We are hiring an Interim Secretary General !


RURAL YOUTH EUROPE Job Vacancy – Interim Secretary General   

Rural Youth Europe is recruiting an interim Secretary General for the duration of 12 months to start in April/May 2021 covering maternity leave. The office is based in Helsinki, Finland. Part of the work can be done remotely and does not require daily commuting to the office. The Interim Secretary General is responsible for the daily running of Rural Youth Europe and reports to the Chairperson and board of RYEurope. 

Rural Youth Europe is a European Non-Governmental Organisation for Rural Youth, an umbrella organisation for 23 organisations from 16 European countries. Our main focus is organising international events for multipliers in rural youth work. RYEurope works to enhance the lives of rural young people through providing intercultural learning opportunities which encourage advocacy and respect for others. We have a board comprised of seven rural youth leaders from around Europe, and currently four employees. 


Responsibilities and tasks 

  • Working together with the Board and Development Manager  
  • Managing finances (including but not limited to; monthly reporting to the board, annual accounts, internal and external audits, co-operation with bookkeeper as required)  
  • European and National Funding applications and reporting in co-operation with office staff, the board, member and partner organisations 
  • Managing a number of staff including part-time employees and freelancers 
  • Prepare, organise, implement and follow-up European seminars, meetings, study sessions and exchanges virtually and in person in co-operation with hosting organisations 
  • Responsible for day to day running of the secretariat 
  • Communication internally and externally e.g. with member organisations, partners, European Institutions 
  • Representative of Rural Youth Europe in various networks 
  • Assisting facilitation of webinars and physical workshops at events  

Applicant profile

Essential criteria 

  • Experience in international youth work/NGO work 
  • Experience in managing finances of an international organisation 
  • Experience in managing staff  
  • Experience in funding applications and reporting 
  • Experience in project management  
  • Very good knowledge of English (both written and oral)  
  • Computer literate (including experience of Microsoft Office365) 
  • Experience of working with an internationally dispersed team 
  • Flexibility and willingness to travel and work occasionally during weekends and evenings 
  • Knowledge of rural youth work and/or rural issues 
  • Knowledge and experience of non-formal education  
  • Strong communication skills 
  • Ability to work under pressure 
  • Able to work independently and as part of an international team 
  • Willingness to support and work with a team of volunteers and employees 
  • Self-driven, sense of responsibility, good organisational skills 

 The ideal candidate will have excellent time management and organisational skills, able to work under pressure and willing to work with rural youth, volunteers, staff and experts from across Europe. You will be committed, motivated, driven and passionate about rural issues, intercultural exchange and non-formal education. You are able to communicate with grass root members as well as European institutions. You will have the ability to prioritise tasks, meet deadlines and delegate effectively. You will have a great understanding of accounts at all times and ensure the activities of Rural Youth Europe are in line with the annual budget.  

 Desirable criteria 

  • Good knowledge of Finnish (written and oral) 
  • Other languages are an asset 
  • Knowledge of Mac OS and online tools e.g. Dropbox, Miro, Zoom 
  • Knowledge of Procountor bookkeeping software 
  • Experience of facilitating webinars and physical workshops at events 

We offer 

  • A challenging yet rewarding role with extensive responsibility in a unique international environment. 
  • A 12-month contract subject to a 6-month probationary period. 
  • Contract of 37,5 hours per week and a salary of approximately EUR 2300 (to be negotiated as part of the selection process based on experience) 
  • Flexible working environment (home office, flexible working hours in accordance with the needs of the organisation).  

 Applicants are asked to send a CV and motivation letter addressing the selection criteria by 28th March 2021 to Any further questions can be sent to the same address.  

Your application should also indicate your available starting date. 

Selected applicants will be called to interview, which will be held during week 14 in Helsinki. We reserve to close the call earlier if we find the right person for the post.