Head of Operations / Senior Manager

  • ISD Germany
  • Berlin, Germany

Head of Operations / Senior Manager

Job description

ISD is looking to recruit a Head of Operations / Senior Manager to play a critical role in supporting the scale-up and delivery of ISD’s ambitious programming and grants in Germany.

The post holder will oversee the implementation of a growing portfolio, delivering projects in multiple locations beyond Germany and working closely with other ISD entities, administering funds for a variety of donors from foundations, traditional donors and the German government. They will also ensure the good running of ISD Germany, including structures and processes for financial control, human resources, IT, legal and office management, as well as playing an oversight role across our portfolio of 9 projects (total value €7.8 million) plus a further 11 opportunities in the pipeline.

The role is perfect for an individual wanting to make their mark on a rapidly-growing, mission-driven organisation with global ambition at a crucial stage of its expansion. The post holder will be comfortable rolling up their sleeves, taking the initiative and driving work forwards in a fast-paced working environment.


Key responsibilities include:

  • Oversee ISD Germany’s entire finance processes, incl. financial accounting, reporting, audits, taxes.
  • Ensure ISD Germany gGmbH is managed in accordance with relevant German law and regulations
  • Oversee contract management for staff, contractors and service providers employed by ISD Germany
  • Maintain oversight of human resources to contribute to planning, recruitment and decision-making on HR matters, with a focus on legal aspects, such as employment contracts and labour law
  • Ensure that ISD Germany’s project portfolio operates in compliance with German legal frameworks and ISD rules, procedures and best practices.
  • Overall responsibility for the good running of ISD Germany’s project portfolio, ensuring that all grants are implemented on time and on-budget, supported by the EU Grants Manager and Project Operations Coordinator.
  • Lead the development of more efficient and effective policies, systems and processes to support the delivery of ISD Germany’s projects


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Job requirements

Candidates must have the following skills and experience:

  • Degree-level qualification or equivalent
  • Strong understanding of German Federal Government regulations
  • Excellent knowledge of organisational financial management processes
  • Strong understanding of project management principles and approaches
  • Proven track record overseeing project finances for German Federal Government donors
  • Line management experience, and experience of managing teams
  • Experience leading or significantly shaping the administration function for a small organisation
  • Fluent German and working-level English language skills (written and spoken)


Please submit your application by 17th February 2023 including your CV/resume and a one-page cover letter outlining your experience and motivation. ISD reserves the right to interview and appoint candidates prior to the advertised closing date. 


If you have any further questions about this vacancy or want to speak to a member of our recruitment team, please contact us via verwaltung@isdglobal.org or vacancies@isdglobal.org