This position plays a key internal role in organisational development, management and governance in Peace Brigades International (PBI). The International Governance Coordinator oversees the development and implementation of policy and best practice in finance, human resources and compliance. This position works closely with its counterpart, the International Operations Coordinator to provide a central coordinating function to the international organisation.
Position in the organization
The International Governance Coordinator reports directly to the International Council (IC) and has key relationships with the International Operations Council (IOC) and various committees. It is a four- day-a-week position, has two to three direct reports, and is based in PBI’s International Office in Brussels, Belgium.
PBI is a non-governmental organisation, registered in the USA, which protects human rights and promotes nonviolent conflict transformation. We provide protection, capacity building, advocacy and other support to threatened individuals, organizations and communities pursuing social justice and defending human rights in areas of violent conflict. Our current field projects are in Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Kenya, Indonesia, Mexico and Nepal.
PBI project work is supported by a network of 13 country groups in Europe, North America and Australia, who carry out volunteer recruitment, advocacy and fundraising, and by the international office, located in Brussels, Belgium.
PBI uses a non-hierarchical model of organizing and decisions are made by consensus. The General Assembly, which convenes every three years, is PBI’s highest decision-making body. In between, governance and operations are the responsibility of the international councils. The international councils, committees and working groups, together with the International Office (IO) constitute the International Secretariat (ISEC). IO staff comprise an International Governance Coordinator, International Operations Coordinator, Grants Manager, Finance Manager and Administrator.
Oversee and develop international finance strategy and policy
Support finance staff in Country Groups and Projects to ensure timely and accountable
financial budgeting, monitoring and reporting
Oversee the coordination of the International Secretariat’s budget and financial audit
Oversee the coordination of the organisation’s global budget and financial audit
Provide support to the Finance Manager
Ensure regular communication and exchange on finance management and auditing issues
with the IC, the IOC and relevant committees
Oversee and develop international human resources strategy and policy
Manage recruitment processes for the International Office
Manage employment, volunteer and consultancy contracts for the International Secretariat
Maintain confidential and secure human resource records
Act as a reference point for human resource disputes, coordinating and overseeing the
organisation’s response as an employer
Ensure compliance with international and domestic legal requirements
Maintain a risk management framework and oversee an organisational risk register
Act as a reference point for legal issues
Ensure regular communication and exchange on legal issues with the IC and relevant
Convene the Finance and Audit Committee, the Human Resources Committee, and the Legal
Promote good governance within the organisation by providing support and capacity building
to Country Group boards and Project Committees
Provide support to the IC to fulfil its governance role, including secretariat support:
Produce the agenda and minutes for the IC meetings
Support follow-up on IC decisions
Manage recruitment and succession planning for the IC
Provide advice on governance matters
Together with the International Coordinator, ensure the organisation of the General Assembly and IC-IOC Face-to-Face Meetings
Participate in relevant coordination spaces across the organisation
Supporting functions of the International Office
• Provide on-going oversight and support, ensure realistic and appropriate workplans, and conduct annual appraisals for staff and consultants
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