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Knowledge Broker Research & Policy, Knowledge Platform Security & Rule of Law, The Hague

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The Clingendael Conflict Research Unit manages the Secretariat of the Knowledge Platform Security & Rule of Law (KPSRL) in cooperation with Saferworld and the International Development Law Organization (IDLO), on behalf of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Clingendael – the Netherlands Institute of International Relations – is a leading think tank and academy on international affairs. Through our analyses, training and public debate we aim to inspire and equip governments, businesses, and civil society in order to contribute to a secure, sustainable and just world.

The Knowledge Platform Security & Rule of Law has a 0.89 fte vacancy per 1 January 2018 for a:

Knowledge Broker Research & Policy


The Knowledge Platform Security & Rule of Law (KPSRL) is a Platform that brings together practitioners, policy-makers, and researchers in a network to share knowledge, improve practice and increase the uptake of learning about Security & Rule of Law (SRoL) across the sector. It was established in 2012 and is now a community with 2.200 active participants. The Secretariat coordinates and facilitates the Platform, organises an Annual Conference, works with the sector to determine the research agenda for Calls for Proposals from the Dutch Scientific Research Council (NWO/WOTRO) funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), and provides grants from its Knowledge Management Fund (KMF) to stimulate research uptake and innovation. More detail can be found here if required.

Purpose of the position

The purpose of the post is to support the achievement of the KPSRL’s overall objective – to strengthen the learning capacity of the network – by working with the participants focused on research and on policy-making in key institutions. The post holder will lead on the development of a KPSRL research agenda, and on ensuring that knowledge produced by researchers and research institution connects to the policy agenda. They will have a key role leading the Knowledge Management Fund (KMF), and encourage participants in the Platform to use the Secretariat and the wider network as a resource for ensuring research is taken up and used to inform policy and practice.

Summary of key areas of responsibility

  • Lead the development, implementation and updating of the KPSRL Research Agenda
  • Be the first point of contact for the Knowledge Management Fund, in collaboration with the Knowledge Broker – Programming and Practice
  • Lead the development, implementation and updating of a Research Uptake strategy (as part of a larger Theory of Change)
  • Act as KPSRL Liaison Officer for the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Lead the development, implementation and updating of the KPSRL Research Agenda

  • Ensure that the Secretariat is up-to-date on SRoL research that can respond to the identified knowledge needs of the Platform participants/constituents, and feed that back into the Platform
  • Support the expansion of the network to new participants, by establishing connections and engagement with academic and think-tank institutions carrying out applicable cutting-edge SRoL research
  • Consult with KPSRL participants on priorities for research
  • Lead the development of the Research Agenda, as well as the translation of that into NWO/WOTRO Calls for Proposals and the agenda for the KPSRL Annual Conference

Be the first point of contact for the Knowledge Management Fund

  • Manage the applications- and approvals process for the KMF (in collaboration with the Knowledge Broker – Programming and Practice specifically for proposals relevant to programming and practice)
  • Ensure that research funded by the KMF responds to critical knowledge gaps identified by the Platform, and seizing opportunities (i.e. public events, website updates) to ensure research outcomes are shared with the Platform community
  • Support the uptake strategy and internationalisation of the KPSRL by encouraging joint proposals to the KMF by policymakers, practitioners and researchers, and ensuring a diverse spread of applications that include applicants from the Global South

Lead the development, implementation and updating of a Research Uptake strategy (as part of a larger Theory of Change)

  • Maintain an overview of NWO/KMF research projects (i.e. ensuring coherence and linkage to wider KPSRL Research Agenda, and monitor progress), and link NWO/KMF research coordinators with interested audiences and peers among the KPSRL community (policy, practice and research) to facilitate and support on-going research uptake
  • Liaise between the MFA and the wider network, and with the Knowledge-Broker – Programming and Practice, with the aim to strengthen the uptake and usability of knowledge in policy-making, as part of the wider KPSRL institutional learning strategy
  • Recognise and seize, as well as create opportunities for research to feed into policy processes and into programming and practice

KPSRL Liaison Officer for the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs

  • Working from the MFA one day per week, participating in staff meetings of the Department for Stabilisation and Humanitarian Aid (DSH) to maintain an ‘antennae’ within the MFA to identify and respond to immediate knowledge questions as well as longer-term, fundamental questions by connecting researchers to policy makers (also ensuring research uptake)
  • Coordinate support for implementing the Security & Rule of Law Knowledge Plan, in part through managing an MFA-specific KMF grant

Qualifications and experience

  • A university degree in social or political sciences, plus 5-10 years of relevant working experience (of which preferably some years were spent in fragile or developing countries)
  • Solid knowledge of the current international peace- and statebuilding agenda and familiarity with the work of OECD-DAC INCAF, the g7+, and multilateral organisations working on issues pertaining to conflict and fragility (United Nations and the World Bank Group, the European Union)
  • Experienced researcher – strong analytical qualities and writing/editing skills that are supported by publications, reports, articles and/or blogs that are practically oriented
  • Knowledge of the MFA and its Security & Rule of Law related work; preferably prior experience in working closely with the MFA
  • Access to a relevant network of experts (policy, practice and research) in both the Global North and South


  • Insatiable curiosity for the nexus between policy and practice
  • Capable of working independently and under time pressure and with strict deadlines while maintaining high levels of quality in her/his work
  • Proven networking skills to create, maintain and deepen working relationships and align internal and external stakeholders around an evolving programme
  • Ability to write succinctly and wittingly, supported by publications, reports, articles and/or blogs
  • Strong analytical qualities and the ability to present complex arguments in a compelling way
  • Flexible, thoughtful and nimble approach to issues and colleagues, able to contribute constructively and positively when working as part of a team
  • Capable of reading and writing in Dutch and English fluently; preferably also capable of conversing and conducting research in French and/or Spanish. Further linguistic skills are considered an asset.


  • Location: The Hague, the Netherlands
  • This is a position for 0,89 fte (32 hours per week), for 12 months, with a possibility for extension
  • Salary in line with requirements for this position (BBRA salary scale 11, EUR € 3.038,90 – € 4.669,57) based on relevant work experience.


You can apply via the ‘Apply-now’ button at the top of this vacancy. The response period will close on 26 January 2018. Please cite PCDNetwork as the source of the posting in your application.

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