University of Amsterdam job ad (The Netherlands)

The “>Department of Political Science of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) is currently seeking an Assistant professor in International Relations, with a focus on Security and/or Conflict.

Job description
The successful candidate has to be able to teach introductory courses in International Relations and a broad range of advanced courses in the field of security or conflict studies, at graduate and undergraduate levels. Special attention is given to contemporary questions around security and conflict, for example new security problems (including but not limited to: non-state violence, human rights, energy and resource scarcities, private security), or the politics of (violent) conflict and civil wars. She or he should bring to students in international relations (and students in political science more broadly) insights from contemporary debates on security and conflict.

In terms of research, the successful candidate should contribute to the existing research agendas of the  AISSR Research Group ‘Transnational Configurations, Conflict and Governance’. We expect the successful candidate to engage in conceptual innovation and contribute to cutting-edge debates in conflict studies and/or (critical) security studies. We expect the candidate to be capable of engaging in methodologically pluralist debates. Central in the group’s program is the examination of notions of identities, categorizations and boundaries as defined by classical political science concepts through analyses of contemporary policy practices and their changing institutional contexts, with a keen eye to the (implicit) politics involved.

• Developing, conducting, and supervising high quality academic research in the field of security/conflict;
• teaching general courses in International Relations and specialist courses in security/conflict at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels, and involvement in post-graduate supervision;
• a dynamic contribution to the research profile of the AISSR research group ‘Transnational Configurations, Conflict and Governance,’ and to the development of the field through scholarly publications and participation in national and international research networks;
• (participation in) acquisition of external research funding;
• contributing to administrative tasks in the Department.

Candidates should have:
• a PhD degree and a background in international relations, political science, or a related field;
• an ongoing programme of research and publications, focused on international, peer-reviewed journals and/or books published by internationally recognized academic presses;
• a demonstrated interest in security and/or conflict studies, and a broad general knowledge in International Relations;
• ability to provide excellent and inspiring teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels;
• a capacity to teach core courses within the International Relations curriculum;
• a capacity to teach in English or Dutch, and a willingness to learn Dutch within two years;
• the basic qualification at Dutch universities in higher education (Basiskwalificatie Onderwijs; BKO) certificate, or a willingness to acquire such within two years.

Further information
Further enquiries may be directed to:
Prof. Marieke de Goede, Co-Director of the AISSR Research Group Transnational Configurations, Conflict and Governance

Based on a full-time appointment (38 hours per week) the gross monthly salary will range from €3,259 to €5,070 (scale 11 or 12) depending on experience. The salary will be increased by 8 % holiday allowance and 8,3 % annual bonus. The Collective Labour Agreement (CAO) for Dutch Universities is applicable. The appointment will be temporary for three years, with the prospect of a permanent appointment if the conditions for tenure are realized.

Job application
Applications should comprise a letter of motivation, a full CV including a list of publications. These should be sent in one document as a pdf-file to with vacancy number 15-235 as subject. Please do not send us additional documentation at this stage. The deadline for applications is Monday 7 September 2015.

The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is a university with an internationally acclaimed profile, located at the heart of the Dutch capital. As well as a world centre for business and research, Amsterdam is a hub of cultural and media activities. The University of Amsterdam is a member of the League of European Research Universities.

The Department of Political Science is one of the departments of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG). The College of Social Sciences (CSW) and the Graduate School of Social Sciences (GSSS) are responsible for the undergraduate and graduate teaching programmes in Political Science. The research within the Department is conducted in research programmes of the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR). The AISSR unites the social science research of the UvA, and is one of the largest research institutes in Europe.

Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development job ad

The Prince Claus Fund is seeking a Director with international experience and management skills, who has extensive knowledge of culture and development. A clear vision in these areas is expected, but also the ambition and entrepreneurship to further develop this specific network organisation, and provide professional and responsible financial management. Knowledge of the Dutch social and political context in which the organisation is situated is also required. The candidate should also be able to serve as an excellent representative of the organisation: the candidate should possess exceptional interpersonal skills in order to effectively collaborate with people from diverse cultural backgrounds. Applications should be addressed to the Chairman of the Board and submitted by 23 May 2015 to Adrienne Schneider.

The organisation
Culture, in the vision of the Prince Claus Fund, is a basic need in the development of people and society. The Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development actively supports international cultural co-operation with qualified partners in areas where it is really needed, primarily in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. The Fund fights for preservation of culture and supports sustainable cultural processes. In addition, it initiates activities to increase awareness of the importance of culture and development in daily life. The Fund, in the spirit of Prince Claus, acts in the belief that people are not developed but they develop themselves. The Prince Claus Fund is supported by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Dutch Postcode Lottery.

The Prince Claus Fund office is in Amsterdam and has its own exhibition space as well as an extensive documentation centre. There are approximately 20 employees (15 FTE) at the Fund. As an international network organisation, The Fund’s main languages are English and Dutch, but French and Spanish are also heard frequently because of the Fund’s global network.

Job description
As Director you will be responsible for directing the daily operations of the Fund. You will develop the long-term vision of the Fund and maintain active working relationships with its partners and network. You will represent the Fund and take responsibility for adequate external communications and publicity, as well as function as the point of contact for relevant institutions and funders.

Knowledge and expertise in managing financial affairs is indispensable, as the Fund must be able to clearly justify its spending. You will be responsible for fundraising and maintaining contact with sponsors in particular.

You will ensure that the organisation is run professionally (including budget, annual reports, year plan, financial management, contracts, personnel, planning, procurement, housing, preparation and report of Board meetings).

As a creative initiator you will contribute independently to the further development and expansion of the Fund. Strengthening the international network and ensuring regular publicity in leading international media, as well as in local media in the Fund’s target countries, will be among your focuses. As Director, you will be enthusiastic and able to actively share the vision of the Fund to inspire those within and outside the organisation. You will monitor operations and ensure that the Fund maintains high quality standards in all its activities and also preserves its innovative and independent position.

As Director, you are a policy consultant and adviser to the Board and the Advisory Council and ensure the implementation of the Board’s decisions. You are the liaison between the government, agency and society in achieving the Prince Claus Fund’s objectives.

The candidate
You have a strong, demonstrable interest in and knowledge of both culture and development and you have a vision of how these fields relate to one another.  You have experience in leading, and in carrying the overall responsibility for, a small professional (part project) organisation.

You put ideas into action and have a strong vision. You develop new initiatives independently, establish new connections and inspire and stimulate others. Above all you have great communication skills and you demonstrate tact and integrity in the performance of your duties, while also possessing a powerful and persuasive personality. You are able to function equally well in both difficult social situations and in high-level social situations.

You are used to working in an international environment and have an open mind to values, cultures and customs in the countries where the Fund operates. At the same time you have in-depth knowledge of the Dutch political and social context and administrative culture. You have the ability to find the right balance and appropriate conduct to co-operate with a Board that acts at a distance from daily operations.

You possess excellent language skills in English and Dutch, both in speaking and writing. Command of additional languages is an advantage.

As an experienced manager you are able to competently manage the spending of funds and also ensure good accountability and governance of those expenditures. You have a basic understanding of financial information systems, modern communications and developments in the fields of PR and automation.

Conditions and remuneration
As Director, you will have a unique professional function that enables you to further develop your personal qualities and experience, and to apply them in an organisation with high quality standards and an established reputation, executing a unique and interesting mission.

With a high degree of autonomy, but under governance and with the support of an expert Board, you will take the lead to manage and represent the Fund. This position offers you the opportunity to establish and maintain diverse national and international contacts on many levels, for example, through visits to projects and network partners abroad. You will be in contact with a wide variety of people from different levels of organisations and society. The financial compensation and benefits package offered for this role will be commensurate with experience and industry norms.