The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Headquarters is looking for a Network Coordinator.  Knowledge Rights 21 – 21st Century Access to Education and Research – is a programme run by Stichting IFLA Foundation, and bringing together library organisations working across Europe, supported by the Arcadia Foundation.

It is focused on building lasting capacity to modernise policies and practices around copyright, in particular in the area of eLending, promoting open norms, protecting copyright exceptions against contract override, secondary publishing rights, and rights retention.

Through this, it aims to deliver progress, in the short and longer term, that enables learners, students, researchers and other library users to realise the potential of technology to deliver education research and cultural participation. At the heart of the programme is the development of tools, skills and other support for advocacy by networks of libraries and related groups, at both the European and national levels


IFLA Headquarters is located in The Hague (next to The Hague Central Station) in The Netherlands.  Due to COVID-19 regulations, the successful candidate will work remotely or from home until further notice.

Applicants who wish to work remotely once COVID restrictions have been lifted will be considered, but should be willing and able to travel to the Hague on a regular basis in order to work with other Programme staff.

Key tasks and areas of responsibility

The Network Coordinator is responsible for developing, encouraging recruitment to and supporting maintenance of the Programme’s grassroots networks, working closely with the Policy Committee to develop and organise delivery of training and education in copyright, licensing, advocacy and related matters.

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • Oversee development and delivery of training on copyright, licensing and advocacy for European librarians (potentially also allied professions) and carry out work to identify candidates to engage in national networks.
  • Provide advice and encouragement for the formation of national networks, including librarians and others involved in advocacy for access and use of digital knowledge.
  • Support national advocacy networks in developing action plans, including in developing potential bids for funding for activities in support of the Programme’s objectives.
  • Identify needs at national level and work with the Programme Manager and Policy Committee and Management Committee to respond.
  • Work with regional coordinators to enhance support further to national networks.
  • Report to the Management and Policy Committees on matters within their respective remits.
  • On a day-to-day basis, work closely with the Programme Manager, who coordinates the post holder’s work to ensure it is fully integrated into the Programme mission and Definition and aligned in a timely manner.
  • Assist the Programme Manager in supporting Programme meetings, including minute-taking and reporting.
  • Coordinate advocacy budgets with the grassroots networks

Required skills

  • Essential: Ability to mobilise and animate networks
  • Essential: Experience of supporting advocacy work by others
  • Essential: Familiarity with the issues covered by the Programme
  • Essential: Strong interpersonal, communication and advocacy skills
  • Essential: experience in overlooking training activities
  • Essential: Fluent written and spoken English. Desirable: Competence in one or more other European languages.
  • Essential: Good office and record keeping skills – competence in using office software and web content management systems
  • Desirable: experience of working (formally or informally) with libraries, archives or museums, or organisations in the field of digital knowledge


The position is part-time: 2 days per week / 104 days per annum.  The gross monthly salary offered will be EUR1,538.00 (€1,538.00) per month (PT-% of 40%) in line with the Collective agreement of Public Libraries in The Netherlands.  You will also receive a holiday allowance (8% of your annual salary), and an end of year bonus.  You will also participate in IFLA’s group pension scheme.

Closing date

The closing date is 11 October 2021, 12:00 CEST.  Interested candidates are advised to submit their applications as soon as possible.

How to apply

Please send your CV and motivation letter addressing the responsibilities and skills required for the position in English to using “Network Coordinator” in the subject line.  Only candidates with valid documentation to work in The Netherlands will be considered (please indicate on your application how you are able to work in the Netherlands).

NOTE: We will be happy to consider candidates who wish to apply jointly for both the Network Coordinator and Programme Manager roles advertised on our website.