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Project Controller ad interim

Job announcement

Overall purpose of the assignment

The assignment is for one year to support the Business Controller who will be leading  the implementation of new financial software over the course of 2019 as well as taking over responsibilities from the departing Chief Operations Officer.
At the end of the assignment the Project Controller a.i. will hand over tasks to the Business Controller and Finance Project Officers.
The jobholder is responsible for organising, maintaining and monitoring the project administration and  will function as project controller for larger projects. The Project Controller will be functionally guiding the Financial Project Officers (2 persons). Furthermore the Project Controller assists  in the preparation of the Annual Accounts and the trimester financial management reports.

Main duties
For the Business controller

  • Responsible for the project administration and guiding  the Financial Project Officers to resolve issues in their projects
  • Participate in larger projects as project controller and advise the Financial Project Officers on project control issues;
  • Advice and support Project Managers on financial aspects and consequences of proposals;
  • Act as senior focal point with regard to the project administration within the finance department and the network;
  • Act as the initial finance contact point for project managers during the planning, operational and reporting phases;
  • Assist in Preparing the  4MM, 8MM, 12MM financial and management reporting package
  • Support the BC in the head office budget process;
  • Assist in the Preparation of the draft Foundation and Association annual accounts and the supporting data for the annual audit for the project administration;
  • Point of contact for accountant for projects during interim and annual accounts audit and prepare project related audit files according to requirements and on due dates for part of the project portfolio;
  • Participate in contacts and meetings with partners and subcontractors.

As Finance Project Officer for a part of the portfolio:

  • Point of contact for consultants and subcontractors during operational and reporting phase; Reports from consultants and subcontractors are checked. Feedback is given directly or via PM’s. Monitor instalments;
  • Responsible for timely and accurate project reporting to donors and accountant (when project audit is needed), according to requirements.
  • Monitor project cash flow;

The successful candidate will have a BA+ financial qualification and several years of project control management preferably in an international organisation, creative and strong problem-solving skills and an ability to explain financial issues to non-financial project management.

The candidate preferably has an interest in international conservation and sustainable development.

Essential experience and skills

  • Recognised professional BA+ accounting qualification
  • Experience of Dutch financial and statutory reporting requirements (RJ 650)
  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral) with fluent English
  • Experience of project accounting on major, multi-site projects
  • Hands on working experience with EXACT or similar financial accounting systems, and other management information systems relevant to the sector

 Preferred experience, networks and skills

  • Additional language skills – particularly Dutch
  • Experience of working in an international multi-cultural community with multi-site organisations
  • Experience of accounting in developing countries
  • Active interest in current environment and development matters

Job Offer

  • Full-time job, 36 hours per week, working 5 days a week.
  • Salary scale Gross FT 3.500 – 4.200
  • Contract duration: 1-year contract.
  • Location: Head Office in Ede- Wageningen, The Netherlands.
  • Start date: a.s.a.p.

How to apply
To apply for the post, please send an application email with Interim Project Controlleras the subject to [email protected] with the below two documents in English:

  • a letter of application (no more than 2 pages) stating your motivation for this position and your demonstrated skills and experience for this post,
  • your resume /CV (no more than 3 pages, without photos).


Programme Head, Climate-smart Land Use

Job announcement

Land-use change and especially intensive agro-development is a key driver of wetland loss and degradation. Drainage of peatlands has a particularly disastrous impact in terms of GHG emissions, biodiversity loss, land degradation and desertification, subsidence and loss of water storage and productive land.  However, there is growing recognition that an ecosystem approach i.e. re-establishing agro-ecosystems at landscape scale is necessary to meet future food needs, address climate challenges, and contribute to biodiversity conservation and water security. Wetlands International has a well-established and long-term leadership role on mobilising peatland knowledge, conservation and restoration (including major restoration programmes in Russia and Indonesia), extensive partnerships and a portfolio of projects – from the tropics to the Arctic. Connecting the work of different offices around the globe for maximum impact, the organisation has been working with producers and influencing policies and production methods to achieve responsible and sustainable use of wetlands e.g. for peat, palm oil, rice, soy livestock and aquaculture. and. Built upon such experiences and unique niches, Peatland Treasures is included as one of the five Streams in Wetlands International’s Strategic Intent 2015-2025, with an ambition to work closely with government, conventions, industry groups  and civil society to reshape and scale up policies, plans and investments in climate-smart land use to transform whole peatland landscapes. This work offers cost-effective opportunities to contribute to Agenda 2030, including to specific targets set in the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement.

We are seeking a Programme Head for Climate-smart Land Use to build on the platform and credibility we have established in this field – and to drive this work forward globally, both in terms of influence of sectoral actors and the establishment and scaling up of programmes. This will be achieved by joining a small team of Programme Heads in the Head Office of Wetlands International, who together guide and facilitate programme development and implementation on behalf of the whole network organisation. The leadership role will involve working with many offices in Wetlands International’s network and with a wide range of partners from all relevant sectors.

Overall job purpose

The Programme Head is responsible to develop and guide Wetlands International’s policy influence and programmes in relation to climate-smart land use, including a strong focus on peatlands, according to Wetlands International’s goals. This work involves influencing science, policy, practice, and investments in both the public and private sectors. To achieve this the Programme Head will act as part of a global leadership team in head office and coordinate with a wide array of actors and policy networks as well as with Wetlands International offices in all regions for resource mobilisation, programme development and implementation. The role includes management of a small team of technical staff in the head office.

The Programme Head is a visionary and facilitative leader with the professional insights, active networks, programme/project management experience and management competencies to lead a network-wide team and related partners to deliver concrete, innovative and tangible results related to wetlands and climate-smart land use . S/he proactively recognises opportunities and acts upon them. S/he is a team-builder, facilitator, coach, mediator and diplomat.

Responsibilities and tasks

  • Provide leadership for Wetlands International’s work to promote climate-smart land use in relation to all programmes, including leading the inter-office team and coordinating implementation of the Peatland Treasures Stream of our Strategic Intent 2015-2025
  • As a senior member of the programme leadership with a global role, develop strategic initiatives, partnerships and programmes and mobilise (financial, technical and human) resources to contribute to achieve organisational goals
  • Contribute to the development of organisational strategies, positions and policies, reviewing programmatic achievements, as well as prioritisation of strategic initiatives and partnerships to deliver the Strategic Intent
  • Supervise and manage staff, consultants, projects, contracts and budgets according to Wetlands International policies and standards
  • Evaluate and report on implementation progress towards our Strategic goals for the Peatland Treasures Stream and contribute to institutional reporting and learning processes in the organisation
  • Nurture and maintain specialist expert networks relevant to peatlands and climate smart land use
  • Represent and promote Wetlands International with external partners, donors, members and networks on various levels and in a multitude of international settings
  • Carry out other tasks according to the organisational needs as agreed with the Head of Programmes in individual work-plans.

Skills and experience


  • At least 5 years of professional experience of policy and practical aspects of wetlands ecosystems and climate-smart land use
  • At least 5 years of experience on programme/project development and implementation with a track record of successful results, working with dispersed teams and diverse partners
  • Proven ability to inspire, empower and motivate colleagues in and outside of Wetlands International, so as to build a high performance team
  • Knowledge of key issues, debates, trends and key global processes related to climate-smart land use and sustainable agriculture
  • Diplomat, good listener with strong interpersonal skills and comfortable working across different cultures and levels of society; confident communicator and advocate for different target audiences at all levels
  • Strong willingness and ability to learn, share and innovate; Proven ability to mobilise ideas through developing and coordinating teams
  • Education: minimum of a master’s degree in a relevant discipline
  • Language: excellent communications skills in English, essential: written, oral and presentation.
  • Commitment to Wetlands International’s mission, values and ways of working
  • Willingness and ability to travel regularly


  • Has an elaborate international network with relevant (international) NGOs, academics, knowledge institutes, governments, and other regional & global institutions
  • Knowledge of other languages (especially French, Spanish, Dutch), a plus

Job offer:

  • Full-time job, 36 hours per week.
  • Salary scale 13-14 of Wetlands International (Euro 3.943 – Max. 5.476).
  • Relocation package or 30% tax deduction can be considered when eligible.
  • Contract duration: 1-year contract with intention of extension.
  • Location: Head Office in Ede-Wageningen, The Netherlands.
  • Start date: a.s.a.p.


  • All correspondence, at this stage, should be via Oxford HR;wetlands[email protected] To apply for this post, please complete our online application form and submit the following information – preferably in MS Word:
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae (of no more than 3-4 sides of A4)
  • A  detailed statement (of no more than 2-sides of A4) explaining why you are interested in this post and how your skills and experience make you suitable. (Please look at “Advice for Candidates” on the Oxford HR website for hints on how to write a successful statement).
  • The Oxford HR Online Form, which provides us with the key information we will need to take your application through to interview. Please note: also enclosed with this form is Oxford HR’s Equal Opportunities Form. You are under no obligation to complete this. Any information you do provide will only be used in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998, and will remain confidential. It will not be used as part of the selection process.

Director of Operations and Network Development

The Role

The Director of Operations and Network Development is responsible to guide the institutional development and operations of the organisation, to achieve their desired impact around the world. This will be achieved by optimising delivery of “global network services” and by adapting the business model by agreement with the Directors of Wetlands International offices. The postholder will oversee and support network development; enabling improved collaboration throughout the network, improving programme set-up and implementation to increase efficiency and effectiveness.

Person Specification

The successful candidate will have experience in NGOs at local, national and international levels; from hands-on in the field positions to roles where strategic oversight and decision making is of crucial importance. S/he will have affinity with the purpose and approach of the organisation and can demonstrate that enhancing operational and organisational processes has yielded meaningful results under his/her leadership.


  • experience in business planning leading to institutional development outcomes
  • demonstrated management capability (with experience in field and management roles)
  • experience in managing complex, multi-partner, multi-region projects and programmes
  • working experience at a senior level in a multi-office international organisation
  • proficient and comfortable to work in multi layered, multi cultural and dispersed teams
  • excellent inter-personal skills and fluency in English; written and oral
  • experience of working with technical persons and people of a variety of cultures
  • available for travel overseas
  • an affinity with the purpose and approach of Wetlands International


Interested in this role? Apply here.

Interviews are scheduled for 8 and 9 October.


Head of Resources

The Role

The Head of Resources is accountable for the effective management of human and financial resources as well as systems and processes in the Global Support Office. Their focus is on enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of the office in the context of the global network organization.

Person Specification

The successful candidate will have business management experience in an international not for profit organisation, working from a Netherlands base, with a preference for working in a multi-cultural office environment. S/he will be a facilitative leader and innovative thinker and problem solver, who embraces complexity and diversity, using a coaching approach with teams, while acting decisively.


  • demonstrated people management skills and ample experience working at a senior level in an international not for profit organization
  • experience with overseeing the implementation of finance and/or Management Information Systems, financial reporting and other key office administration systems and procedures
  • working experience in personnel management policies and practices
  • excellent inter-personal skills and fluency in English and Dutch; written and oral
  • an affinity with the purpose and approach of Wetlands International


Interested in this role? Apply here.

Communications and Advocacy Officer

Purpose of the job

The Communications and Advocacy officer will develop, organise and execute a wide range of activities to influence policy according to the scope of our programmes, and specific results-oriented projects. S/he will build policy capacity of our offices and advice on project implementation. S/he will carry out policy analysis and the writing of position statements of our organisation.

Together with leading technical staff, s/he will play an active role in networking, lobbying and representing the organisation in a wide range of policy issues at events, conventions and media opportunities. S/he will be able to integrate communication tools and channels in her/his work.

Main responsibilities

  • Facilitate and guide our institutional advocacy strategy;
  • Facilitate the development of joint advocacy strategies with partners associated networks, partners and other offices of our organisation;
  • Develop strategic partnerships with key actors to achieve our policy goals;
  • Act as a spokesperson liaison to media, governments, and other actors;
  • Take the lead in organising media outreach; arranges all media contacts, press briefings, and interviews; provides talking points and other materials as needed for senior staff; responds to media inquiries quickly and effectively.
  • Coordinate production of a diverse range of information products including audio/visual communications, when needed to achieve specific policy goals;
  • Support and advise the other offices to carry out lobby and advocacy properly;
  • Ensure timely development of position papers, policy briefings, presentations and other advocacy materials and communication media;
  • Identify key opportunities in the short and long-term in which we can influence policy processes;
  • Advice technical staff and the management for meaningful engagement with key actors and institutions;
  • Support opportunities for fundraising regarding policy interventions;
  • Support and coordinate the relevant regional policy processes and activities of regional offices especially with regards to global/international policy processes and fora related to wetlands and other societal issues.

 Profile of the candidate

The Communications and Advocacy officer has experience in formulating and implementing organisational policy strategies. S/he has demonstrated a commitment to the cause either through previous jobs experiences or any other activities related to our mission. S/he has a solid track record in representing organisations before different for a. S/he is proactive, creative, outspoken, optimistic with interest in wetlands and sustainable development and a passion for making a difference, with a preference for achieving outcomes in collaboration with others. S/he has a results-oriented approach and proposes ways to innovate and continuously improve our communications products, practices, channels and messaging.

Essential skills and experience


  • Master level qualification in relevant field (e.g. communications, humanities, environment);
  • At least 5 years working experience in policy analysis, lobby and advocacy in an international context, working with national, regional and global dimensions;
  • Demonstrable experience and achievements working in and advocating towards multi-stakeholder platforms and processes;
  • Track record in policy analysis, writing and editing articles, website content, reports and press releases;
  • Experience working in an international environment;
  • Ability to quickly understand and absorb new topics, issues and disciplines and distil relevant advocacy strategies from them;
  • Good understanding of political affairs and international institutions dynamics in Africa and the Netherlands;
  • Good understanding of the policy process in international fora, i.e. Convention on Biological Diversity, Ramsar, UNFCCC, and others;
  • Experience in stakeholder mapping and strategizing according to policy objectives of different projects;
  • Ability to deliver oral presentations to various audiences;
  • Excellent communication and project management skills; team player and facilitator;
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English and able to operate in one or more additional European languages (e.g. French, Spanish);
  • Prepared to travel frequently internationally.


Working proficiency in Dutch advantageous

Job offer:

  • Reporting to: Head of Communications and Advocacy
  • Part-time: 32 hours per week (Fulltime is 36 hours)
  • Salary scale: Euro 2.800 – 3.600 Gross based on a fulltime contract
  • Contract duration: 1-year contract with the intention of extension
  • Location: Head Office in Ede, The Netherlands
  • Start date: a.s.a.p.

How to apply

To apply for the post, please send a letter of application stating your motivation and the skills that you would bring to this specific post along with your resume /CV by email to [email protected] Documents must be in English, stated “C&A Officer” in the email subject line.

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