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Vacancy: Communications Officer


We're hiring a Communications Officer to join the Secretariat of the Knowledge Platform. Read on for more information on the job and how to apply:

Communications Officer
32-36 hours per week (Part time /full time)

The Knowledge Platform Security & Rule of Law 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 across the Security & Rule of Law (SRoL) sector. It was established in 2012 and is now a community with more than 2,300 participants.

The Platform serves as a knowledge broker and plays a key role in convening actors, initiating relationships and linking (unexpected) sources of evidence to relevant audiences. The Platform hosts a repository of cutting-edge knowledge in the fields of security and rule of law, garnered from projects and programs undertaken by researchers and practitioners around the globe. The Platform additionally works to ensure greater uptake of generated evidence among policymakers, practitioners and researchers, through innovative dissemination strategies, the design and organization of thematic events and workshops, and the coordination of learning agendas among its members.

The Knowledge Management Fund (KMF) is the latest mechanism to support activities initiated by Platform members. It is a €300,000 annual fund that will award grants of up to €15,000 for events, research ideas, pilot projects and other initiatives that contribute to improving the quality of knowledge generated by the SRoL field, and its subsequent uptake.

We are looking for a Communications Officer per 1 September 2019, who is expected to take ownership of the Secretariat’s external communication efforts, design, events (including the Annual Conference), and logistics. In addition, the Communications Officer will support the Secretariat team in the administration of the Knowledge Management Fund, monitoring and reporting, and network expansion.

Job description

Relevant tasks are:


  • Maintenance and development of website: bug-fixing; expanding website together with developers; updating and administering website content;
  • Monthly and special newsletters: designing; sourcing and selecting content; writing; maintaining and updating contact lists;
  • Social media: producing social media content (Twitter/Facebook/LinkedIn), including infographics, photos, videos; expanding social media presence; strategy; reporting;
  • Maintaining organizational tone/style: (copy-)editing; design;
  • Network: maintaining community participants database; identifying relevant participants for events, research opportunities, partnerships.


  • Event design: identifying engaging formats for workshops, panels, dialogues, discussions; identifying speakers
  • Organization: inviting participants; maintaining guest-lists; identifying suitable venues; communication with organizers, hosts, speakers; maintaining oversight of event budget
  • Logistics: arranging travel, accommodation, facilities, AV, technical requirements.

Administration and logistics

  • Knowledge Management Fund: supporting development of Thematic Headlines; reviewing KMF applications; administering KMF projects (budgets, timelines, project deliverables);
  • Logistics: organizing travel and accommodation for Advisory Committee members, KMF grantees, etc.

Qualifications and experience

We would be interested if the following requirements are met:

  • University degree in communications, journalism, international developments/relations, social sciences (essential);
  • 1-3 years of relevant experience working in communications (of which preferably some experience working in NGOs, CSOs, government or development) (essential);
  • Experience with (digital) communications tools, including newsletters (mailchimp), videos, infographics, CRMs (Nimble), and websites (Drupal) (essential);
  • Experience organizing events, including event design, content and logistics (essential);
  • Experience developing and executing (digital) communications plans: organizational; event-specific; research outcomes (preferred);
  • Experience working with broad range of stakeholders in Europe and in developing countries an advantage (among others: website developers, government officials, NGOs, researchers) (preferred).
  • Capable of reading and writing fluently in English and Dutch. Competence in French (or other languages) is an asset;
  • Creative and precise communicator, able to produce a range of compelling and high-quality written communications products;
  • Proactive and self-assured, able to initiate contact with and respectfully engage a broad range of (senior) professionals, scholars, diplomats, and sector specialists;
  • Proven networking skills to create, maintain, and deepen working relationships and align internal and external stakeholders around project objectives;
  • Organized worker capable of keeping track of many and diverse simultaneous processes, and able to prioritize effectively;
  • Capable of working independently and under time pressure while maintaining a high-quality standard of output;
  • Flexible and adaptable, able to change gears quickly to complete ad-hoc tasks;
  • Ability to listen to and engage community members in order to receive and translate feedback constructively into action points for team;
  • Eye for detail and for captivating design;
  • Willing and able to work in an international environment.


The salary depends on the level of education and working experience, guideline is scale 9 BBRA based on a 36-hour working week. The contract is initially valid for the period 1 September 2019 – 31 December 2020, with the option for renewal.


You can apply via the Apply Now button at this link. Deadline for response is Thursday 25 July 2019.

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