Job: Manager @ IFLA Headquarters

8/22/14 –  Manager, Policy and Advocacy at IFLA Headquarters
The Hague, Netherlands

Under limited direction, the Manger, Policy and Advocacy will be responsible for managing and implementing IFLA’s policy and advocacy activities. This position plays a leadership and strategic role in the development of policy and advocacy in order to achieve IFLA’s strategic objectives. It also participates in shaping the strategic direction and policies of the organisation.

The position reports to the Deputy Secretary General. The position supervises other designated staff.  The position will require international travel and representation.

Key areas of Responsibility

  • Develop within our strategic directions new policy positions in support of advocacy activities; and maintain and revise existing positions as necessary; take a whole of organisational approach to implementation.
  • Communicate IFLA’s advocacy activities within the profession to relevant international and national bodies, and wider society
  • Maintain an awareness of emerging issues in the global information environment, and ensure IFLA’s advocacy strategy is relevant, flexible and capable of addressing new challenges
  • Manage, maintain and expand IFLA’s network of strategic partners relevant to IFLA’s advocacy objectives
  • Ensure IFLA is represented at appropriate forums and events in support of advocacy objectives, including through personal representation
  • Work with the IFLA Governing Board and IFLA professional units to develop and implement advocacy activities and achieve advocacy objectives
  • Work with IFLA professional units  to ensure that IFLA’s development programmes incorporate IFLA’s policy and advocacy work, and build on the results of these programmes to further develop policy and advocacy activities
  • Work with relevant staff to ensure visibility and adoption of policies across the IFLA membership.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Excellent knowledge of current and emerging issues within the global information environment that are relevant for libraries and their users;
  • Significant experience developing and communicating policy, preferably in an international context
  • Proven ability to engage in the global information policy sector, develop partnerships and networks, and represent the organisation in a variety of forums;
  • Analytical and planning ability, with demonstrated initiative and vision, and solutions-oriented approach; financial skills should include grant seeking and budgeting skills;
  • Good understanding of the role and functions of an international professional member-based organisation; demonstrated knowledge and capacity to apply IFLA’s purpose and values as set out in its Statutes.
  • Experience in developing and implementing successful international activities, in a strategic, consultative and inclusive way;
  • Good people management skills, and proven supervisory experience
  • Highly developed written and spoken communication skills in English and the ability to target style to different audiences. IFLA works in seven official languages so a good knowledge of at least one of IFLA’s working languages other than English is advantageous.
  • A commitment to participative management practices, workplace diversity and to working effectively within a team environment.

Salary: appr. € 51.000 per year depending on experience, excluding holiday and year-end allowances.

Position type: 36 hours per week, initial a 1-year contract.

How to apply

Applications should respond specifically to the requirements in this job description. Applications should be in English and consist of a covering letter, detailed curriculum vitae, and the names of two referees.

For further details, please contact:
Stuart Hamilton, Deputy Secretary General, email:

Please submit your application to:

Ina Dijkstra, HR Advisor, email:



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