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Family Health Association of Iran

Title: Chief Executive Officer

Duty Station: Tehran

Supervisor: Executive Committee (EXCO)

Purpose of the Post:

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is the senior management officer of the Association. The CEO serves as the leader of and maintains an effective and cohesive senior management team for the Association; sets the tone for the Association by exemplifying consistent values of high ethical standards and fairness; leads the Association in defining its vision; and bears the chief responsibility in ensuring the Association meets its short-term operational and long-term strategic goals. The CEO works with and is accountable to the EXCO.




The Chief Executive Officer shall:

- Envisioning, managing and promoting the strategic direction of FHA Iran in keeping with IPPF’s guidelines and policies

- Led and manages the members of senior management within the guidelines developed and approved in conjunction with the Board;

- Regularly report to the Board progress with achieving the Board’s objectives and to forthwith advise the Board of any matter which could have a substantial impact on the Association;

- Recommends to the Board strategic directions for the Association’s activities and, when approved by the Board, consistently strives to achieve the corresponding strategic, business and operational goals and objectives;

- Direct and monitor the activities of the Association in a manner that ensures that the assets of the Association are safeguarded and optimized in the best interests of all the donors;

 - Develops and implements operational policies to guide the Association within any limits prescribed by the Association’s By-Laws and the framework of the strategic directions approved by the Board;

- Develops the corporate objectives, for approval by the Board, for which the CEO is responsible for implementation;

- Identifies the principal risks of the Association’s services and ensures the implementation of appropriate systems to manage these risks;

- Develop and recommend the overall corporate organizational structure to the Board ensuring that personnel and systems are in place so that the day-to-day business affairs of the Association are appropriately managed;

- Maintains a positive work climate that is conducive to attracting, retaining and motivating a diverse group of top quality employees at all levels;

- Develops and maintains an annual Board-approved plan for the development and succession of senior management;

- Manages and oversees the required interfaces between the Association and the public;

- Ensure there is an effective communications policy for the Association;

- Ensures that appropriate personnel and systems are in place for the integrity and adequacy of the Association’s internal control, disclosure control and management information systems;

- Foster a corporate culture that promotes ethical practices, encourages individual integrity, and fulfills social responsibility;

- Meets, as required, with the President and regularly with other Board members to review material issues and to ensure that the President and other Board members are provided in a timely manner with all information and access to corporate management necessary to permit the Board, its committees and/or individual members to fulfill statutory and other obligations;

- Cooperates with and assists the EXCO in conducting an annual review of his performance as the senior management officer;

- Personnel hiring and firing;

- Personnel evaluation.



A Master’s Degree is required with a minimum of 3 years’ experience in a senior management position. As chief executive officer, this individual demonstrates critical competencies in four broad categories: commitment to results, management, leading change, and motivating. 

Commitment to results: The CEO is a system thinker who is client focused and goal driven. This individual identifies relevant information and helps transform this information into individual and organizational knowledge and learning. The chief executive is action oriented and innovative. S/he translates broad goals into achievable steps. S/he anticipates and solves problems and takes advantage of opportunities, is a self-starter and team player.

Management: As FHA Iran’s executive leader, this position requires an individual with knowledge of and experience in management and administration. The position requires demonstrated experience in integrating and coordinating diverse areas of management.

• Knowledge in the following areas is required: Sexual and Reproductive health services, finance and personnel; English oral and written communications; planning and evaluation; and governance.

• Some experience in the field of not-for-profit management and governance, and community relations is preferred. Some general knowledge of fund development is also preferred.

• A high level of personal skills is required to make formal, persuasive presentations to groups and to deal effectively with people from all segments of the community.

• The individual must be comfortable with diversity and respectful of a wide range of faiths, beliefs and experiences.

Leading change: The CEO possesses the skills and implements the functions of a leader. S/he shares FHA Iran’s values, mission and vision. S/he consistently displays integrity, models behavior, develops people, and builds teams. This individual deals effectively with demanding situations and designs and implements interventions.

Motivating: The CEO manages continuity, change and transition. This individual knows how to influence and enable others.