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IRCT Director of Operations

IRCT is the leading global association on torture rehabilitation with 161 members in 76 countries. A team of 13, based in Copenhagen, Brussels, Mexico and Hawaii, coordinate the collective work of global members with an annual turnover of € 2 m. from a diverse donor base.

 IRCT works at the heart of the human rights sector supporting member-led global anti-torture initiatives. Torture rehabilitation centres do the front-line work to rehabilitate torture survivors through psychological support, physical therapy, occupational therapy, etc. IRCT secretariat leads data collection and analysis from cases, so decision-makers at national and international levels can be influenced to live up to their obligations to eradicate torture, to finance rehabilitation support and deliver justice.  

You will be close to the local reality for front-line human rights defenders, health professionals and legal staff from the torture rehabilitation world. And you like this! Work at the IRCT secretariat provides a direct view into the machine room of an international non-governmental organisation. You will directly be involved in the practicalities of day-to-day running of the organisation, strategic decision making and global impact work. You can read more about our current Strategic Plan 2022-25 here.

Are you the new IRCT Director of Operations?

As Director of Operations, your job is to manage a broad portfolio of operational fields – finance, HR, IT and admin, and advise on fundraising – and to strategically contribute to the work of the IRCT.

You are a natural leader with a flair for numbers, excel spreadsheets and budget reconciliation. You are tech savvy. And you are a convincing communicator, able to explain complicated data, clearly and concisely. Maybe with a smile, too.

You will become part of the management group and lead a team of 4 staff in your areas of responsibility. You have a strategic mindset but are not shy about developing a quick project budget, if needed.

The core focus of this position is on the transparent and accountable financial management of the IRCT to ensure long-term sustainability. This includes budget planning, analysis and review, oversight of the financial processes, internal and external reporting, project finances as well as ensuring donor compliance. You understand the importance of administering project and free funds and advise on the effective use of funds and fundraising. You will have a skilled finance officer and a controller at your side, and you will collaborate and coach staff across the organisation and advise IRCT members and project partners globally.

Our IT support and payroll management are outsourced, but we need a strategic thinker to guide these areas and to develop our digital systems further to ensure that we work secure, cost-effective and accountable.

You will also be responsible for our human resource. Given the smaller size of the secretariat, human resource management fills less, but is still of high importance. We have a diverse team of staff and work in a hybrid fashion, and we want to ensure that we provide a supportive and engaging work environment.

Please find more details on the position in the job description.


We seek candidates who fit the following profile:

  • Masters degree in Finance or other relevant subject
  • Experience with project and financial administration processes
  • Tech savvy and navigate easily between IRCT LInkedIn, Facebook, Website, document archive on Sharepoint, Microsoft teams meetings, Zoom meetings
  • Excellent knowledge ofExcel and experience with financial management systems (Business Central/ NAV); experience with time registration, HR and CRM systems as well as PowerBI are an asset. 
  • Ability to work with different stakeholders and manage multi-cultural relationships.
  • Highly structured and organized
  • Use and respect systems to keep order which you like
  • Ability to manage many tasks simultaneously and to be flexible
  • Enthusiasm and dedication to tasks. Can-do attitude.
  • Resilient in the face of challenges. Do not give up attitude.
  • Ability to quickly understand and process information, often on unknown topics.
  • Fluent in English and Danish.
  • Positive person, outgoing.
  • Get things done and find solutions, until they are completely done.
  • Ability to identify ways to save time, money and our globe.


We encourage applications from all backgrounds and communities. We are committed to equality and diversity within our organisation, and to having a team that is made up of diverse skills, experiences and abilities.

Terms of employment:

The position is full time, and the starting date is as soon as possible

How to apply:

If you are interested in the position, please submit your CV and a motivation letter in English online by using the application button on the jobindex site. We do not accept applications sent by e-mail.

Deadline for applications is 3 August 2022.  The first round of interviews is expected to take place on 8 and 9 August.  Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews immediately after the deadline.

Should you have any questions regarding this position, please contact IRCT Secretary General, Lisa Henry +45 29 61 99 04 or lhe@irct.org.





Unfortunately  we are  unable to respond to unsolicited applications whether for jobs, volunteer positions, internships or study projects.

All such opportunities will be published on this webpage and we encourage interested parties to check-in occasionally.

If you are seeking employment in a rehabilitation centre or programme, please contact the centre or programme directly. A list of our member centres and programmes is available here.



'Without IRCT, members and rehabiliation centers around the world will surely carry the burden of continuously sailing the sea of the struggle for the global prohibition of torture without a lighthouse.'

-Nemuel Fajutagana, MD, MPHED, Chairperson, Board of Trustees, Medical Action Group, Philippines


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