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Vacancies: Two members of the Supervisory Board

KIT is a knowledge institute, business location and hospitality venue with a mission: to contribute to an
inclusive and sustainable world. From our campus in Amsterdam and through our global partner
network, we enable people and communities to bring about positive change.

KIT Institute is an independent knowledge institute. The work of our experts focuses on global health,
gender equality and sustainable economic development. The institute offers various education
programmes, including a Master’s programme in International Health.

KIT’s landmark building is a sought-after office location. We share our building with a thriving KIT
Community
of more than 1,000 people working for an inclusive and sustainable world. Part of the
building is available for conferences and events provided by our hospitality company KIT Events.

Our campus also houses KIT Hotel, which is currently being renovated, and KIT Live: a stage for art
and culture equipped with two dance and music studios, a theatre, a podcast studio, and a café.

SDG House

Since 2017, KIT’s premises have included SDG House, a resident community of more than 70
entrepreneurs, NGOs and other organizations that work towards achieving the United Nations’
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). SDG House is the hotspot in Amsterdam for sustainability
events and entrepreneurship, convening people who share the common purpose of achieving the
SDGs through a diverse range of work and activity covering urban development, impact investments,
inclusive finance, fair trade, organic product development and more.

Core values

KIT is guided by a set of values that define our relationship with clients, partners, employees and the
community in which we operate. They are Sustainability, Inclusiveness, Transparency and
Independence.

Sustainability

All decisions and operations are guided by sustainability, meaning development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs and therefore takes a long term perspective.

Inclusive

At KIT the social, economic and political inclusion of all people are empowered and promoted. The approach to sustainable development is also founded on the principle of inclusion. The experience shows that in any change process, all actors need to be consulted and included from the outset in order for progress to be sustained

Transparent

The organization is committed to transparency and actively seeks to exchange all essential information required for successful collaboration, decision-making, and accountability.

Independent

KIT is independent and acts according to their own values and judgement, not coloured by religion, politics, ethnicity or the influence of any group or class

KIT values diversity of race, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, and national origin and
is taking steps to become a more inclusive workplace, taking into account diverse needs and personal
circumstances.

Strategy

KIT’s 2021-2024 strategy has been defined on the basis of an updated vision and mission referring to
the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) and projected impact outcomes. A strategy update will be
developed by the recently appointed CEO, Mr. Henri van Eeghen, together with his management team.

KIT is in a unique position to maximize impact goals based on the SDG’s, globally through its applied knowledge work and locally via its campus in Amsterdam. The applied knowledge work implies advisory services, education, training, and thought leadership on health, gender, diversity and
sustainable economic development. The KIT campus serves as an initiator and host of SDG activities
and focusses all its efforts on enhancing knowledge, convening and agenda setting for a sustainable
world bridging local issues within the global context. The campus is the place to convene, stay, eat and
be inspired and contribute to the mission of the organization, making KIT a truly “Glocal” organization.

With respect to KIT’s knowledge work, one of the priorities is to build a global partnership
organization, one comprised of independent but likeminded and strongly connected organizations on
all continents, replacing the North-South model of sub-contracting local consultants and partners.
Another strategic priority is to leverage KIT’s knowledge to inform policy debates and gain a reputation as a thought leader and think tank on key areas of their expertise. KIT is also investing in upgrading and greening its campus facilities, of which a major renovation of the hotel is the largest investment. As per May 2023 KIT has permanently turned off the gas and removed the boilers from the building, making KIT, Amsterdam’s largest national monument, fossil-free.

Governance

KIT has the statutory form of an association (vereniging) with private and corporate members. The governing bodies of the association are: the Council of Members, the Supervisory Board and the (single-headed) Executive Board (represented by the CEO). The CEO is accountable to the Supervisory Board.

In addition, there are staff units that often work for both equally important business activities. A number of activities are housed in separate BVs. The workforce consists of 141 employees (approximately 126 FTE) and additionally 27 employees (21 FTE) in the hospitality sector.

The members of the Supervisory Board are:

Collective profile – Chair and Members of the Supervisory Board


The aim for KIT’s Supervisory Board is to work on the basis of a representative overview of the organization’s objectives, activities and stakeholders based on relevant knowledge and experience in:

 
About the vacancies

Currently we have several vacancies in the Supervisory Board and one member will resign later this year, according to his retirement schedule. Partners at Work will start with the search for new members. It is important that new members at the Supervisory Board endorse the objectives and the values of KIT and feel a strong affinity with the social relevance of KIT’s mission. Specifically, knowledge on social entrepreneurship, sustainability, UN SDG’s and inclusiveness is preferred. 
 
Considering the strategic development of the organization, we specifically search for candidates who jointly bring (several of) the following criteria based on background, knowledge and experience:

Furthermore the following characteristics apply for the new members:

A member of the Supervisory Board is appointed for a period of five years and eligible for reappointment for another five years. The Supervisory Board convenes at least four times a year or more, as necessary.

This is an unpaid position, (travel) expenses will be reimbursed. 

Additional information

KIT aspires to be an equitable and inclusive community. Inclusivity of talent and diversity of people and perspectives are considered as valuable resources that contribute to the mission. KIT provides equal opportunities to all employees and applicants regardless of gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, age, neurodiversity, functional impairment, citizenship, or any other aspect, which makes them unique.

About the procedure

KIT is guided in this search and selection procedure by Nicole Boevé and Karen Kragt of Partners at
Work. They will conduct initial in-depth interviews with potentially suitable candidates. Subsequently,
the most suitable candidates are invited for the selection interview(s). Selected candidates will then be
invited for various introductory meetings with other stakeholders, such as representatives of the
Works Council and the Members’ Council. Reference verification can be part of the selection.

Please show your interest in this position and upload your CV and motivation via:
https://partnersatwork.nl/vacatures/. Latest response date: 31th May.


For further information, please contact Nicole Boevé or Karen Kragt: + 31 35 – 548 0760 or send an
email to: n.boeve@partnersatwork.nl or k.kragt@partnersatwork.nl.

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