Executive Director

Women's Initiatives for Gender Justice

The Hague, Netherlands

The Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice is looking for an experienced and highly motivated senior executive to lead the organisation.

The organisation is a recognised international leader in the gender justice field and is renowned for its work with the International Criminal Court (ICC) with respect to the prosecution of sexual and gender-based crimes and the integration of gender issues within the institutional development of the ICC.

As a senior executive, we are looking for someone who possesses and models a commitment to the mandate of the organisation and has a highly developed analysis of gender equality and women’s human rights issues. Ideally, this position requires an individual with: extensive experience in leadership roles, working in the non-profit sector and running an international (national or regional) organisation; extensive experience in strategic global advocacy; a highly developed understanding of (international) criminal and humanitarian law and a sound knowledge of the (international) justice sector; substantive experience and understanding of community development, programming and network building; and a commitment to collaborating with local organisations and communities, including victims/survivors of sexual and gender-based violence and other international crimes.

The role of the Executive Director is to lead all aspects of WI, its staff, operations and mission. The position reports to the Board of Directors which is responsible for the strategic oversight of the organisation.

The Organisation

The Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice is an international women’s human rights organisation that advocates for gender justice within peace processes and through the investigation and prosecution of sexual and gender-based crimes by the International Criminal Court (ICC) and through domestic courts. We work with women and communities most affected by the Situations and armed conflicts under ICC investigation to promote and advance women’s human rights, strengthen grassroots organisations and networks, advocate for greater support for victims/survivors of SGBCs, and accountability for conflict-related gender-based crimes.

Established in 2004, WI has a legal monitoring programme and extensive grassroots country-based programmes working with local women’s rights, transitional justice and peace actors, justice stakeholders and victims/survivors of gender-based and other international crimes. We work with a number of survivor-led organisations and networks. Our current priority countries are Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Libya. We have offices in the Netherlands and Uganda.

Over the past fourteen years, the organisation has worked with women’s rights advocates and organisations as well as transitional justice and peace networks in Sudan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, the Central African Republic, Uganda, the DRC and Libya.



  • With the Board of Directors and appropriate internal/external partners, lead the strategic planning process to ensure the organisation can successfully advance its work and mission;
  • Provide vision and inspiration for the work of Women’s Initiatives, executing the strategic plan and increasing the impact and reach of Women’s Initiatives’ work;
  • Drive the development of annual and long-range programmes and operational plans;
  • Develop and oversee the implementation of the fundraising and resource mobilisation strategy;
  • Lead talent acquisition efforts and align the human resources to strategic programme priorities and strategic operations;
  • Ensure that the operations of the organisation comply with the Standard Operating Procedures and adhere to best practice including legal and fiscal requirements and standards;
  • Assess risks and inform the Board accordingly of the organisations security and growth;
  • Oversee all administrative, managerial and financial functions of the organisation.


  • With the Board identify new opportunities and advance current development programmes to ensure the success of fundraising;
  • Lead efforts to secure the financial resources necessary to support WI’s work and operations;
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with key donors and donor networks.

External Relations 

  • Assure that the Women’s Initiatives and its mission, programmes are consistently presented in a strong, positive image to the public, key stakeholders, partners;
  • Represent Women’s Initiatives and serve as the organisation’s primary spokesperson to the International Criminal Court, the organisation’s constituents, ICC States Parties, national actors including governments, women’s rights and justice stakeholders, the media and the general public;
  • Act as a public advocate for the organization and its programmes, partners and communities with whom we work;
  • Oversee all communication and external relations efforts;
  • Establish and maintain relationships with ICC staff and bodies, ICC states parties representatives, other international nonprofit organizations and partners and utilize those relationships to strategically enhance Women’s Initiatives’ mission;
  • Ensure effective communication with stakeholders to keep them informed of the work of the organization and to identify changes in the community served by the organisation. 

Human Resource Management 

  • Oversee personnel activities, with other staff and managers, including the recruitment of qualified and competent staff and ensure supervision, oversight, and performance evaluations;
  • Review and develop the organisational structure with the approval of the Board and within budget parameters to best serve the operational and programmes priorities of the organization;
  • Oversee and manage the performance of staff as well as external consultants and contractors to meet agreed upon deliverables, ensure professionalism and retain confidence in the credibility of the organization;
  • Oversee human resource policies and practices, ensure staff are effectively managed and supported and that staff roles are strongly aligned with the organization’s strategic goals and mission. 

Financial Management

  • Responsible for the fiscal management of the Women’s Initiatives, ensuring maximal resource utilisation and accountability;
  • Oversee financial and administrative functions to ensure immediate and long-term fiscal integrity of the organization;
  • Manage the resources within budget guidelines approved by the Board in accordance with applicable laws, regulations and policies;
  • Responsible for the development of the annual budget for approval by the Board, as well as budget planning and implementation;
  • Responsible for signing all notes, agreements, and other instruments made and entered into and on behalf of the organization.

Board Relations

  • Work with the Board of Directors to ensure that the organisation’s mission is clearly defined, articulated and advanced;
  • Report to, assist and advise the Board on the establishment of policies and procedures;
  • Identify, assess and inform the Board of internal and external issues that affect the organisation;
  • Inform, consult and advise the Board on all aspects of the organisation’s activities including during the twice yearly Board meetings;
  • With the Board, establish effective team work and communication with the goal of achieving the highest standards of governance and transparency;
  • Provide in a timely and accurate manner all information necessary for the Board to make informed decisions.

Education, knowledge, skills and abilities

  • A Bachelor’s or Masters degree in a relevant area such as, Law, Social Sciences, Human Rights, Development Studies, International Relations or other;
  • A body of work and proven track record of leadership and expertise;
  • 10 years or more of senior management experience with demonstrable knowledge of leadership and management principles and practices relevant to non-profit organisations;
  • 10 years or more experience working in the fields of gender, human rights and/or international criminal law and demonstrable knowledge of current challenges and opportunities relating to the mission of the organization;
  • At least ten years of experience working in an international context with multiparty stakeholders;
  • Solid experience working and engaging with a multi-lateral institution;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and successful track record in fundraising and donor relations unique to the nonprofit sector;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of human resource management;
  • Solid, hands-on, budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision making and reporting;
  • Demonstrated experience in communications and public relations;
  • Strong organisational abilities including planning, delegating, advocacy and programme development, and task facilitation;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills including strong writing skills;
  • The working language of the organization is English. Reflecting the countries we currently work in, French and Arabic would also be highly valuable languages;
  • Demonstrated expertise as an advocate ideally in gender, women’s human rights and international criminal law.

Personal characteristics

  • Gravitas: Demonstrate clear competence in articulating a vision that motivates internal and external stakeholders towards common goals;
  • Self-directed, results-driven leader who can work successfully in diverse environments;
  • Adaptability: Demonstrate a willingness to be flexible and versatile in a changing work environment while maintaining effectiveness and efficiency;
  • Behave Ethically: Understand ethical behavior and organizational practices, and ensure that own behaviour and the behaviour of others is consistent with these standards and aligns with the values of the organisation;
  • Build Relationships: Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of the organization;
  • Contextual Analysis: Anticipate, understand and respond to the needs of internal and external contexts, to achieve the goals of the organization;
  • Communicate Effectively: Speak, listen and write in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques;
  • Creativity/Innovation: Develop new and unique ways to improve operations of the organisation and to create new opportunities;
  • Foster Teamwork: Work cooperatively and effectively with the Board, partners and staff to set goals, resolve problems and make decisions that enhance organisational effectiveness;
  • Lead Positively: Inspire others to achieve results that are in the best interests of the organisation;
  • Make Decisions: Assess situations to determine the importance, urgency and risks and make clear decisions which are timely and in the best interests of the organization;
  • Organise: Set priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress towards goals, and track details, data, information and activities;
  • Plan: Determine strategies to move the organisation forward, set goals, create and implement actions plans, and evaluate the process and results;
  • Solve Problems: Assess problem situations to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations and/or resolve the problem;
  • Think Strategically: Assess options and actions based on trends and conditions in the environment, and the vision and values of the organisation.

Please submit, in English:

  • Your Curriculum Vitae;
  • A cover letter summarising your interest in and suitability for the position, addressing the responsibilities and your relevant experience;
  • The names and contact details of three referees.

Address as: Executive Director and send to:

Applications close 1 November 2017.

Please note, for those selected there will be two rounds of interviews with the Recruitment Panel.

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