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Role: Programme Lead, Current and Emerging Threats

Commitment: 36 hours per week

Starting Date: 15 March 2021

The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT) is looking for a new Programme Lead to spearhead one of the institution’s core thematic pillars: Current and Emerging Threats.

Who We Are

ICCT is a respected thinktank in the field of counter-terrorism (CT) and preventing/countering violent extremism (P/CVE). Our research, policy advice and on-the-ground programming is guided by a fundamental conviction: that CT policy and practice is most effective when it adheres to the rule of law and respects human rights.

Our approach is simple:

  • We conduct rigorous, evidence-based research to understand the complex dynamics of P/CVE and CT.
  • We share what we learn through publications, events, participation in high-level fora, media work, academic debate and policy advice.
  • We translate our findings into policy and practice, making an impact by delivering training and workshops for CT professionals around the world and contributing to the development of good practices at international and regional level.

Our staff currently lead several large, multi-annual projects for the European Commission, USAID and various national governments, and work regularly with a range of partners including the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum (GCTF), the UN – including UNOCT, UNODC, and UN CTED – and others.

ICCT is based in The Hague, Netherlands and enjoys a close partnership with two prominent Dutch research institutions: the T.M.C. Asser Institute and University of Leiden’s Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA). We also have an important and longstanding relationship with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism (NCTV).

Who We’re Looking For

ICCT is searching for a new Programme Lead, Current and Emerging Threats who will lead the institution’s work to understand the evolving terrorist threat and government countermeasures.

At ICCT, you will put your knowledge to work shaping our CT programming, with a focus on terrorist groups, ideologies, attacks, national and international responses, as well as counter-terrorist financing. To lead this work, we seek a candidate with deep expertise on threat actors and ideologies – for example jihadist groups like ISIS and AQ, right-wing extremism, etc – and threat assessment and foresight work across the threat spectrum. We encourage both academics and practitioners to apply, as long as applicants can demonstrate experience (8+ years) working on these issues.

An important part of your role will be writing academic papers and other publications to help advance understanding in the field. Additionally, project management is a major part of this role. This means you are experienced translating research into policy advice in a range of settings, and leading project implementation in cooperation with partners such as intelligence services, law enforcement, civil society organisations and judicial actors.

This is a leadership role in the organisation. This means you will line manage a small team of fellows, develop a pool of external experts to support your programming, and work closely with ICCT’s senior leadership on (multi-)annual strategic planning and other initiatives. It also means accountability for developing and securing major new fundraising opportunities.

Your Tasks and Responsibilities

Programme Development and Research

  • Shape ICCT’s programmatic priorities on terrorist groups, ideologies, attacks, CT responses, as well as in the areas of counter-terrorist financing (CFT);
  • Develop ICCT’s qualitative and quantitative working methods and lead delivery of both the ICCT Annual Threat Assessment and ICCT Annual Forecast;
  • Author primary research, policy briefs and shorter contributions (e.g op-eds, alerts) to advance knowledge and understanding on terror threats and CT responses.

Acquisition and Fundraising

  • Networking and stakeholder management to identify major new funding opportunities;
  • Lead fundraising activities (e.g. grantwriting, contract negotiations) for complex multilateral institutional applications.

Project Management and Project Delivery

  • Lead ongoing multi-annual project in the area of CFT;
  • Overall responsibility for project management of ICCT projects in this pillar;
  • Project delivery, including the design and implementation of primary research, field missions, events (e.g. conferences, expert meetings, etc), trainings and workshops;
  • Donor reporting (narrative and financial);
  • Act as an expert contributor for projects and activities led by other colleagues.

Institutional Profile-Building

  • Lead ICCT events (e.g. webinars, conference) on topical issues;
  • Actively seek out opportunities to participate in public debate (e.g. through media work) as well as policy debate (e.g. in roundtables, workshops, etc) in national and international settings;
  • Use your own substantial network to strengthen ICCT’s network and partnerships.

Team Responsibilities

  • Line manage a small team (2-4 staff), ensuring the quality of their work and the development of their profile, skills and activities;
  • Take a leading role in crosscutting professionalisation activities, including enhancements to ICCT strategy, governance and internal processes.

What You Bring To The Table

Essential Qualifications

  • Academic degree at Master’s level in a related discipline e.g. terrorism studies, international law, political science, international relations, security studies, development or conflict studies;
  • More than eight (8+) years work experience on topics related to current and emerging terrorist threats;
  • Significant experience in project and/or programme management, including coordinating the work of a diverse group of project staff;
  • Proven fundraising success and experienced in art of relationship management with donors and other stakeholders in the field;
  • Excellent media and communication skills;
  • Unimpeachable personal and professional integrity;
  • Fluency in English;

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD in related discipline;
  • Experience working in the field, including in insecure environments;
  • Experience both in the academic world and in a policy and/or operational setting
  • Professional proficiency in Dutch or Arabic;

What We’re Offering

  • Role: Programme Lead, Current and Emerging Threats
  • Role Benchmark: ICCT roles are benchmarked against a subset of the Dutch central government’s job families (Functiegebouw Rijk). This role is aligned with the function Project/Programme Manager.
  • Period: The appointment starts 15 March 2021 and is for an initial term of 12 months, with an option to renew.
  • Commitment: 36 hours per week (1,0 FTE)
  • Location: The Hague, the Netherlands
  • Salary: Based on the Project/Programme Manger role, the salary indication for this position is between €46.104 and €68.520 (€3.842 – €5.710 monthly)
  • Benefits: 8% holiday pay and 8,3% end of year bonus, pension scheme, commuting allowance, remote working allowance, generous leave policies including 25 days of holiday per year

This vacancy closes on 31 January 2021. Interested candidates can send a cover letter and resume to info@icct.nl. Please include the name of the role in your subject line.

Role: Fellow, Current and Emerging Threats Programme

Commitment: 36 hours per week

Starting Date: 15 March 2021

The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT) is looking for a new Fellow to make a substantial contribution to our core programming.

Who We Are

ICCT is a respected thinktank in the field of counter-terrorism (CT) and preventing/countering violent extremism (P/CVE). Our research, policy advice and on-the-ground programming is guided by a fundamental conviction: that CT policy and practice is most effective when it adheres to the rule of law and respects human rights.

Our approach is simple:

  • We conduct rigorous, evidence-based research to understand the complex dynamics of P/CVE and CT.
  • We share what we learn through publications, events, participation in high-level fora, media work, academic debate and policy advice.
  • We translate our findings into policy and practice, making an impact by delivering training and workshops for CT professionals around the world and contributing to the development of good practices at international and regional level.

Our staff currently lead several large, multi-annual projects for the European Commission, USAID and various national governments, and work regularly with a range of partners including the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum (GCTF), the UN – including UNOCT, UNODC, and UN CTED – and others.

ICCT is based in The Hague, Netherlands and enjoys a close partnership with two prominent Dutch research institutions: the T.M.C. Asser Institute and University of Leiden’s Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA). We also have an important and longstanding relationship with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism (NCTV).

Who We’re Looking For

ICCT is searching for a new Fellow to work on our Current and Emerging Threats programme. This Fellow will contribute to the institution’s work to understand the evolving terrorist threat and government countermeasures.

We are looking for someone with strong expertise on threat actors and ideologies – for example jihadist groups like ISIS and AQ, right-wing extremism, etc – and experience with threat assessment and foresight work across the threat spectrum. We encourage both academics and practitioners to apply, as long as candidates can demonstrate experience (4-8 years) working on these issues.

In particular, we welcome applicants with an aptitude for quantitative methods and who know how to translate data into policy-relevant products.

In addition to research activities, this role is responsible for managing small and mid-sized ICCT projects, while supporting the Programme Lead in large projects. This means you already have some experience in project management and implementation, ideally working with some of ICCT’s common partners such as intelligence services, law enforcement and possibly judicial actors.

We are seeking someone who has been previously involved in fundraising and stakeholder management – for example through grantwriting and administrative support – and who wants to grow this skillset with the support of the Programme Lead.

In general, you have a pro-active mindset, are ready for a fast-paced and evolving work environment, and are excited to take on new opportunities as they emerge.

Your Tasks and Responsibilities

Research and Programming Support

  • Contribute to research activities and author publications on terrorist groups, ideologies, attacks, CT responses, and/or in the areas of counter-terrorist financing (CFT);
  • Help develop ICCT’s qualitative and quantitative working methods to support delivery of the ICCT Annual Threat Assessment and ICCT Annual Forecast.

Acquisition and Fundraising

  • Help the Programme Lead identify and develop new funding opportunities;
  • Provide grantwriting and other support for fundraising applications;
  • Independently develop smaller fundraising opportunities.

Project Management and Project Delivery

  • Project management of ICCT projects at the request of – and under the supervision of – the Programme Lead;
  • Project delivery, including design and implementation of primary research, field missions, events (e.g. conferences, expert meetings, etc), trainings and workshops;
  • Donor reporting (narrative and financial);
  • Act as an expert contributor for projects and activities led by other colleagues.

Institutional Profile-Building

  • Help set up and participate in ICCT events (e.g. webinars, conference) on topical issues;
  • Participate in public debate (e.g. through media work) or policy debate (e.g. through roundtables, workshops, etc) in national or international settings;
  • Strengthen ICCT’s network and partnerships.

Team Responsibilities

  • Support crosscutting professionalisation activities, including enhancements to ICCT strategy, governance and internal processes;
  • Mentor more junior staff and interns.

What You Bring To The Table

Essential Qualifications

  • Academic degree at Master’s level in a related discipline e.g. terrorism studies, international law, political science, international relations, security studies, development or conflict studies;
  • Between 4-8 years work experience on topics related to current and emerging terrorist threats;
  • Experience in project and/or programme management for international donors;
  • Limited experience with fundraising support;
  • Strong communication skills;
  • Unimpeachable personal and professional integrity;
  • Fluency in English.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong quantitative analysis skills;
  • Professional proficiency in Dutch or Arabic;
  • Eligible to work in the Netherlands - EER/Switzerland nationality OR holder of a Dutch work permit

What We’re Offering

  • Role: Fellow, Current and Emerging Threats Programme
  • Role Benchmark: ICCT roles are benchmarked against a subset of the Dutch central government’s job families (Functiegebouw Rijk). This role is aligned with the function Project Manager.
  • Period: The appointment starts 15 March 2021 and is for an initial term of 12 months, with options to renew.
  • Commitment: 36 hours per week (1,0 FTE)
  • Location: The Hague, the Netherlands
  • Salary: Based on the Project Manger role, the salary indication for this position is between €33.888 and €53.160 annually (€2.824 – €4.430 monthly)
  • Benefits: 8% holiday pay and 8,3% end of year bonus, pension scheme, commuting allowance, remote working allowance, generous leave policies including 25 days of holiday per year

This vacancy closes on 31 January 2021. Interested candidates can send a cover letter and resume to info@icct.nl. Please include the name of the role in your subject line.

Start date: 15 March 2021

Duration: 6 months

Working hours: Full time (36 hours per week)

Location: The Hague, the Netherlands

Allowance: The successful applicant will receive a stipend of 450 Euros per month.


Position summary

ICCT is seeking an intern to support its activities. He or she will be primarily responsible for providing assistance to ICCT’s team, particularly on a project on the role of traditional leaders in enhancing resilience to violent extremism in West Africa. Responsibilities will include research and project support, data entry and analysis, in addition to communication, logistical and secretarial tasks. This multitude of responsibilities will require the intern to be highly organised and independent with the ability to communicate effectively. The successful applicant should expect to gain direct exposure to the counter-terrorism work of a dynamic think tank at the intersection of security, politics and development.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Data Entry and Statistical Analysis: Providing support to the project team in entering and coding data collected through field research in West Africa, in addition to conducting analysis of quantitative data;
  • Project assistance: Providing project related logistical and administrative support, such as sending out invitations, registration of participants and arranging travel and accommodation;
  • Research assistance: Conducting research such as doing a literature review, assisting in the preparation of periodic security briefings;
  • Administration: Providing secretarial and logistical support to ICCT’s core team, including the management and fellows;
  • Other duties as required.
  • Key requirements

  • Enrolled as a student in a university or university of applied sciences (Dutch: HBO) throughout the entire duration of the internship. Degrees related to international relations, security, statistics, data science, or economics are preferred.
  • Eligible to work in the Netherlands - EER/Switzerland nationality OR holder of a Dutch study visa - for more information, please see studyinholland.com
  • Key competencies

  • High level of attention to detail;
  • Strong quantitative skills and knowledge of statistical analysis software, especially STATA;
  • Excellent communication and writing skills;
  • Proven organisational skills; ability to manage and prioritise various tasks;
  • Excellent (native or near-native) command of English. French is considered an advantage;
  • Excellent research and analytical skills, preferably demonstrated through prior academic work;
  • Knowledge of Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) is preferred;
  • Knowledge of and an interest in West Africa, especially the Sahel, are an advantage;
  • Knowledge of and an interest in the field of counterterrorism or countering violent extremism are an advantage;
  • Excellent computer skills, including a good command of the Microsoft Office Suite; good command of graphic design software (e.g. Adobe Illustrator) is an advantage;
  • Ability to work autonomously on given tasks and projects;
  • Preferably administrative experience.
  • Contact details

    Interested candidates matching the aforementioned criteria and eligible to live and work in the Netherlands are requested to submit the following documents in English via e-mail only to ICCT, att. Antoinette van den Berg (A.van.den.Berg@icct.nl) before Monday 8 February 2021.

  • A curriculum vitae;
  • A motivation letter outlining your suitability for the position;
  • A recent writing sample of no more than 2000 words. This can be an excerpt of a larger work or a piece on its own.
  • Please use “ICCT Internship Spring 2021” as the subject of your e-mail.

    About ICCT

    The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague (ICCT) is an independent think and do tank providing multidisciplinary policy advice and practical, solution-oriented implementation support on prevention and the rule of law, two vital pillars of effective counter-terrorism.

    The focus of ICCT’s work is on themes at the intersection of countering violent extremism and terrorism and criminal justice sector responses, as well as human rights related aspects of counter-terrorism. The centre connects experts, policymakers, civil society actors and practitioners from different fields by providing a platform for productive collaboration, practical analysis, and exchange of experiences and expertise, with the ultimate aim of identifying innovative and comprehensive approaches to preventing and countering terrorism.

    ICCT is a growing organisation, operating in a high-paced, complex and politically sensitive environment. The centre is supported by a unique partnership comprising three renowned institutions based in The Hague: the T.M.C. Asser Instituut, the Netherlands Institute of International Relations "Clingendael" and Leiden University’s Institute of Security and Global Affairs (formerly the Centre for Terrorism and Counterterrorism).