Chair and Supervisory Council Members
Role Managed by:
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Primary Practice Group: Board
Salary & Benefits: Voluntary with travel reimbursment
Closing Date: 10/02/2023
Formal Interview Date: March
Our vision is a world where wetlands are treasured and nurtured for their beauty, the life they support and the resources they provide. Our mission is to inspire and mobilise society to safeguard and restore wetlands for people and nature.
Wetlands are a foundation of life. But impacts on wetlands have been severe over the last decades, wiping out natural habitats and endangering wildlife, putting livelihoods and whole economies at risk, and further contributing to the climate and nature emergency. Yet wetlands can be powerful solutions. By stepping up actions to safeguard and restore wetlands across whole landscapes, it is possible to regenerate local economies, improve human health, help to slow climate change, make clean water accessible, enhance biodiversity, and protect and cool our cities. The nature-based solutions offered by wetlands can help boost resilience in the face of increasing social and environmental fragility, and are the key to society's ability to adapt to the climate emergency and as the basis for green recovery.
Wetlands International is the only global not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the conservation and restoration of wetlands. We are deeply concerned about the loss and deterioration of among others lakes, marshes, and rivers. Wetlands International is dedicated to maintaining and restoring wetlands — for their environmental values as well as for the services they provide to people.
More information: https://www.wetlands.org/our-work/our-accountability/ (‘The Source’: Annual Review 2021).
The Supervisory Council is in charge of the overall supervision of the organisation’s policies and its general course of affairs. Its supervision particularly concerns the achievement of the organisation’s mission and the continuity of its activities and executive management (CEO and Management Team). In short, the Council’s role is supervisor, advisor, and employer of the CEO. There are seven members of the Council at present and the vacancies are due to two members retiring at the end of December 2022. The Chair and Members serve on a voluntary, part-time basis, although travel expenses on Supervisory Council business are fully reimbursed. Membership of the SC is for a term of 3 years and can be renewed twice.
More information: https://www.wetlands.org/about-us/governance/
Wetlands International is a global organisation with activities spanning Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe and Latin America. Our aim is that Council members reflect this range of experience as well as bringing diversity in terms of expertise, gender and ethnicity.
As a group, members bring knowledge, skills and relevant networks to Wetlands International in the following areas:
Wetlands International is particularly interested in hearing from individuals who bring expertise and understanding of work across the African continent, and/or in business and sustainability, water stewardship, social/community engagement, or marketing and communications. We estimate that the role of member requires a commitment of about 7-10 days per year.
As Chair, you will be an accomplished leader with experience of senior level roles in the non-profit, private sector, or an international organisation. Compassionate, inclusive and culturally sensitive, you will have a global perspective and highly strategic mindset, as well as a demonstrable passion for and commitment to the vision and aims of Wetlands International. As a Chair of the Supervisory Council, you bring demonstrable extensive experience in being a board member, and preferably a Chair, of a Supervisory body (ideally in the Netherlands). A person located in western Europe, with easy access to the Netherlands, is desirable to facilitate regular meetings with the CEO and Management Team. We estimate that this role requires a commitment of about 15-20 days per year.
To apply, please submit a CV and covering letter, detailing how you fulfil the role description and personal specification to https://candidates.perrettlaver.com/vacancies/ quoting reference 6288.
The deadline for applications is Friday 10th February at 09:00 CET.
Perrett Laver will conduct an executive search process in parallel with the public advertisement of the role. Longlisted candidates will be invited to interview with Perrett Laver in February and the Selection Panel will subsequently meet to decide upon a final shortlist for the post end of February, beginning of March, following which, interviews with the Oversight Board will take place March.
Wetlands International is an Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, colour, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic. We expect the same commitment from our staff.
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