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Applications of interest are being sought for IOAS future Board Members

The IOAS board is constituted in a manner that safeguards impartiality and enables the participation of all parties from various sectors significantly concerned in the development and principles regarding the content and functioning of the accreditation system.

Potential Board members should have a background from one of the following sectors ; conformity assessment (certification & inspection); operators; beneficiaries (consumers, environment, retail, trade, movement); developing world; and regulatory.

We are particularly keen to receive applications from those within the Operator categories and those with  business expertise.

Elections to the Board shall be for three-year terms with the possibility of re-appointed.

Candidates shall demonstrate the following requirements:

1. Good knowledge of the English language.
2. Standing and authority in their field.
3. High degree of personal integrity, including ability to maintain confidentiality and show due concern for conflict of interest.
4. Evidence of supporting the aims and objectives of organic agriculture and/or IFOAM’s mission
5. Ability to attend, prepare for and actively participate in meetings
6. In the case of those chosen as representatives of the fields of inspection or certification a considerable degree of experience and expertise is required.


Candidates must apply via email to info@ioas.org with the following:

  1. A nomination from any organisation or individual.
  2. A full curriculum vitae (resumé)
  3. A statement of their interest in seeking the appointment.

Closing date:

Applications accepted until further notice.

Alliance for Organic Integrity vacancies

Alliance for Organic Integrity Executive Director

In 2019 the Alliance for Organic Integrity was established with the ultimate goal
of ensuring, protecting and enhancing the quality and integrity of the organic guarantee being provided to consumers. Despite regulations around the world requiring organic products to be certified and certifiers to be accredited, there are significant gaps and weaknesses in this system. This has compelled some of those involved to initiate a private sector-driven global Alliance, to work together more proactively to address these challenges.

The new post of Executive Director is an incredibly exciting (and challenging) role for a progressive, dynamic and ambitious leader who wishes to grow with the job and develop this young organisation from start-up to its full, internationally respected potential. You have the opportunity to make a real and positive difference to the integrity of the organic supply chain and therefore to the trust that consumers can have in the organic products they buy.

You will be well versed in conformity assessment in general and organic control systems in particular, be well respected within the organic community, with good leadership, management and strategic skills, proven fundraising experience and excellent communication skills.

The Alliance is registered (as a 501(c)(3) non-profit) in the USA but is international in scope and activity. You will be based in your own home office but with the ability to travel widely. The post is on a self-employed contract basis, starting at 3/5 with the potential to move to full time as/when appropriate. The contract will be subject to a 6 months probationary period. Salary is negotiable around $50,000 pro rata.

For more details, send your application letter (no more than 2 pages) and CV to: deane@alliancefororganicintegrity.bio.

Closing date for applications: 19th April 2020

Description and Competence Requirements

1. Authority and revision
This job description is approved by the Alliance Board of Directors. It will be reviewed during normal management review processes and amended as necessary.

2. Appointment and reporting
The Executive Director (ED) is appointed by and reports to the Alliance Board of Directors.

3. Overall responsibilities
The ED leads the organisation in accordance with the vision, mission and high-level strategy established by the Alliance Board of Directors. The ED is responsible for representing the organisation at all levels, financial and personnel management and oversight of all aspects of organisational activity.

General business and development
• General business planning, development and review
• Preparation of business plans and projections
• Development of new projects
• Oversight of quality management

• Overall responsibility for the execution of all projects administered by the Alliance in accordance with its policies and procedures
• Communication with project partners and other relevant stakeholders
• Oversight of technical and other project-related committees
• Oversight of scheduling of tasks for all project work
• Promotion of project outputs and results

External Communications
• General promotion
• Liaison with IOAS and all Partners and Supporters
• Liaison with Regulatory Authorities, Scheme Owners, Accreditation Bodies and all other stakeholders
• Concluding and signing Partnership/other agreements with other organisations/bodies
• Upkeep of website and social media
• Management of the Alliance profile at conferences and trade shows

• Overall responsibility for day-to-day financial management
• Preparation and presentation of budgets
• Preparation of financial reports to the Board
• Liaison and handling of relationship with bank, auditor, tax and other authorities

Human resources
• Recruitment and management of relationship with Board and other committees
• Recruitment of new personnel
• Oversight of personnel management, performance reviews, development and training

IT management
• Overall responsibility for IT systems and resources and data management
• Software needs, research and design

Legal and company
• Ensuring the organisation fulfils all legal obligations
• Attendance at all Board and Advisory Board meetings and other relevant committees
• Drafting and timely distribution of Board agendas and appropriate reports and papers
• Ensuring adequate insurance cover is maintained

4. Required knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs)
a) Excellent knowledge of organic control systems and procedures;
b) Excellent knowledge of conformity assessment norms in general;
c) Good reputation and standing in the organic community;
d) Good leadership skills and strategic thinker;
e) Proven fundraising experience and networking skills;
f) Excellent writing and verbal communication skills;
g) Ability to plan and manage projects;
h) Financial expertise including budgets and general accounting principles;
i) Excellent English required, other languages a bonus.

5. Performance review
The performance of the Executive Director will be reviewed annually by the Alliance Board and will be against the goals and objectives established in the current strategic plan.

6. Basis, time and resources
The role is expected to be:
– 3/5 to full time
– Self-employed basis
– Starting as soon as available
– Home office based but able to travel
– Providing all own facilities and equipment
– Supported by a p/t administrative assistant (level and time to be agreed)

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