Hiring: We’re seeking our new Knowledge for Policy Director (CLOSED)

Published January 14, 2020

Closing date: Monday 17 February at 0830 CET

First interviews: Thu 5 and Fri 6 March

Final interviews: Mon 23 and Tue 24 March

The first round interview can be done via Skype. If you are not available on these dates, please let Agnes Buis at agnes.buis@bvleerf.nl know as soon as possible.


Are you committed to tackling inequality and making cities better places for everyone, especially babies, toddlers and the people who care for them?

Are you an experienced leader who has worked on urban initiatives at scale, whether in government or with an NGO, international organisation, consultancy, or other?

Do you want to help shape and lead our journey to greater impact through the use of knowledge, networks and advocacy and communications, working globally with a committed, creative, collegial and professionally diverse international team?

Want to be able to cycle safely everywhere by being based in our office in The Hague – a lovely, international city with 10+ km of white sand beach that’s 45 minutes to Amsterdam and 30 minutes to Rotterdam by train?

If so, we’d love to hear from you about joining our senior management team in The Hague, The Netherlands as our new Knowledge for Policy Director.

Full job description: may be downloaded here.

We’re looking for an experienced leader who has worked on urban initiatives at scale and led the development of knowledge resources.

The Bernard van Leer Foundation is moving into a new phase where we want to increase our support to partners in the implementation and scaling process, improve the use and impact of knowledge resources developed by our partners and team, and better assess the ideas being tested and scaled by our partners.

Based in our head office in The Hague, our new Knowledge for Policy Director will lead the established Knowledge for Policy team and work closely with the senior management, Programme and Operations teams to take us into the next phase of our strategy as we seek to exponentially scale our impact on babies, toddlers and the people who care for them.

The Knowledge for Policy Director will:

  • As a member of the senior management team, lead the evolution of the Bernard van Leer Foundation’s strategy to scale its impact and reach through knowledge
  • Lead an innovative, high-performing team that seeks to influence changes in policy and practice globally, in close cooperation with our Programme team, by working across a wide range of knowledge initiatives.
  • Serve as a senior subject matter expert for urban policy, planning or design

For more information, please download the job description.


Interested in applying? 

Please complete your application online through Applied, an online recruitment platform whose mission is to help organisations hire the best person for the job regardless of their background.


You will be asked to submit answers of up to 250 words to a small number of questions related to this role, along with an up-to-date CV.

We will review the answers blind, without seeing your name or CV, and based on this, make a shortlist for first interview.

For questions about the role or the application process, please contact Agnes Buis, Human Resources Officer at agnes(dot)buis(at)bvleerf(dot)nl.

Thank you for your interest in working with us. We look forward to hearing from you!