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Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Andijk (Netherlands)

  • Organization: Dorcas
  • Location: Andijk (Netherlands)
  • Grade: Senior Executive - Internationally recruited position - Senior Executive level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
    • Banking and Finance
    • Human Resources
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
  • Closing Date: 2019-03-29

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We are Dorcas and we desire justice for people and their communities so that they can flourish. We do not give in to poverty, exclusion and crisis, nor to the resulting lack of dignity.
We strive for long-term change that impacts the poorest of the poor. This is how we follow Jesus Christ.

We practice our core values. We are a Christian organization and work prayerfully. We value entrepreneurship and are ready to go off the beaten track. We desire to partner with everyone who shares our mission.

The Dorcas International Office is situated in the Netherlands. We also have 12 country offices in Africa, the Middle East and in Eastern Europe. Together with some 400 colleagues, thousands of volunteers and dozens of partner organizations we reach out to over 600.000 of the most vulnerable and poorest people.

We work in very diverse cultures and in fast-changing, often very challenging circumstances. We want to operate professionally.
The organization has a Supervisory Board consisting of five Members who meet six times a year in the presence of the Members of the Executive Board (i.e. Statutory Directors).


Together with the CEO you form the Executive Board of the organization. Your primary area of attention is operations (Finance, ICT, HR, Internal Organization). The CEO is focusing on external positioning, representation, partnerships and innovations. Together you are responsible for the development of the vision in consultation with the other leaders in the organization and to translate this into strategy. You contribute to and ensure that the internal organization and processes are adequate and that initiated plans and developments are successfully completed and secured.  You play the pivotal role in ensuring that there is clear purpose and plan, defining focus and prioritizing, taking initiatives, finalizing, inappropriate organizational development and continuous implementation.  ICT, system policy and process management are the tools you use for optimal internal communication and motivating and connecting with staff. As Member of the Executive Board, you are in close cooperation with the Financial Manager, responsible for the financial policies, risk management and compliance. Together with the CEO you  are leading the Country Directors.


You have a University Degree in Business Administration or similar. You have wide experience in operational leadership of an internationally operating and complex organization. You have good knowledge of and experience in the areas of Finance, HR, ICT, project-oriented operations and organizational development. As a connecting leader you are stimulating and strong, you can communicate clearly and effectively while achieving impact and maintain support. You have an eye for details as well as for the overall picture. You are strong in organizing and planning, see risks, and can put on the brakes as well as accelerate. In a team you take the role of finalizer, monitor, connector, analyst and stabilizer. You do have an excellent command of English, in speaking and writing. You carry the mission and vision of Dorcas in your heart. You have a strong Christian faith and you are an active member of your local church.


Dorcas offers you a challenging and important role in an organization with a very meaningful purpose. A job in which your contribution is of important added value in an organization with a great mission. An organization that, with very committed colleagues, strives to continuously improve and professionalize. You will be offered an adequate and complete salary & benefits package, in line with the nature of the organization. Presently Dorcas is located in Andijk;  in the near future however, the organization will relocate to a new, more central location in the Netherlands.

For more information, you can contact our external advisor and coordinator of this recruitment and selection process: Mr. Koos-Jan Noorman, cell phone +31(0)653146011.

You can email your short motivational letter and CV to

An assessment and checking references will be part of this recruitment and selection process.
The first orientating interviews will take place in the weeks with number 8 and 9, 2019.
The first round of interviews with the selection committee will take place in week 10, 2019.
The second round of interviews with the advisory and selection committees will take place in week 11, 2019.
The contract will be signed at the latest March 29, 2019.

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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