NETHERLANDS: Legal Counsel

Are you a proactive Legal Counsel with an interest in supply chain sustainability that can give pragmatic advice to our business units? Do you think in terms of opportunities and plans and are you driven by results? Do you thrive in a dynamic environment with a start-up spirit? Then apply to our Legal Counsel position and join our Legal team.

The role

You support our Landscapes ( and Sustainable Manufacturing (Cotton and Apparel – 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 Dutch law (preferably corporate and/or 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-organize 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
  • At least 1-2 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

Who we are

IDH brings companies, CSOs, governments and others in public-private partnerships together to realize green & inclusive growth at scale in commodity sectors and sourcing areas. Our approaches are designed to drive sustainability from niche to norm in mainstream markets, delivering impact on Sustainable Development Goals. We focus on creating positive impact on deforestation, living incomes and living wages, working conditions, toxic loading and gender. In this we are supported by multiple European governments, including our institutional donors: BUZA, SECO and DANIDA. IDH is a company that works together with over 600 companies, CSOs, financial institutions, producer organizations and governments in 12 sectors and 12 landscapes in over 40 countries worldwide.

What we offer

IDH offers a dynamic international environment and a young, enthusiastic and driven team. As an IDH team member you have the opportunity to contribute to positive global change. The position is for 32-40 hours per week. We offer a gross monthly salary between € 2500 and € 2700 (based on a 40-hour week) and solid fringe benefits, including a good pension scheme.


Please feel free to contact Lara Santos (+31 6 5286 7274) with any question about this position.

Would you like to apply? Just send us your motivation and resume in English by using the following hyperlink: We encourage applicants to respond as soon as possible, latest by February 9, 2020.

Candidates should be EU nationals or have permission to work in the Netherlands.  For more information about IDH, please visit