Legal Counsel

We are excited to be searching for a proactive and pragmatic Legal Counsel with an interest in supply chain sustainability to join our team, and we hope it’s you!

Your role

As Legal Counsel you support one of our business units with legal advice on contracting law matters, with a focus on reviewing and negotiating agreements. In addition, you advise your colleagues within IDH on areas of law such as procurement, competition, and intellectual property. You proactively identify legal issues and come up with solutions, while keeping the balance between business interest and control in mind. You have a background in law (preferably experience with contracting) and learn fast. You execute projects quickly, are result-oriented, flexible and have the skills and attitude necessary to mitigate IDH’s legal risks.

In close liaison with the Legal team, you support the continuous improvement of legal policies, processes and templates and provide training to the rest of the organization.

Who you are

You are a legal expert that likes to find solutions for (legal) challenges and give pragmatic advice to colleagues from different backgrounds and cultures. You are flexible but also have a critical mind and enjoy working in a young and dynamic environment that values continuously implementing improvements. You find it easy to self-organise and prioritize. You have an eye for detail but are also able to zoom out and identify and address organisation-wide challenges.

What you bring

  • A master’s degree in Dutch law, Competition Compliance Law or International Private Law
  • At least 2+ years of relevant working experience
  • Strong communicator, fluent in Dutch and English (both written and verbal)
  • Pro-active, entrepreneurial and independent
  • Strong problem-solving mentality
  • Demonstrable knowledge or prior experience with procurement and competition law is considered a plus

We offer you.

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

  • a salary range between EUR 36.000 – EUR 45.000 (including 8% holiday allowance) per year (based on a 40 hour work week), depending on your experience and competences;
  • 40 hours work week;
  • pension scheme, flexible working hours, 26 holidays, travel cost allowance, etc.;
  • all the work supplies you need to excellence in your role;
  • an open environment where you can grow and develop yourself;
  • energy at our office, with our fresh sustainable coffee, fresh ginger or mint tea and a selection of fresh fruit available!

For questions about this position, please contact Debby Bastiaansen our corporate recruiter, at and please Cc our General Counsel, Maxime Schoonman ( or give Debby Bastiaansen a call +31 6 111 83 562.

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 catalyse 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 300 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.

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


Would you like to apply?

Just send us your motivation and resume in English.

We encourage applicants to respond before July 8th, 2022.

Please note that candidates should be EU nationals or have permission to work in the Netherlands.

At IDH sustainable trade initiative, 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.