Hivos International

Chief Operating Officer

Hivos Global Office seeks qualified candidates for the position of:
Vacancy Name: 
Chief Operating Officer
Number of hours: 
36 hours a week
Region: 
Europe/Worldwide
Office: 
Global Office, The Hague

We are currently seeking to appoint a progressive, creative and ambitious Chief Operating Officer (COO) to join our team of change-makers in The Hague, the Netherlands.

Job context

We are searching for a COO who can lead us through a period of vital transformation. With recent changes in the sector, we must make structural changes to the way we operate in order to achieve our mission. The next COO will be responsible for putting in place the necessary systems to support staff across regional networks to deliver high quality output and foster a culture of accountability where each can contribute towards the overall global mission.

Candidate profile and responsibilities

We are looking for an outstanding strategic leader who will play a pivotal role in determining and implementing overall organisational strategy, as well as lead the Finance, IT, Human Resources, Facilities and Quality departments, among others.  As a statutory Director on the two-person Executive Board, the COO will be a critical player in the Senior Management Team, responsible for business planning and balancing our need for impact with the need for organisational sustainability.

With sharp financial and operational instincts, s/he will positively challenge the status quo and help us evolve, ensuring that Hivos can respond to changes in policy and practice in a timely manner. As a trusted collaborator and partner to the CEO, the successful candidate will have the commercial nose, operational knowledge, and financial acumen to set out the right strategic direction for organisational change and long-term sustainability.

The successful candidate will have a demonstrable track record of driving change, organisational development, financial management, human resources, and IT across diverse geographies and sectors. S/he will also have experience in international organisations, particularly with regional and country level operations. Crucially, the successful candidate will have strong people management skills, the confidence to lead, inspire and motivate multi-disciplinary teams, and most importantly, a strong personal commitment to the vision and aims of Hivos.

What we offer

The salary structure of the Hivos EB is linked to the civil servant salary scales of the Netherlands, BBRA. For this position the salary scales BBRA 16 or 17 are applicable depending on expertise and experience of the selected candidate. Secondary benefits include pension, travel costs, phone and other communication facilities and a sabbatical of six weeks after five years in post.

About Hivos

We believe that human life in its many forms is valuable, and that people are filled with potential. Living a life in freedom and dignity, with respect for each other and the planet, leads to greater individual wellbeing and fair, vibrant societies.

Hivos was founded in 1968, inspired by humanist values. Our founders held the conviction that development work should not be linked to missionary work, and true cooperation presumes respect for differing beliefs. These convictions are still reflected in our work. With projects focused on addressing society and the environment at every level, this is a great opportunity to join a committed and hard-working team that values an open and green future.

Hivos is committed to ensuring diversity and gender equality within our organisation. We are committed to being a diverse and inclusive workplace which is why people from communities that experience discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, women, people with disabilities, and LGBTI+ people are especially encouraged to apply.