Evidence Aid is seeking a Chief Executive Officer

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Evidence Aid is a knowledge provider for the humanitarian sector, including funders, policy makers, NGOs, and humanitarian professionals. Our mission is to alleviate suffering and save lives by providing the best available evidence on the effectiveness of humanitarian action, and enabling its use. With up to 25 billion dollars spent on humanitarian response in 2017 alone, the urgency and importance of our work on evidence-based decision making is critical. We were established after the Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004 and are at a pivotal point in our development, set to grow in scale and influence, in line with our vision and strategic plan.

We are looking for an influential and well-connected Chief Executive Officer to lead and grow Evidence Aid with a small team and a wide network of associates and volunteers. Working with trusted leaders from the humanitarian, health, and academic sectors, you will develop our evidence resources, stimulate demand for this evidence and enable its use. You will have proven experience in growing organisations and developing senior-level and influential contacts. You may be a humanitarian professional with a passion for the use of evidence in decision making. You may have a health or research background with experience of humanitarian response. Or perhaps you have been funding humanitarian response or health research, with a focus on evidence generation and use. Whatever your background, we will want you to bring connections, energy and commitment to deliver our mission, grow our capacity, and ensure financial sustainability for long-term growth of Evidence Aid.

Person specification

The successful candidate will be an experienced professional, with a strong interest in improving evidence-based decision making in the humanitarian sector, and will be able to champion and promote Evidence Aid’s work. S/he will be able to act as an effective external advocate for Evidence Aid, with the gravitas and confidence to take a proactive approach to building relationships at a senior level and creating opportunities. S/he will enjoy interacting with a wide range of groups and people, and be enthusiastic about delivering an ambitious growth agenda with a small team. S/he will be meticulous enough to manage the day-to-day running of a small charity, and have the vision, leadership, drive, experience and innovation to lead an ambitious organisational development strategy. S/he will have experience of growing successful organisations (both financially and non-financially), fundraising and business development, project or programme management, financial accountability and an understanding of impact measurement. This post will provide a great opportunity, for the right person, to consolidate Evidence Aid’s strong academic and sector reputation to develop its influence to achieve global impact.


Please contact Claire Allen (callen@evidenceaid.org) for more information (job description, person specification and full details of package), and details of how to apply. Deadline for applications: noon BST on Wednesday 11th April. Interviews are likely to take place on 27th April in Oxford.


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