Chief Executive

Opportunity International


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  • Sector


  • Salary/Remuneration

    c. £100,000 per annum

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  • Expiry date

    18 February 2022

  • Client

    Opportunity International

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Opportunity International is working to end global poverty by providing a hand up, not a handout. We believe that enabling individuals to create dignified and sustainable work is the foundation for transforming their lives, their children’s futures and their communities. Today, Opportunity International serves more than 10 million hardworking families in over 20 countries around the world. We design programmes, which are implemented by a range of partners, to tackle some of the most pressing challenges of our time.  Our aim is to enable people to make a living, put food on the table, have their children educated and, above all, to live their lives with dignity and purpose. We empower people by introducing them to financial solutions – affordable loans, savings, micro insurance - and training. We respond to Jesus Christ’s call to love and serve the poor, seeking to emulate the Good Samaritan, whose compassion crossed ethnic groups and religions. We serve all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender.

As our UK Chief Executive, you will be responsible for providing strategic leadership to the charity working closely with the board and senior team. As a team leader, you will develop a collaborative culture that harnesses a purpose driven group of staff to enable the success of our goals. The Covid-19 pandemic and changes to government funding mean, at this juncture, that your role in driving and delivering an ambitious fundraising strategy will be particularly critical. You will need to enable us not just to maintain, but to increase the impact we can have in supporting the lives of those who are most in need. You will act as the public face of Opportunity International in the UK, engaging with a range of stakeholders to advance our aims and have membership of our Global CEO Forum alongside other international chief executives.

You will be an experienced senior leader able to work collaboratively to nurture and develop our capable team. You will be an exceptional relationship builder, able to drive innovative income generation and fundraising through effective partnerships with individuals, organisations and institutions alike, in particular across the commercial sector. You will be comfortable operating in an organisation with a global mission and, most likely, will yourself be able to demonstrate previous experience or connections to the Global South. In line with our Christian mission, you will be a practising Christian willing to affirm your faith in the Apostle’s Creed*. Crucially, you will share a genuine passion and commitment to the work we do.

For further information and to apply please click on the link below, and for a confidential conversation please contact Matt Malone on 07471 037070 or


Recruitment Timetable

Closing Date
5pm, Friday 18 February 2022

Longlist Meeting
w/c Monday 28 February 2022

Preliminary Interviews
w/c Monday 28 February and w/c Monday 7 March 2022

Shortlist Meeting
w/c Monday 14 March 2022

Panel Interview and 1:1 with Chair
Tuesday 29 March 2022

Presentation to the Trustee Board
Monday 4th April

How to apply


If you wish to apply for this role, please supply:

  • A comprehensive CV (describe the nature of most recent and significant career appointments, including a detailed articulation of key achievements)
  • A Supporting Statementsupporting statement setting out why you are interested in the position and how you consider yourself able to address the essential and desirable criteria outlined in the person specification.  
  • As part of the online application process, you will be asked to complete an equal opportunities monitoring page, this will appear on screen. The information on this page will be treated as confidential and used for statistical purposes only. This information will not be treated as part of your application.