Chief Executive

Ref: 7441

International Confederation of Midwives

The Hague, 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 competitive and commensurate with the seniority of the appointment.

Closing Date: 19/08/2024

The Global Voice of Midwives

Empowering midwives globally, International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) has been the global voice of midwives and midwives’ associations for more than 100 years. The midwifery model of care is based on respect, dignity, compassion, and the promotion of human rights for women and their families. This includes the right to access quality care from autonomous midwives. Midwives have a broad role in providing universal maternal and newborn health care according to the ICM International Definition and Scope of Practice of a Midwife.

ICM is an accredited non-governmental organisation registered in The Netherlands. We have a large geographic scope and networks in sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health and rights. We currently represent over 136 midwives’ associations (MAs) in 117 countries – more than one million midwives globally. We are a trusted partner for midwifery technical expertise, capacity building, knowledge sharing, promoting human rights and sustainability.

We are now seeking our next Chief Executive (CE) who will lead our diverse, complex and internationally distributed organisation, supporting our member associations and ensuring the Head Office team collaborates and works effectively to achieve our strategic goals. Accountable to the Board of ICM, the CE will lead, inspire and direct diverse executive functions in the Head Office, including the regional approach, leading the organisation, advancing the global reputation of the midwifery profession, and representing it at the highest levels. This role presents an unrivalled opportunity to use one’s skills as a change agent, an inspirational and strategic leader, an influential and articulate representative, and as a committed and passionate advocate for sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, and adolescent health rights and for midwifery.

The next CE will require a diverse range of skills and experience. Above all, they must demonstrate a deep commitment to ICM’s mission, vision and values. The successful candidate will bring exceptional strategic leadership capability and the ability to effect change and foster collaboration across the organisation and amongst wider partners. The successful candidate will demonstrate a highly developed capacity and operational experience to build collaboration and manage all aspects of a diverse organisation. They will have clear experience of driving innovation, achieving positive organisational development, and will be able to raise funds from a range of actors including institutional donors. They will bring significant experience in midwifery practice and all aspects of professionalism including midwife-led continuity of care, primary, secondary and tertiary maternity care settings, and within an MA. In addition, they will possess the interpersonal, advocacy, networking and communication skills to represent and promote ICM at the local, national and global levels with credibility and confidence. Regular overseas travel is part of the job.

To apply or to download further information on the required qualifications, skills and experience for this exciting role, please visit: quoting reference 7441. The deadline for applications is 9am CEST Monday 19th August.

The role will be based in The Hague in the Netherlands. The salary is competitive and commensurate with the seniority of the appointment.

ICM is an equal opportunity employer, and as the global voice of midwives it is important that our staff represent the breadth of our membership. We encourage people with diverse backgrounds to apply. Qualified applicants will be assessed without regard to ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.​