ICA hunts for new office bearer to replace Bruno Roelants

KAMPALA-The International Cooperative Alliance [ICA] has announced on its website that it is in the process of recruiting a new director general to replace Bruno Roelants who is poised to retire soon after holding the post for five years.

The ICA says it wants “an inspirational, forward-thinking leader who is passionate about the ability of the cooperative and mutual sectors of the global economy to create positive change for people in the quality of their daily lives”.

The successful candidate will succeed Bruno Roelants who served the co-op movement for 16 years as secretary general the International Organisation of Industrial and Service Cooperatives [CICOPA].

The ICA says candidates must have strategic vision to help the organisation seek opportunities for membership growth and new sources of funding, while maintaining focus on economic and cultural trends to ensure its continuing relevance.

The ICA says it is also looking for relationship-building and facilitation skills focused on forming long-term partnerships with international institutions such as United Nations agencies, the G20, and global development organisations.

And it requires “sensitivity to the cultural differences among ICA members that are central to reaching common ground on policy and related issues and a personal commitment to cultural inclusion”.

Also required of the candidates is an understanding of and demonstrated ability in maintaining membership and attracting new members, and belief in the importance of public relations and communications in raising ICA’s profile and a high comfort level in dealing with all media forms.

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