Strategy & Policy Advisor Food Security (0,5 FTE)

The department Strategy and Program Support (SPS) at the global office is looking per direct for a: Strategy & Policy Advisor Food Security (0,5 FTE) for a period of 4-6 months (until December 31, 2020)

Strategy & Policy Advisor Food Security (0,5 FTE)

ICCO Cooperation, a global, non-governmental organization, seeks motivated colleagues who support our mission to end poverty and injustice in developing countries. Are you also committed to create a world where people can live in dignity and secured livelihoods? In cooperation with a global team of professionals? Then we are looking for you.

From a coherent theory of change ICCO Cooperation designs, manages and implements programs for inclusive development (SDG 17) of sustainable agricultural systems to foster food and nutrition security of smallholder farmers and their families (SDG2); economic empowerment of smallholder farmers and SMEs (SDG 8) as well as more resilient and disaster-prepared communities (SDG 6 and 11). Our focus areas are inclusive finance, climate resilient food systems, new technologies and youth entrepreneurship (SDGs 10 and 12). We offer brokering services for public organisations and private companies.

Our organization consists of a Global Office in the Netherlands (Utrecht) and 5 Regional Offices and numerous associated country offices in Africa, Asia and Latin America. ICCO Cooperation has approximately 400 employees worldwide and a turnover of 45M€ in 2018.

The department Strategy and Program Support (SPS) at the global office is looking per direct for a:

Strategy & Policy Advisor Food Security (0,5 FTE) for a period of 4-6 months (until December 31, 2020)

About the position

Main areas of work:

Lobby and advocacy for the Civic Engagement Alliance (led by ICCO)

You will:

  • Play a leading role in lobbying in the Netherlands and at EU level for future proof global food systems and civic space, as part of our Civic Engagement Alliance (CEA) Program. Identify political/social trends relevant for the successful positioning of ICCO and the CEA Alliance (e.g. the implementation of the NL Food Security Policy framework). Contribute to our Dutch CEA lobby team to develop lobby strategies and messages;
  • Maintain the (existing) network of (strategic) relationships, initiatives and organizations in the Netherlands and Brussels that contribute to the positioning and objectives to promote food security and future proof food systems, and the role of civil society organisations (civic space). Main relationships: MoFa, Inclusive Green Growth Department, Food Security Unit; Netherlands Food Partnership and Agriprofocus; ACT EU Food Security working group; Wageningen University; Partos;
  • Support ROs, as part of the Civic Engagement Alliance program, in developing lobby and advocacy strategies for future proof food systems and civic space and connect national lobby and advocacy strategies to lobby in the Netherlands and at EU and international levels;
  • Contribute to documenting the CEA track records and actively search, with GO and RO colleagues, for opportunities to continue (parts of) the lobby and advocacy program after 2020.

Expertise Food Systems and Food Security

You will:

  • Contribute to and further develop ICCOs knowledge on Food Systems and Food Security;
  • Contribute to ICCO learning and knowledge sharing on Food Systems;
  • Strategically strengthen ICCOs visibility and influence in the Dutch development sector and towards MoFa;
  • Support ROs in knowledge building and sharing with regards to Food Systems and Food Security;
  • Keep track of internal and external developments in your field and assess relevance of developments for the desired position of ICCO on food security and future proof food systems; Formulate strong, inspiring proposals for vision development (framework) that can be translated into internal policy/strategy and external policy influencing;
  • Participate in knowledge sharing and learning activities on food security and food systems and contribute to dissemination activities, conferences, workshops and learning programs;
  • Work within the multi annual strategic plan and corporate vision.

Qualifications needed for the position

  • You have relevant working knowledge on the field of food security and inclusive food systems at Academic level and some knowledge of civic space and the role of civil society organisations, development issues and policies of countries where ICCO works;
  • You have strong skills for lobbying, influencing and positioning, you are able to voice our vision on food security in a clear and appealing way; you are aware of and interested in political dynamics and opportunities to influence;
  • Strong knowledge of the Dutch and EU policy context and skills to influence the main decision makers in this context;
  • At least 5 years of relevant work experience in a similar position in an international context;
  • Knowledge of developments/trends in food security and food systems, strategy development, (setting up) collaborative relationships and intercultural communication;
  • You have an entrepreneurial attitude with strong networking skills, capable of extending current networks and developing new contacts in different sectors;
  • Good skills to mobilize colleagues worldwide and to create new partnerships;
  • Excellent language skills in Dutch and English. Ability to work in French and/or Spanish is an asset;
  • Affinity with the Christian Ecumenical roots of ICCO Cooperation;
  • Ability to work independently and also within a team; demonstrated mature sense of judgment;
  • Ability to work and cooperate with people from diverse backgrounds, being part of a global team;
  • Experience and able to work with tight deadlines.

What we offer

We offer a challenging position in a working area that is constantly changing. The position is graded in salary scale 11 of the ICCO GO Terms of Employment, with a gross salary from € 3.922,11 (with 5 years of experience) till € 4.843,34 per month, excl. 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end of year allowance, based on a 36-hour work week. You will be offered a fixed term contract ending by 31/12/2020.


For more information about the job please contact Kees de Ruiter, Head of Strategy and Program Support, e-mail:, cellphone: 06 53314347. Please note that ICCO has integrated background checks in the recruitment procedure.
As a member of the Dutch relief Alliance and having implemented a broad integrity framework, we apply an interagency scheme to prevent misconduct and will ask for written references in the final stages of the recruitment procedure.
As a consequence of all the measures taken to prevent COVID-19 from spreading, the interviews will be held online.

How to apply

Please send your motivation letter and CV, including the contact details of your two last employers, in English (in 1 PDF file if possible), to, before June 29, 2020. Please mention the vacancy title and number 2020-004 in the subject title.