Programme, Event Management, Activities
12 months
Start Date
15 November
End Date
1 December
Deadline for applications
Closed position
The Programme Development Assistant is responsible for planning, training and managing staff to run our workshops, and weekly jamboree activities. This person will work to continuously develop all aspects of our programme, mainly the International and Eco activities. The work also includes some help with the Programme administration in the office, leading activities, and planning events. If you have good organisation skills and enjoy organising activities and motivating people, we look forward to your application.
  • Needs to be at least 18 years old
  • Is a member of an Association recognised by WOSM/WAGGGS
  • Communicates well in written and spoken English


  • Ability to work within an international team of volunteers
  • Ability to lead and motivate a team of volunteers
  • Ability to work well under pressure and within strict timelines
  • Demonstrated professional, disciplined and efficient approach to work and planning
  • Affinity for customer service and guest contact
  • Ability to create, review and develop activities
  • Willingness to work according to a flexible schedule


  • Has previously been a member of the staff team at KISC
  • Has experienced the Summer season in the last 5 years
  • Has creativity, enthusiasm and the ability to motivate others
  • Experience in coordinating and organising activities and staff
  • Experience in Winter sports, like skiing or snowboarding
  • Mountaineering and First Aid qualifications / experience
  • Ability to communicate in German, or willing to learn
  • Holds a driver’s licence

Main tasks

  • Ensures a high quality of guest service at all times
  • Manage, evaluate and develop weekly activities, International Friendship activities, Eco activities, and Winter activities
  • Organise the event and celebrations on August 1st, the birthday of Switzerland and Scouting, a day of activities for over 1’000 guests
  • Assist with Programme office administration, and other areas of Programme as needed
  • Working in the Front Office, welcome guests and dealing with guests enquiries
  • Upkeep of guest notice boards, resources & displays
  • Purchase and restocking of games, equipment and material
  • Supervise Staff working on weekly activities, International Friendship activities, Eco activities, and Winter activities
  • Train staff in relation to programme activities

Other responsibilities

  • Deal with any guest enquiries relating to the Centre
  • Run and develop staff training
  • Assist in other areas of the Centre where necessary
  • Involvement in the execution of the Centre’s Operational Plan
  • Work and communicate effectively with all staff and guests


The position is part of the Programme Team at KISC. In addition to the Programme Development Assistant, the Programme team consists of the Programme Director, Assistant Programme Director, Programme Administration Manager, and in Summer Programme Admin Assistant, Hut Warden, and High Adventure Assistant.

Line manager

The line manager for this position is the Programme Director. The Programme Development Assistant has weekly meetings with the line manager and Programme team to cover operational matters, and also has regular one-on-one appraisals.

Team Management

The Programme Development Assistant will have regular contact with other members of the Long Term Staff team and it is essential to building a good working relationship and honest communication with them.

Staff Management

The Programme Development Assistant assist the Programme Team with the daily management and coordination of Programme Short Term Staff.


  • Accident Insurance (provided by the Centre): Everyone is insured for accidents, both work and non-work related over the duration of the contract.
  • Private Liability Insurance (provided by the Centre): This insurance covers any damage caused by any staff on an object or person.
  • Sickness Insurance (provided by the Centre): All LTS will get private sickness insurance if necessary. The deductible (amount each LTS has to cover per calendar year themselves) is, if nothing else mentioned, CHF 300.-. This insurance covers any treatment due to sickness.
  • Social Insurance according to the Swiss Law (provided by the Centre): Every LTS must have Social Insurance according to the Swiss regulations. This includes invalidity insurance, maternity leave and old-age and survivors' insurance (OASI). More information will be given during training.


  • A room in one of the shared flats in Kandersteg
  • All meals at the Centre, both while at work and on days off
  • 2 days off per week and 20 days of holidays
  • Pocket money starting from 450 CHF per month       
  • A Swiss Pass (discount card for transportation in Switzerland)
  • Management and leadership training
  • Administration of work permits
  • Other benefits as detailed here on our website


  • Citizens of EU/EFTA countries do not need a visa, and the Centre secures the necessary work permit.
  • For citizens of non EU/EFTA countries who have not been Staff at KISC before, we can apply for a 4-month visa, for 4-month contracts. The applicant needs to be under 35 years old for the whole duration of the contract.
  • For citizens of non EU/EFTA countries who have been Short Term or Long Term Staff at KISC before, there is usually a very low probability of getting another visa. If the non EU/EFTA applicant is suitable for the role and fulfils specific requirements set by the Swiss authorities, there is a possibility to get a visa for a longer contract.
  • The employment is dependent on securing the necessary special permission from the Swiss authorities.


Programme Development Assistant


Programme Development Assistant
Do you want to live a once in a lifetime experience? As Programme Development Assistant I got to work in very different areas, from coordinating and delivering activities to general guest customer service and administration. This experience has given me lots of new international friends and some of the greatest times of my life. If you want to enjoy preparing and developing activities for scouts from all over the World then maybe this is your position!