Liaison Officer EU

IHE Delft Institute for Water Education
Delft, Netherlands
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)
Languages Required: 
Dutch, Spanish or French


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The main goal of the Liaison Officer EU is to further strengthen the EU project and programme portfolio of the Institute. This will be achieved by creating and maintaining excellent relations with relevant European institutions and European platforms that are directly or indirectly related to water, thereby sustaining or increasing existing EU funding sources, as well as identifying potentially new such opportunities. The working language is English.



  • Establish and maintain excellent relations with relevant departments of the EU (including but not limited to DG RTD, DG ENV, DG DEVCO, DG CLIMA), as well as relevant Dutch agencies dealing with EU affairs (e.g. RVO).
  • Proactively participate in high level meetings/workshops/events, which may contribute to the achievement of the Institute's mission.
  • Participate in policy dialogue meetings and propose ideas that correspond to current or future programmes at IHE Delft.


  • Identify new EU funding opportunities within EU existing sources of funding for IHE Delft, e.g. Education (Erasmus +) and Research (Horizon 2020), as well as potential other sources.
  • Attend relevant briefings in Brussels/Netherlands on emerging opportunities, also from other linked sectors (e.g. Climate).
  • Provide information and advice to IHE Delft staff on EU matters on individual basis or in organized information meetings.
  • Provide relevant news for website and newsletters (e.g. on newly announced EU programmes).


  • Coordinate IHE Delft overall participation in key programmes like current (Horizon 2020) and future (Horizon Europe) research programmes, by ensuring proper institutional response to EU work programmes and calls for proposals;
  • Support academic staff members in  management of EU projects, mostly in the project submission phase, by reviewing call regulations (especially financial), assisting with budgeting and providing general information in support of the submissions;
  • Identify, assess and internally disseminate information about project opportunities and relevant research and fellowship programmes (e.g. through face-to-face-meetings, as well as training / workshop sessions).


Qualifications and Skills

  • University degree (bachelor or master) in a field relevant to the work of IHE Delft;
  • Familiarity with various donor programmes, especially those of the European Commission, is essential;
  • Knowledge about trends in the water sector (and related sectors) especially at EU policy level (latter preferred)
  • Experience with / proven interest in international/European co-operation;
  • Experience with project and programme management;
  • Understanding of development cooperation challenges and experience in working with multilateral and-or bilateral organisations;
  • Excellent proficiency of English and a good working level knowledge of Dutch, Spanish or French. Any other UN language would be an asset;
  • Computer software application skills at professional level (in particular MS Office suite). Knowledge about other application like MS Project is a plus;
  • Willingness to travel (typically for short term missions).


  • Excellent communication, negotiation and networking skills;
  • Excellent technical reporting and writing skills;
  • Excellent team-worker and enjoys working in an international and multicultural environment, with minimum supervision;
  • Flexible (can switch tasks easily and can manage different tasks simultaneously)
  • Leadership and strategic thinking (especially in relation to identification of business opportunities);
  • Excellent time management skills;
  • Able to perform under pressure, managing competing priorities (for example in situation of multiple deadlines);
  • Client centred approach.

Terms of employment

The employment contract is for 32 hours / 0.84 Fte.

A competitive salary (starting at scale 11 according to the CAO Dutch Universities), is offered depending on qualifications and experience in accordance with the conditions of employment for Dutch Universities.

IHE Delft offers an attractive, multiple choice employee benefits scheme, year-end bonus and generous pension scheme. We also offer 31 days’ leave based on a 38 hours working week.

The selected candidate will be appointed for an initial fixed-term employment contract with the possibility of a permanent contract thereafter. The above-mentioned contract duration may differ in case of internal staff in comparison to external candidates.

Information and application

Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from Gaetano Casale, Manager Liaison Office (+31 15 215 1868 or Applications in English should be sent before

31 January 2020 (closing date) including curriculum vitae and motivation letter (as one PDF file with your family name as the filename), to IHE Delft, attn. Human Resources Management

( or PO Box 3015, 2601 DA Delft, The Netherlands, stating vacancy-number