What people ask us
Where does Seefar operate?
The best way to see that is to visit the Locations page. Our corporate headquarters is in Hong Kong. As a social enterprise we have the flexibility of a corporate structure but the ethics and social purpose of a non-profit because we do not make any profit or distribute dividends – we exist to do social good and achieve our mission statements. We have subsidiaries and operational partnerships in places like Indonesia, Afghanistan, Belgium, Libya, Turkey, the UK and Ethiopia. In addition, Seefar also has an EU based charity and several local entities in countries where we implement.
How are you funded?
You can see a range of our supporters on the Supporters page.
How big are you?
A small-medium enterprise that is growing fast. Because Seefar is still relatively young we are growing at a rapid pace, which means the
number of us in terms of human resources changes almost constantly, but it is currently in the hundreds.
What’s the history behind Seefar?
Seefar was founded in April 2014 as a social enterprise by people who had reflected on how we could combine the best parts of a private sector focus on results with a social purpose dedicated to vulnerable people. We apply commercial strategies to social progress and we are not a profit-driven organization. We do not pay dividends to shareholders. We started with two full-time personnel, who are happy to have a team that is now more than 50 times larger to make this happen.
If you are now Seefar, what happened to Farsight?
Seefar was founded in 2014 as Farsight. A period of significant growth during 2016 brought with it a need to clarify and prioritize our mission statements, themes and services. In March 2017 we commenced trading as Seefar. You can still see our former name pop up in research reports and work we have done.
What kind of people work for Seefar?
There’s quite a mixture. We have people from 25 different nationalities. Based on 2018 numbers, a majority of our senior employees are women. We avoid a subcontracting approach to our project operations, which means we have a lot of people living in rural areas around the world. Almost everyone who works for us has some prior experience working in the international development and security sectors, combined with some experience working in a private company.
How do I get a job with Seefar?
The first step is to consider whether you want to work for a social enterprise focused on the mission we have. The next step is to visit the Recruitment page.
What do people find challenging about working with Seefar?
- Many people in the global management team are working from home or are the only Seefar staff members in their city. We’ve all had to learn a lot to be happy and productive working remotely from our teams.
- Collaborating with geographically dispersed teams requires flexibility and patience.
- There is a strong culture emphasising self-reflection and constructive feedback to drive learning and improvement. People who aren’t interested in developing themselves or hearing feedback will find this challenging.
- Your team and workload can be fast paced, so you need to be productive and able to prioritise effectively.
- A high-growth phase requires problem-solving as the Enterprise’s systems evolve quickly.
What do people like most about working with Seefar?
- The Enterprise combines entrepreneurialism with a focus on social impact.
- You work with highly diverse people and across a diversity of contexts.
- There is a high level of trust that supports you to work autonomously.
- The people in the Enterprise encourage innovation and experimentation.
- Achieving results is prioritised over rigid structures and workflows.
- You are never bored and always challenged.