Senior advisor green entrepreneurship

We are looking for a Senior Advisor Green Entrepreneurship, 32 hours per week,  the position will be for one year.

What is your responsibility?

You are responsible for the development of policies and strategies within the Green Entrepreneurship program, notably related to smallholders and the challenge to create the right incentives for the transformation towards more sustainable and profitable production systems. You have an eye for changing dynamics and innovations within the sector. The development, funding and implementation of innovative programs are a key part of your responsibilities. You collaborate closely with the other Senior Advisors within Hivos and especially within the Sustainable Economic Development department (whose focus is on inclusive, green financial services and renewable energy) to reach the objectives of the Green Entrepreneurship program. You provide advice and support to the program officers working at the Head Office and at the six regional offices, while you use their input and expertise to develop innovative policies and programs. You are able to present Hivos’ vision in the field of green entrepreneurship in an attractive and leading way during conferences and seminars. You feel comfortable in building networks with relevant strategic partners and donor agencies in North and South.

What we expect:

You have an advanced degree in a relevant field at University level, as well as ample experience with entrepreneurship development in North and South, of which at least 5 years in the field of agriculture and related to small-scale producers in a developing country.

You have a strong affinity for Hivos’ mission and for social and environmental concerns. You also have a convincing track-record in program development, resource mobilization and collaboration with the civil society & private sector. We expect you to have a strong vision on green entrepreneurship in rural areas and a good sense for new developments and innovations.

Naturally you have experience as an advisor or facilitator of complex multi-actor initiatives.

We expect you to have excellent – externally oriented – communication skills, both verbally as well as in writing in English, Dutch and preferably Spanish.

What we offer:

An inspiring and dynamic working environment, dedicated colleagues, and the possibility of regular travels to the regions. A one-year contract with possibility of an extension. The salary depends on experience up to a maximum of € 4.100,25 gross (grade 12), based on a 32-hour workweek. Travel expenses compensation in accordance with Hivos Regulations, including participation in the Pension fund “Pensioenfonds voor Zorg & Welzijn”.

Want to know more?

For more information you can contact Carol Gribnau, head of the  Sustainable Economic Development department, during working days (excl. Wednesday and not due the period 15-19 October) : 070-3765500.

You can apply before 2 November, 2012. Both a letter of motivation and curriculum vitae (resume) need to be submitted in English to Hivos via e-mail to  with reference code “1209200-19“ 


Previous applicants 
do not need to apply again.

The Sustainable Economic Development (SED) department focuses on promotingGreenEntrepreneurship (GE). The urgency as well as the possibility for such kind of entrepreneurship can mainly be found in rural areas where the majority of the poor lives. In a context of degrading natural resources, climate change and increasing energy prices entrepreneurial people in these areas benefit from a more environmentally sound development. The GE program’s objective is to increase the capacities of rural men and women and small and medium enterprises to improve their businesses in a sustainable way. The program equally contributes to the development of a supportive green and inclusive financial sector as well as renewable energy sectors, whilst at the same time striving for environmentally and socially sound development policies in the field of agriculture and energy at the national and international level.


is a Dutch non-governmental organization inspired by humanist values. Together with local organizations in developing countries, Hivos seeks to contribute to a free, fair and sustainable world in which citizens - women and men - have equal access to the resources and opportunities for their development. And where they can actively and equally participate in decision-making processes that determine their lives, their society and their future. Hivos believes in the creativity and capacity of individuals. Quality, co-operation and innovation form the core concepts in Hivos’ philosophy. Hivos is committed to the poor and marginalized in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

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vacature geplaatst op 18 Oct 2012 door Hivos



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