Director of Information Systems

The Director of Information Systems establishes and implements the Information Systems’ agenda based on an agreed technology vision and strategy, with a view to increasing the impact and efficiency of the organisation through the appropriate use of information systems. Specifically, he/ she reinforces the effectiveness of information systems services and capabilities to support the operational ambitions as described in the MSF-Switzerland Strategic Plan.
The main responsibilities for the position are:
Provide leadership, vision and direction to the IS department in support of the organisation’s strategic objectives via the development and implementation of agreed annual plans of action, reflecting evolving technologies and practicies and the opportunities they present.
Provide advice and support to the Management Team to define new IS projects focusing on innovation, quality and efficiency improvements, as well as data collection and usage. In close collaboration with ‘client’ departments, drive these projects to smooth and timely completion.
Ensure availability and security of the IS and communication infrastructure
Lead and manage the IS Department through quality people management. This includes recruiting, training, managing a team of skilled, motivated and customer oriented team members, in full respect of MSF-Switzerland HR policies and frameworks.
Prepare, manage and report on the department’s budgets.
Represent the interests of MSF-Switzerland at international level and increase inter-sectional collaboration by actively promoting common standards, policies, best practices and harmonization through taking part in the Information Systems Management platform’s work
Context: The Director of Information Systems reports to the Deputy General  Director. He/she  manages  two  units  made  up  of  15  staff  members.  He/she  represents  MSF-Switzerland in the MSF movement wide Information Systems Management platform.

Key competencies and skills:

Leadership and Management
Capacity to develop a vision and strategy,  plan,  and monitor  results, manage financial resources.
Strong people leadership capacity, proven ability to lead managers and experts.
Ability  to  lead  change  through  people,  including  through  facilitating  collaborative  work, managing working groups and giving internal or external presentations
Customer orientation
Listening  to  the  needs  and  requirements  of  internal  customers  and  acting  accordingly,anticipating needs, giving high priority to service and customer satisfaction.
Building quality working relationships with peers and colleagues for the benefit of achievingobjectives.
Analysis and decision making
Ability to identify and solve major issues through analysis and decision making. Organisational  sensitivity:  ability to  operate  effectively taking  into account  the interests, priorities and needs of other parts of the organisation
Capacity to actively listen and dialogue in an open and constructive manner. Take the initiative to inform and clarify intentions and actions in order to promote trust and adjust plans by integrating the perception and needs  of others.
Recognise opportunities and act on them
Displays a strong commitment to  the social mission and values of MSF.
Fluent in English (oral and written) and French (oral).
IS Specific competencies and skills
Academic qualifications:
Information systems management or engineering;
Project management.
Knowledge and experience of Information Systems management, both at a strategic and operational level, including budget management. Experience in multi-site organization, international projects and coordination. Concrete experience in project management, both in infrastructure and client oriented projects. Sound knowledge of ERPs (mainly Axapta- Dynamics, SAP and Odoo), system solutions and/or business applications. Experience of working for a not-for-profit organisation is an asset.

Employment conditions:

Permanent contract, full-time position (100%).
Based in Geneva, Switzerland
Gross annual salary: CHF 116’868
Starting date: as soon as possible
If you are interested in this position and believe that you fit the profile, please send by email only your letter of application and curriculum vitae to, stating "Director of Information Systems" in the subject line.
The application deadline is 19 October 2014 (included).
The applications will be treated confidentially.
Only short listed candidates will be contacted.