Knowledge Valorisation Staff member

For the Knowledge Platform on Inclusive Development Policies (INCLUDE) the African Studies Centre Leiden is looking for a

Knowledge Valorisation Staff member (0,8 FTE)
Vacaturenummer: 22-738 13173 

Key responsibilities
•    To facilitate and ensure knowledge exchange between researchers, policymakers and other stakeholders in the Netherlands and African countries, among other things through the organisation of workshops/webinars and the management of third party research.
•    To disseminate research findings.
•    To provide a good balance of stakeholder participation with Dutch and international academia, policymakers, private sector actors, civil-society organisations (CSOs) and other representatives.
•    Planning of secretariat meetings, steering groups meetings and supporting the organisation of platform meetings.
•    Budget monitoring support
•    MEL including IATI monitoring

 In particular, 
•    Organising and facilitating brokering workshops for research consortia and stakeholders.
•    Programme process management
•    Analysing and scaling up new and existing knowledge on INCLUDE’s thematic fields.
•    Identifying knowledge gaps and needs.

Selection criteria 
•    A PhD in a relevant discipline (for example economics, development studies, political science, or human geography) is an asset, a Master in a relevant discipline is required.
•    Affinity with and knowledge of inclusive development themes, digitalisation and youth employment is an asset.
•    Excellent organisational and planning skills and the capacity to manage several activities at the same time.
•    The capacity to engage with academia, policymakers, civil-society and other relevant stakeholders.
•    Excellent writing skills and (inter-cultural) communication skills.
•    Experience with both qualitative and quantitative research methods.
•    The ability to share academic knowledge with non-academic audiences. 
•    Be fluent in English (speaking, reading, writing), Dutch and French is an asset.
•    Experience in Africa is an asset. 

Our organisation
The African Studies Centre Leiden (ASCL) is the only multidisciplinary academic knowledge institute in the Netherlands devoted entirely to the study of Africa. In addition, collecting and disseminating knowledge and information about Africa is an important task. The ASCL does this, among other things, by publishing books and articles and organising seminars and conferences. The ASCL was founded in 1947 and has approx. 50 employees. It has an extensive library that is open to the general public. The ASCL is an interfaculty institute of Leiden University.

INCLUDE was established by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs in June 2012. It brings together researchers from African countries and the Netherlands who work with the private sector, NGOs and governments to exchange information and ideas on how to achieve better research-policy linkages on inclusive development in Africa. Relevant themes for INCLUDE  are a.o. digitalisation, public services provision, youth employment and youth engagement.

Terms and conditions
We offer a one year position, with the possible extension of 3 years, based on need, funding and performance. Salary range from €2960 to €4670 gross per month (pay scale 10, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities), based on a fulltime position.

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. For international spouses we have set up a dual career programme. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. More at

Diversity and inclusion
Fostering an inclusive community is a central element of the values and vision of Leiden University. Leiden University is committed to becoming an inclusive community which enables all students and staff to feel valued and respected and to develop their full potential. Diversity in experiences and perspectives enriches our teaching and strengthens our research. High quality teaching and research is inclusive.

Enquiries can be made to Manon Heuvels,

Please submit your online application no later than 28 November 2022 via this link. Only complete applications will be reviewed by the committee.

An application dossier must contain all of the following documents:
- Letter of motivation
- CV incl names of references
- Scan of your PhD and MA diploma
- A writing sample in English preferably for non-academic audience (for instance: article or report)

The interviews will take place in week 49 (5 December-9 December). You are kindly requested to be available in this period.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.