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October 9, 2020

Supervisory Board Member

Are you the knowledgeable and inspirational person who can facilitate SPARK into creating even more impact? SPARK is looking for 2 new Supervisory Board members.

SPARK mission

SPARK implements programmes relevant to the provision of scholarships, entrepreneurship/business development and de-radicalisation. The scholarship provision programme aims to prepare (soon 10.000) refugees for a job in the host community they reside in and entails activities relevant to selection, scholarships management, student services activities, as well as extra curriculum activities. The entrepreneurship/SME growth programmes entail activities such as coaching and mentoring growth oriented SMEs, provide access to finance & markets, and start-up support for aspiring entrepreneurs.

Our mission is to offer access to higher education and support entrepreneurship development in fragile states so that young, ambitious people can lead their societies into stability and prosperity.

 

SPARK organisation

SPARK is a primarily institutional donor-funded organisation. Funding is coming from various countries in Europe and the Middle-East as well as several private foundations and companies. Some programmes of SPARK are match-funded by multiple donors. SPARK implements most of its programmes through local partner organisations.

We are an international NGO, with a small coordinating office (12 staff) in Amsterdam, a support office in Serbia and regional offices in Turkey, Rwanda and Tunisia. SPARK also has implementing offices in Burundi, South Sudan, Liberia, Iraq, the occupied Palestinian Territories, Lebanon, Jordan, Somalia and Libya.

The total SPARK team is over 100 employees. In SPARK most people work with a high intrinsic motivation personal commitment to the objectives of the organisation and are mostly young professionals from the communities we work in. Our values are Trust, Can do, Care, Courageous and Ingite.

 

SPARK Strategy

In the current growth of the organisation, the Board of Directions is carefully balancing remaining the pioneer spirit of the organisation with further professionalization. The associated Multi Annual Strategic Plan (2018-2022) sets the following objectives:

  • to become a leader in its own niche market of economic empowerment though Higher Education Development, entrepreneurship and MSME Development in FCAS, focused on the MENA region;
  • to maintain its strong value for money;
  • to realise a minimal annual turnover of Euro 25m (currently around 20m), generating a minimal annual amount of Euro 3m required to sustain programme management, facilitate continuous innovation, expertise development and supports the operational model;
  • to focus geographically (primarily the MENA region) and thematically (higher education, MSME development and facilitation of aspiring entrepreneurs), in order to secure accurate programme implementation and become an expert player within these markets;
  • to implement an internal operational model which decreases complexity and is fit for growth and scalability and ensure proper implementation of the programmes.
  • add a private revenue stream, in addition to the current donor funding, through longer term partnerships with commercial companies and/or institutions.
  • drive innovation and continue to challenge conventional assumptions in the NGO way of working.

  

The Supervisory Board

Members of the Supervisory Board have affinity with the portfolio and mission of SPARKS as it is their main responsibility to guard this mission.

The Board of Directors of SPARK sets forth the organisation strategy and policies and takes decisions on its operation. The Supervisory Board monitors their performance and gives advice on and approves the overall policy and strategy. This includes approval of the Annual Plan, Annual Budget, Annual Accounts and the Annual Report.

At least 4 meetings are held each year. The Supervisory Board receives a volunteer allowance as remuneration.

The SPARK supervisory board currently consists of 4 members: Hans Huygens as chair (managing partner Tellinq) Edo Offerhaus as general SB member (director NL international business foundation), Tamar Schrofer as secretary member (program coordinator Develop2Build RVO) and Andre Veneman (former sustainability director Akzo Nobel) as general SB member.

 

Expansion of the Supervisory Board

The Supervisory Board of SPARK will grow from 4 to 6 members. Expansion of the Supervisory Board is envisioned in light of the current/future growth of the organisation. The new Supervisory Board member is appointed for 3 years, with the possibility to extend with a second term of 3 years.

The new members are expected to have an active involvement in the core Supervisory Board responsibilities. Availability for discussion within the SB Board / with the BoD outside regular SB meetings is required. Total time spent on SPARK is estimated to be at least half a day per month. The Terms of Reference for the 2 new Supervisory Board members is the following:

  • Experience as Supervisory Board member, with a preference for experience in a non-profit organisation or foundation and with the thematic areas SPARK operates in (SME development and Higher (Vocational) Education);
  • Senior experience preferable in one or more of the following areas: operational excellence, financial management, higher education, M&E and impact creation and/or small business development;
  • Strong affinity or experience with the Middle East and/or North Africa;
  • Connection to the SPARK objectives and mandate with an understanding of the operational environment (i.e. fragile state environments) SPARK operates in;
  • Preferably a network of donors, companies and/or NGOs relevant to SPARK;
  • Contribute to the further professionalisation and growth of SPARK
  • The ability to balance critical reflection and constructive collaboration.

 

How to express interest?

If you have any questions regarding SPARK or the position, please reach out to Tamar Schrofer: tschrofer@hotmail.com

Your expression of interest (with CVs) can be sent to Director of Operations, Esther Bosgra e.bosgra@spark-online.org before 27 October. All applications will be treated confidentially.