Chief Executive Officer

Ref: 7321

Wetlands International

Ede, the Netherlands

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Role coordinated by:

Jess Winfield

Research Associate

t: +31(0)20 24 04 375


Primary Practice Group: Social Impact and Environment

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

Closing Date: 12/08/2024

Formal Interview Date: late September – early October 2024

Inspiring and mobilising society to safeguard and restore wetlands for people and nature.

Wetlands International is uniquely positioned as the only global science-based, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the conservation and restoration of wetlands. We are deeply concerned about the loss and deterioration of inland as well as coastal wetlands across the globe, and we are dedicated to conserving and reversing the loss of these ecosystems for their role in sustaining biodiversity and human well-being. Through our network of 20 offices and together with our partners and experts, we work to safeguard and restore wetlands. By working together and stepping up actions across whole landscapes, we can boost the resilience society needs to deal with climate emergency and provide the basis for sustainable development.

We are currently seeking an inspiring and bold leader to join Wetlands International as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Reporting to the Supervisory Council of the Foundation and Board of Association, this ambitious role is one of significant breadth and influence, combining effective operational coordination, vision, leadership, and overall strategic responsibility for the network organisation. The CEO builds a collective drive with the management team to implement and further develop its long-term strategy in which vision, mission and impact are outlined. The CEO serves as an ambassador and spokesperson for Wetlands International on major international fora, promoting the mission and objectives of Wetlands International to ensure wetlands are strongly positioned in the global dialogue and solutions on biodiversity, climate, and water. The CEO will also lead in forging collaboration with external donors, partners and funders to realise its ambitions.

The CEO will be a determined and inspirational individual with strong credibility in global sustainability, in particular the interface between nature, water, land, climate and human well-being, to build on the successes of Wetlands International to date and to lead the organisational change needed for Wetlands International to achieve its ambitious objectives. These are vital because problems in wetlands are big and urgent. The CEO will bring a track record of strategic leadership and operational management experience gained in complex multi-stakeholder organisations, ideally across dispersed global networks, with a demonstrable commitment to Wetlands International’s approach. The CEO will have significant interpersonal, relationship building skills, and cultural sensitivity to build and maintain strong partnerships and to engage stakeholders across Wetlands International to facilitate the work of a diverse network. The CEO will bring external representation skills to be a compelling ambassador of Wetlands International and a track record of creating new and increasing existing revenue streams, as well as the ability to engage and operate effectively at the highest policy and political levels. Most importantly, the CEO will bring a deep passion and commitment to Wetlands International’s vision and mission and be a champion for Wetlands International’s core values.

Appointment Process and How to Apply

An executive search exercise is being undertaken by Perrett Laver to assist the CEO Selection Committee in identifying the widest possible field of qualified candidates and assisting in the assessment of candidates against the requirements for the role.

Informal enquiries and questions can be directed to Jess Winfield at

Applications can be uploaded at, quoting reference number 7321. The closing date for applications is Monday, 12th August 2024.

Applications should consist of a cover letter addressing suitability against the person specification and a full curriculum vitae.

Applications will be considered by the Selection Committee in mid-August. Perrett Laver will conduct preliminary discussions with longlisted candidates in late August – early September, and the Committee will then meet in mid-September to decide on a shortlist of candidates. These individuals will subsequently be invited for formal interviews in late September – early October. Selection of and negotiations with the preferred candidate will take place thereafter.

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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