Swiss Church Aid

In over 30 countries across four continents, HEKS/EPER supports development cooperation projects to combat poverty and injustice and advocates for a life in dignity for all people.

HEKS/EPER, Swiss Church Aid, supports projects designed to combat hunger, poverty and injustice in over 30 countries on four continents. HEKS/EPER also provides worldwide humanitarian assistance for victims of natural disasters and armed conflicts and supports the Church's diaconal work in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. In Switzerland, HEKS/EPER champions the rights and causes of refugees and socially disadvantaged people. Through its development and social policy work in the fields of climate justice, access to land and food, migration, and integration, HEKS/EPER strives for systemic change - globally and in Switzerland.

Focusing on the following sustainable development goals (SDGs)

Zero Hunger
Good Health and Well-being
Quality Education
Decent Work and Economic Growth
Reduced Inequalities
Climate Action
Life on Land
Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

How we work

In its projects around the world and in its work of raising awareness around development and social policy topics in Switzerland, HEKS/EPER places the emphasis on the four priorities of climate justice, the right to land and food, flight and migration, and integration.

... and why

HEKS/EPER was founded in 1946 by the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches (FSPC) as the aid agency of the Swiss Protestant Churches. HEKS/EPER became a non-profit foundation in 2004. In November 2021, HEKS/EPER and Bread for All merged to form Swiss Church Aid (HEKS/EPER). For HEKS/EPER, the dignity of every human being is at the centre its commitment. All human beings should be able to lead a life that is socially, economically and politically secure.

Career opportunities

Seeking candidates mainly in

Land- und Forstwirtschaft
Gesundheit und Ernährung

In our meritocracy, a person's status is determined largely by their professional activity. Protracted unemployment can therefore negatively impact a person's mental and physical health. Lack of social recognition, social isolation, illness and depression become part and parcel of their daily lives

Opportunities offered

Internships for students yes
Traineeships/Talent programs for graduates yes
Positions/programs for young professionals yes
Staff positions for professionals yes
Senior or management positions yes
Consultancy opportunities no


Swiss Church Aid (HEKS/EPER) offers an attractive work environment for a range of different professions. There are numerous technical specialists working together on over 250 projects in an interdisciplinary and cross-sectional manner at the HEKS/EPER headquarters in Zurich, in the six Branch offices and in more than 30 countries on four continents. We set great store by a stimulating work environment and the ongoing professional development of our staff. At HEKS/EPER, there are people all around the world working for people from all over the world – with commitment and competence.

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Type of organisation


Field(s) of activity

Humanitäre Hilfe


Zurich, Switzerland

Region(s) of operation


Number of employees

In Switzerland:
Zwischen 20 und 50

Outside Switzerland:
Zwischen 20 und 50

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