Position Available: Deputy Director | Roma Education Fund

Position Available: Deputy Director

The Roma Education Fund’s (REF) mission and ultimate goal is to close the gap in educational outcomes between Roma and non-Roma. In order to achieve this goal, the organization supports policies and programs which ensure quality education for Roma through scholarships, grant making and advocacy activities.

The objectives of REF include:

  • Expanding Romani children’s access to quality early childhood education and care
  • Improving primary education outcomes for Romani children aged six to fourteen
  • Boosting academic performance and graduation rates from secondary education for Romani pupils
  • Supporting access to tertiary education, improving graduation levels and strengthening identity of Romani university students
  • Expanding employment opportunities for young Romani adults

The Roma Education Fund operates its activities in close links with civil society and institutional partners in 16 countries of Central and South Eastern Europe.

Candidate Profile: The Deputy Director is part of the senior management team which holds executive roles and responsibilities. He/She has delegated authority to act on behalf of the Executive Director in his absence and reports to the Executive Director of Roma Education Fund. The candidate should be a skillful professional with expertise on managing human and material resources, preferably holding a degree in management, public or business administration (e.g. MBA).   

Purpose of Position: 

The purpose of this role is to support the Executive Director (ED) in the development and implementation of REF’s strategic priorities and operations, and to provide leadership and direction to the management structures across REF’s Network offices. He/She is responsible for leading the development and execution of REF’s long and short term goals and is ultimately responsible for day-to-day management decisions of REF branch offices.


  • Assist the ED in the planning, organization, and execution of REF strategy and operations
  • Inform the ED, and ultimately the board, of all program issues and accomplishments
  • Provides leadership and direction to the staff, setting an effective agenda and ensuring performance goals are met and set
  • Serve as a mentor, coach and guide to senior staff, particularly with regards to REF Network Offices
  • Provide guidance, as requested by the ED, for fundraising and donor management, business development and partnership activities
  • Develop strong collaborative links with key stakeholders, in particular Roma civil society, across REF countries
  • Represent the Fund externally when needed and asked by the Director or the Board Chair
  • Assist the Executive Director in any tasks related to the management of REF

HR and Management related issues:

  • HR supervision of the branch offices, administrative coordination and cooperation between REF network entities, set recruitment policy and quality control mechanisms, harmonize performance appraisal principles
  • Assure that the Foundation’s staff has the skills and qualifications necessary for serving the mission and strategy of the Fund
  • Organize knowledge sharing tools
  • Establish performance goals and indicators for branch offices  
  • Establish and monitor performance reporting system
  • Perform quality control and delegate fulfillment duties.


  • Candidate should be a university graduate with a degree in any discipline. Coursework in management, labor law, or an MBA is an added benefit.
  • Minimum seven years successful track record in managing staff and resources, preferably at international level
  • Familiarity with diversity and inclusion policies and their implementation

Skills Required:

  • Experience with Roma inclusion policies, programs and projects
  • At least a general knowledge of education issues and development trends in REF countries
  • Ability to work effectively and sensitively with a very wide range of stakeholders: Roma people, Roma organizations, governments at all levels, international agencies, aid agencies, foundations, non-government and civil society organizations, educational leaders
  • Ability to supervise multiple positions
  • Familiarity with the international policy environment in Europe
  • Excellent spoken and written English; knowledge of other relevant European languages desirable
  • Excellent public speaking and advocacy skills
  • High personal integrity
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to plan, organize, coordinate, and complete multiple work assignments in a timely manner 

Start Date:  ASAP

Location: Budapest

Compensation: The successful candidate will receive highly competitive compensation package

Please send a letter of interest your professional CV with at least three references to by June 20, 2016.



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