The Head of Policy is responsible for developing and implementing GRI’s strategy for driving uptake and effective usage of the GRI Standards.


Head of Policy

Start Date: A.S.A.P.
Location   : Amsterdam, the Netherlands or Brussels, Belgium
Contract: Competitive salary, commensurate with experience and non-profit scale, expat package available if recruited from abroad

Position summary and job purpose

The Head of Policy is responsible for developing and implementing GRI’s strategy for driving uptake and effective usage of the GRI Standards by
1.  Intergovernmental Organizations, such as the UN agencies, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), G7/G20, etc,
2.  National governments.

(S)he will lead GRI’s engagement with Intergovernmental Organizations, such as the all agencies in the UN Ecosystem, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), G7/G20 etc. In addition (s)he will lead the engagement with national policy actors directly or in collaboration with heads of GRI’s Regional Hubs.

(S)He will set, in close cooperation with colleagues in the Government Affairs Leadership Team, measurable objectives, develop and execute the strategy including building and maintaining strategic partnerships instrumental to the programs. The post holder is also responsible to deliver programs defined under specific grants.

This post reports to the Chief External Affairs Officer and will join the External Affairs Leadership Team. (S)He leads the Policy Team in coordination with other GRI’s functions and regional offices. (S)He identifies, prioritizes and develops/maintains effective relations with influential actors on ESG topics in the policy area.

Job responsibilities
•  Develops and implements the GRI global strategy to:
o  Establish the GRI Standards as the global common standard for ESG disclosure in national and multi-national governmental policies.
o  Lead the harmonization of ESG disclosure policy requirements based on the GRI Standards.
o  Strengthen the role of GRI-based reporting in connection to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
•  Identifies and participates in high priority policy initiatives to drive globally consistent and harmonized ESG disclosure based on the GRI Standards.
•  Leads engagement with prioritized intergovernmental organizations and national policy actors directly and in collaboration with heads of GRI’s Regional Hubs.
•  Lead the development of a global national policy outreach strategy in cooperation with the Regional Hubs and support the Regional Hubs in the implementation of that strategy.
•  Represents GRI at selected public events.
•  Acts in an advisory capacity to the CE and the Executive Team about international policy and policy framework developments.
•  Identify and support pursuing funding opportunities in coordination with the Chief Development Officer.
•  Responsible for the management of the team including:
o  Definition of goals and KPIs in support of the overall GRI strategy.
o  Directs budget preparation and expenditures for his/her team within External Affairs
o  Collection and communication of key information on GRI adoption.
o  Identification, prioritization and maintenance of key relationships.
o  Financial planning, monitoring and reporting.

Key competencies / Requirements

•  International expertise in engaging on ESG issues with policy makers and other influencers.
•  Experience in policy and government relations in the field of sustainability and/or ESG disclosure.
•  Solid network and reputation in the topic area.
•  Excellent inter-personal, diplomatic and public relations skills.
•  Excellent communication skills in native-level English required (written & verbal).
•  Additional languages preferred.
•  Proven track record of success in people and project management.
•  Experienced in an international and multi-cultural setting.
•  Affinity with the mission and vision of GRI.
•  Ability to travel.

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Interested candidates, eligible to live and work in the Netherlands, are invited to submit their resume and letter of interest in English to The deadline to submit an application is 12.00 noon (CET), 6 December 2019. GRI appreciates all expressions of interest, however only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

GRI, Attn. Human Resources
Barbara Strozzilaan 336, 1083 HN, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
T: +31 (0)20 531 00 00

About GRI

GRI is an international independent organization that has pioneered corporate sustainability reporting since 1997. GRI helps businesses, governments and other organizations understand and communicate the impact of business on critical sustainability issues such as climate change, human rights, corruption and many others.

With thousands of reporters in over 90 countries, GRI provides the world’s most trusted and widely used standards on sustainability reporting, enabling organizations and their stakeholders to make better decisions based on information that matters. Currently, over 40 countries and regions reference GRI in their policies. GRI is built upon a unique multi-stakeholder principle, which ensures the participation and expertise of diverse stakeholders in the development of its standards. GRI’s mission is to empower decision-makers everywhere, through its standards and multi-stakeholder network, to take action towards a more sustainable economy and world.

Our Vision: A thriving global community that lifts humanity and enhances the resources on which all life depends.

Our Mission: To empower decisions that create social, environmental and economic benefits for everyone.