Supervisory Board Members

Currently we are looking for two new Supervisory Board Members with strong skills, experience (over 10 years) and knowledge in the fields either fundraising and marketing or organisational development/finance.

The Supervisory Board

The Supervisory Board (Raad van Toezicht) of VSO Netherlands has a supervisory role on policy and performance of the organisation and can give advice on all subjects. The Supervisory Board consists of a Chair and 4 members. They meet at least 4 times a year and at least once a year they meet with the Works Council.

VSO Netherlands is seeking to appoint 2 capable individuals to join the current Supervisory Board, adding value to the organization in terms of expertise, network and profile. Join us as a Supervisory Board Member and help us work towards our vision of a world without poverty.

To complement the current composition of the Supervisory Board the 2 new Supervisory Board Members should have strong skills, experience (over 10 years) and knowledge in at least one of the areas below:

  • Fundraising and Marketing; Public fundraising and increasing our brand profile is a continuous goal for VSO Netherlands. VSO seeks to engage a board member with expertise in this field who can supervise this part of the work in particular and add to its future development.
  • Organisational Development – Finance; VSO is going through a process of change and in all its operations, seeks to maintain a high level of financial management and control. We seek to engage a board member with specific expertise in organisational development and especially financial management who can add to the work on financial management and interaction with the director and accountant.

Responsibilities of the board

  • Provide mentorship and guidance to VSO Netherlands and specifically its director on the development of strategies
  • Support networking and fundraising at a strategic and practical level
  • Contribute actively to the Supervisory Board Member role in giving strategic direction, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets
  • Ensure that VSO complies with its memorandum and articles of association, charity law, company law and other relevant legislation and regulations
  • Safeguard the reputation and values of VSO
  • Ensure the effective and efficient administration of VSO and its financial stability
  • Appoint the chief executive and monitor her or his performance
  • Use any specific knowledge, experience, expertise or perspective to help the board reach sound decisions
  • Serve on sub-committees of the Board

Supervisory Board Member Specification

The Supervisory Board consists of persons whom are expected to feel committed to development cooperation and poverty reduction. Supervisory Board Members should possess understanding or experience of operating within a board in a charitable, public or private sector organisation.

They should also demonstrate:

  • A commitment to VSO’s mission, values and objectives
  • An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of a Supervisory Board
  • A proven track record of integrity, sound judgement and effective decision making
  • A track record of commitment to promoting equality and diversity
  • Experience of building and sustaining relationships with key stakeholders and colleagues to achieve organisational objectives



    In view of the mission and methods of VSO Netherlands, the Supervisory Board should also be represented by members with the following competencies/attributes:

    • Knowledge of strategic management
    • Financial literacy
    • Knowledge of public relations and fundraising focused on a wider public and a network in the media
    • A network to support VSO with relevant knowledge and/or means
    • A business and practical approach that meets the professionalism and growing entrepreneurship of VSO and the development sector
    • Decisive and the ability to work well in a team
    • Diplomatic
    • Supervisory experience in the field of development cooperation or a related sector
    • International experience or work experience in a multicultural environment (preferably Anglo-Saxon)
    • Having a helicopter view to be able to manage adequately
    • Understanding of the Dutch NGO sector and fundraising in the Netherlands
    • Fluency in English

    About the role

    In addition to the opportunity of sharing your knowledge we offer you a role in an ambitious, result oriented and international development organisation. This is a voluntary position, travel costs within the Netherlands can be reimbursed. Time commitment is around 6 hours per month with at least four face-to-face Board meetings a year which are usually held in VSO’s office in Utrecht, with other meetings held by telephone conference. Supervisory Board Members are appointed for 4 years and can be re-elected for a second term.

    About the selection procedure

    If you are interested in this role please send your application letter (max. 1 page) and CV to Anita van Dijk at before the 26th of August, mentioning Vacancy Supervisory Board Member – Fundraising and Marketing or Organisational Development –Finance.

    Interviews with the selection committee, consisting of current Board Members and the Director of VSO Netherlands, will take place in the week of the 17th of September. The current Board aims to appoint the 2 new Supervisory Board Members in the 4th quarter of 2018.

    For more information about this vacancy you can contact Erik Ackerman, director of VSO Netherlands, at

    Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.


    About VSO

    VSO is the world’s leading international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty. Working in 24 countries around the world, our unique role in international development is to place committed volunteers with carefully selected organisations where their skills can have the greatest impact. VSO volunteers live and work in some of the world’s poorest communities. By sharing their unique skills and experience they help generate new ideas and new ways of doing things, helping the communities they work in lift themselves out of poverty. VSO focuses on long-lasting, sustainable change that will impact generations to come.

    VSO Netherlands (NL) exists for 29 years now and is part of VSO International. Last year over 100 volunteers worked in Africa and Asia through VSO NL in the programme areas Education, Secure Livelihoods and Health. VSO Netherlands has 20 employees in 4 teams: Volunteering, Programmes & Partnerships, Fundraising & Community and Operations. VSO also has a diverse network of donors and (corporate) partners.

    VSO NL’s future strategy will focus on several elements including increasing its public profile, its fundraising capacity and new (corporate) partnerships. Also, work will be done to increase its impact for VSO’s programmes by networking and joint work with relevant partners (NGO’s, science and knowledge institutions, government agencies and corporates).