Senior Programme Manager | The Netherlands 

By 2030, 150 million people are able to prevent or resolve their most pressing justice problems. Do you want to join us on our mission?

HiiL (The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law) is a civil society organisation committed to closing the justice gap. We aim that by 2030, 150 million people will be able to prevent or resolve their most pressing justice problems. We do this by helping to develop and implement people-centred justice. That means justice that is affordable, accessible and easy to understand. To make that transformation we must put people and the outcomes they need at the centre, not institutions and existing procedures. We are friendly rebels focused on concrete improvements in the lives of people. Data and evidence are central in all that we do. We work to stimulate innovation and to scale what works best. We bring stakeholders together to make it happen. 

Our Programmes department is looking for an experienced Senior Programme Manager. The focus of the first assignment/mission will be the Niger country programme. 

The  Senior Programme Manager will work under the direct supervision of the COO of HiiL.

The position:

  • Is able to develop and monitor clear and effective country programme strategies and set quarterly priorities for the team that supports the realisation of HiiL’s mission.
  • Ensures smooth & timely implementation of the high-quality country programme strategies, annual work plan according to approved budgets and manages high quality delivery of services.
  • Understands and oversees the political situation in programmes he/she runs, and is able to navigate and leverage it to ensure HiiL has the buy-in for the realisation of the programmes.
  • Is able to build effective partnerships so that HiiL only implements where it has a comparative advantage.
  • Maintains a high quality team with the required competences needed to ensure that the country programme(s) is constantly developing and anticipating trends, needs, opportunities & threats.
  • Manages performance of staff on high quality outputs and fosters professional & personal development in line with the team’s strategic goals. Regularly holds (team and individual) meetings with staff members to monitor work progress and wellbeing.
  • Leads external profiling and representation of the Programme in countries / regions.
  • Manages relations with external stakeholders (government, institutions, donor, partners) with tact and care in order to safeguard HilL’s successful execution of projects and future funding possibilities.
  • Coordinates periodic audits & evaluations to assess the impact of the department & mitigates risks with the MEL Lead.

Our new colleague:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in Law, International Development, Political Science, International Relations, Anthropology or related field;
  • Minimum six years of progressively responsible programme management experience;
  • Prior experience working on donor-funded international development programmes required, preferably gained in Justice Sector;
  • Experience managing budgets, finances, and forecasting;
  • Experience of working in political environments, with political actors and with professional groups who have their own jargon and mindsets and experience in developing shared, understandable language with them so that others can be brought into the effort as well;
  • Vast operational experience in Africa, in particular the Sahel region and preferably the MENA region;
  • Excellent leadership, communication, strategic and analytical skills;
  • High aptitude for identifying, establishing and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders;
  • Ability to undertake travel to join the field-based teams and stakeholders;
  • Fluent in both English and French, both oral and written. 

We offer you:

  • An organisational culture where motivation prevails; the work that we do is meaningful and contributes to changing people’s lives;
  • An environment that is bound to further improve your professional skills;
  • An opportunity of being at the forefront of making people centred justice happen.

What else:

  • Starting date: in mutual agreement;
  • We offer a full time position for an initial period of 12 months with the aim of building a long-term work relationship;
  • Holding EU-citizenship or NL working permit;
  • A monthly salary for a full-time working week between € 4.800,- / € 6.600,- based on relevant experience;
  • More than 8 weeks of holidays when working full time;
  • You will become part of a dynamic and international team of 70+ professionals;
  • Being creative, courageous and collaborative are at the heart of our organisation so that needs to appeal to you and fit you.


Are you the committed Senior Programme Manager we need? Please apply using the button below and upload your CV and a short motivation letter.  You have time to apply for this position until Sunday 19 March 2023.

Please note that we are recruiting on a rolling basis and will try to fill this position asap.

We are committed to ensuring diversity and gender equality within our organisation. Therefore, people of all gender identities, sexes, sexual orientations, races, colours, religions, cultures, abilities, etc. are encouraged to apply for this position. 

Note: All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and may be subject to appropriate screening checks. By submitting your application you accept that HiiL will conduct such pre-employment screening for successful candidates. 

Will you join us?

Please apply using the button below.