Job Vacancies

Chief Executive Officer

December 15th, 2017

Rare opportunity to work in a unique organisation and to lead an international development organisation (INGO).

  • Are you a brilliant CEO passionate about making a difference for women and children?
  • Are you looking for a challenging, wide ranging and rewarding role?
  • Would you like to take a leadership role in an INGO and leading ‘business for purpose’ to change the way people think about the role of business and the power of business/non-profit partnerships?

If so, we want to hear from you.

The Adara Group is seeking an experienced, dedicated and energetic individual at an exciting time in our strategic development. We need someone
with exceptional skills to be responsible for managing and overseeing all Adara Development operations worldwide – leading the international
development work and implementing projects in maternal newborn child health and remote community development. We want someone who can build on the work done over the last 19 years, to take the work of Adara Development to the next level. You will be building both our service and sharing pillars to touch many more lives.

The Adara Group has two quite different parts, but one united purpose – to support people in poverty. The first part is an international development
organisation, made up of non-profit companies and trusts spanning six countries, called Adara Development. The second part is two Australia-based
corporate advisory businesses, Adara Advisors and Adara Partners. Adara Advisors and Adara Partners are BCorps.

The Adara businesses are ‘for purpose’ rather than for profit. Their sole objective is to fund Adara Development’s administration and emergency
project costs. This allows 100% of all other donations received by Adara Development to go directly to project-related costs.

Adara was established in 1997 and is focused on improving health and education for women, children and communities living in poverty. We are
experts in maternal newborn child health and remote community development. We reach tens of thousands of people living in poverty each year and our work is now scaling rapidly to touch hundreds of thousands more.

The Adara Group has operations in six countries – Australia, Nepal, Uganda, USA, Bermuda and UK. We implement country programmes in Nepal and Uganda.

Reporting to the Chair and the Board of Adara Development and working with the Global Leadership Team you will be responsible for setting and
communicating Adara Development strategy and budgets, modelling and setting organisational culture, ensuring service excellence, and building and leading the Adara teams. We have a worldwide team of 60+ direct staff and approximately 100 partner staff. We are responsible for implementing substantial development projects that we manage on the ground through our local teams.

It is likely you will travel internationally for 2 to 3 months per year to Nepal, Uganda, the USA, Bermuda and the UK.

The successful applicant must possess the following:

  • Exceptional leadership qualities with demonstrated ability to lead a global team
  • At least 5 years’ experience in managing non-profit operations with a commitment to service excellence and an exceptional ability to work cross-culturally
  • Tertiary qualifications in a relevant field (e.g. international development, anthropology, social sciences)
  • Experience working in international development and a deep understanding of development principals (work in Africa or north Asia would be an advantage)
  • A commitment to the concept of business/not-for-profit partnerships and the ability to work with corporate partners and the Adara businesses.
    Experience in the private sector would be an advantage
  • A passion for social justice and for making a difference in the world
  • Flexibility, creativity, openness, kindness, integrity, fairness and an in-depth hands-on approach.

This position is a permanent, full-time role, based at our Global Support Offices in Rozelle Sydney, reporting to the Chair of Adara Development (and
founder of the Adara Group) who works in the Rozelle office. The working environment is informal but professional, with very high standards of output and delivery. We are a happy, enthusiastic, and energy filled group, with a great work culture.

This is a demanding role where you will need to work at the highest level, often under pressure and with tight deadlines. If you have the skills, the
energy and the passion, we would love to hear from you. This is the job of a lifetime for the right person. More information on the Adara Group can be found here.

If you are interested, please read the Job Description (JD) attached in the link below, and email a Cover Letter and CV which address the JD to Please ensure you include ‘CEO application’ in the subject line.


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Job Description

Rozelle, Sydney

Adara Group