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Y+ is seeking a new Executive Director!

Could you lead the Global Network of Young People Living with HIV?
26 Mar 2019

Job Title: Executive Director

Line Management: The Y+ Board Leadership

Job Location: Amsterdam

Salary: Minimum annual salary of $45,000 (Competitive, depending on the experience of successful candidate). Additional benefits include paid vacation leave, expenses covered for overseas trips, sick leave, training and a pension plan.

Deadline: 9 May 2019

About Y+

The Global Network of Young People Living with HIV (Y+) is looking for a passionate and qualified competent person to lead its secretariat in the capacity of Executive Director. In 2019, the Y+ Board released its new strategic vision and work plan, which sets out the Board’s intention for the next three years. We are looking for a dynamic, innovative person to implement the Y+ vision and mission.

Y+ is made up of a diverse group of young people, from a range of experiences, regions and ethnicities. We operate a non-discriminating policy towards persons sex, sexuality, sexual orientation and HIV status. For that reason, candidates must be anti-oppressive, operate in manner that supports equality and diversity. We strongly encourage those with lived experience infected/affected by HIV and people from key populations to apply.

Applicants must support and believe in the importance of youth engagement and decision making and must feel comfortable to take direction from a group of young people.

Overall Responsibility

The Executive Director is responsible for the overall strategic direction of Global Network of People Living with HIV (Y+) and maintaining Y+ role as the key youth organisation for young people living with HIV globally.  They will be committed to the organisational vision, mission and objectives at all times. They will be in charge of resource mobilisation, and the development of strategic partnerships with other national and international organisations. Representation of Y+ and its values, will guide organization’s reputation and standing with the community, international donors and other key stakeholders.

They will supervise and coordinate the planning, design and implementation of planned and anticipated programs, provide technical expertise and actively lead key phases of operations. The Executive Director will have full accountability for Human Resource, Finance and Administrative Management in compliance with donor rules, statutory laws and contractual obligations at all times.

 Specific Responsibilities

 Strategy development and implementation

  • To be responsible for creating, developing, reviewing and implementing the strategic plan from guidance of the Y+ board leadership;
  • Develop strategic partnerships with other national and international organisations around young people interventions, leveraging opportunities for resource mobilisation and deepening impact by enhancing Y+ niche, technical competence, prior donor experience and geographical presence;
  • Keep abreast on socio-economic and political changes in the environment and undertake timely strategic review of the strategy ensuring continued adaptation to the rapidly changing environment. This will ensure ongoing internal organizational analysis and reflection of capacities and institutional comparative advantages;
  • Research funding sources, oversee the development of fundraising plans, supervise the organization of fundraising campaigns and events, and write funding proposals to ensure continuous access to funds to sustain and grow the organization with support from in-country staff;
  • Identifying advocacy opportunities to the Board and to staff that fit with the strategic plan, overseeing the implementation of advocacy activities, and leading those advocacy activities where appropriate.
  • With guidance from the Y+ board leadership, to provide overall administrative management of Y+ including the provision of leadership in the further development of internal functions, systems and procedures for effective programs delivery, financial management and administration;
  • To keep the team updated on institutional and programmatic developments through regular meetings and report on critical organizational matters as applicable.

 Programme Development and Management

  • Supervise and coordinate the planning, design, and implementation of planned and ongoing projects in line with the objectives of strategic plans;
  • Work with stakeholders and partners to support guidelines, standards, policies, and procedures related to our programmes, with the focus on ensuring for a better quality of life for young people living with HIV;
  • Ensure compliance to internal processes such as annual planning, mid-term reviews, annual reporting, strategic planning and reviewing and other organisation wide initiatives, through the effective leadership and coordination with other staff members and the Y+ board;
  • Supervises and coordinates the planning and implementation of the Y+ programmes, overseeing the inclusion of quality control project activities and deliverables, by monitoring project performance against the new work plan objectives;
  • To oversee and authorize funding and expenditure of the organization to ensure donor, national and international standards are respected, and that programs and projects are compliant and viable;
  • Advocate for research outputs to be applied to national policy with the aim of optimizing strategies relating to prevention, care and treatment of HIV/AIDS

 Financial Management & Control

  • Ensure that the control of expenditure and the disbursement of resources are in accordance with established procedures and maintain the financial as well as legal integrity of the organisation;
  • Provide progress and financial reports as required by the donors and Y+ procedures and any other relevant stakeholder.
  • Ensure that effective Grant Management and Compliance systems are consistent with Statutory and Donor requirements, maintain Good Practices, and that Financial policies are in place and adhered to.

Human Resource Development & Management

  • Maintain effective and appropriate staff recruitment, induction, appraisal, remuneration, development and termination practice at all levels to ensure the optimum utilisation and development of human resources, in line with Y+ Human Resources Policies, and relevant legislation.
  • To assist in building and maintaining a sense of unity within the organization through articulating and sharing its vision, values, culture and goals to inspire and motivate the staff to be enthusiastic about their roles and responsibilities and responsive to donors, stakeholders, beneficiaries and the operating environment
  • Coordinate regular reviews and update of the human resources policy and ensure compliance to such as well as the national labour laws

Engagement of the Donors, Stakeholders and Community

  • To ensure the development and maintenance of good relations between the organization and key external institutions, including partner organizations and programmes, key government representatives, technical working groups, donor agencies and other key non-governmental bodies;
  • To represent the organization and serve as the primary liaison with local and national authorities, partner organizations, international organizations and donor agencies to raise Y+ profile, facilitate resource sharing, successfully coordinate stakeholders’ activities and influence policy debate on issues relating to HIV, maternal neonatal and child health and health system strengthening.


  • Minimum of 5 years in non-profit/public service management with specialisation in HIV/ AIDS, experience in an executive leadership role in HIV/ AIDS or a related public health field and working with young people effectively.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Health, Social Sciences, International Development or in related fields, a master’s degree in the above areas is an added advantage.
  • Ability to work independently (coordinate implementation of research project) without direct supervision,
  • Ability to be flexible, strategic and creative in all project planning, project implementation, policy development and structure.
  • Excellent communication skills (documentation, report writing, proposal writing, publications).
  • Significant senior leadership and management experience in the development and delivery of high-quality programme, influencing and humanitarian strategy, with and through partners.
  • Experience of managing complex change processes and relationships involving a wide range of both internal and external multi-cultural stakeholders across a variety of disciplines and geographical areas.
  • Significant experience in managing an independent NGO that is successful in marketing, fundraising, positioning and delivering quality programmes and running the organisation in a sustainable manner
  • Excellent knowledge of developing programme activities, including HIV service delivery, capacity building, and public health and programme monitoring in collaboration with partners and other stakeholders.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of HIV prevention, care and treatment programmes.
  • Strong understanding of the international development context and experience in the international development sector (NGO, direct bilateral, multilateral relationships) and with cross cultural teams.

The successful applicant must be available to travel to Amsterdam between Friday 16 and Tuesday 20 August.

Application procedure

Please submit your CV, and application letter via email to: info@yplusnetwork.org

Please ensure that ‘Executive Director Application’ is part of your email subject.