Looking for our new President!

Vacancy for the position of President of Women in International Security, Brussels (WIIS)

The WIIS Brussels Steering Committee is searching for an experienced and established professional in the field of international peace and security to act as its President for the next 3 years. The ideal candidate is a motivator with collaborative leadership skills; a team player able to work at all levels with a diverse team and across WIIS’s three pillars. The position is voluntary and requires the flexibility and commitment to pursue projects and WIIS Brussels’s mission alongside the other members of the Steering Committee. The post offers an invaluable opportunity for professional growth, expansion of networks and increased visibility (in Brussels and in the field) in addition to the satisfaction of working collaboratively with a team of highly motivated women.

Requirements include:

  • A good understanding of and passion for international peace, security, and defence, and for the promotion of women in these sectors

  • A good network which can serve the goals of WIIS Brussels

  • Ability to work in a collaborative team environment

  • Willingness to lead and be led

  • Freedom to speak publicly.

Tasks and responsibilities include:

  • Participation in the monthly Steering Committee meetings alongside the other WIIS Brussels Steering Committee volunteers

  • Conducting outreach and representing WIIS in public events, organized by WIIS Brussels or others

  • Develop projects across the three WIIS Brussels pillars, in collaboration with Steering Committee members

  • Occasional fundraising.

About WIIS Brussels

Women in International Security (WIIS – pronounced ‘wise’) Brussels is an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit organisation, registered under Belgian law. It belongs to the global family of WIIS chapters dedicated to advancing the leadership and professional development of women in the field of international relations, peace, security and defence.

WIIS Brussels promotes leadership training, mentoring, and networking programmes as well as intellectual diversity through discussions on current policy challenges. It benefits from the presence of the EU institutions and NATO as well as a very high concentration of diplomatic representations, international organisations and other influential stakeholders, putting it at the centre of key policy discussions on international relations, security and defence.

Our energetic team of volunteers that constitute its Steering Committee is composed of women working international organisations, media, think tanks, foundations and the private sector. A high-level Advisory Committee provides strategic guidance. The WIIS Brussels network comprises several hundred men and women who regularly participate in its activities.

WIIS Brussels’ activities are organised in three pillars:

1. Policy

Policy debates have long suffered from a lack of parity between male and female voices as well as of generational, regional and ethnic diversity. WIIS Brussels endeavours to give women a platform to contribute to policy discussions on international relations, security and defence on gender-specific topics as well as on broader geo-political policy challenges. WIIS Brussels regularly collaborates with partners to increase its reach and strengthen its impact.

2. Professional Development

While women abound among students of international relations, security, defence, development and human security, their numbers are low in senior and decision-making positions across governments, international, civil society organizations and the private sector. WIIS Brussels addresses this dilemma by convening regular conversations with senior female professionals on career development. Since 2016, WIIS Brussels organises an annual mentoring programme, a flagship initiative aimed at helping more women succeed in their career ambitions. Strengthening women’s leadership skills is an active step to transform the societal, organisational and mental structures that have prevented many women from advancing.

3. Networking

Networks and peer support are key to building one’s career and to developing successful projects. WIIS Brussels encourages women active in the fields of international relations, security and defence, to meet and build lasting relationships by organising regular Happy Hours. These informal gatherings provide a safe, informative space that is crucial to fostering professional relations among women in Brussels.

To apply, please send a cover letter and full curriculum vitae to WIIS Brussels Secretary General Claire Craanen (CCraanen@wiis-brussels.org) by 15 September. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and invited for interviews. Expected starting date: Autumn 2019 or no later than January 2020.