Ref: 5996

Irene M. Staehelin Foundation


Role Managed by:

Feride Yetis

Research Associate

t: +31(0)20 24 09 344


Primary Practice Group: Philanthropy, Engagement and Advocacy

Salary & Benefits: Competitive

Closing Date: 22/08/2022

Seeking to be a force for good during these critical times

The Irene M. Staehelin (IMS) Foundation, established in 2020, aims to fulfil the vision of its benefactor, Irène M. Stahelin-Schindler, to work on the challenges of our times and seek to improve the lives of those most in need. Based in Zurich, the newly funded IMS Foundation will focus its efforts on four major areas: humanitarian purposes; human and women's rights; development aid; and nature and species protection. With a substantial endowment to be spent over 25 years, the IMS Foundation is poised to become a significant force for good at a time of enormous challenges, change and opportunity. The IMS Foundation has chosen to work in a small team and to annually support a targeted number of partner organizations.

The Irene M. Staehelin Foundation is now seeking its first Chief Operations Officer (COO) to build and lead the Foundation to become truly impactful. Reporting to the CEO, the COO will be responsible for the set-up of the total financial and operational management of the IMS Foundation. The COO will design and introduce financial, operational, and information systems, processes, and procedures that enable the organisation to meet its objectives. The COO will also, in close collaboration with the CEO, contribute to recruiting the first workforce of IMS Foundation and to the further development of the vision and strategy of IMS Foundation and its translation into programmes and projects.

This role offers a unique opportunity for an individual, to share and live the values and mission of the IMS Foundation. The successful COO will demonstrate professional operations management experience, including several years in a senior position within a Foundation or INGO in the field of international cooperation. The ideal candidate will be a generalist when it comes to the mission of IMS Foundation and building the organisation, yet a specialist in building ways of working and systems. Moreover, the successful COO will be highly motivated and hands-on. A self-starter and a great team player who can be able to transform from ‘start-up’ qualities needed in the first years to build up the foundation, to a solid manager of established systems, processes, and teams. Fluency in German and English is required.

The role will be based in Zurich, Switzerland. The salary is competitive and commensurate with the experience required.

To apply for the role or to ask any questions, please email Please state that your application or query is for the COO, Irene M. Staehelin Foundation role in the subject line of your email and kindly quote reference 5996.

The closing date for applications is 09:00 am CET on Monday 22nd August 2022.

Please note that EU and non-EU candidates are eligible to apply.