The post holder is responsible for the implementation of all ongoing donor funded programs.


Head of Sustainability Programs Management

Start Date: ASAP, 40 hrs p/w. (€ 65,000.- / € 75,000.- gross p/y on full time basis)
Location: Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Contract: 1 year initially – extension by mutual consent

Position summary and job purpose
The Head of Sustainability Programs functions, under management direction, as the head of an organizational unit; participates in the development and implementation of the goals and objectives of the unit; formulates policies and goals and directs the effective and efficient operation of a major section/unit within the department.

The post holder is responsible for the implementation of all ongoing donor funded programs. The post holder will act as the central point of contact for GRI program staff in the target countries and at the Secretariat in Amsterdam.

Furthermore, the post holder is responsible for planning,  directing, supervising and monitoring the work of a group of individuals (i.e. direct reports), both located in the field and at the Secretariat in Amsterdam. The post holder has the authority to take corrective action and change the work assignments of team members when necessary in order to ensure the effective management and administration of the department.

Job responsibilities
•  Acts in an advisory capacity to the manager who is senior by one level concerning proposed new strategies, policies, or procedures for GRI, including those lead by or affecting the major section/unit’s operation
• Directs operating and program activities of a major section/unit within the department whilst being responsible for the development, planning, implementation and evaluation of the unit’s goals, policies, rules, operational procedures and results achieved as well as the development and implementation of new programs
• Responsible for recruitment, selection and supervision and management of relevant staff at the Secretariat and in the field
• As assigned, directs budget preparation and expenditures of a major section/unit within the department; recommends future funding requirements as a result of new or modified program developments; independently evaluates the financial position of the major section/unit within the department
• Participates in the development of policies and procedures required for the improvement or modification of existing major section/unit programs and the implementation of new programs
• Establishes cooperative (external) relationships and acts as a liaison to determine and prioritize needs and services
• Responsible for the day-to-day management and implementation (on time, on scope and on budget) of all donor funded programs including managing the (remote) program teams
• Together with the staff in the target countries develops, monitors and implements the annual work plans and reports on progress to the Chief Regional Implementation Officer
• Analyzes data obtained through the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning system to steer the program and report on the program’s lessons learned, outcomes and impact
• Accountable for the program budget and financial reporting to the donor together with the finance team
• In collaboration with the Chief Regional Implementation Officer, acts as a contact person with the donors and is responsible for timely reporting to the donors on program progress as required.  Further improves on GRI’s program management mechanisms
• Supports the technical staff of the program in implementing the program
• Represents GRI in meetings with donors, partners and other relevant stakeholders
• Other duties as requested

Key competencies / Requirements
• Master degree in a relevant field
• At least 8 years’ experience in managing complex global programs
• Proven previous experience in line management including managing remote teams
• Skilled in coaching teams with diverse cultural backgrounds
• Sound knowledge of project management and in particular Project Cycle Management (PCM) or Results Based Management (RBM)
• Proven experience in monitoring, evaluation and learning including data collection and analysis
• Proven financial management skills
• Knowledge of SMEs in an emerging market context and global value chains is required
• Knowledge of sustainability management and/sustainability reporting are a plus but not essential
• Having lived and/or work experience in one or more of the target countries
• Ability to work under pressure, to focus and prioritize and meet deadlines
• Experienced in working with donors (government and private sector)
• Excellent writing skills, near native English language skills required (written and verbal). Other languages would be an advantage.
• Prepared to travel frequently
• Able to work in an international and multi-cultural setting
• Affinity with the mission and vision of GRI would be an advantage

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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), Friday, 02 August 2019.  GRI appreciates all expressions of interest, however only short-listed applicants will be contacted. GRI, Attn. Human Resources Visitors’ address: 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.