Executive Director Job Description and Person Specification


Please find attached a Job Description and Person Specification advertising the post of Executive Director for INPUD.



The International Network of People who Use Drugs (INPUD) is a global peer-based organisation that seeks to promote the health and defend the rights of people who use drugs. INPUD will expose and challenge stigma, discrimination, and the criminalisation of people who use drugs and its impact on the drug-using community’s health and rights. INPUD will achieve this through processes of empowerment and advocacy at the international level, while supporting empowerment and advocacy at community, national, and regional levels. www.inpud.net



About the Role

Post:                                    Executive Director

Accountable to:                  INPUD Board of Directors

Hours:                                 Half time (17.5 hours per week)

Term of contract:              One year rolling

Salary:                                 £50,000 pro rata


INPUD is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including members of the drug using community, as well as people living with HIV and/or hepatitis and LGBTQI people.


INPUD is seeking a committed and inspirational leader to join the London Secretariat. We are seeking a person who leads by example and is able to create and contribute to an organisational environment of openness, accountability, transparency and trust.


As a membership based organisation, the INPUD Executive Director will be someone who consults and brings people along with them, leading from the bottom up.


It is an exciting time to join INPUD as we have recently moved to a regional network membership model, with members distributed around the globe. The INPUD Executive Director will be instrumental in realising this change, and will contribute to fulfilling INPUD’s mission as the global representative voice of people who use drugs.



The Job Description and Person Specification for this role of Executive Director can be found overleaf.


Job Description

Strategic Oversight:

  • Responsible for communicating effectively and liaising with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.
  • Responsible for oversight and implementation of INPUD’s strategy.

Representing INPUD and Building Partnerships:

  • Build and maintain strategic alliances and partnerships with NGOs and CSOs, partners, member organisations, governments and agencies, etcetera, relevant to INPUD’s mission and strategy.
  • To this end, oversee representation and represent INPUD (principally through attending directly, or delegating attendance as befits staff’s/board’s/members’ expertise and experience) on issues of relevance and in a variety of fora.

Donor Relationships:

  • Responsible for overseeing programme applications, fundraising and donor stewardship, and developing other resources necessary to support INPUD’s mission.

Office Management (principally responsibility of Deputy Director, but ED to have oversight):

  • Assist the Deputy Director in hiring and maintaining qualified and competent staff who have an understanding of the functions, strategies, and aims of INPUD and communities the Secretariat serves.
  • Responsible for fiscal oversight that generally anticipates operating within the approved budget.
  • With Deputy Director, responsible for overseeing INPUD operations.
  • Liaise with the Deputy Director to ensure oversight of management of the London Secretariat.
  • Maintain oversight of INPUD secretariat’s fieldwork, research, writing, advocacy campaigns, and publication.
  • Responsible for signing notes, agreements, etc. (alongside Deputy Director and Office Manager) for and on behalf of INPUD.


Selection Criteria:

  • Experience in the not-for-profit sector, preferably in the drug policy, HIV, harm reduction, and/or blood-borne infection sector(s).
  • Demonstrable experience of advocacy at the international level, with demonstrable advocacy focus on drug policy and legislation.
  • Demonstrable experience of high-level donor stewardship, engagement, and fundraising and grant writing, with focus on the drug policy sector.
  • Knowledge of financial management and accountability systems and mechanisms.
  • Excellent knowledge of the HIV and harm reduction sector and actors, including UN bodies, GFATM, other donors and key stakeholders in the field.
  • Knowledge of drug user rights and harm reduction principles and a commitment to the empowerment and human rights of people who use drugs.
  • Strong collaboration skills, with proven ability to work as part of a team, build networks, and negotiate with partners and other organisations.
  • Excellent and demonstrable written and verbal communication skills (English; additional languages an asset).
  • Lived experience of the issues impacting the lives of people who use drugs would be an asset.
  • Some knowledge of human resource management is preferable, though this will be undertaken in collaboration with the Deputy Director.
  • A sense of humour is a definite plus!


How to Apply:

Applications should be made in writing with a covering letter that must address all selection criteria.


Please accompany your application with current curriculum vitae (CV) and the names and contact details of at least two referees, which must include your current or most recent employer.


Please send your application by email to: jobs@inpud.net


Deadline for applications: Midnight on Sunday 4th December, 2016


Good luck!