ICCT seeks an experienced Programme Manager for a full time position (36 hours).

Location: The Hague, the Netherlands.

Themes that the Programme Manager will work on might vary, but will likely include foreign fighters, rule of law-related aspects of (counter-) terrorism, civil society engagement and the rehabilitation of violent extremist offenders.

Job description
Relevant tasks are:

  • Responsible for contributing to and/or managing ICCT’s projects and programmes, including: acquisition, initiation, design, negotiation, implementation, monitoring and reporting of activities (including research papers, commentaries, events, implementation and monitoring and evaluation)
  • Responsible for carrying out ICCT-activities, such as (but not limited to) the design and execution of trainings, for instance practitioners or capacity building trainings, doing research, translate research findings into practical policy advice in various forms and media.
  • Act as researcher for certain projects, including project management, and act as contributor for projects led by other staff. Generate research output at different levels of complexity and in different formats to ensure its accessibility to different audiences, particularly policy and practitioners audiences;
  • Overseeing and reporting (also financially) on the work and planning of the projects and programmes themselves, and of relevant project staff, research fellows, external consultants and intern(s) engaged in the different projects
  • Increase ICCT’s external profile and network by being part of leading debates, enlarging the team’s network in various (international) settings, and creating/maintaining relations for the purpose of acquisition (including developing and writing research proposals).
  • Contributing to overall and project-specific financial management
  • Grant and proposal writing, including complex multi-lateral institution applications and accreditation

Qualifications and experience

We would be interested if the following requirements are met:

  • A university degree in a related discipline eg. terrorism studies, international law, political science, international relations, security studies, plus relevant working experience. We are specifically interested in candidates who have both experience in the academic world and in a policy and/or operational settings;
  • Having access to a network in the CT or CVE/PVE field, nationally and/or internationally is considered an advantage;
  • Knowledge of and experience with counterterrorism and/or preventing/countering violent extremism, preferably on the intersection of rule of law and human rights;
  • Proven ability to deliver tailored advice that matters to policy-makers. Expertise in the visualization of research findings in infographics and other formats is considered an asset.


  • Relevant experience in project and/or programme management, preferably in the context of counter-terrorism related programmes, or equivalent and including coordinating the work of a diverse group of project staff;
  • Working experience in or knowledge of the field of counter-terrorism and/or countering of preventing violent extremism;
  • Proven track record of budget creation, supervision and consolidation;
  • Proven experience in planning and executing high-level events;
  • Past experience in an international organisation is an asset.

Key competencies:

  • Fluent in English, excellent English writing skills. Preferably also in French;
  • Experience in project- and/or programme management;
  • Excellence in research and research methods; strong analytical qualities and the ability to present complex arguments in a compelling way;
  • Politically and administratively sensitive: sensitivity to working in an international, diplomatic environment;
  • Excellent proposal and grant writing skills;
  • Excellent networking, communication, writing and  representation skills;
  • Proven organisational skills: ability to manage and prioritise tasks;
  • Initiative, creativity and adaptability, team player, transparent,;
  • Attention to detail, flexible, ability to work independently and under pressure, capable of reaching deadlines, high level of integrity;


  • 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 11 BBRA (EUR 3.384 – EUR 4.809 gross per month) based on a 36 hours working week.
  • 8% holiday pay and 8,3% end of year benefit

Willing and able to travel (frequently) and work flexible hours.


Interested candidates eligible to live and work in the Netherlands are requested to send their curriculum vitae and motivation letter to with the subject heading ‘Programme Manager Application October 2018’. Deadline for response is Monday 22 October 2018 by 12.00 noon CET.

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ICCT currently has no internship vacancies.

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