Lead, Knowledge Uptake & Communications

Bernard van Leer Foundation

Location The Hague, The Netherlands (in-person collaboration with the rest of our team is important for this role, so we regret that we are not able to consider people who wish to be based remotely)
Salary Salary range: EUR 57k-78k + excellent benefits (see job description for more info)
  • Closing: 8:30am, 27th Jan 2020 CET

Job Description

For more details, please see the full job description here and visit our website at www.bernardvanleer.org. We're looking forward to hearing from you.


Are you a creative, collaborative, organised, politically savvy and experienced communications and content strategist and manager?

Are you interested in how professionals across sectors, from government to civil society to business, get and use knowledge to inform their decisions, policies and practices?

Do you relish the prospect of distribution, dissemination, marketing, or whatever you call getting great policy and practice ideas into the hands of people who will use them?

Do you want to work globally with a committed, creative and international team on improving the health and well-being of babies, toddlers and the people who care for them?

If so, we'd love to hear from you about our new role in our team in The Hague, The Netherlands to drive our work to increase the reach and impact of the knowledge that our partners and our team are generating: the Lead, Knowledge Uptake & Communications.

About us

At the Bernard van Leer Foundation, we believe that giving all children a good start in life is both the right thing to do and the best way to build healthy, peaceful and creative societies.

We are an independent foundation working worldwide to inspire and inform large-scale action to improve the health and wellbeing of babies, toddlers and the people who care for them.

About the role

Principal responsibilities

  • Lead the development of our strategy to increase the reach and use of the great ideas that our partners and team are coming up with – e.g. defining and refining our audiences and deciding which knowledge resources, channels and tactics to prioritise

  • Lead the design and execution of strategies to increase quality, distribution and uptake by our key audiences across existing and new knowledge resources

  • Manage selected global communications and distribution projects and partnerships, including the commissioning and distribution of human interest stories / solutions journalism-style documentation of our major partnerships

  • Advise on communications, advocacy, positioning and thought leadership across the organisation

  • Manage corporate communications and systems, including monitoring & evaluation of communications and engagement activities, and potentially line managing one direct report working on all of the above

Key experiences, qualities and skills

Ideally, we're looking for the following:

  • Relevant work experience in public affairs, politics, journalism, knowledge uptake, communications, advocacy, campaigns or related. Politically savvy.

  • Ability to understand, interpret and present complex and sensitive information from a variety of sources

  • Deep appetite for spreading ideas and serving audiences

  • Experience managing projects, staff members and consultants

  • Experience across a range of geographic contexts, ideally including low- or middle- income countries

  • Knowledge of or interest in one or more of BvLF’s target sectors and issues, such as the early years, public health, or urban policy, planning and design

  • Excellent written English, with particular emphasis on writing for busy professional audiences

  • Proficiency with other languages used in the Foundation's work also welcome (Dutch, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Hindi, Arabic, Hebrew, Turkish, French)

For more details, please see the full job description here and visit our website at www.bernardvanleer.org. We're looking forward to hearing from you.



Removing bias from the hiring process

Applications closed Mon 27th Jan 2020


Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You’ll need a CV/résumé, but it’ll only be considered if you score well on the anonymous review

Applications closed Mon 27th Jan 2020