Member of the Supervisory Board

Simavi is looking for a supervisory board member


Our mission is a healthy life for all. We strive for a world in which women and girls are socially and economically empowered and pursue their rights to live a healthy life free from discrimination, coercion and violence.

Our approach

Simavi works with around 70 local partners and other civil society organizations to improve the health of vulnerable groups in 9 countries in Africa and Asia. We want to realize sustainable and structural (behavioural) change and we believe that this is only possible if we work together with local communities, the private sector, knowledge institutions and governments. We focus on 2 themes: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH).

Our organisation

Simavi is an ambitious, growing development organisation with its headquarters in Amsterdam and local representation in most countries where we work. The organisation is characterized by an agile, non-hierarchical structure, in which cooperation takes place in teams of various specialists. Simavi has an open, innovative and dynamic organisational culture. Our managing director Ariette Brouwer leads the organization of around 50 employees in Amsterdam and more than 100 partners in the countries were Simavi operates.

If you want to know more about our organisation, our approach, impact and people please visit our website

The Supervisory Board

The Supervisory Board performs integral supervision, acts as an employer and advises the management. The current Board consists of five members, including the chairman, with a diverse background. The composition is such that members jointly have the required knowledge, experience and networks to be able to assess the vision, mission, strategy and goals of the organization and business operations in general, and to be able to adequately perform its supervisory and advisory function. The Board usually meets four to five times a year. In addition, attendance may be desirable at internal and / or external meetings. The council evaluates itself every year to improve the desired effectiveness and team dynamics.

Member of the Supervisory Board and member of the Audit Committee – desired profile

The Supervisory Board is looking for a new member, preferable with a legal background and extensive administrative experience and knowledge, skills and passion for international development cooperation and in particular WASH and/or SRHR.

We are looking for an energetic team player, with a committed, expert and healthy critical attitude and a broad and relevant network. In addition, we are looking for a professional with the following characteristics:

  • Affinity with Simavi’s objective and the focus areas WASH and SRHR;
  • Affinity with health and health issues in Africa and Asia;
  • Experience and insight into professional organisations, more specifically in entrepreneurial business operations;
  • Civic engagement, with relevant networks for Simavi;
  • General administrative experience with knowledge of financial and legal themes and of institutional fundraising.

With regard to the last area of focus and in particular the legal themes, strengthening the knowledge and expertise within Simavi and the Supervisory Board of Simavi is desirable and a legal background has our preference. In addition, the vacancy also includes participation in the Audit Committee and affinity or even experience as a member of an Audit Committee is highly desirable.

Term and reimbursement

The appointment of members of the Supervisory Board is for a period of four years. Members can be reappointed once for a maximum of four years. Membership is unpaid.

How to apply?

You can upload your application, accompanied by a motivation letter and CV, until the 6th of November 2020 via this application link.

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