Vacancy: Knowledge Valorization staff member for the Knowledge Platform on Inclusive Development Policies (INCLUDE)

The African Studies Centre Leiden (ASCL) is looking, for the Knowledge Platform on Inclusive Development Policies (INCLUDE), for a Knowledge Valorization staff member (0.8 – 1.0 FTE)

Key responsibilities

  • To ‘broker’ existing academic knowledge on the thematic fields of INCLUDE by making this knowledge available and accessible for policymakers and other stakeholders;
  • To facilitate and ensure knowledge exchange between researchers, policymakers and other stakeholders in the Netherlands and African countries, amongst others through the organization of workshops;
  • To disseminate research findings from the NWO-WOTRO research projects on the ‘’ in cooperation with the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
  • To facilitate INCLUDEs knowledge brokering activities on the research programme ‘’, in order to link and learn and to engage a wider audience of stakeholders;
  • To provide a good balance of stakeholder participation with Dutch and international, academia, policymakers, private sector actors, civil-society organizations (CSOs) and other representatives.

In particular:

  • Pro-actively identifying and retrieving knowledge on inclusive development from experts, professionals and practitioners;
  • Organizing and facilitating brokering workshops for research consortia and stakeholders;
  • Analyzing and scaling up new and existing knowledge on INCLUDE’s thematic fields;
  • ‘Translating’ academic knowledge into accessible policy recommendations;
  • Identifying knowledge gaps and needs;
  • Developing and uploading content on the website and other channels of INCLUDE.

Selection criteria

  • A MA/MSc or PhD in a relevant discipline (for example economics, development studies, political science, or human geography);
  • Affinity with and knowledge of inclusive development themes;
  • Excellent organizational 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;
  • The capacity to make substantive and accessible knowledge products, such as synthesis reports, policy briefs and policy recommendations;
  • 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 Dutch and English (speaking, reading, writing);
  • affinity with and knowledge of the role of CSOs in development and/or lobby and advocacy is an asset;
  • experience in Africa is an asset.

Our faculty/institute

The African Studies Centre Leiden is the only multidisciplinary academic knowledge institute in the Netherlands devoted entirely to the study of Africa. 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. The platform is one of five knowledge platforms initiated by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs to contribute to knowledge and effective policies in the Netherlands, other donor countries and developing countries. In 2018 and 2019, INCLUDE is partnering with NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs as the knowledge broker in the research program on the assumptions underlying the policy Dialogue and Dissent

Terms and conditions

We offer a part-time or fulltime position, for 30,4 hours up to 38 hours per week, for a year starting 1 January 2019, with a possibility for a three year extension. Salary range, depending on education and work experience, from €2,640 to max. €4,166 (pay scale 10 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities) gross per month, based on a full-time appointment.

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


Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.


Enquiries can be made to Ileen Wilke, e-mail and Dr. Karin Nijenhuis, e-mail Please note that Ms. Wilke and Dr. Nijenhuis will not be available on 20 and 21 November 2018.


Applications must be received no later than 22 November 2018. Applications should be in English, and be submitted

Please ensure that you include in ONE single PDF document named ‘FAMILY NAME – Given name – vacancy number and in this order:

  • letter of motivation;
  • resume.

The selection procedure will take place around 26 November 2018, and selected candidates will be invited for an interview no later than 27 November 2018. The interview will take place on 29 November 2018 in Leiden.

Acquisition following this advertisement is not appreciated.