Greater London
Job description
About us

Christian Aid exists to create a world where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty.

Poverty is an outrage against humanity. It robs people of their dignity and lets injustice thrive. But together we have the power to transform lives.

We are a global movement of people, churches and local organisations who passionately champion dignity, equality, justice and love worldwide. We are the changemakers, the peacemakers, the mighty of heart.

Everyone is equal in the sight of God. For over 70 years, this has inspired us to stand together in solidarity with our most marginalised global neighbours, of all faiths and none.

We push for good nutrition and healthcare for all. We fight the climate crisis and provide urgent help when disasters strike. We work in places of conflict to stand against violence and build lasting peace. And we help people living in poverty to earn a fair wage so they can protect themselves in times of crisis.

Above all, we seek to eradicate extreme poverty by tackling its root causes. Together with people living in poverty, we amplify our voices to speak truth to power and create lasting change.

About the role

The Administrative Assistant, to the Chief Executive's Office will provide effective administrative, logistical and financial support to the Chief Executive's office, with specific support to the Director of Strategy and Global Change. The role is embedded within the small and agile Strategy and Global Change team that drives change through leveraging and inspiring relationships across business owners.

The successful candidate will have great organisational and communication skills, bias for action, the ability to think laterally and deliver results. A high level of integrity and discretion in handling confidential information and professionalism in dealing with senior professionals inside and outside the company is imperative.

You will be able to react to situations which require a quick turnaround, often not knowing the full picture and will efficiently and proactively solve problems that affect people within the Chief Executive's office or other related groups.

We are looking for someone that keeps calm under pressure and is able to manage assignments with sound judgement and with multitasking capabilities. This is a fast-paced environment but working within the Chief Executive's Office and across the wider business administrative team is very rewarding.

About you

We are looking for someone with significant administrative and/or secretarial experience, including support for senior staff in a large organisation. This will include experience of diary management and travel arrangements, and the ability to manage competing demands, often against tight deadlines

The successful applicant will have an excellent track record in building effective working relations across a team and the ability to maintain confidentiality and use discretion when managing relationships at a senior level. You will require strong interpersonal skills and the ability to negotiate and influence.

The role requires clear and confident verbal communication, good written communication, great organisation skills and the ability to minute effectively within varied and complex meeting agendas. You will need to be competent in a range of Office programmes including MS Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and Excel and have experience of financial software, record keeping and budget monitoring. You will need to be willing and able to take responsibility for project work within agreed parameters.

Knowledge and understanding of the international development and humanitarian sector would be an advantage.

We are looking for someone to join our team who is committed to Christian Aid's mission, vision and values, who is able to take the initiative, has the flexibility to respond to changes demands and is a great team player. Please refer to the role profile for the specific requirements.

Further information

This role requires applicants to have the right to work in the country where this position is based.

We value diversity and aspire to reflect this in its workforce. We welcome applications from people from all sections of the community, irrespective of race, colour, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief.

You can expect a wide range of rewards and benefits, including a generous holiday allowance, a season ticket loan, and flexibility that will ensure you enjoy a good work/life balance.

Competency questions (if required)

As part of your application you will be asked to demonstrate your suitability by giving answers to the following questions:

Delivering Results: Tell us about a time when you planned, prioritised and monitored your own work to meet the team's objectives to the standards required

-What was your context?

-What was your task/responsibility?

-How did you make your plan? What actions did you take?

-What was the impact of your actions? Were you successful? How did you know?

Communicate Effectively: Tell us about a time when you handled a difficult issue with someone else with openness, honesty and respect

-What was the context?

-What did you have to do?

-What did you say and how?

-What was the result? If you were successful, how did you know?

Build Partnerships: Tell us of a time when you had to establish and maintain excellent working relationships with a wide range of contacts and networks

-What was the context? Why did you need to establish the new relationships and why was your attitude to this important?

-What was your task? What outcomes were being sought?

-What actions did you take? How did you take them?

-What was the impact of your actions? Were you successful?
More about Christian Aid
Christian Aid

Our vision Poverty is an outrage against humanity. It robs people of dignity, freedom and hope, of power over their own lives. Christian Aid ha... Read more

Posted on: 20 September 2021
Closed date: 01 October 2021
Job ref: 3403
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