Chair of IIED's board of trustees

24 April 2019
Closing date: 
Friday, 31 May 2019

Are you passionate about tackling the planet’s most pressing environment and development challenges? IIED is seeking an experienced leader to help us fulfil our mission: to build a fairer, more sustainable world using evidence, action and influence in partnership with others. The chair will join our impressive international board of trustees from June 2020: the first full year of our inspiring new strategy.

IIED is a policy and action research organisation working across Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and the Pacific. We promote sustainable development to improve livelihoods and protect the environments on which they depend. We specialise in linking local priorities to global challenges, working with some of the world’s most vulnerable people to strengthen their voices at local, national or global level. Our key strategic areas are climate change, natural resources, sustainable markets and human settlements.

Our retiring chair, Rebeca Grynspan, is Secretary-General of the Ibero-American Secretariat, formerly UN Under-Secretary-General, associate administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and vice-president of Costa Rica.

Total annual time commitment is a minimum of 10-12 days, comprising two semi-annual board meetings in London (usually June and December) and five half-day meetings (usually remotely). The role is not remunerated.

How to apply: 

To apply please download an application pack.

Closing date: Friday, 31 May 2019.

Applicants should send a covering letter addressing the criteria set out in the role description and a CV. For more information about the role or to make an application, please contact the IIED board executive assistant, Liz Aspden by email:

The IIED board is responsible for the formal appointment of the board chair on the recommendation of the board’s selection committee. It is expected that interviews for the board chair role will take place from October to December 2019 with a formal appointment thereafter.

IIED aims to be an equal opportunities employer and positively welcomes applications from all areas of the community.

Application documents: 


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The International Institute of Environment and Development (IIED) is a company limited by guarantee and incorporated in England (Reg. No 2188452. VAT Reg. No. GB 440 4948 50) and an independent charity registered in England (Charity No. 800066) and in Scotland (OSCR No. 039864). IIED is recognised as an international organisation by the OECD Development Assistance Committee.