring equal opportunity in all aspects of employment regardless of nationality, ethnic origin, gender, marital status, political affiliation, religious background, sexual orientation, age, disability, professional affiliation or any other circumstances having no direct connection with employment in the organisation.