Office for Personnel
LWF staff present at the 2002 Council
in Wittenberg, Germany
The Office for Personnel (OP) is the human resources unit of the LWF. It is responsible for all human resources management functions in the Federation, including the recruitment, employment, remuneration, insurance and administration of personnel, staff development and general staff welfare. It is mandated to maintain consistency and preserve fairness and equity throughout the organization.
Around 65 staff members from 20 different countries are based in the LWF Geneva headquarters, working in the various departments and units that provide support and services vital to the continuation of the Federation's work.
Furthermore some 40 international staff members are engaged in the service programs implemented by the Department for World Service (LWF/DWS) in more than 36 countries throughout Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Central and Latin America as well as eastern Europe in accordance with the mandates approved by the LWF Council.
These programs are aimed at assisting victims of natural and human-made disasters to survive, recover and restore their lives, rights, dignity and self-reliance. The international field staff work alongside 2,700 local staff.
The Geneva secretariat executive staff is primarily recruited from the Federation's member churches so as to facilitate a broad participation of member churches in the day-to-day administration of the organization's global operations. In staffing senior positions, efforts are made to maintain an acceptable balance of regional, gender and age representation.
In its efforts to reduce vulnerability and to empower disaster-affected people and marginalized poor in areas of endemic need, LWF employs, whenever possible, indigenous staff. In case nationals with the required skills cannot be found locally, OP seeks to fill the vacant posts by recruiting staff internationally.
The respective vacancy announcements are shared with member churches, LWF related agencies and other contacts as well as LWF/DWS field offices. The latter is intended to enable national staff employed in field programs to apply for posts outside their country.
Professional inputs into disaster relief or in long-term development often call for persons with a professional background in project management, civil-, mechanical- or water-engineering, agricultural extension, community development, finance management or logistics. Work experience gained in developing countries is not only an advantage but often also a requirement.
For further information please contact the Office for Personnel.