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Knowledge Valorization Staff member

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25 augustus 2020
18 september 2020

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

Knowledge Valorization Staff member 

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, with a special emphasis on youth employment in Africa;
  • 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 ´Boosting Decent Employment for Africa´s Youth research initiative’ in cooperation with IDRC and ILO;
  • To facilitate INCLUDE’s knowledge brokering activities on the research initiative ´Boosting Decent Employment for Africa´s Youth’ 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 youth employment in Africa 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 with a specific focus on youth employment;
  • ‘Translating’ academic knowledge into accessible policy guidelines and recommendations.
  • Identifying knowledge gaps and needs;
  • Developing and uploading content on the website and other channels of INCLUDE. 

Selection criteria 

  • A PhD in a relevant discipline (for example economics, development studies, political science, or human geography) at the time of applying;
  • Affinity with and knowledge of inclusive development themes, youth employment is an asset;
  • 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 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 organizing 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. INCLUDE is currently partnering with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO), in the research initiative on Boosting Decent Employment for Africa’s Youth. 

Terms and conditions
We offer a one year position with possible extension of 1 year, starting from 1 December 2020 with a probation period of two months. Salary range from 2.790,- to € 4.402,- gross per month (pay scale 10, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities), based on a full time 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 information can be found on the website.

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

Enquiries can be made to Manon Heuvels, email m.c.h.heuvels@asc.leidenuniv.nl.

Please submit online your application no later than 18 September 2020 via the blue button in our application system. 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).

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.

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