Executive Director, CDAC Network

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CDAC Network

Job title: Executive Director, CDAC Network

Recruiter: CDAC Network

Terms of employment: Permanent contract

Location: Home-based. CDAC Secretariat operates out of the UK but there is some flexibility on location

Remuneration: A salary scale of£75,000–£90,000 and benefits package will be on offer to successful candidate

Application Deadline: 15 May 2023 on or before 12 noon (London)

Interview dates: 1st screening interviews: 22 May; 2nd round interviews: 25 May

The position: CDAC Network seeks a visible, dynamic and facilitative leader to become its new Executive Director to help the network realise its collective vision and encourage the aid sector to shift to a community-led system that enables local leadership.

Reporting to the Chair of the Governing Board, the Executive Director is responsible for the effective day-to-day management and public representation of the Network. The role involves growing the Network’s skills and capacities to provide value to its stakeholders; business development; enhance relations with CDAC Members and external stakeholders; deliver CDAC’s 2023–2027 strategy; oversee the CDAC Secretariat; and, expand CDAC’s reach and, diversity, and strengthen its sustainability.

We want to attract the broadest range of people to CDAC, so that we are better able to respond to and reflect our members and the communities they serve, in all their diversity. We particularly encourage applications from those with lived experience relevant to CDAC’s areas of work.

The opportunity: 2023-2027 are the years designated for the roll out of CDAC’s ambitious 2023–2027 strategy and related advocacy campaigns. Review the strategy here.

Requirements for Executive Director: The successful candidate will:

  • be an inspirational, participative and imaginative leader with recognised professional credibility of working on social impact initiatives
  • have the experience and capacity to engage, work with and constructively challenge the humanitarian and development sectors
  • have significant proven expertise in fundraising, new business development and external relations management to enable financial sustainability
  • have proven capacity in dealing with the challenge of striking the right balance between external representation and leadership and internal management and strategic direction.
  • be able to make strategic judgement calls on where to apply available if limited resources internally and externally
  • have the ability to build and energise a diverse and equitable membership and facilitate members and partners to seek collective and creative solutions
  • function at strategic policy levels as well as at operational levels to contribute to appropriate outcomes
  • have strategic influence at high level humanitarian and development policy fora.

We would like the Executive Director to have at least one of the following additional areas of expertise:

  • be fully conversant with and a promoter of the increasing role of technology in communication including accessibility, privacy, and ethical issues
  • understand the role and knowledge of media development and ability to integrate media development organisations into the work of CDAC
  • have a strong history of linking with private sector entities at the senior management level
  • understand CCEA beyond the humanitarian sector including in: media development, human rights, and international development.

About CDAC Network: The CDAC Network is a not-for-profit representative body bringing together many of the world’s biggest humanitarian and media development organisations – including media development, UN agencies, the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement, NGOs, specialist communications entities. Its members are determined to enable and support dialogue with and between communities and those responsible for longer term humanitarian and development nexus commitments, government and non-governmental. Established in 2009, CDAC was hosted by founding members until 2017. Now, as a UK Charity and Company Limited by Guarantee, it is a growing platform providing specialised services across the globe.

Our collective vision: a world where disaster-affected communities have the information and resources they need to determine their own solutions; where communities are central stakeholders in humanitarian and development decision-making. CDAC’s diverse membership energises and enables this to happen both at the local and global level.

CDAC Network Secretariat: Up to 10 staff are supported by project-specific staff and a CDAC Expert Pool of more than 70 leading specialists on communication, community engagement and accountability. The pool complements the work of the team and enables CDAC to have outsourced technical or surge capacity support at short notice from individuals or companies who are fully conversant with CDAC’s strategy and related activities and whose expertise is proven to be of high quality.

Work base: The selected candidate will be expected to work autonomously from home with at least 4 in-person team meetings per year in London with international travel as required.

How to apply

If you believe that you meet the requirements necessary to take on this important role, we invite you to submit:

  1. A proposal application (max 2 pages): the proposal should address how you meet the requirements for the Executive Director outlined above in this vacancy notice, and other relevant information on the ability to successfully deliver
  2. Curriculum Vitae (max 4 pages)
  3. Names and contacts of three referees.

in strictest confidence, to [email protected] on or before 12 noon (London) on 15 May 2023.

Please note, CDAC will only accept applications sent directly to the above email address. For a confidential discussion on the role please contact the outgoing Executive Director [email protected].

Safeguarding: This post is subject to reference checks and a range of vetting checks. In CDAC we will not tolerate any form of misconduct, including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse. We have a code of conduct in place and are committed to creating a culture of integrity in the organisation where misconduct is not tolerated, situations of abuse are quickly investigated and perpetrators are dealt with effectively.


Deadline: 15 May 2023