Innovation Manager, Gender – Utrecht, The Netherlands

We are excited to be searching for a proactive and pragmatic Innovation Manager with an interest in Gender impact theme to join our team, and we hope it’s you!

Your role

Within this role you will be contributing to mainstreaming gender and moving the IDH gender agenda forward. IDH has seen throughout the years that gender equality is a catalyser for economic growth. Gender equality and women’s empowerment are essential to building healthy and resilient businesses.

Strategy and Insights (S&I) Business unit is one of the Business Units of IDH whose overall mission is, through Thought Leadership, Developing tools, Giving Strategic Advice and supporting IDH with Coordination, capacity building and Alignment, to empower internal and external stakeholders to efficiently and effectively drive systemic changes in domains of Better Income, Better Environment, Better Jobs, and Gender Equity in Global Agri-food Systems.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop and Improve Gender tools and materials to support project teams and gender champions.
  • Conduct research on gender interventions to create insights for cross sector learning and share this with relevant stakeholders internally and externally. This includes supporting the integration of gender components into the IDH processes and procedures.
  • Provide strategic and technical gender advise to program teams globally and impact theme teams; including but not limited, related to the implementation of the gender strategy and specific projects.
  • Present at internal and external meetings and platforms to share our insights to move the gender agenda forward;
  • Write/contribute to thought-leadership papers, blogs and other communications.
  • Contribute to strengthening the positioning of S&I in the wider IDH organisation, including but not limited to supporting the S&I Director and Senior Gender Advisor in integrating gender in the next Multi-Year Strategy.
  • Manager projects and assist with preparing internal and external meetings, helping support the Senior Innovation Manager Gender.

What you bring

  • A relevant master’s degree
  • 7+ years of working experience in a private sector company or NGO in the areas of Gender, social inclusion, and sustainability.
  • Consultancy experience and experience working on gender business cases/ Gender Transformative Business Models is an added advantage.
  • Strong understanding of (agricultural) supply chain sustainability
  • Good communicator and ability explain complex issues in a fact-based and simple way.
  • Excellent spoken and written communication skills in English. Additional languages are an advantage but not required.
  • Knowledge of (agricultural) economics and/or business management
  • Experience with working in multi-cultural teams.
  • Willingness to travel internationally.

Who you are

You are a result-orientated, pro-active individual who is self-organised and has a keen eye for detail. You are a strong analytical thinker with a clear vision and capabilities to engage others on such a vision while being a strong team player and collaborator.

Furthermore, you enjoy building productive relationships with a variety of stakeholders while showing strong communication skills with the ability to transform ideas into strong writing and visualisation. These relationships and ideas may require you to show strong ability to work remotely effectively, with team members and staff globally.

Lastly, you can advocate for more data-driven decision making and enjoy functioning and thrive in a fast, dynamic multi-cultural environment of IDH.

We offer you

A challenging, pivotal role within an impacting, international organisation – and:

  • a salary range between EUR 4,251 – 5,314 (excluding 8% holiday allowance) per month (based on a 40-hour work week), depending on your experience and competences.
  • A full-time (40 hours) 1 year contract initially, with the intention to extend (as this is a permanent position).

Comprehensive Benefits Package:

  • 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 kilometre 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.

Who we are

IDH seeks to transform markets through collaborative innovation, convening and investment in inclusive and sustainable solutions that enable businesses to create value for people and planet. To achieve this, IDH brings together coalitions of committed stakeholders from across global value chains towards joint visions and program agendas for sustainable trade.

IDH’s international presence extends to multiple regions and landscapes, facilitated by a network of around 400 staff including experts who are embedded in key agricultural, manufacturing, apparel and commodity value chains. In 15 years of operation, IDH has mobilized private sector investment and support to test and innovate new business models designed to create better jobs, better incomes, a better environment, and gender equity for all.

For more information, go to or follow @IDHTrade on Twitter and LinkedIn.


  • Would you like to apply? Please follow this link and submit your application:
  • We encourage applicants to respond before 14 April, 2024. In the event that the right applicant is found, the application link may be closed earlier.
  • Important note: In order to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), we do not proceed your applications via email/ LinkedIn with attached CVs, and motivational letters. We kindly request that you submit your application link shared as above. This process ensures that we can review your application while safeguarding your personal information in accordance with GDPR regulations.
  • For the successful candidate, a certificate of conduct (verklaring omtrent gedrag) is required to submit as a part of IDH onboarding procedure.
  • For more questions about the role and organization, please contact Phat Nguyen at

Please note: An assessment tool can be used within this recruitment process. It is designed to ensure unbiased, skill-focused hiring. This approach doesn’t involve right or wrong answers; it’s more about evaluating your performance and determining if it aligns with the requirements of the role.

At IDH, we’re committed to equal employment opportunity, and we prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, colour, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, or veteran status. We strive to be a more equal opportunity workplace every day.