Senior Consultant Governance and Peacebuilding

Rotterdam, Brussels of London
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Are you passionate about international development, keen to work with experts from across the globe and always looking for opportunities? Dare to make a difference and join our International Development Unit (IDU)

Your role

As a senior consultant you will work in a team of motivated international development professionals on projects building responsive and accountable institutions, promoting inclusive political processes and fostering resilient state-society relations across the world.

You will implement assignments ranging from long-term Technical Assistance to short-term consultancy (including travel abroad), for a variety of clients. We currently deliver projects funded by the European Union, FCDO (UKaid), Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, SECO, other bilateral donors, UN, World Bank, as well as national and local governments. 

You will be responsible for winning, managing and delivering assignments in the fields of Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law, Migration & Conflict Prevention and Resolution as well as Peacebuilding and Security. You will be involved in the full range of consulting responsibilities: business development, project implementation, policy research and advice and team management. You will actively contribute to further developing our portfolio in these fields and to mentoring junior colleagues. You have a clear client-orientation, and are up to date with trends and developments in the fields mentioned above. In addition, you have relevant experience in at least one (but ideally more) of our service areas: policy and programme design; technical assistance and capacity building; or research, monitoring and evaluation.

Role and responsibilities

More specifically your roles and responsibilities will be:

  • To manage large and complex (international) projects;
  • To implement assignments involving high quality research, project management and policy advice;
  • To liaise with current and potential partners and build networks of organisations and experts;
  • To undertake targeted pro-active business development activities and to manage bid teams and prepare successful project proposals; and
  • To be an active member of the team, contributing ideas and suggestions.

Qualifications and experience

  • Graduated at university level in International Development, International Relations, International Law or other relevant disciplines;
  • At least seven years’ professional experience in Governance and Peacebuilding;
  • A minimum of five years’ experience in at least one of the following service areas: Policy and Programme Design; Technical Assistance and Capacity Building; or Research, Monitoring and Evaluation
  • At least 2 years direct relevant field experience having worked in development and/or fragile/post-conflict settings;
  • Analytical capacity and excellent ability in drafting and coordination of high-quality research reports/outputs;
  • Commercial drive and awareness, as well as experience with business development and project proposal writing; and
  • Fluency in written and spoken English – working knowledge of French would be a strong asset.

Our Offer

We offer a professional, stimulating and learning environment. Our offer further includes a competitive salary, flexible working hours, and ample training and other professional development opportunities. We also offer excellent additional employee benefits, such as the opportunity to purchase Ecorys shares, employer’s contribution to the pension plan, and purchase of additional holidays. We have a hybrid working policy, which means that we are flexible in terms of working from home or office.

About Ecorys and IDU

Ecorys is a leading research-based consultancy that helps clients make a positive impact on society. From research and evaluation to project management, we support public and private clients by providing them with evidence and advice to tackle the issues affecting communities around the world. We achieve our business objectives in an environmentally sustainable and socially responsible way. Our working culture promotes personal and career development.

The International Development Unit (IDU) leads on Ecorys’ work in developing countries from our teams in the Netherlands, Belgium, UK, Bulgaria, Zambia, Bangladesh, Ghana, India, and Turkey allowing you to work in a truly international environment. IDU’s core focus areas are Public Administration & Governance, Economic Development, Natural Resource Management, Social Protection and Livelihoods while we are active in the service areas Monitoring & Evaluation, project design (formulation), technical assistance, capacity building and grant management.

We have an informal working atmosphere. You will work in teams alongside professional and enthusiastic colleagues. You will be given a large degree of freedom and responsibility. 

More information

If you have questions about the vacancy you can contact HR via 


To apply please send us your motivation letter and CV before 28 March 2022, using our online application form, with reference to “Senior Consultant Governance”. The selection procedure will consist of interviews, while a written assessment can be part of it.

Vacature informatie

Bedrijf: Ecorys

Locatie: Rotterdam, Brussels of London

Opleidingsniveau: WO

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