Programme & Knowledge Advisor for Africa
Based in The Hague
(32-38 hours/week)
The Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD) works to promote peaceful, just and inclusive democracy worldwide. To that end, and together with our global network, we work with the entire political sector in a country, from (aspiring) politicians to political leaders, and from the national to the local level. We promote dialogue, we strengthen the capacities of political actors, and we train young and established leaders in our Democracy Schools. Currently, we run programmes in around twenty countries in Africa, Latin America, Southeast Asia, and the MENA region.
NIMD’s Global Office is located in the political heart of the Netherlands in The Hague. Here an experienced and committed international staff of around 30 colleagues provides support to our global programming. Our working culture is informal and open, and encourages initiative, professionalism and interaction. We strive to be the leading democracy network of political practitioners for inclusive and accountable politics.
The office in The Hague comprises four teams: Programmes & Knowledge; Grants Management; Finance, Control & Support; and Positioning. We are currently looking to strengthen our Programme & Knowledge Team with a:
Programme & Knowledge Advisor for Africa
The Programme & Knowledge Advisor (PKA) is part of the Programmes & Knowledge team in The Hague, and is responsible for providing thematic and technical advice to NIMD country offices and partners primarily in East and Southern Africa. Our programmes support high-level dialogue, political trust building, women’s leadership, and democracy education. Next to supporting the design and implementation of programmes to strengthen inclusive and peaceful democracies, the PKA acts as a thematic knowledge lead for the NIMD network.
NIMD programmes in the portfolio currently foreseen include Kenya, Mozambique, and Burundi, but this might change in future. To see all countries where NIMD works, see
You are an experienced development professional with hands-on experience in managing or supporting programmes or projects related to inclusive governance and democratization, ideally obtained in countries in Africa. You understand political dynamics and are excited to support democratic values and dialogue processes. You have experience in supporting country teams and partner organizations, and in ensuring programmatic quality. You find creative solutions when contexts change, and are committed to achieving results and lasting impact. You are keen to share your expertise and contribute to organisational learning. You are value-driven with a good sense of realism, and you have a strong political antenna. You speak at least English and French.
Main tasks
The PKA for Africa:
• Is the institutional focal point for 1-3 NIMD programmes in Africa, providing country teams with programmatic and strategic advice.
• Acts as a sparring partner and critical reflector for Country Directors on the planning, execution, monitoring and adaptation of programme components, balancing demand-driven support and the safeguarding of NIMD’s approach and programmatic priorities.
• Monitors that programmes are implemented in accordance with the agreed boundaries of the different funding contract requirements (templates, frameworks, reports) in close coordination with the Grants Management Team and PMEL colleagues.
• Contributes to concept notes and proposal writing and follows up on fundraising efforts in coordination with colleagues from the Positioning Team.
• Acts as thematic lead for one of the thematic priority areas of NIMD’s Multi Annual Strategy, and, on this basis, provides knowledge support to the NIMD network around the world.
• Expands this thematic expertise through learning and actively shares knowledge by organizing exchange events and developing products and tools.
• Provides and arranges support for country offices towards increased devolution of decision-making, based on their organizational and capacity development plans and in line with NIMD’s agenda to support a strong global network.
• A relevant academic background.
• A minimum of seven years of relevant working experience in the area of international development, (international) programme management, and/or political analysis.
• Experience in working on democratization or inclusive governance, and with political actors, ideally on subjects related to NIMD’s area of expertise: dialogue, capacity building, democracy education, and women’s political participation.
• Is politically sensitive and has excellent intercultural and personal communication skills.
• Excellent command of both English and French. Knowledge of other languages from NIMD programmes is a clear asset.
• Is pro-active with a creative mind and hands-on attitude.
• A team player, but also able to work independently.
• Skilled in providing support and advice remotely.
• Able to work effectively (online and in person) with people from different contexts and cultures.
• Committed to NIMD core values regarding gender equality, integrity and respect to diversity.
• Applicants must have a valid work permit for the European Union.

We offer a position for 32- 38 hours at our office in The Hague, initially for one year, with the intention to renew. You will work in the Programme & Knowledge Team under the guidance of the Head of Programmes & Knowledge. Under normal circumstances, this position involves regular international travel.
NIMD offers a competitive remuneration package, including a laptop and mobile phone. The salary level corresponds to the Dutch Government salary framework (COA RIJK) for scale 11 (EUR € 3.279 – EUR 5.039 gross per month) based on 38 hours per week. In addition, NIMD offers a flexible and fun work environment with good secondary benefits, including an individual training budget.

How to apply
Interested candidates should submit their applications, in the form of a motivation letter and a résumé in English, to before 4 December 2021. Interviews will be held shortly thereafter. All applicants must already have a valid work permit for the European Union.
For additional information, please contact Wouter Dol, Head of Programmes & Knowledge, via or via +31 (0)70-3115464.
Only replies by individual candidates for this job will be considered.