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International Director


  • Organization: We Effect
  • Location: Stockholm
  • Grade: Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Human Rights
    • Civil Society and Local governance
  • Closing Date: 2022-08-25

International Director

We Effect was founded by the Swedish cooperative movement with the aim of fighting global hunger, poverty, and injustice. 70 of Sweden’s largest cooperative and customer-owned companies and organisations are our members. We are now searching for an International Director that wants to support us to build the development cooperation of the future.

About We Effect

We Effect’s mission is to enable people living in poverty to improve their living conditions, defend their rights and contribute to a just society. We Effect works with the focus on the right to food in the thematic fields of sustainable rural development and adequate housing. The target groups for our development cooperation are our approximately 200 local partner organisations and their existing and potential members. Most of our partner organisations are member-based small-holder farmer organisations, housing cooperatives or savings and credit associations.

We Effect applies a rights-based approach and with a strong focus on women’s rights. This means that our development activities are developed in dialogue with our partner organisations, with strong local ownership. Our work is characterized by accountability, transparency, non-discrimination, and meaningful participation. Through our regional and country offices We Effect implements development cooperation programmes in 20 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America.

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About the role

The International Director provides strategic direction and leadership to the international department. The purpose of the position is to ensure high-quality development cooperation and an effective department that delivers on agreed targets.

You lead and support a strong team of creative and highly competent unit managers and regional directors. You report to the Secretary General and are a member of our Global Management Group. You also provide strategic support to other departments.

Main tasks

• Provide overall management of the international department, including five regional offices and two units in head office

• Actively contribute to the strategic development of We Effect as the development organisation of the Swedish cooperative movement

• Lead by example; provide active leadership in line with the values of the organisation


We are looking for an experienced leader with documented strong and value-based management skills. The role comes with high responsibility. You need to have strong experience of civil society development cooperation and an understanding of the cooperative business sector in Sweden.


• University degree within a relevant field or equivalent acquired knowledge

• A minimum of 12 years’ experience of qualified work with international development cooperation

• A minimum of 6 year’s management experience and proven strong inclusive leadership skills - preferably within the sector of international development cooperation and from managing managers

• A minimum of 3 year’s field experience of international development cooperation

• Excellent skills in administration, financial management and budget analysis

• In-depth knowledge of Swedish and international development cooperation

• Strong experience of managing donor relations

• Strong analytical skills; experience of strategic development and from leading team and organisational development processes

• Strong oral and written communication skills in English

• Strong theoretical understanding and practical experience of planning, monitoring and evaluation methods commonly used in development cooperation

• Strong conceptual and theoretical understanding of the rights-based approach, civil society development and gender equality


• Experience in change management

• Working knowledge in Swedish and/or Spanish

• Experience from development cooperation focusing on the cooperative sector

What we can offer you

We will give you the opportunity to make a real difference – within our organisation and in our joint work for a sustainable world free from poverty. We challenge status quo and encourage innovation. Our core values Transparency, Respect and Together guide us in our work and as colleagues forming our organisational culture.

We are an intercultural organisation where diversity and inclusion are corner stones. We welcome you as you are, and value a wide range of perspectives, experiences, and networks. We strive for a workplace where you can bring your whole self to work. It is our belief that an inclusive workplace without discrimination of any kind, leads to more efficient relations and results with healthy, engaged, and growing co-workers.

We strive to have the best work environment and even if your main workplace for this position will be our Head office in Stockholm, we offer flexible opportunities to mix working from office and home or elsewhere which we believe will improve work-life balance in many ways. We apply goal-oriented working time and offer 35 days of paid annual leave. Starting date according to agreement.


Apply by uploading your CV and cover letter to Impactpool as soon as possible, but no later than 25 August 2022.

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For more information

If you have any questions you are welcome to contact our current International Director Andreas Dolk, [email protected], HR Manager David Fälten, david.fä[email protected], Secretary General Anna Tibblin, [email protected], and/or Union Representative Linnea Karlsson, [email protected]


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