Initiative Coordinator, Administrative Unit, Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF)

Starting date: 1 March 2022 (or earlier)
Location: The Hague, the Netherlands
Appointment: 1 FTE = 38 hours
Salary: In accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (Scale 10) and dependent on education and relevant experience.

Position Summary

We are seeking an Initiative Coordinator with experience in the fields of counterterrorism, countering violent extremism conducive to terrorism, international relations, multilateral negotiations, and project management. The successful candidate will be responsible for the overall coordination of GCTF Initiatives, in consultation and collaboration with the Initiative Leads and the GCTF Co-Chairs, and will also contribute to the activities of the GCTF Administrative Unit more broadly.

The Initiative Coordinator reports to the Head of Unit of the GCTF Administrative Unit and works closely with all other members of the team. The individual must be willing and able to work irregular hours when required and to undertake regular travel abroad (*international travel conditions permitting).

The individual will be highly proficient in written and spoken English and have superior organizational, intercultural and interpersonal skills.

The position will be for an initial period of two (2) years with the possibility of extension. The University of Amsterdam/T.M.C. Asser Instituut is the formal employer of all GCTF Administrative Unit staff. The salary and benefits are in accordance with the employment conditions of the Collective Labour agreement for Dutch Universities and the Institute.

Tasks and Responsibilities

  1. Providing guidance and support to and liaising with the GCTF Co-Chairs, Initiative Leads, GCTF Members, and GCTF partners.
  2. (Supporting the) planning, oversight, and evaluation of GCTF activities.
  3. Working together with the GCTF Administrative Unit Event Managers to deliver GCTF activities.
  4. Building and maintaining relationships with colleagues across the GCTF community.
  5. Contributing to communications and outreach materials.
  6. Performing other job-related duties as assigned with the required degree of flexibility.
  7. All employees provide back up for one another.
  8. Represent the GCTF Administrative Unit.



  • A Master’s Degree or equivalent in political science, international law, development studies, international relations, security studies or a related field
  • Project management experience, preferably in an international environment—experience coordinating and delivering activities in a virtual environment is an asset
  • Experience with information analysis and reporting
  • Experience representing an organization at high-level, multilateral events
  • Competent working in a deadline-driven, fast-paced environment


  • Strong analytical skills
  • Results oriented, proactive, sound judgement
  • Excellent planning, organizational, time management, and negotiation skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Excellent networking and representation skills
  • Collaborative and supportive approach to teamwork as well as an ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Intercultural effectiveness
  • Flexible, ability to multitask, perform under pressure, high level of integrity
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills (English). Proficiency in other languages (particularly French and/or Arabic) is a distinct advantage
  • Basic familiarity with communications and outreach tools (e.g. use of social platforms)
  • Able to travel internationally (*when conditions permit)
  • Willing to work the required hours to carry out GCTF activities in a diversity of locations worldwide
  • Proficient in the MS Office environment

Contact details

For more information about this vacancy, please contact Miriam van Nie, Head of Unit, GCTF Administrative Unit at Interested candidates who are eligible to live and work in the Netherlands are requested to submit their curriculum vitae and motivation letter in English (by email only) to the T.M.C. Asser Instituut, att. Julien Simon,, mentioning “GCTF Initiative Coordinator” in the subject line. The deadline to submit applications is Friday 7 January 2022 by 12.00 noon CET. Interviews will take place shortly thereafter. The successful candidate will begin at the latest on 1 March 2021.

While we appreciate all expressions of interest, only short-listed applicants will be contacted. Employment agencies should not submit applications.