Job: Policy & Research Officer

2/9/15 – Policy & Research Officer
IFLA Headquarters, The Hague, Netherlands

Become part of the Policy & Advocacy team at the International Federation of
Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and help shape IFLA’s policy and
advocacy work through a wide range of professional tasks. Under the general
direction of the Director, Policy and Advocacy, your responsibilities include
carrying out in-depth desk research, supporting managers in producing
position and discussion papers, supporting the work of IFLA units engaged in
policy matters, monitoring issues that affect libraries, drafting and
disseminating high-quality communications on policy and advocacy issues, and
planning activities to support IFLA’s policy objectives in collaboration with
other staff.

Key areas of Responsibility

To undertake in-depth desk research and analysis and to produce briefing
papers, case studies and other materials for managers, IFLA units and members
that will contribute to IFLA’s policy and advocacy activities;

To provide professional-level support to IFLA managers, committees, advisory
boards and sections. Tasks include monitoring relevant information,
coordinating participation at workshops and events, and drafting reports;

To provide support to the preparation of policy-focused workshops and other
events, for example, identifying potential programme concepts, drafting
workshop materials, tracking deadlines, and monitoring expenditures against

To write high-quality communications in support of IFLA’s policy and advocacy
work and to disseminate them via appropriate channels, including the web,
social media and mailing lists;

To ensure that strong connections are established and maintained with other
activities of IFLA that impact on policy and advocacy work, for example, the
professional programme;

Monitoring the potential effects of trends, international conventions and
treaties, activities of international organizations and policy initiatives
that may affect the environment in which libraries operate.

Desired skills and experience

Excellent knowledge of library and information services and related policy

Strong research skills;

Outstanding communication skills in English, both written and oral and fully
competent in using the web and social media;

Have a sense of diplomacy and the ability to convey this in writing
Demonstrable interpersonal skills, able to relate to people from a wide range
of cultures and backgrounds;

Demonstrable understanding of the policy process, including policy

Demonstrable project management skills;

Awareness of issues in the information environment, the library profession;
A commitment to participative management practices, workplace diversity and
to working effectively within a team environment;

Experience in working in a distributed, international team;
Proficiency in one of the other official languages of IFLA (Arabic, Chinese,
French, German, Russian, Spanish);

Experience in an international membership organisation.


Degree in library or information studies or an equivalent qualification

A higher degree, or its equivalent, in library or information studies or a
related field (desirable)


The gross monthly salary offered will be Eur3.222 per month in line with the
Collective Agreement of Public Libraries in The Netherlands. You will also
receive a holiday allowance (8% of your annual salary), an end of year bonus
and enjoy 25 days of holidays per year.

Closing datePlease apply as soon as possible.

How to apply

Please send us your CV including a motivation letter in English specifying
your suitability for this position to

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