Executive Director

Access to Nutrition Foundation , Netherlands

About The Access to Nutrition Initiative

The Access to Nutrition Initiative (‘ATNI’), hosted by the Access to Nutrition Foundation, is an independent international non-profit organization based in the Netherlands.

Every country in the world is affected by malnutrition with 88% of countries facing overlapping burdens. Globally one in three people are either undernourished, overweight or obese. Over the last 35 years, obesity has more than doubled and has now reached epidemic proportions. Over the next 10 years, worsened by Covid-19, undernutrition is also set to continue to increase. ATNI’s vision is a world where no one goes to bed hungry, everyone eats a healthy, affordable diet that has the nutrients they need to grow and develop fully and deaths and illnesses from diets low in essential vitamins and minerals are confined to history.

ATNI’s aim is to drive change by tracking and driving the food industry’s attempts to tackle obesity, diet-related chronic diseases, and undernutrition at the local and global levels. The organization designs and delivers a range of private sector accountability tools for multinationals as well as small and medium sized companies in developing and developed markets, using own and outsourced research and the knowledge of ATNI’s growing global stakeholder network. ATNI’s flagship product is the Global Index that assesses the global largest food & beverage manufacturers on their performance on nutrition against others in their sector. In addition, ATNI develops country Indexes, conducts action research on emerging nutrition topics and develops tools and data for other organizations, such as WHO, SUN Business network and FTSE4Good, interested in keeping companies accountable for nutrition. Every action ATNI takes is intended to encourage businesses to do more to achieve good health through improved diets and nutrition. Since its inception ATNI has become the international recognized expert at the interface of business, accountability, and nutrition. 

ATNI works extensively with the investment community to ensure that ATNI Indexes are designed to provide institutional investors with the in-depth information they need on companies’ performance on nutrition not available from any other source. Investors can then use the Indexes and reports in their ESG research, investment analysis and engagement. The ATNI investors coalition currently has 74 investor signatories with USD 16.5 trillion assets under management (AUM)

The development of the Access to Nutrition Initiative was supported by the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) (http://www.gainhealth.org/). After an initial incubation period in GAIN, the Indexes and other tools are managed by ATNI since 2013.

ATNI actively seeks partnerships with other organizations taking a multi-stakeholder, holistic approach to everything it does. Funding comes from foundations,

governments, and fees. Current funders are the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the UK Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office, Irish Aid, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust through ShareAction and GAIN. ATNI does not take any funding from — nor undertake projects commissioned by — food and beverage companies or industry associations.

Further information on ATNI can be found at www.accesstonutrition.org

Executive Director

The Executive Director (‘ED’) serves as the Chief Executive Officer of ATNI and is responsible for the administration, funding, strategy, and all activities. The ED chairs the management team consisting of the ED, Research Director and Program Director. The ED reports to the chair of the ATNI Board and is a member of the board ex officio. The current staff of ATNI is 17 full time positions and the budget is approximately €3M.

The current ED (Inge Kauer) has been serving since the inception in 2013 but she has decided to move on to new opportunities. She supports the board on the search for a new ED and will help with a seamless transition.


Duties and Responsibilities

The selected candidate will be responsible for the following tasks:

Strategy development:

  • Work with the Board, to shape the direction of ATNI and implement strategy, policy, procedures, and programmes.
  • Implement a strategic planning process that is reviewed and revised annually.
  • Ensure that the ATNI’s programme of work and services contribute to the advancement of the mission and reflect the priorities of the strategic and business plans approved by the Board.
  • Scale up promising strategies and develop new inroads/tools that deliver sustained positive impact on Food and Beverage (‘F&B’) companies, leading to the marketing of healthier products.

Organizational management and leadership:

  • Lead the successful implementation of ATNI’s strategy and operational plan and advise on resources needed to achieve strategic goals.
  • Oversee the evaluation of the impact of ATNI’s programs and services.
  • Manage the ATNI as a whole, including all income and expenditures and related financial matters, risk assessment, HR, legal, governance and performance; ensure timely reporting on financial and programmatic progress
  • Lead, motivate, inspire, and delegate to a multidisciplinary and international team all working towards a common vision.
  • Ensure that there are clear lines of accountability and responsibility across the team that foster and maintain effective working relationships for ATNI.
  • Foster a cohesive and collaborative culture in ATNI that encourages personal fulfilment and professional growth among team members at all levels.

External Representation and Communication:

  • Develop and implement a standardized communication strategy to increase the effectiveness and consistency of the ATNI’s key messages using effective external communication strategies and platforms, including but not limited to collaborations, partnerships and coalitions, and publications.
  • Provide thought leadership and serve as the primary spokesperson for ATNI, including communicating mission and strategy effectively and maintaining a strong professional profile and relationships with a wide range of stakeholders and partners.
  • Build and maintain positive relationships with nutritional experts, policy makers, investors, and senior leaders in the F&B sector.
  • Publicly promote ATNI in conferences and media interviews and share ATNI research finding.
  • Foster partnerships and networks that complement or augment the goals and objectives of ATNI in and outside the nutrition field.

Financial Stability & Resource Mobilization:

  • Oversee all fiscal activities for the organization, including the annual budget preparation, budget management, cash flow monitoring, and financial reporting to the Board of Trustees and its Finance and Audit Committee.
  • Maintain and strengthen relationships with internal and external stakeholders and with funding partners.
  • Lead the development and implementation of ATNI’s partnership and revenue acquisition strategy and recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve revenue targets and partnership objectives
  • Capably bring, cultivate, create, maintain, and secure new funding opportunities (grants and funded projects) to safeguard long-term impact and sustainability.


  • Communicate effectively with the Board and provide all information necessary for the Board    to function optimally and to make informed decisions in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Ensure that ATNI fulfils its programmatic and financial reporting responsibilities across a diverse portfolio of donors/investors.
  • Cultivate a strong and constructive working relationship with the Board and ensure open communication about the measurement of financial, programmatic, and impact performance against stated milestones and goals.


Required Experience and Qualifications:

  • The ideal candidate will hold a relevant advanced degree.
  • Minimum of 15 years of experience in preferably the health/life sciences related sector ideally with 5 years in a senior management role.
  • Experience working at strategic and operational levels and driving success across organizations and partnerships.
  • Experience in major donor acquisition, contracting, grant management and accountability, including implementing operating systems to ensure compliance.
  • Track record in effective planning and managing high-performing, multi-disciplinary teams to work together as a group and realize their potential as individual professionals/leaders.
  • Collaborative, team player with a high level of interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity.
  • Organizational development experience with the ability to motivate teams and inspire organizational culture.
  • Experience in managing grant portfolios, including applying and evaluating milestone-based performance objectives.
  • Demonstrated curiosity and comfort in areas beyond current areas of expertise with a proven ability to rapidly acquire knowledge and execute sound judgment in related areas.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work and meet deadlines within a fast-paced environment with multiple and competing demands.
  • Demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit with successful track record in fundraising, including donor cultivation, prospect acquisition, and grant proposal preparation for private and institutional funders.
  • Collaborative, team player with a high level of interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English, with one additional language a plus
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment and a proven ability to analyse, problem- solve, manage, and prioritize a complex, diverse global portfolio of projects.
  • Ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally.


  • Strategic thinking.
  • Results oriented.
  • Good balance of business judgment, risk taking and entrepreneurial zeal.
  • Courageously leadership (by example, with empathy, vision, and innovation).
  • Building/growth mindset.
  • Authentic leadership skills, with the ability to be flexible and adaptive to meet the ATNI’s needs.
  • Highly enthusiastic and motivated with a can-do attitude.
  • Collaborative with strong relationship management acumen.
  • Diplomacy.
  • High emotional intelligence and integrity.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Accomplished public speaker. Highly effective advocacy, negotiating and influencing skills with sensitivity to controversial issues.
  • Networker.


Terms of Appointment

This is a one-year fixed-term appointment (twice renewable). After three years, the contract may be renewed for an indefinite period. The Executive Director will be based at ATNI offices in Utrecht, The Netherlands. The position requires 20-30% domestic and international travel.

ATNI is an equal opportunity employer.

Role Location

The Netherlands

Key Steps in the Selection Process

If you wish to be considered for this position, please complete the Application Form below on or before 3 February 2022. In addition, we encourage you to please attach a copy of the most recent English version of your CV.

All information will be treated in the strictest confidence. If you have an initial query rather than an application, kindly email us at [email protected]

SRI Executive is exclusively retained by the Access to Nutrition Initiative to undertake this assignment.

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