Programme Manager Business & Human Right, and Gender Equality

Location: The Hague, The Netherlands


The Programme Manager (PM) leads Global Compact Network Netherlands’ (GCNL) Business & Human Rights workstream and Gender Equality workstream, ensuring that all its activities deliver on GCNLs Strategic Pillars and Aims. The PM (co-)designs, implements, and manages (new) projects, programs and activities on Business & Human Rights and Gender Equality. The PM liaises with key external stakeholders on both these topics. The PM reports directly to the Executive Director.


  • • Overarching responsibility for GCNLs Business & Human Rights activities, including:
    • Implementation of the Business & Human Rights accelerator program in the Netherlands and facilitate the program (among others facilitate workshops with member companies on this topic)
    • Running a campaign to boost OECD Guidelines implementation among Dutch businesses
    • Active contribution to the Business & Human Rights Local Network working group of United Nations Global Compact.
    • Liaising with (potential) strategic partners, such as the Social-Economic Council, Business associations, UN Global Compact Office, the Dutch Government, and relevant civil society organisations
  • Overarching responsibility for GCNLs Gender Equality activities, including:
    • Facilitate Target Gender Equality accelerator program (onboarding sessions participates, help companies with Women Empowerment Principles Gender Gap Analysis tool)
    • Manage Peer Learning Group to help companies with the ‘how questions’
    • Coordinate activities around International Women’s Day, including Ring the Bell
    • Running a campaign to boost NL signatories to the Women Empowerment Principles (WEPs)
    • Liaising with (potential) strategic partners, such as UN Women, UN Global Compact Office, the Dutch Government, and relevant civil society organisations.
  • Liaising with the Strategic Events Manager, Communication Manager, Participant Engagement Manager and other Programme Manager(s) to ensure coherence across the network.
  • Speaking and presenting at external events on behalf of the Network.
  • Other general administrative and office management duties as required.


  • Communication: Strong communication skills, including outstanding written and spoken Dutch and English language skills. Ability to connect business questions and challenges to UN Global Compact knowledge and programmes. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed
  • Planning and Organising: Exceptional planning and organisational skills, including the ability to multitask and work to tight deadlines. Develops clear goals that are consistent with GCNLs strategies and prioritizes activities.
  • Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve GCNLs goals. Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise.
  • Respect for Diversity: Works effectively with people from all backgrounds; treats all people with dignity and respect.


  • At least 3 years’ working experience on human rights and/or gender equality
  • A Bachelor’s degree in law, international relations, or other relevant disciplines
  • Demonstrates knowledge on human rights and gender equality (for example, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights)
  • Ability to work effectively in a small team and work autonomously
  • Dutch citizenship or residency or have current work permit for The Netherlands
  • Fluent in Dutch and English


  • An initial one-year contract (0,8 FTE) with the possibility to extend
  • Not-for-profit salary (€35-€50k depending on experience)
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Exposure to a range of companies and industries
  • Working in collaboration with a passionate team
  • Working for the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative


Please apply by way of cover letter and CV addressing the position summary, competencies and requirements, emailed to by 1 July 2022. If invited to participate in the selection process, applicants can expect two interviews with the Executive Director and Program Manager, and possibly a conversation with representatives from the Board.

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