Han Valk Consultancy B.V.
29 mei 2024
Ede-Wageningen, the Netherlands., Netherlands
Soort Dienstverband
Tijd per week
32-36 uur
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Wetlands International

Wetlands International  is a unique organization, being the only global not-for-profit dedicated to the conservation and restoration of wetlands. 

Wetlands are significantly valuable ecosystems for their provided services. We're alarmed by the degradation of wetlands such as peatlands, mangroves, and rivers. Our goal is a world where these vital landscapes are preserved for their beauty, biodiversity, and resources. Committed to wetland conservation and restoration, we emphasize their ecological, spiritual, and human benefits. Immediate efforts are crucial to halt their decline. We urge collective action to restore wetlands, crucial for tackling water, climate, and biodiversity challenges. Will you join us?

We work through our network of offices, our partners and experts to achieve our goals. Most of our work is financed on a project basis by governments, companies and private donors, as well as unrestricted funding designated to strengthen the impact of our organization. To achieve the ambitious goals of our Strategic Intent 2020 – 2030, we are seeking to significantly increase the scale, pace and impact of our work, that in turn will enable others to act. To help turn our vision into reality, we've established a senior role in our global team for a skilled fundraiser. This position aims to boost our income and fundraising capabilities by crafting and executing an innovative partnership strategy worldwide.

Job Overview

Wetlands International is seeking an experienced Senior Head of Resource Development to lead fundraising efforts, blending internal leadership with external engagement for growth and professionalization. The ideal candidate should mobilize internal stakeholders, engage external partners and donors, and demonstrate a strong affinity for and knowledge of our mission and values.

Job Title : Head of Resource Development
Full-time basis:  32-36 hours per week
Location : Ede, The Netherlands, with optional hybrid working.
Department : Resource Development
Reports  to : CEO

Key Responsibilities

  • Leadership and Management:  Oversee the Resource Development team, ensuring effective coordination and implementation of fundraising strategies.
  • Strategic Development : Develop and implement systems, procedures, and culture to strengthen our fundraising capabilities.
  • Communication : Develop communication activities within the Resource Development team in good collaboration with the head of Communication, enhancing synergy between fundraising and external messaging.
  • Wetlands Impact Fund (WIF) : Play a pivotal role in fundraising for the WIF, while facilitating communication of donor perspectives to the Management Team.
  • Capacity Building : Focus on building fundraising capacity across different country offices, establishing systems for shared learning and unified operations.
  • Balanced Fundraising Approach : Advocate for and implement a balanced fundraising strategy encompassing programs, the WIF, and organizational funding.
  • External Engagement : Represent Wetlands International at events and meetings, building and maintaining strong relationships with donors and stakeholders.


  • Proven experience (10+ years) in a senior fundraising role, preferably within an NGO or similar organization.
  • Strong leadership skills with the ability to navigate internal dynamics and drive change.
  • Excellent communication and relationship building skills.
  • Willingness and ability to travel to donor locations and field projects.
  • Deep understanding of fundraising strategies, donor relations, and proposal development.
  • Experience with institutional funding, partnerships, and philanthropy.
  • Strategic thinker with the ability to integrate various functions within the department.
  • Strong command of English and preferably Dutch and/or Spanish and French Language.
  • In possession of a valid working permit.


  • Balancing the need for immediate fundraising results with long-term strategic development.
  • Balancing the need to develop the fundraising capacity in the Wetlands International member network with the closer to home fundraising needs and opportunities.


  • A challenging role in a dynamic, international environment, with 20 wetland offices worldwide, at the Global Office in Ede-Wageningen, the Netherlands.
  • Gross monthly salary max. EUR 4,500 – 7,500 (dependent on experience and qualifications), based on full time (36h), excl. 8% holiday pay
  • Yearly 180 hours of holidays based on full time (36h)
  • Pension contribution of 5.3% (employers pay)
  • Opportunities for professional growth and personal development.
  • A contract duration of one year, with expectation of extension.


If you want to make a difference for wetlands and are interested in this position, we kindly request that you submit your motivation letter and CV to our recruitment team at  recruitment@hvfc-international.com . HVFC international supports Wetlands International exclusively in finding the right candidate. For any inquiries, feel free to reach out to us at the same email address.

Applications will be processed on a rolling basis, early submissions will receive priority consideration. Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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