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Programme Head Rivers and Lakes

The Programme Head River and Lakes develops and leads Wetlands International’s influence and impact on freshwater wetlands, with a focus on developing programme action in the Rivers and Lakes ‘stream’, as described in Wetlands International’s Strategic Intent. The Programme Head is responsible for developing cutting-edge programmes and partnerships, fundraising for priorities, and steering effective implementation. This includes representing the organisation in relevant fora, engaging policy networks and motivating Wetlands International staff in all regions to deliver results and upscale our impact.


We are looking for a visionary and facilitative leader, with professional insights and a relevant network, who has experience in programme/project development, management and fundraising. The Programme Head has the competencies needed to motivate and capacitate a network-wide team and partners to deliver innovative and tangible results relevant to the Rivers and Lakes stream.

About us

Wetlands International is the only global NGO dedicated to safeguarding and restoring wetlands. At the heart of our vision is a plan to demonstrate whole landscape recovery in large wetland landscapes including mangroves, peatlands and freshwater wetlands across the world. These are landscapes which are among the top global biodiversity treasures, but which are also sources of much of the world’s land-based climate emissions and where people are poorest and most vulnerable. To make a global difference we seek to inspire and mobilize society to act and to influence levers of change.

Rivers and Lakes

Wetlands International aims to safeguard and restore healthy and resilient freshwater ecosystems to help meet global goals for food, water, energy and climate. This demands large scale responses to wetland loss and degradation so that society and nature can build resilience to the challenges posed by a changing climate and increasing human pressure. Our work seeks to inspire new thinking and mobilize influential actors and impactful partnerships in order to upscale impact for wetland landscapes. We have a growing portfolio of initiatives around the world in East and West Africa, Latin America, Europe, the Mediterranean and South and South-East Asia.

Terms of Reference

  • See Terms of Reference (TOR) for the Programme Head provided separately.

Job Offer

  • Full-time job, 36 hours per week.
  • Salary: Gross Euro 4.400 – Max.6.100 based on a fulltime contract.
  • Contract duration: One year, with expectation of extension.
  • Location: Global Office in Ede- Wageningen, The Netherlands.
  • Start date: 1 May or as soon as possible thereafter.

How to apply

The recruitment process is taking care of by Daryl Upsall. To apply for the job, please send an application email with “PH Rivers and Lakes” as the subject to [email protected] attaching the two documents mentioned below in English:

  • An application letter (max 2 pages) stating your motivation for this position and your skills and experience for this post,
  • Your CV (max 4 pages)

Questions about the vacancy and/or procedure can also be sent to this email address.

The deadline for the application is 11 June 2023. Please note that interesting candidates can be approached before the closing date.

Programme Head Rivers And Lakes - Terms of Reference