Project Officer

The Hague, , NL

The Project Officer will be part of the International team in The Hague (The Netherlands) and will be expected to support multi-disciplinary project teams. The International Department consists of a team of professionals that combines action research, support to large-scale water and sanitation implementation programmes, knowledge management and lobby and advocacy to improve sanitation and hygiene service delivery. The Project Officer will support the Watershed programme, strengthen IRC’s advocacy activities mainly in The Netherlands, support the monitoring of IRC and the development of training materials and tools.

Main responsibilities

  • Support the Watershed programme which focuses on capacity building of civil society organisations to hold governments accountable.
  • Work with partner organisations to facilitate and support advocacy initiatives and further expand IRC’s network of strategic partners mainly in The Netherlands.
  • Support the monitoring team of IRC which is responsible for tracking the impact of IRC in countries and globally.
  • Providing inputs to new IRC publications, articles, training materials and tools.
  • Preparing, maintaining, and updating website materials.
  • Coordinating and planning activities within other project frameworks, responsible for ensuring progress and internal coordination.
  • Represent IRC in (inter)national networks. Contributing to the organisation of international, regional and national events.
  • Support on-going and future acquisition efforts to further expand IRC’s portfolio of sanitation and hygiene programmes.


  • Academic degree at a minimum master’s level in relevant field. Background in Development Cooperation, International Relations, Public Health or Economics related field is a plus.
  • At least two years of relevant internships and professional experience in an international context. Field experience in Africa, Asia or Latin America is an asset.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English and Dutch (this is an absolute requirement for the position).
  • Solid research and analytical skills and able to communicate them to a non-expert audience.
  • Willingness and availability to travel regularly (estimated at least 15%, but possibly up to 30% of working time).
  • Excellent communication and inter-personal skills, and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, partners, external actors and allies.
  • Flexible, highly motivated and capable of working independently in multi-disciplinary groups, and in informal and unstructured settings.
  • Mature work practices, demonstrated sound judgement and the ability to respond positively to mentoring and directions.
  • Advanced computer skills.

Details of the position

You will initially be offered a one year contract with a salary depending on qualifications and experience in scale 14 of the IRC CAO 2017-2019 exclusive 8% Holiday Bonus based on a fulltime working week. Part of our competitive benefits package is a 13th month and 35 days annual leave. IRC has a working week of 40 hours.

The post will require a working permit for The Netherlands (granted automatically for EU citizens), and will require being physically based in The Netherlands. Employment is preferably as soon as possible, but no later than 2nd April 2018.

Interested candidates are kindly requested to respond with a motivation letter explaining their interest in the position, and curriculum vitae latest by  23rd February 2018, to IRC to the attention of Ms. Coline van der Ven, via email: [email protected] or by mail to P.O. Box 82327, 2508 EH, The Hague, The Netherlands.

Job interviews will be scheduled in February/March.