Chair Supervisory Council voor Hivos

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Hivos is an international non-governmental organization with Dutch roots that is based in the Hague. Hivos aims to contribute to a free, fair and sustainable world, where human rights are respected and thus citizens – both women and men – have equal rights and opportunities and can participate equally in public life and the decision-making processes that impact on their lives. With innovative and creative initiatives in the right places, they fight discrimination, inequality, abuse of power and environmental overload. One of the focus areas of their work is strengthening the rights and the social position of women and LGTBI people. Hivos works with likeminded citizens and their organizations, often in partnerships with front running knowledge institutes and private sector companies. With them, they share a dream in which societies are just and inclusive and economies are sustainable. Hivos is currently working in more than 30 countries worldwide. 


Hivos has a contemporary governance model with a two-person Board of Directors and a Supervisory Council that has a minimum of five and a maximum of nine members, including the chair. Due to the statutory retirement of the chair in mid-2020, the vacancy of chair arises.

The Supervisory Council supervises the Board of Directors and has the decision-making power with regard to Hivos general policies and important issues. In addition, the Supervisory Council supports the Board with advice and suggestions. The Supervisory Council members carry these responsibilities both individually and jointly.
The members of the Supervisory Council are appointed for a term of four years. Members who complete their term can be reappointed for a maximum of one additional term, for a total period not exceeding eight years.

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The chair of the Hivos Supervisory Council should meet the following criteria:
• A reasonably well-known public figure, with international expertise and experienced in supervisory and governance positions, who has the skills and authority required for external representation, and can strengthen the Hivos image;
• Acknowledging the values that are important to humanism and being aware that the Supervisory Council chair and members serve as a role model for this value driven organization;
• Adequate political insight in order to assess and represent the interests of Hivos and development cooperation in general in the socio-political environment. Politically savvy, yet not a sharp or outspoken political profile;
• Familiar with the Dutch governance model and prepared to act as a sounding board for the Board on political and strategic matters;
• Living in the Netherlands for availability for a lot of contacts during the year.

Hivos is an organisation that is committed to reflecting the world’s diversity in its organisation. Therefore, new Supervisory Council members will also be selected with an eye on diversity. Given the current composition of the Supervisory Council: in case of candidates with equal qualifications, preference will be given to a woman.


Candidates are invited to express their interest by sending their motivation and a current CV to Boer & Croon, to the attention of Mr. S.Y. Leistra, before Tuesday the 2nd of June 2020. Additional information can be obtained from Seerp Leistra (via 020-3014307, in the Netherlands).

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