Member of the Supervisory Board

  • The Hague, Netherlands
  • Contract
  • Contract type: Volunteer

Company Description

SNV Netherlands Development is one of the largest Dutch not-for-profit development organisations with operations in more than 25 countries Asia, Africa and Latin America. SNV aims to lift up incomes and access to basic services. We make a lasting difference in the lives of people living in poverty, helping them raise incomes and access basic services. Driven by 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. This commitment to equity directs us to focus on gender and youth.

We apply our know-how to deliver results at scale worldwide. We do this through our local presence and know-how to realise effective solutions and our specialised expertise on agriculture, energy, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). Our projects directly benefit millions of people. At the same time, project drive systems change, which helps many more people work their way out of poverty, well beyond the scope of projects. We are proud to be a not-for-profit organisation, implementing our mission exclusively through project financing. This requires us to work efficiently and to invest in operational excellence every day.

Job Description

Due to the ending of the term of two of its members, the Supervisory Board of SNV is looking for two new members. The Supervisory Board of SNV is to guide and hold the Managing Board accountable for the formulation and implementation of the SNV policies. The Supervisory Board consists of minimally 6 members. The continuing members of the SB include strong financial and P&O profiles and come from a variety of public and private sector backgrounds.


We are looking for candidates who:

  • Are passionate for development cooperation and convinced of its value towards realising a fair and sustainable society in a changing social, societal and economic context;
  • Have extensive experience as member of a Supervisory Board, Board of Directors, or Board of Management of a complex, commercial enterprise that is active in the international arena (indication: 1,400 employees, turnover of more than €130 million); 
  • Able to act in a context with various interests and has an eye for everyone's role in it; 
  • Able to translate complex situations into manageable challenges with corresponding solutions;
  • Are enthusiastic about SNV’s mission and can propagate it actively in terms of reputation, stature and behaviour; utilises the own network for this purpose, and can represent the Supervisory Board internally and externally;
  • Maintain generally accepted social and ethical standards that correspond with SNV’s mission;
  • Are able to critically reflect on his/her own contribution as a supervisor; 
  • Know how to strike a balance between involvement and managerial distance;
  • Are emphatic, can assess, connect and bridge the various interests within the Supervisory Board and the organisation;
  • Subject knowledge of agriculture, our largest sector, would be an advantage.

Given the nature of the activities, the market 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. We are looking for a candidate that understands, and has a track record in operating in, the international development grant and tender market.

We are also looking to have at least one SB member with a track record of having worked and lived for an extended period of time in a Low- or Lower-Middle-Income-Country. We encourage immigrants residing in or close to the Netherlands to apply in order to increase the cultural diversity of the Supervisory Board.

Additional Information

The complete Supervisory Board meets four times per year; the candidate is also expected to serve on one of the Supervisory Board’s sub-committees. Appointment will be for a period of four years.

Desired start date: September 2020

How to register your interest  

Application deadline: May 28, 2020.

Should you require additional information, please do not hesitate to contact Esther Boender, global head of Human Resources ([email protected])

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