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News Vacancy: Executive Director, International Water Association


Purpose of the Role

  • To work with the Board and senior management to develop and grow the organisation to deliver on the IWA’s global strategy
  • To ensure strong leadership of the IWA’s reputation and brand
  • To champion and lead on the key principles underpinning the work of the IWA and its relationships with participating partners, ensuring the collective interests of the IWA are both promoted and maintained
  • To lead and inspire staff, volunteers, members, supporters, partners and stakeholders to make their most effective contribution to the IWA’s vision and mission
  • To influence opinion formers, policy makers and legislators internationally, and providing the greatest possible opportunity for the IWA and its members
  • To manage all resources efficiently to maximise the opportunity for the IWA to succeed in its mission
  • To ensure that an effective performance management process is in place to demonstrate delivery of strategy, to review its relevance, and to identify performance issues as early as possible, ensuring consistency of quality and approach
  • To ensure that the IWA actively involves its members and takes their views and insights into account

Candidates for the role of Executive Director will ideally demonstrate all or most of the following:

Person Specification

  • A proven track record of setting and articulating a compelling vision and leading and managing complex and diverse operations through a period of significant change
  • Experience of working in an international organisation with a strong appreciation and sensitivity to differing cultural contexts
  • Confident and effective communication skills with a wide range of international audiences
  • Demonstrate experience of building and sustaining relationships with internal and external stakeholders including members, volunteers, and multiple other partners
  • The ability to empathise with, and communicate effectively/appropriately with internal and external stakeholders
  • An understanding of and commitment to the values of the IWA
  • A proven track record of effective strategic planning, instilling business acumen, risk management and financial rigour
  • Experience of leading, developing and motivating a highly effective team
  • Successfully leading, motivating and inspiring a, dedicated staff and membership, and an understanding and appreciation of the value members and volunteers bring to the IWA

The role is based in The Hague, The Netherlands and reports into the Non-Executive President.

The role also involves regular international travel.

 How to apply:

Applicants are requested to submit their CV in English along with a supporting letter by e-mail to

Deadline for the receipt of CVs and supporting letters has been extended to the 10th March 2017.

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News type Vacancies
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Source of information iwa-network
Geographical coverage Netherlands,
News date 28/02/2017
Working language(s) ENGLISH