ICT is looking for a new President to lead the organisation in its efforts to bring about the needed change in China with respect to Tibet and to achieve other ICT objectives, bearing in mind both the independence of the organisation as well as its special and important relationship with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Central Tibetan Administration, the legitimate representatives of the Tibetan people.
Founded in 1988, ICT is a non-profit organisation with offices in Washington D.C., Amsterdam, Berlin, and Brussels and field offices in Dharamsala and Kathmandu.
The responsibilities of the President include:
- To lead ICT efforts to substantially increase the level and effectiveness of international diplomatic support for Tibetan issues and the organisation’s objectives.
- To this end the President will be expected to establish and maintain high level contacts with a variety of governments, in particular in Europe and North America. The President will undertake these activities in close coordination with the Special Envoy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to ensure that their respective activities are fully complementary.
- To oversee innovative and effective ICT efforts to reach out to and engage with Chinese intellectuals and other potential opinion makers and leaders in and outside China and cultivate a constructive “solutions-oriented” attitude among them to interacting and working with Tibetans.
- To oversee legislative initiatives in the US and Europe and other initiatives to promote the Tibetan cause, obtain greater recognition of the work of His Holiness and the Central Tibetan Administration, and to provide assistance to Tibetan refugees and where appropriate to Tibetans inside Tibet.
- To inspire, motivate and lead the ICT staff and ensure proper coordination between the organisation’s various offices.
- To inspire and motivate the global network of advocates and NGOs working for Tibetans.
- To develop and maintain relationships with other organisations and corporations of importance to ICT’s work.
- To share responsibility for the organisation’s fundraising efforts.
- To cultivate high donors, and to maintain personal contact with high donors.
- To prepare for and participate in Board meetings, and to participate in other ICT board meetings (ICT Europe and ICT Germany).
- To oversee the responsible financial management of the organisation.
- To oversee hiring ICT personnel.
The President of ICT will be assisted in his function by qualified staff, including a Managing Director at the organisation’s Washington D.C. office.
The President will report to the Board of ICT and will work closely with the Executive Chairman of the Board.
The engagement is for a minimum period of two years.
Candidates need to have considerable diplomatic or advocacy experience that enables them to have access to and engage with government leaders at high levels. This should include experience in Europe and in the United States.
Candidates furthermore need:
- A familiarity and understanding of the Tibetan situation.
- An awareness of the political, social and cultural dynamics within China
- A track record of effective diplomatic/advocacy work.
- Leadership qualities.
- Strong motivation.
- Proven ability for team work.
- Working knowledge of two or more European languages is desirable.
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