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Head of Pro Helvetia Johannesburg (100%)
Head of Pro Helvetia Johannesburg (100%)
Pro Helvetia
Post Date: 01 Jan 1970


The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia employs around 130 staff members in Switzerland and various regions around the world who are dedicated to promoting Swiss arts and culture. Through our activities we support cultural production in all its diversity. Equal employment opportunities and a diverse workforce are fundamental principles at Pro Helvetia. We promote professional equality with respect to all genders and lifestyles. Established in 1998, the Johannesburg liaison office of Pro Helvetia supports cultural exchange and artistic collaboration between Switzerland and Southern Africa, including, from 2020, Central, East and West Africa. The office facilitates professional encounters between artistic scenes, forges ties with event organisers and nurtures long-term partnerships with relevant platforms to support the promotion and dissemination of Swiss arts in the region. As of 1 st December 2024, we are seeking to appoint a person in the position of

Head of Pro Helvetia Johannesburg (100%)
What we offer
A dynamic working environment in the field international arts and culture connected to the foundation’s activities in the promotion of Swiss arts and culture
• Room for personal initiative and responsibility
• A competitive salary based on age and years of professional experience
• 25 days of holidays and the opportunity to combine office and remote work
• Child allowances, contribution to the medical aid costs including dependants and to Retirement Annuity
• Neutral point of contact / advisory service for employees

Your tasks
You will strategically develop the liaison office as a unit facilitating relationship and collaboration between the Swiss arts scene and the arts scene in Southern, Central, East and West Africa (“the region”).

You will manage Pro Helvetia’s activities in the region, elaborate and monitor the office’s annual programme, process applications in all art disciplines (except film) in collaboration with the specialists at our head office in Switzerland, as well as to ensure the accurate reporting on the office’s activities.

You will maintain and expand the office’s existing networks within the arts sector in the region and in Switzerland, and maintain relations with other foreign arts councils, Swiss representations (Swiss embassies and consulates) and regional arts and cultural bodies.

You will promote, stimulate, and support artistic / cultural projects in cooperation with cultural actors and partners from the region, involving art professionals from Switzerland and the region. You will be responsible for the financial administration of such projects.

In addition, you will oversee the communication strategy of the office in cooperation with the head office in Switzerland. Furthermore, you will contribute your knowledge of the region and critical insights to the further development of Pro Helvetia’s global activities, in dialogue with your peers within the organisation in Switzerland and around the world.

You will manage a partially decentralised team of six people, working both in the office in Johannesburg and remotely from other countries of the region.

Your profile
Persons with non-formal education and career-changers may also apply for the position. For this multifunctional position, we are looking for a committed personality who meets the following requirements:

• A four-year university degree or equivalent qualification.
• Competence in conceptual thinking and willingness to take on responsibility; excellent communication and networking skills
• At least 10 years of professional experience in cultural project management and administrative work
• Proven experience in leading an organisation or a complex programme, including expertise in personnel and financial management
• Thorough networks in and knowledge of the contemporary cultural scenes in Southern, Central, East and West Africa and in-depth expertise within at least one artistic discipline covered by Pro Helvetia’s activities
• Familiarity with the international (incl. European) arts environment and strong cross-cultural sensibilities
• Excellent knowledge of English; knowledge of French or German or Italian is not a requirement, but an advantage
• Experience with the production of cultural events
• Very good interpersonal skills, intercultural competence and ability to work hands-on
• Flexibility to work irregular hours (evenings and weekends) and travel for business
• Applications from non-Johannesburg based candidates are welcomed if there is a willingness to relocate to Johannesburg (Pro Helvetia will sponsor the application for the work permit, providing the legal requirements are met)

How to apply
Send your full application in English to [email protected] including the email subject “Head Johannesburg”. For data protection reasons, please do not include any personal data of third parties in the e-mail text (please add references as an attachment/on your CV). A full application comprises (preferably in 3 files):
• CV including at least two contactable references
• 1-page motivation letter
• Certificates of education and training (diplomas, etc.) and evidence of any practical experience (work confirmations and references)
• You may add a video (approx. 90 seconds) in which you outline your interest and your experience
Kindly note that incomplete applications will be disregarded. The deadline for applications is the 1 st April 2024. A confirmation letter that the application is received will be sent. Please note our data data protection policy data protection policy before you apply.

Pro Helvetia is committed to diversity and equal opportunities in its teams. We promote professional equality of all genders and lifestyles. We are therefore particularly pleased to receive applications from people that would contribute to this vision both in terms of their own background as well as their strategic outlook.

For more information please consult our website www.prohelvetia.ch or contact [email protected] (Head of Human Resources).



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