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James Macleod, Associate Director, Relations with the Olympic Movement, on the position of Head of Olympic Refuge Foundation

James MACLEOD, Associate Director, Relations with the Olympic Movement IOC
11 Jun 2018
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Could you describe the position in a few words?
The IOC strives to build a better world through sport and has been active in the area of social development over many years and in many ways. The global refugee crisis, and the spotlight that was put on this through the Refugee Olympic Team during the Rio Olympic Games, has brought the IOC and the UNHCR even closer together under the umbrella of a new Foundation created by the IOC to spearhead our joint efforts to use sport as a protection tool. The objective of the Olympic Refuge Foundation is to change the lives of thousands of disadvantaged people through sport and through the creation of safe spaces across the world. The Head of the Olympic Refuge Foundation will be responsible for the overall strategic planning, revenue generation, financial management, organisation development, staff management and programme operations of the Foundation. The position will also ensure that the IOC’s wider Social Development through Sport programmes are implemented in a coherent manner in compliance with the IOC’s objectives and the Olympic Refuge Foundation’s mission.

What are the skills you are looking for and what is the profile of the ideal candidate? 
The ideal candidate should have a keen understanding of recent social development strategies and how sport can contribute to these. They need to have a proven ability to measure the impact of field programmes outcomes and be able to communicate these in public forums in a clear and concise way. And obviously, an established network across the Olympic Movement and the United Nations agencies would be hugely beneficial!

What makes this job a unique opportunity?
The Olympic Refuge Foundation is an exciting new chapter in the IOC’s actions in the area of social development through sport. The Foundation has a huge potential for development as it is still in its first year of operation and the ambition for it to become the focal point for the IOC’s efforts in this area is widely recognised across the Olympic Movement.

Why should I join your team/the IOC?
The Head of the Olympic Refuge Foundation will join a diverse and dynamic team within the IOC that has many cumulative years of knowledge and experience on sport development and social development matters throughout the world. The Head of the Olympic Refuge Foundation will need to work transversally across the IOC with many departments that will contribute towards the operation of the Foundation.
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