ICCT currently has an operations manager and internship vacancy open. 


ICCT has a vacancy for an

Operations Manager

to help consolidate and expand the Centre as an international centre of excellence, for 24 hours per week. The Operations Manager is responsible for the (further) development and execution of the operational management of ICCT. Together with the ICCT Director, she or he will form the management team and as such, the Operational Manager adds to the strategic management from the operational point of view, and oversees the work of part of the staff. Focus of the Operational Manager is on matters regarding finance, information, organisation, administration, communication, personnel and location. ICCT is preferably looking for an Operational Manager who can also take part in ICCTs projects for part of his or her time, and thus has affinity with and/or knowledge of ICCTs subject matter.

Job description
Relevant tasks are:
1. (Further) develops and shapes ICCT’s operational management and is responsible for its execution by:

  • Developing, defining and executing the framework needed to optimally give shape and content to the operational management of ICCT
  • Executing operational policy and management, analyzing, evaluating that execution, proposing improvements
  • Discussing ICCT’s financial and operational processes and governance with both internal and external stakeholders
  • Developing standards and norms, conditions and quality demands for the operational management of ICCT
  • Drafting and exploiting progress- and accountability reports about ICCT’s finance, operations and governance
  • Following and learning from the dynamics and new insights on operational management, both within ICCT and outside it, and advising the Director and the board of matters relevant for, or of influence on, the functioning of ICCT as a whole.
  • Secretary of the ICCT board (consisting of directors of founding organisations and ICCT director as adviser).

2. As part of ICCT’s management team, the operational manager adds to the strategic course by:

  • Contributing to the development of an adequate and coherent strategic policy for ICCT and advising about the course, goals and main tasks.
  • Translating ICCT’s strategy into financial plans, governance structures, goals and operations.
  • Drafting, adjusting and evaluating (multi-annual and annual) plans and financial plans for ICCT.
  • Drafting annual reports and other accountability reports (financial and otherwise) for ICCT.
  • Making propositions to improve the design and organisation of ICCT and its operations.
  • Managing stakeholder relations for ICCT regarding finances and operations, and with other organisations/people who could become ICCT’s stakeholders.

3. Support and monitor the activities of the management and board:

  • Supporting the Director during internal or external meetings regarding management or operations.
  • Preparing the meetings of the ICCT board (directors level), gathering and drafting the agenda, documents for the agenda and background information, drafting notes, discussion papers, reports and advice and minutes.

4. Supervises (part of) ICCT’s staff
5. Takes part in ICCT projects.

Qualifications and experience

  • Academic level and degree;
  • Multiple years of experience in a similar role, preferably in a knowledge-intensive business;
  • Project and programme management experience and knowledge;
  • Excellent command of English and preferably Dutch.

Knowledge and capabilities:

  • Broad knowledge of and experience in operational management;
  • Expertise in the drafting, presenting, explaining and defending of and negotiating about financial plans and reports;
  • Knowledge of financial and P&C processes;
  • Excellent interpersonal, communications and writing skills;
  • Expertise in management;
  • Networking and representational skills;
  • Experience with preparing high-level strategic meetings;
  • Creative mind, pro-active and not risk averse;
  • Interest in and preferably knowledge of the field of (counter)terrorism and/or countering and preventing violent extremism.

Key competencies:

  • Management;
  • Decision making;
  • Pro-active;
  • Strategy;
  • Integrity;
  • Service;
  • Cost consciousness;
  • Conscientiousness;
  • Results-oriented;
  • Reliability;
  • Creativity;
  • Politically sensitive.

The candidate must be willing to work flexible working hours and to participate in ICCT evening events and travel abroad.

The contract is initially valid for a period of one year with the option on renewal. The salary depends on the level of education and working experience, guideline is scale 12 BBRA based on a 36 hours working week; 8% holiday pay and 8,3% end of year benefit.

Interested candidates eligible to live and work in the Netherlands can apply via the Clingendael website here by submitting their curriculum vitae and motivation letter in English. Deadline for response is Wednesday 19 December 2018.


ICCT is seeking a full-time intern to support its The Hague office for a period of 6 months. He or she will be primarily responsible for providing assistance to ICCT’s team in its day-to-day functioning. This concerns communication, logistical and secretarial tasks as well as research and project support. Communication tasks include contributing to online communication, such as ICCT’s social media accounts, monthly newsletters and website and external communication with ICCT’s partners and visitors. Other duties may include editing ICCT’s publications, assisting with the organisation of events, assisting in background research on a range of topics, and other ad hoc 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

  • 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 detailed background research and client mapping related to ICCT’s projects;
  • Administration: Providing secretarial and logistical support to ICCT’s core team, including the management and fellows;
  • Online communication: Managing ICCT’s social media accounts, drafting the ICCT newsletter, texts for ICCT’s website and expanding the online presence of ICCT;
  • External communication: Contributing to ingoing and outgoing correspondence, liaising with and welcoming external partners such as national and international academics, policymakers, (foreign) dignitaries and practitioners;
  • Editing: Assisting in the editing of ICCT publications and in background research;
  • Events organisation: Assisting in the organisation of public events and closed expert meetings;
  • Other duties as required.

Key requirements

Key competencies

  • Excellent communication and writing skills;
  • Proven organisational skills; ability to manage and prioritise various tasks;
  • Excellent (native or near-native) command of English. French and/or Arabic is considered an advantage;
  • Excellent research skills, preferably demonstrated through prior academic work;
  • 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 and WordPress; 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;
  • Preferably editing 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. Ms. Laura Ombelet ( before Tuesday 1 January 2019.

  • 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 2019” as the subject of your e-mail.

Interviews will take place in the week beginning 14th January 2019, with the successful candidate projected to start work in the week beginning the 25th February 2019.

Read the full vacancy here.

ICCT offers internship opportunities twice a year starting in the Spring and Autumn. To qualify, all candidates must be enrolled as a student in a university or university of applied sciences (Dutch: HBO) throughout the entire duration of the internship.

Visiting Fellowship Programme

Since its launch in 2010, ICCT’s Visiting Fellowship Programme has attracted scholars from around the world to undertake research in The Hague. The aim of the programme is to provide scholars and practitioners with the opportunity to conduct in-depth research into a specific area of work relating to ICCT’s two pillars, namely the rule of law and preventative aspects of (counter-) terrorism. While residing in The Hague and working at ICCT’s offices, knowledge exchange between the Visiting Fellow, ICCT staff, and the wider public, for example through public seminars and closed expert meetings, will be encouraged / enabled facilitated. The Visiting Fellowship Programme consists of three different types:

  • Academic Research Fellowship: this Fellowship Programme is designed to provide scholars working within academia or (research) centres with an opportunity to focus on conducting original research at ICCT on a topic that lies within the Centre’s thematic focus.
  • Practitioner Research Fellowship: this Fellowship Programme is designed for non-academics and/or practitioners who currently work in the fields of counter-terrorism (CT) and countering violent extremism (CVE), for example in national or local governments organisations, governmental organisations, international organisations, charities, NGOs non-governmental organisations or consultancies. The Fellowship aims to provide such practitioners with an opportunity to focus on research, based on their experiences and insights gained from working at the frontline of CT and CVE. Through this ICCT encourages the exchange of knowledge and understanding between the research and practitioner communities.
  • Development Fellowship: these Fellowships are designed for either academics or practitioners, but instead of producing a research paper, these Fellowships are aimed at developing more practical deliverables that can be used in ICCT’s Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) projects. This can include projects such as designing a new workshop or training course, or writing a practical CVE handbook/guide, or developing other such tools that can be put to practical use in CVE projects.
Practical Information

Visiting Fellowships are unsalaried positions. Fellows salaries are normally paid for by their employer. As such Visiting Fellowships are ideal opportunities for professionals on sabbatical or secondment.

However, ICCT may also consider applicants who are receiving external funding or scholarships to cover their salary during the Fellowship period. (Unfortunately, ICCT is not in the position to help with acquiring these external funds.)

ICCT covers the following costs:

Travel and Accommodation

  • Accomodation in The Hague for 2-3 months during the Fellowship;
  • A per diem allowance for each day during the agreed-upon stay in The Hague;
  • Economy class return travel to The Hague.

Research, Development and Publication

  • Office space at ICCT headquarters in The Hague;
  • Supervision and guidance from an ICCT Research Fellow who is an expert in your area of study;
  • Research costs, e.g. filed work, books or equipment;
  • Development costs, e.g. trialing practical deliverables in CVE projects;
  • Editing and publishing Fellowship output on ICCT’s website;
  • Organisation of a seminar or expert workshop to present Fellowship output.

Who Can Apply

We welcome applications from mid to senior level academics and practicioners with at least 5 experience in the field of CT and/or CVE.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted all year round. Please submit the following documents at

  • 1-page letter of motivation setting out which Visiting Fellowship you are applying for and your motivation for doing so;
  • 2-page (maximum) Research or Development Plan.

For more information, please contact our Programme Assistant at