Member of the Supervisory Board

  • Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 4 May 2021

Job Description

Job Description

Due to the resignation of one of the current Supervisory Board members of SNV, we are looking for one new member. The role of the Supervisory Board is to supervise the management carried out by the Management Board and shall provide advice to the Management Board.

KEY Leadership behaviors

We are looking for a candidate who:

  • Is passionate about development cooperation and convinced of its value towards realizing a fair and sustainable society in a changing social, societal and economic context;
  • Is enthusiastic about SNV’s mission and can propagate it actively in terms of reputation, stature and behavior; utilizes her/his own network for this purpose, and can represent the Supervisory Board internally and externally;
  • Is able to translate complex supervision situations into manageable challenges with corresponding solutions;
  • High social and ethical standards that correspond with SNV’s mission, values and policies;
  • Has leadership skills;
  • Is able to critically reflect on his/her own contribution as a supervisor;
  • Knows how to strike a balance between involvement and keeping distance as a supervisor; and
  • Can assess, connect and bridge the various interests within the Supervisory Board and the organisation.

KEY Functional skills

  • Given the nature of the activities, the focus areas of SNV, and the current composition of the Supervisory Board, we are looking to increase the number of SB members with knowledge of international development.
  • Familiarity with the current international constructive and critical debates on development, development cooperation and knowledge of how to steer SNV through these debates is critical.
  • Subject knowledge on either agriculture, energy or water and sanitation; the 3 key core expertise pillars of SNV and/or;
  • Subject knowledge on digitalization and/or innovative financing mechanisms such as Impact Bonds, Blended Finance or Social Ventures.
  • SNV is a global organisation committed to bringing different people, ideas and perspectives together; we therefore encourage candidates from outside the Netherlands to apply in order to increase the cultural diversity of the Supervisory Board.
  • With a view to maintain a gender balance in the composition of the Board, we welcome applications from female candidates.
Additional Information

The complete Supervisory Board meets four times per year (currently online); the candidate is also expected to serve on one of the Supervisory Board’s sub-committees. Occasional visits to SNV’s country programmes around the world are highly encouraged. Appointment will be for a period of four years.

Desired start date: Q3 2021

How to register your interest

Upload your application letter and CV (in English)

Application deadline: May 15, 2021

Should you require additional information, please do not hesitate to contact Esther Boender, Global Head of Human Resources (

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About the Organization

SNV Netherlands Development Organisation is a global not-for-profit international development organization, working in Agriculture, Energy, and Water, Sanitation & Hygiene. Founded in the Netherlands in 1965, we have built a long-term, local presence in more than 25 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Our global team of national and international advisors and professionals works with local partners, businesses and stakeholders to equip people with the tools, knowledge and connections they need to increase their incomes and gain access to basic services – empowering them to break the cycle of poverty and guide their own development.

Aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals, we are dedicated to a society in which all people are free to pursue their own sustainable development and no one is left behind. We co-develop know-how for developing contextually relevant solutions to deliver results at scale worldwide, with a commitment to equity directing us to particularly focus on gender and youth.

Our projects directly benefit millions of people. At the same time, we are increasingly focused on enabling systems changes, which help many more people work their way out of poverty, well beyond the scope of projects. We are proud to be a not-for-profit organization, committed to efficiencies and operational excellence, which enable us to reach the greatest numbers of people.

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