Director of Effective Philanthropy

Director of Effective Philanthropy

Posted 4 weeks ago

Job Features

LocationAmsterdam, The Netherlands
Closing Date28th September

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About Porticus

Porticus is the international organisation that manages and develops the philanthropic programmes of charitable entities established by Brenninkmeijer family entrepreneurs. Their work builds on the heritage of charitable engagement of Clemens and August Brenninkmeijer, the two brothers who founded the clothing retailer C&A in 1841. Porticus collaborates with partners around the globe to foster human dignity, social justice and sustainability.

The Role

Working across strategic initiatives, portfolios of philanthropic programmes and regional offices, the Director of Effective Philanthropy (EP) builds a best in class learning organisation to make effective use of learning and evaluation for strategic intent, to achieve the highest impact in social change possible. The main deliverables are:

  • Shaping and developing the Effective Philanthropy function, including leading and developing the team that is responsible for this.
  • Setting EP direction to provide a range of timely and high quality inputs, advice and review on strategy, programme development, learning, monitoring and evaluation.

Person Specification

  • A recognized authority and thought leader in the field of strategic philanthropy
  • A track record in successfully setting up and developing a Learning and Evaluation department in an international grant making environment
  • Senior professional with substantial years of relevant experience in an international philanthropic or comparable environment, including:
    • Designing and implementing programmes and/or funding strategies (including the practical challenges of grant/programme implementation)
    • Developing tools, guidelines and processes, quantitative and qualitative research methods
    • Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) experience in the development and social justice sectors, incorporating quantitative and qualitative methodologies; delivering M&E and programme-focused strategic advice to non-experts
  • Team management experience and strong people leadership skills; demonstrated ability to work constructively as part of an international team, with a high level of effective interpersonal and influencing skills
  • Comfort working in a multilingual and multicultural environment and/or family business


  • PhD in development economics, social sciences or related field, or a Master’s degree with equivalent experience
  • Fluency in English language (minimum level C1)
  • Existing eligibility to live and work in the Netherlands


Interested in this role? Download the appointment brief below for more information then come back to this page to apply.

Appointment Brief: Porticus Candidate Pack
Lead Consultant
Yolanda Weldring
Associate Director - Europe