Project Officer

The T.M.C. Asser Instituut is a research centre for international and European law with a high public and international profile in The Hague. Its mission is to contribute to the development of international and European law by conducting independent fundamental research, policy-oriented research, and commissioned research, as well as by initiating and facilitating academic and expert meetings, (professional) education, and public events with a view to disseminating knowledge of international and European law.

The institute is seeking to fulfill the vacancy of a

Full-time (38 hours per week)

Function description
As a project officer, you will assist researchers in both the preparation of grant applications and the management of externally funded research projects. You will be part of the ‘commissioned projects team’, that manages and supports (commissioned) research and capacity-building projects. You will work in close cooperation with a project officer, and with colleagues of the other support units at the Institute (Events, Communications, Finances), under the supervision of the managing director.

Key responsibilities:

  • Monitoring and identifying funding opportunities relevant for researchers at the Institute, and actively matching researchers to calls;
  • Steering the process of grant applications, in close collaboration with colleagues (researchers and finance department) and external organisations;
  • Contributing to the substantive sections of the funding proposals;
  • Managing several small and large externally funded projects at a time, ensuring that core grant milestones are reached;
  • Assessing and managing budgets;
  • Drafting project interim and progress reports in accordance with institutional procedures and the funding agency’s requirements;
  • Actively establishing new relationships with potential donors and partner organisations;
  • Preparing reports of research outputs for evaluation reports;
  • Performing other administrative tasks to support the mission of the institute.

The successful candidate is expected to have the following profile:

  • A completed Masters’ degree;
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in grant applications and support on externally funded projects, including EU and NWO/ZonMw projects;
  • Experience of managing the implementation processes of grants; experience in EU (Horizon 2020, Horizon Europe) and NWO/ZonMw (VENI, VIDI, VICI) grant procedures, reporting and budgeting would be an advantage;
  • Ability to take initiative and to work independently, hands-on and result-oriented professional;
  • Confidence to represent the institute with clients, project partners and senior experts;
  • Fluent Dutch and English, both spoken and written; 
  • Good team player, self-supportive, positive attitude, flexible mind, innovative, comfortable in multi-cultural and academic settings.

Salary scale: 10/11 according to the collective labour agreement of the Dutch Universities (VSNU). Remuneration depends on the actual level of education, experience and knowledge, with a maximum of €4472 / €5211 gross per month based on a full time equivalent (38 hours). Secondary benefits at Dutch universities are attractive and include 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus.

This appointment will be initially for a period of one year. Extension of the appointment is subject to satisfactory performance in this period.

To apply, please send an email with your CV and a letter of motivation to G. Grift, Managing Director ( Your application must be submitted in English.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 15 November at 09.00 am CET.

For further information, please contact Maria Sperling, Senior Project Officer (, or Gert Grift, Managing Director (

Acquisition for this job offer is not appreciated.