Regional Director, European Network

Ref: 6586

International Planned Parenthood Federation

This role will be based in Brussels, Belgium.

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Role Managed by:

Harriet Weaver

Research Associate

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Primary Practice Group: Social Impact and Environment

Salary & Benefits: The salary is competitive and commensurate with the seniority of the appointment.

Closing Date: 19/06/2023

Formal Interview Date: early-mid August

Change Makers Wanted

International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) is a global service provider and a leading advocate of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) for all. It delivers through a Federation of Member Associations (MAs) in 123 countries and Collaborative Partners in a further 26 countries (as of March 2023). The Secretariat has its registered office in London, UK and prides itself on being local through MAs and Partners and global through our worldwide network.

After a significant restructure and the launch of its Come Together Strategy 2023-2028, IPPF is ensuring it is equipped to face the challenges ahead. In this new era, IPPF commits to more daring and feminist action that secures choices about our bodies, sexual lives and well-being. IPPF comes together in support of women, youth and people who are marginalized and excluded. IPPF comes together to transform the communities and countries we live in. For the better.

In this new and transformative era for IPPF, we are now seeking to appoint an ambitious Regional Director for the European Network (IPPF EN) to make our Come Together Strategy a reality, revolutionising IPPF and placing it in a stronger position. Part of the Global Leadership Team (DLT) and reporting to the Director-General, the Regional Director IPPF EN plays a key leadership role for the international secretariat whilst also driving strategy and management of the European Network. They will partner with, and support the European Network Member Associations, whilst maintaining a strong culture of team spirit, and driving collaboration across the region and the global federation. The Regional Director will be a highly visible advocate and thought-leader for SRHR across the region, to build bolder solidarity for change and raise the voices of those who are left behind.

The successful candidate will be a dynamic and senior international health, human rights or development professional and leader, with significant experience and interest in SRHR, and related fields. They will be able to demonstrate complex operational leadership, and oversight of strong and diverse teams. They will bring proven experience of building partnerships and donor relations and most importantly will bring extensive knowledge of the cultural, social, economic and political environment in the European and Central Asia region, understanding how SRHR is intrinsically interconnected with the push back on rule of law and democracy.  They will combine strong vision with the sensitivity to nuance, relationship building skills at a human level, and pragmatism needed to work in an increasingly polarised environment. The successful candidate will be fluent in English; Proficiency in French, Spanish, Russian or another widely spoken language in the region will be helpful. Crucially, the ideal candidate will be an intersectional, pro-feminist, passionate about sexual reproductive health care rights and justice, and be supportive of people’s rights regardless of sexuality or gender identity/expression. IPPF particularly welcomes applications from people who represent communities who face exclusion and/or difficulty accessing their sexual and reproductive rights.

IPPF European Network (IPPF EN) works with 40 national organisations throughout Europe and Central Asia, as well as the Regional Office in Brussels, Belgium.

This role will be based in Brussels, Belgium, and the salary is competitive and commensurate with the seniority of the appointment. 

To apply, please submit a CV and covering letter, detailing how you fulfil the role description and personal specification quoting reference 6586. The deadline for applications 9am BST on Monday 19th June 2023.

IPPF is an equal-opportunity employer. As a leading global human rights organization focused on equality, empowerment, ending discrimination, and poverty eradication, we internally reflect social justice principles. We, as IPPF, strongly oppose racism in all its forms and resolutely go for a cultural change that will shift the existing imbalances in power and process.

We are a multi-cultural, multi-lingual, intergenerational and diverse work environment.  Applications are particularly encouraged from women, people living with HIV, people living with disability and people with diverse SOGIESC. IPPF is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

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