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Vacancy – Fellow, Current and Emerging Threats Programme

Role: Fellow, Current and Emerging Threats Programme
Commitment: 38 hours per week
Starting Date: 1 August 2022

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 and develop good practices grounded in human rights and the rule of law.
We share what we learn through publications, events, participation in high-level fora, media work and academic debate.
We translate our findings into policy and practice, making an impact by delivering training and workshops for CT professionals around the world.

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 an EU-funded project on disinformation and (violent) extremism, as well as to the institution’s broader research on the evolving terrorist threat and government countermeasures.

We are looking for someone with strong expertise on disinformation and violent extremism – whether jihadi or right-wing extremism – or on online radicalisation/extremism. We encourage both academics and practitioners to apply. Our preferred candidate has either a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline (see below) and 3-6 six years of experience, or a PhD degree in a relevant discipline and 1-2 years of experience.

In particular, we welcome applicants with an expertise on (or interest in) one or more of the following topics:
• Right-wing extremism
• Jihadist terrorism
• Disinformation
• Conspiracy theories
In terms of methodological skills, we are particularly interested in someone who has experience in conducting interviews and / or who can compile and work with databases.

In addition to research activities, this role is potentially responsible for managing small and mid-sized ICCT projects, while supporting the Programme Lead in large projects. Some experience in project management and implementation would therefore be desirable, as would experience in working with traditional CT and P/CVE stakeholders. Our preferred candidate has experience in bringing academic insights to an audience of policy makers and practitioners.

We are seeking someone who can help us grow the organisation. Previous experience in fundraising and stakeholder management is an asset – for example through grant writing and administrative support – and who wants to grow this skillset with the support of the Programme Lead. Experience in EU-funded projects will be considered an asset.

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 an EU-funded project on disinformation and violent extremism, with several case studies in non-EU regions
• Contribute to research activities and author publications on terrorist groups, ideologies, attacks, and CT responses

Acquisition and Fundraising
• Help the Programme Lead identify and develop new strategic funding opportunities
• Provide grant writing and other support for fundraising applications
• Independently develop smaller fundraising opportunities

Project Management and Project Delivery
• Project manage ICCT projects at the request of – and under the supervision of – the Programme Lead. Work may include design and implementation of primary research, field missions, events (e.g. conferences, expert meetings, etc.), trainings and workshops

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, media appearances, etc.) in national or international settings
• Strengthen ICCT’s network and partnerships

Team Responsibilities
• Mentor and formally guide more junior staff and interns.

What You Bring To The Table

Essential Qualifications
• Academic degree at Master’s level or higher in a related discipline (e.g. terrorism studies, international law, political science, international relations, security studies, criminology or conflict studies)
• three to six years (for Master-level graduates) or one to two years (for PhDs) 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
• Quantitative analysis skills
• Professional proficiency in Dutch, other European languages, and/or Arabic
• Eligible to work in the Netherlands

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 Scientific Officer.
Period: The appointment starts on 1 August 2022 and is for an initial term of 12 months, with an option to renew.
Commitment: 38 hours per week (1,0 FTE)
Location: The Hague, the Netherlands
Salary: Based on the Scientific Officer role, the salary indication for this position is between €34.572 and €54.228 annually (€2.881 – €4.519 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 30 May 2022, 9am. Interested candidates can send a cover letter and resume to a.van.den.berg@icct.nl. Please include the name of the role in your subject line.
Start date: August 2022
Duration: 6 months
Working hours: Full time (38 hours per week)
Location: The Hague, the Netherlands
Allowance: The successful applicant will receive a stipend of 450 Euros per month.
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Position summary

ICCT is seeking an intern to support our communications and events activities. He or she will be primarily responsible for providing assistance to ICCT’s team in outreach, online communication, brand awareness and events organisation. Other duties may include supporting the ICCT team in its day-to-day functioning. This concerns logistical, secretarial tasks as well as project support.
This multitude of responsibilities will require the intern to be highly organised and independent with the ability to communicate effectively. The successful applicant will be working in a dynamic think tank in the field of terrorism at the intersection of security, politics and development.

Tasks and responsibilities
• Support ICCT in the execution of the organization’s communication strategy;
• Contribute to expanding the ICCT’s presence online, assisting in managing ICCT’s social media accounts and creating graphics/visuals for that purpose;
• drafting the ICCT newsletter, texts for ICCT’s website and;
• Contribute to maintaining the ICCT website and other communication products (e.g. ICCT newsletter), including drafting texts and creating designs;
• Research social media platforms and websites, present analytics and implement the latest social trends;
• Support and build on a network of press, influencers and online ambassadors;
• Contributing to internal and outgoing correspondence, liaising with and welcoming external partners such as national and international academics, policymakers, (foreign) dignitaries and practitioners;
• Providing secretarial and logistical support to ICCT’s core team, including the management and fellows;
• Assisting in the organisation of public events and closed expert meetings;
• Providing project related logistical and administrative support, such as sending out invitations, registration of participants and arranging travel and accommodation;
• Other duties as required.

Key requirements

• Enrolled as a student (minimal 3rd year) student in a university or university of applied sciences (Dutch: HBO) throughout the entire duration of the internship. Degrees related to marketing, communication, security or politics 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

• Excellent and creative communication skills;
• Proven organisational skills; ability to manage and prioritise various tasks;
• Excellent (native or near-native) command of English. Dutch and/or French and/or Arabic is considered an advantage;
• Knowledge of and an interest in the field of counter-terrorism or countering violent extremism are an advantage;
• Excellent computer skills, including a good command of the Microsoft Office Suite, CMS platforms (e.g. WordPress) and ESP platforms (e.g. MailChimp);
• Good command of graphic design software (e.g. Canva, Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator) and video/audio producing software (e.g. Adobe Audible and Premiere), is an advantage;
• Ability to work autonomously on given tasks and projects;
• Preferably administrative experience;
• Hands-on and independent;
• Comfortable working in an environment with people of different cultural backgrounds.

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 Wednesday 5 June 2022 9am.
• A curriculum vitae;
• A motivation letter outlining your suitability for the position.

Please use “ICCT-COMI Fall 2022” as the subject of your e-mail.

About ICCT

The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (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 was founded in 2010 as a project-based collaboration between three Dutch institutions: Stichting Nederlands Instituut voor Internationale Betrekkingen 'Clingendael'; the T.M.C. Asser Instituut; and the University of Leiden’s Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA).

As of April 2021, ICCT continued its mission as a new legal entity. The newly independent ICCT joins the global CT and P/CVE community as a mature brand with a clear vision and strategy, world-class experts and robust track record of impactful work.
Start date: 11 July 2022
Duration: 6 months
Working hours: Full time (38 hours per week)
Location: The Hague, the Netherlands
Allowance: The successful applicant will receive a stipend of 450 Euros per month.
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ICCT is seeking an intern to support the day-to-day functioning of the Radicalisation Awareness Network Policy Support (RAN PS) project activities as well as institutional acquisition efforts. This involves assisting ICCT within its role as the RAN PS consortium’s capacity-building and knowledge-sharing functional unit coordinator by tracking the implementation status of our various events and provide quality assurance support. Additionally, the intern will support the management of ICCT’s acquisition database, providing weekly updates, offering administrative support, and tracking ongoing tenders. Lastly, the successful applicant will conduct background research for both RAN and non-RAN related research projects under the supervision of various ICCT staff. Ancillary duties may include editing ICCT’s publications, the assisting in the organisation of events, and secretarial tasks, etc. 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, policy and development. About half of the intern’s working hours will be focused on RAN PS activities, and the remainder spent on acquisition and other responsibilities.

Tasks and responsibilities

Project assistance: Providing administrative and logistical support of ICCT’s RAN PS project activities;
Acquisition assistance: Managing ICCT’s acquisition database and supporting the acquisition process of potential research tenders and grants;
Research assistance: Conducting research within and outside the context of our RAN PS activities, such as doing literature reviews, with a geographical focus on the EU and a topical focus on EU Member State CT/PCVE policies and strategies;
Administration: Providing secretarial and logistical support to ICCT’s core team, including the management and fellows;
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

• Enrolled as a student in a university or university of applied sciences (Dutch: HBO) throughout the entire duration of the internship. Degrees related to political and social sciences, law, international relations, psychology and security studies 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

• Excellent communication and writing skills;
• Excellent research and analytical skills, preferably demonstrated through prior academic work;
• Proven organisational skills; ability to manage and prioritise various tasks;
• Excellent (native or near-native) command of English. Dutch, French and/or Arabic is considered an advantage;
• Interest in EU CT/PCVE approaches and the CT/PCVE strategies and policies of EU member states;
• Knowledge of and an interest in the field of counter-terrorism or countering violent extremism are an advantage;
• Excellent computer skills, including a good command of the Microsoft Office Suite;
• 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 5 June 2022.
• 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 2022/RAN” as the subject of your e-mail.

About ICCT

The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (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.