Innovation Manager, Intelligence Centre (6-month initial contract) – Utrecht, the Netherlands

Are you a business-oriented strategic thinker that can combine technical expertise with excellent communication skills and an entrepreneurial mindset?  Do you get energy from working closely with field organizations to co-shape business plans? Do you enjoy developing content on topics such as smallholder inclusion, inclusive business models and climate resilience? Then apply for the Innovation Manager, Innovation and Insights position and join our team.

The role

As an Innovation Manager you work on strategic advisory, knowledge production and research to advise private sector actors on how to drive more sustainable, inclusive, and commercially viable agricultural markets. You support in data collection and analysis, distilling key insights that can be fed back to companies but also as learnings to your internal colleagues. For this role in particular, you will work towards defining a sector-wide learning and impact agenda for the cocoa value chain.

As part of this role, you will contribute to or lead the development of knowledge products ranging from insight reports and blog entries to webinars and events. This includes developing compelling storylines and high quality written and visual content to engage internal and external audiences. Together with our senior communications officer you work on the dissemination of these knowledge products through various channels.

Within this role you are part of a global team with colleagues based in the Netherlands, Kenya and India. This role can be based in Utrecht or Nairobi.

Who you are

You are highly analytical yet practical thinker. You are able to digest large of amounts of information and data in a short time to quickly get to the most relevant and strategic insights. You have good advisory skills and you are able to share your expertise and feedback in a compelling and influential manner. Ideally, you have gained first-hand experiences of providing strategic advice to clients (e.g., consulting, banking). With your people skills you are approachable and easy to talk to. This makes it easy for you to work with flexibility, entrepreneurship, and diplomacy both individually and as part of a complex team effort. You own your work and you are able to work independently and on different projects from beginning to end.

What you bring

  • Working and thinking at master’s degrees level;
  • 5+ years of relevant working experience in international development, strategy consulting, banking, agri-trade, or similar preferably with content expertise in smallholder value chains and climate change;
  • Excellent PowerPoint and writing skills, first-hand experience with storyline development of research publications is desirable;
  • Excellent spoken and written communication skills in English;
  • Experience with the cocoa value chain is a plus
  • Willingness to travel.

We offer you

  • A gross monthly salary ranging from EUR 4,088 to 5,110 (excluding 8% holiday allowance), based on a 40-hour work week. Our salary will be determined by your level of experience, ensuring you are rewarded for your skills and expertise.
  • A 6-month contract temporary for this role first, and there can be an opportunity to extend based on funding and good performance.

Comprehensive Benefits Package (apply for working in the Netherlands)

  • Vacation: 26 days of paid vacation leave per year (100% FTE). Additionally, IDH offers the flexibility to buy or sell up to 6 days of vacation annually, allowing you to tailor your time off to your personal needs.
  • Health Insurance Support: IDH contributes €66.14 net per month towards your health insurance premium, helping you maintain optimal health coverage.
  • Robust Pension Scheme: A comprehensive pension scheme with considerable contribution by the employer and 3.5% contribution by the employee, ensuring financial stability during your retirement.
  • Commuting support: Provide NS Business Card or full reimbursement of commuting costs. Choose between receiving €0.21 per kilometer or opting for second class public transport, making your journey to work hassle-free.
  • Flexible Working Hours and Hybrid Work Model: Allows you to balance your professional and personal life effectively.
  • Supportive Work Environment: IDH provides all the necessary work supplies depends on the role (laptop, phone, etc.) to ensure you have everything you need to excel in your role.
  • Work-from-Home Allowance: Receive a monthly work-from-home allowance of €16.53 net, acknowledging the changing work landscape and supporting your remote work setup.
  • Health and Wellness: Prioritize your physical well-being with a sports club/health club allowance of €38.58 gross per month, enabling you to invest in your fitness and overall health.
  • Nutritious Work Environment: Enjoy a range of perks at the Utrecht office, including fresh fruits, organic coffee and tea, fresh mint and ginger tea, promoting a nourishing and supporting work atmosphere.

By joining IDH, you’ll experience a purposeful driven work environment, and a commitment to your well-being, fostering both personal and professional growth.


Would you like to apply? Please follow this link and submit your application:

We encourage applicants to respond before September 17, 2023. In the event that the right applicant is found, the application link may be closed earlier.

For more questions about the role and organization, please contact Phat Nguyen at

Who we are

IDH puts people, planet, and progress at the heart of trade by leveraging the power of markets to create better jobs, better incomes, a better environment, and gender equity for all. To catalyze change at scale, IDH innovates, convenes, and invests in inclusive and sustainable solutions that enable businesses to create value for people and planet, while improving their own performance. To create the greatest impact in the shortest amount of time, IDH focuses on empowering people within corporations the global financial sector and governments that have the most influence over value chains.

Headquartered in the Netherlands, IDH has around 400 employees globally, operating in 20 landscapes and 12 commodities and sourcing regions with over 1000 public and private partners. In 13 years of operation, IDH has generated over 390 M in private sector investment and support for new business models that create better jobs, better incomes, a better environment, and gender equity for all.

IDH’s work is made possible thanks to the funding and trust of a variety of public and private donors, among which the Governments of Netherlands, Denmark, and other government donors and private foundations.

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