COO / Deputy Secretary General

Geneva Permanent
  • Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification
  • Based in Geneva

About Our Client

The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), is a leading global alliance of national forest certification systems. PEFC is the largest forest certification system in the world. As an international non-profit, non-governmental organisation, PEFC is dedicated to promoting sustainable forest management through independent third-party certification.

Job Description


  • PEFC Council's second-in-command, responsible for the efficiency of the operations
  • Responsible for securing the functionality of business, overseeing the organisation's operations, processes, and people
  • Together with the CEO, co-lead a lean, efficient organization and services to its members, which mission is to promote sustainable forest management and the value chain behind it through independent third-party certification.
  • Ensure effective internal and external communications
  • Substitute the CEO in his/her absence


  • Ability to think strategically while delivering the implementation of set objectives in a planned, sequenced and procedural way.
  • Oversee daily operations of the organisation liaising with all executives (Finance. Communications, Marketing, Member services, Office management and Brussels Representation/lobbying and advocacy)
  • Responsible for optimizing the coordination between units
  • Lead employees to encourage maximum performance and dedication and act as the HR Responsible for all operational HR issues as well as staff selection and retention processes
  • Set comprehensive goals for performance and growth - Create tools to evaluate performances

Together with CEO:

  • Support the CEO with strategic advice and in representing PEFC in front of all its members, partners and other government instances
  • Keep fluid relation with the PEFC members
  • Review regularly and set organisational and project priorities with the CEO
  • Animates senior leadership meeting together with the CEO to follow the progress of various projects' implementation. Cascading down the key strategic orientation to their respective perimeter of competences.
  • Submit update operational reports to the CEO, including financial, performance, members service quality indicators, …

The Successful Applicant

  • Master's degree in economics, natural sciences related to forestry, wood industries or equivalent
  • Previous management responsibilities in a Membership organization/NGO/Development or Sustainable institution highly recommended.
  • Competencies in strategic planning (Organisational development, Process organisation, Project Management)
  • Competencies in people management and team performance in an intercultural organization
  • Understanding of membership organisation functions (Forestry, forest products-based sector, technical certification, Communications, Marketing and Sales, Development, Finance and HR)
  • Outstanding organisational and Leadership abilities
  • Analytical mind and pragmatic implementation skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills
  • Understanding, valuing, and making the best out of cultural diversity
  • Have exemplary work ethics
  • Aptitude in decision making and problem solving
  • Availability to travel


  • To be defined year after year with CEO

What's on Offer

  • An outstanding, international committed team working globally.
  • A dynamic international work environment and enriching professional experience.
  • Competitive salary including an incentive package commensurable to achieved targets.
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Operational & General Management
Operational & General Management Subsector
Public Sector & Not-For-Profit
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