We are looking for a Director WECF Netherlands (f/m/x)

*Extended Deadline – Sunday the 9th of January 12:00PM Midnight CET*

Women Engage for a Common Future (WECF) International is looking for an inspiring director for its office in the Netherlands.  Our ideal candidate knows that gender justice and climate justice go hand in hand, and is eager to translate this understanding into strategies for actions and advocacy. The new director has the experience to guide a professional team, to increase visibility and to create new partnerships. We are looking for a changemaker who can bring our mission to shape a just and sustainable world – our “Common Future”- a step closer.

About the organisation

WECF International is a non-profit network dedicated to a gender just and healthy planet for all. Our international network consists of over 150 women’s and civil society organisations in 50 countries. We believe that a sustainable future and environment needs feminist solutions reflecting the lives of people on the ground. That is why we work on transformative gender equality and women’s human rights in connection with sustainable development and climate justice.

WECF International exists for over 25 years and is located in Utrecht, the Netherlands.  Our organizational culture is characterized by flexibility, autonomy and flat hierarchies, offering freedom to the staff to plan their own work.  Around seven permanent staff members, three or more interns and several external consultants work for WECF in the Netherlands. On top of that there is close cooperation with WECF colleagues based in WECF offices in Germany, France and Georgia, who all contribute to international programs with network partners.

The director WECF Netherlands works independently, taking decisions and developing strategies and partnerships. The director WECF Netherlands also coordinates closely with the other offices of WECF. The director WECF Netherlands forms together with the international director the Board of Directors (BoD) of the legal entity WECF International. The international director works from a distance. The directors are supervised by the Board of Trustees (BoT), reporting four times a year. The role of the BoT is to approve strategies and annual accounts prepared by the director and to give solicited and unsolicited advice. Our network partners also have their say in our governance through our International Advisory Board. Our organigram can be found here.

Our current Multi-Annual Strategy (2021-2025) can be found here. WECF is a project-financed organisation with programmes supported by the Nationale Postcode Loterij, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Commission, several UN bodies and other funds and donors. The Financial Report of 2020 can be found here, and the Activity Report of 2020 can be found here.

Tasks and responsibilities of Director WECF Netherlands

Strategy and strategic partnerships

  • Develop the strategy, vision and annual plans of WECF and guide the implementation of the international programmes taking into account the context and priorities of network partner organisations around the world
  • External representation and positioning aimed at forming strategic alliances, expanding the network, influencing policies, increasing visibility and fundraising, with a focus on the Netherlands
  • Identifying new opportunities and developments and translating these into concrete actions in the organisation
  • Represent the organisation in leading governance bodies of the main alliances and networks that the organisation is part of
  • Setting up new partnerships and cooperation with like-minded and complementary organisations, with a focus on the Netherlands.

Leadership and management

  • Be an inspiring leader that will further strengthen efficiency, quality and internal cooperation in the organisation, including promoting synergies with the sister offices
  • Guide the staff in the Dutch office and lead on recruitment of new staff, promoting the core values of our HR-policy: empowerment, equality, integrity and diversity
  • Prepare meetings with the other directors (once a month), the Board of Trustees (four times a year) and the International Advisory Board (two times a year), and ensure regular communication with the BoT (joint responsibility with international director)
  • Financial and risk management, including participating in audits, in close cooperation with the financial team
  • Ensuring continuity and financial stability of the organisation by active and innovative fundraising
  • Support the communications team with further increasing visibility of the organisation and engagement with the public
  • Close cooperation and coordination with the international director.


The ideal candidate will demonstrate a majority of the following skills, competencies and experiences:

  • Proven experience in a leadership role in an organisation working in the field of gender equality, sustainable development, climate justice, environmental action, social change, international cooperation or any other related relevant field
  • Strong commitment to feminist principles, international solidarity and climate justice and capacity to further develop and promote the vision, mission and values of WECF
  • Ability to analyse the (political) context, come up with new ideas and strategies and deal with uncertainties and complexities
  • Knowledge of and experience with capacity strengthening, policy advocacy and campaigning in an international civil society context
  • Experience with overviewing budgets and organizational policies that contribute to sound and effective operation of the organisation
  • Strong networking and communication skills. Ability to be the spokesperson of the organisation in conversations with partner organisations, high-level government officials, donors and other stakeholders
  • Creative mindset and ability to initiate new partnerships and new projects
  • Proven track record of resource mobilisation and experience of diversifying funding.
  • Experience with working with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and/or the European Commission would be an asset
  • Ability to inspire, guide and empower the staff and to implement and update the human resources policy
  • Ready to support project implementation and taking on hands-on tasks when needed
  • Completed academic education
  • Excellent English language skills, both spoken and written. Knowledge of Dutch and French would be an asset. Basic skills of management communication and planning software is useful
  • We would like to be a reflection of society and are looking for people with a diversity of backgrounds and experiences to be able to form a powerful team together.

Our offer

WECF offers a leadership role in an inspiring international feminist network. The director will be part of an enthusiastic and highly professional team, based in the centre of Utrecht, close to central station, with flexibility to partly work remotely. The gross salary based on a fulltime contract is €4.250 a month. WECF offers a temporary contract for 32 hours a week, with the intention to offer a permanent contract. WECF has a collective pension scheme whereby the employer contributes 50% of the costs. Travel costs (2nd class) are reimbursed.

Application process

Please send your motivation letter and CV by email to rebecca.heuvelmans@wecf.org, mentioning “Application Director WECF” in the subject. The deadline for applications is Sunday the 9th of January 12:00PM midnight CET. Interviews will take place between the 17th and 21th of January 2022, preferably face-to-face in Utrecht (in a corona proof setting). Starting date: as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Heuvelmans by email or by phone +31 6 20810374.

photo: Annabelle Avril/WECF