NIOD – Work Package Leader, European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI)

Job description
NIOD is looking for a Work Package Leader (0.7 FTE) to perform duties across two projects related to the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI) which is coordinated by NIOD with funding from the European Commission. The Work Package Leader is a member of the two Project Management Boards and hence contributes to the coordination and oversight of the two projects as a whole.

EHRI is large multi-national consortium (25 partners form 17 countries) that aims to develop a sustainable, state-of-the-art research infrastructure for Holocaust research. It integrates the repositories and expertise of archives, libraries, museums, memorials and research institutions holding Holocaust-related sources.

EHRI is currently implemented via two Horizon 2020-funded projects. The EHRI Preparatory Phase Project (EHRI-PP) aims to transform EHRI into a permanent European Research Infrastructure with its own legal personality and long-term funding streams. The goals of the EHRI-3 project are the further integration of the holdings and expertise of dispersed Holocaust collection holders, and the development of new and enhanced services.

The successful candidate will lead two Work Packages (WP). This will involve coordinating the activities of two international work package teams, as well as significantly contributing to the two WP’s outputs. She/he will further contribute to other project activities as required. In EHRI-PP, she/he will take the lead of the work package that condenses and synthesises deliverables from across the project into EHRI’s business plan and implementation strategy. She/he will also contribute to the development of a detailed financial plan and strategy for the future permanent EHRI organization.

In EHRI-3, she/he will lead the “Impact, Innovation and Sustainability” work package. Its tasks are to co-ordinate specific activities highlighting EHRI’s social and cultural impact, to produce an innovation strategy and to ensure the sustainable integration of the results of EHRI-3 into the future permanent EHRI organisation. He/she will further contribute to one or two other EHRI-3 WPs as required.

The successful candidate will have a varied brief, and her/his activities will range from crafting a business plan for the future permanent EHRI organisation to developing an EHRI innovation and social impact strategy. Flexibility and an ability to swiftly gain new knowledge, skills and competences will therefore be essential to succeed in this role.

The Work Page Leader will be part of the EHRI team at NIOD-KNAW, currently consisting of seven people, and will be working under the direction of the two EHRI Co-Directors, Karel Berkhoff and Reto Speck. All activities of the WP Leader will be carried out jointly with multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional teams from across Europe, Israel and the United States.


  • Master’s Degree in a relevant field of study, or equivalent experience
  • Experience of writing high-quality research, business and/or project reports and deliverables
  • A good understanding of at least one of the following fields: cultural heritage; archives; digital history/digital humanities; Holocaust studies; research infrastructures
  • Excellent analytical, numerical and problem solving skills
  • Ability to condense and synthesise complex information, both qualitative and quantitative, from multiple sources
  • Excellent standard IT skills (MS Office, etc.)
  • Excellent command of English both in written and spoken form
  • Ability to swiftly and independently gain knowledge, skills and competences
  • Ability to inspire and lead project teams
  • Flexible, proactive and result-oriented attitude
  • Willingness to travel abroad
  • Affinity with the mission of EHRI

In addition, the successful candidate will fulfill several of the following requirements:

  • Project management experience and experience of leading project teams
  • Experience of financial planning and business plan development
  • Experience of working in an international context
  • Awareness of the European research infrastructure landscape
  • A good understanding of the changing context in which archives and other collection holders operate, in particular with regards to international collaboration, digital transformation and social and cultural impact
  • Ability to communicate in Dutch

Conditions of Employment
This position is offered on a 0.7FTE basis. It is a fixed-term appointment until 30 November 2022, although, depending on future funding, an extension is not excluded. We are looking to fill this position no later than 1 September 2020.

The NIOD offers an inclusive, internationally-oriented working environment with a great deal of room for individual initiative and responsibility. The salary for a full-time (38 hrs) position is EUR 4.274 gross per month maximum (scale 10, collective labor agreement Dutch Universities), excluding 8% holiday pay and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus.

NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies (NIOD-KNAW) is an Academy research institute. The NIOD’s expertise lies in the dissemination of knowledge about the Second World War, the Holocaust and genocide. In addition to research, NIOD offers content-rich, intensive services. Both professionals and private individuals can approach NIOD for information or to consult its extensive collection.

Additional information
For informal enquiries about this position, you may contact Dr. Karel Berkhoff ( or Dr. Reto Speck (

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How to apply
Please send your application (CV and motivation letter in English) before 26 June 2020 to


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