Director of the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT)



Director of ICCT

for 36 hours per week (fulltime)

Starting date:  15 November 2017

Vacancy number: ICCT.17.09.20 

The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague (ICCT) was established in 2010 as a joint programme by the T.M.C. Asser Institute, the Netherlands Institute of International Relations “Clingendael” and Leiden University (now represented by the University’s Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs).

The consortium partners constitute the Governing Board of the ICCT. The Board is currently looking for an experienced Director to lead ICCT.


ICCT is a programme and a knowledge hub for and within the wider international counter-terrorism network. We engage with a vast and diverse network of international and intergovernmental organisations (e.g. various UN agencies, the European Commission, the GCTF, the OSCE), government departments, NGOs, academic institutions, think tanks and civil society organisations from around the globe. ICCT provides a platform for productive collaboration, practical analysis, and exchange of experiences and expertise, with the ultimate aim of identifying and implementing evidence based practical, innovative and comprehensive responses to preventing and countering terrorism.

Summary of the position

The Director will report to the Board. ICCT is administratively embedded in the Clingendael Institute. The Director will mainly work with a dedicated team, including an operations manager, and three programme leaders (senior researchers) and can draw upon capacity from the three partner institutes and its network of external experts.

The Director is responsible for the Centre’s integral and strategic management. Together with the Board, the Director is responsible for defining and guiding the strategic direction of ICCT. ICCT focuses on three domains: current trends and threats, prevention of violent extremism, and responses to terrorism. Its activities consist of research, advocacy and public platform, implementation (including training), and monitoring and evaluation. The Director is responsible for the quality of these activities, and plays an active role in the public/expert platform role of ICCT. The Director has an extensive international network that can be used to initiate and broaden the international alliances and partnerships in order to strengthen the hub function of ICCT and its role in (acquiring and managing) projects.

The successful candidate has extensive knowledge of international counter-terrorism (CT), countering violent extremism (CVE), or human rights and rule of law aspects related to CT. The candidate is an expert in at least one of these fields.

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • Responsible for shaping and implementing the strategic agenda of ICCT and the integral management (together with its operations manager), in particular for:
    • Managing and supervising the team, and hiring of adequate staff;
    • Guaranteeing the quality of research, advocacy and public platform, implementation (including training);
    • Monitoring and evaluation activities of ICCT, and;
    • Running an efficient and cost covering organisation;
  • Leading ICCT in its work with all its stakeholders by managing and building strong and effective partnerships with public- and private-sector stakeholders as well as academic research institutions;
  • Contributing to the Centre’s research output (as a basis for credible leadership of professional researchers), and the generation of innovative knowledge;
  • A lead role in acquisition and fundraising, in particular encouraging greater involvement of new funding for activities within the scope of ICCT;
  • Representing, or organising the representation of, ICCT in relevant forums for discussing topics within the thematic scope of ICCT;
  • Reporting to the Board, subsidy providers and clients.

Essential skills, qualifications and experience 

  • A recognized authority in the field of CT, CVE or human rights and rule of law aspects related to CT and CVE;
  • A PhD in a relevant discipline is highly recommended, as is practical knowledge of CT and CVE based on extensive and proven knowledge gained in research, and/or in international governmental and nongovernmental organisations;
  • Professional experience in managing and coordinating large programmes, projects and/or joint initiatives, including fundraising and acquisition;
  • Experience in building and managing partnerships and collaborations, preferably in research, advice and implementation of research;
  • Ability to navigate and provide advice to complex organisational structures;
  • Networking capabilities and proven track record of networks in the CT/CVE domain;
  • Excellent skills in communication, public relations and relationship management along with a strong sense of diplomacy;
  • Organizational skills, in particular the ability to work well under pressure, prioritize tasks and meet deadlines;
  • Poise and credibility to be an effective leader in a wide range of settings, but in particular leadership capacities and experience in supervision of personnel;
  • Strong sense of responsibility, initiative and self-motivation;
  • Unimpeachable personal and professional integrity;
  • Excellent written and spoken English.


  • Period: until December 2020.
  • Location: The Hague, the Netherlands.
  • Willing and able to travel (frequently).
  • This is a position for 36 hours per week.
  • Salary in line with requirements for this position (BBRA salary scale 14, EUR 4.415,23 – EUR 6.453,34 gross per month) based on relevant work experience.
  • 8% holiday pay and 8,3% end of year benefit

Further information about the position can be obtained from Mrs Monika Sie Dhian Ho, General Director, + 31 (0)70 3746 644. For more information concerning the procedure and the conditions you can contact Mrs Greetje Clymans, HR Advisor, +31 (0)70 3746 695. Interested candidates can send an application together with a curriculum vitae before 28 September 2017 to: Clingendael Institute, via email to An assessment can be part of the selection procedure.