Call for Land Portal Foundation Board Members | Land Portal

The Land Portal Foundation is recruiting up to two new board members to complement its existing board.

The Land Portal was set up in 2009 as a partnership project to address fragmented land information and resources, which makes it difficult and often prohibitively expensive to draw together reliable evidence in support of decision making, policy formulation, or advocacy. 

In 2014, the Land Portal became an independent foundation based in the Netherlands, with a Board of Directors and a globally distributed Team. The work of the Land Portal Foundation is based on a regularly reviewed long-term strategy and theory of change.

The Land Portal works to create a better information ecosystem for land governance through its wide-ranging partnerships, original research, and website, which convenes land information through an open development approach. 

The Land Portal is looking to complement its current board with up to two additional members, of which one member could be selected to fulfill the role of Chairperson of the Board. We are looking for expressions of interest from committed and motivated individuals with experience and interest in land issues, open data and open knowledge, ICT for Development, and the growth and long-term financial sustainability of foundations. Those with a diverse background, expertise, and a disposition towards innovation and social change are encouraged to apply. Applicants are also encouraged to express whether they would be interested in assuming the role of Chairperson as part of their cover letter, as the current chair’s tenure terminates in February 2023.

Board members are responsible for supporting the ongoing development and innovation of the Land Portal, as well as to network and promote the Land Portal within existing land, open knowledge, and grassroots ICTD communities, and also to link the Land Portal with potential donors and to build the long-term financial sustainability of the Foundation.

The Board has the responsibilities of:

  • Assuming collective responsibility for financial and legal probity of the Foundation.

  • Attending regularly scheduled board meetings (i.e. every other month) either online or in person.

  • Actively participating in board subcommittees from time to time to advise on matters pertinent to the operation of the Board or Land Portal. 

  • Reviewing all relevant materials.

  • Reading the board email list (generally low-traffic and limited to matters requiring board specific attention) and responding where specific expertise is needed.

  • Participating in email list votes from time to time.

  • Shaping and overseeing the strategy and operation of the Foundation.

  • Establishing  the Land Portal’s strategy and activity plans and monitoring their implementation.

  • Supporting the Team Leader, overseeing and assessing his/her performance.

  • Mobilizing funding and promoting the Land Portal with donors, governments, etc.

  • Guaranteeing the quality control of the Land Portal and assessing its performance.

  • Making a general commitment to promoting the organization and its goals.

  • Addressing other matters which may arise during their tenure.

Members of the Board, including the Chairperson, will receive no remuneration for their work. However, they do have a right to request for reimbursement of expenses incurred during duties performed as Board Members, and as approved by the Board. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, age, disability or veteran status. We support an inclusive working culture for our employees and our stakeholders.

Interested parties should submit a brief cover letter that addresses their contribution and added value they could bring to the Land Portal Foundation, supplemented by a short biography (150 words) and a complete and updated CV.

Proposals should be sent to Land Portal Team Leader, Laura Meggiolaro: with a copy to the Chairman Tim Fella at by June 10, 2022.

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