IYIYNF is an international youth umbrella organization that gathers more than 20 member and partner organizations that are further structured in local and regional groups. The core role of IYNF is to facilitate cooperation between its members and partners by creating links, organising meetings, providing direct support and promoting nature-friendly activities all over Europe. IYNF is a training and exchange organisation providing capacity building and networking activities for the benefit of its members. Our main field of activity is experiential education (in outdoor, environmental and amateur art methodology) for values of respect, equality, solidarity, sustainability and love and care for nature.

We are currently looking for an inspiring, motivated and responsible leader for our international team of staff and volunteers.

The Secretary General is an appointed member of the Presidium working full-time in the international office in Prague. He or she will lead the Secretariat having the key responsibility for the implementation of the work plan, projects and the financial and HR agenda of the organisation. The Secretariat has currently two full-time staff members and one half-time staff member, two long-term ESC volunteers, and external supporters. The organisation is managed in a concept of Policy Governance.

Requirements for the position

  • EU working permit
  • At least two years of working or volunteering experience in a national or international NGO
  • Experience and expertise in at least one of the fields of IYNF activity: (international) youth work, network coordination, non-formal education or environmental and outdoor education
  • Ability and willingness to work flexible hours, travel for meetings abroad and work on weekends when required
  • Experience with managing grant applications is a high asset (EU, EYF of CoE or other)
  • Readiness to perform further fundraising especially in the operating and structural direction (Europe for Citizens and related schemes)
  • Experience with the facilitation of long-term strategies and/or crisis management is an advantage
  • Ability to lead a small team, create a motivational atmosphere and working culture in the office and support newcomers
  • Fluent in English, working knowledge of German and/or Czech is an advantage
  • Compliance with the main values of IYNF
  • Naturefriend affiliation is an asset, but it is not required
  • Willingness to work and live in Prague and to be regularly physically present in the IYNF Secretariat
  • Availability to start the position as soon as possible, preferably on the 1st of December 2021


  • Lead, manage and select IYNF staff, volunteers and interns
  • Implement the IYNF Work Plan in accordance with the IYNF policies and regulations
  • Create regulations connected to the policies
  • Link the IYNF Presidium with the Secretariat and implement the decisions of the Presidium
  • Be the IYNF legal representative and the main responsible for legal issues
  • Ensure funding for IYNF operations
  • Supervise the financial management
  • Represent IYNF externally
  • Ensure vivid relations with all IYNF stakeholders

Conditions proposed

  • Starting contract for the period of one year with the aim of long-term cooperation
  • Salary  of 2500€ per month before tax
  • Support for further professional training
  • 5 weeks of paid holidays
  • Paid cell phone

Procedure to apply:

Interested to apply? Please reply to this call and send us your motivation letter and CV in English latest by 1st November 2021 to following address: sg@iynf.org 

Please note that only online applications are accepted and that only candidates who fulfil the job requirements will be shortlisted and contacted for interviews. Selected candidates will be invited for a Zoom or personal interview.