Director, European Office and International Federation Relations

Lausanne, Switzerland
16 Feb 2018
16 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Director, European Office and International Federation Relations

Location:          Lausanne, Switzerland

Reports to:       Director General (WADA Headquarters – Montreal, Canada)

Posting deadline: March 16, 2018 (9:00 EST)


WADA’s European Office is the first WADA point of contact for International Federations (IFs).

The Director, European Office and IF Relations actively contributes to WADA’s mission, ensures WADA’s program objectives are successfully met, and supports the development of effective IF anti-doping programs that are compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code.

The Director, European Office and IF Relations liaises with other members of the Olympic Movement, and in particular, IFs, IF umbrella associations, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), as well as relevant sports bodies to ensure WADA’s program objectives are successfully met.

He/she manages the Regional Office, including its staff and budget and is in charge of organizing the annual WADA Annual Symposium.

Upon request from the Executive Office, he/she ensures appropriate liaison with governments and intergovernmental bodies in the European region (e.g. Council of Europe, European Union) to ensure WADA’s program objectives are successfully met.

Essential functions:

Contribute actively to the Agency’s initiatives in the following areas:

  • Liaising and maintaining mutually beneficial relationships with approximately one hundred IFs, the IOC, European National Olympic Committees and Major Games Organizers, and work with other multisport organizations. This includes representing WADA’s interests and presenting the Agency’s views to the Management, as well as elected officials and operational contacts of IFs and sports organizations. 
  • Carrying out directives of WADA’s Executive Office, in particular those relating to decisions in which sports organizations and National Anti-Doping Organizations based in Europe are involved in developing their capacity to implement the World Anti-Doping Code, as well as monitoring compliance to the Code.
  • Providing relevant information on WADA activities to European stakeholders. 
  • Following up with sports organizations to ensure that they are performing their undertakings according to the World Anti-Doping Code and ensuring that the information flow between WADA and the sports world is effective and appropriate.
  • Collecting all comments and feedback from IFs and other bodies mentioned above related to WADA activities and the fight against doping in general, and ensuring that the information flow between WADA and the stakeholders is effective and appropriate.
  • Representing and promoting WADA and its comprehensive activities in Europe, as outlined in WADA’s Strategic Plan and annual planning priorities.
  • Responding promptly to questions in relation to doping and WADA from stakeholders.
  • Managing the day-to-day operations of the Regional Office.
  • Maintaining effective communication and liaison with the HQ.
  • Leading and overseeing the preparation and organization of WADA’s Annual Symposium and other relevant WADA events.

Profile - knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Excellent English written and oral skills required and good French language skills; additional languages an asset.
  • Able to make clear and precise observations.
  • Able to identify and analyze problems and develop practical solutions.
  • Able to strategize and organize work.
  • Proven leadership and management skills.
  • Proven communication skills.
  • Able to deliver complex presentations.
  • Able to travel frequently.
  • Fit with organization culture and values (e.g. teamwork, team spirit and love of sport)

Qualifications and experiece:

  • University Degree
  •  5-7 years management experience in the field of international sport.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the World Anti-Doping Code.
  • In-depth knowledge of international sport structure.
  • Knowledge of the field of doping in sport (at a minimum, knowledge of the key players and organizations involved internationally).
  • Knowledge of European intergovernmental institutions involved in anti-doping.
  • Proven ability to gain respect and trust from stakeholders and colleagues.
  • Proven ability to manage staff.
  • Proven ability to manage budgets.