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Vacancy Statement

Policy Officer

Location: IFLA Headquarters, The Hague (The Netherlands)

Position Type: 36 hours per week / 2 year contract

Specialism: Policy and copyright

Salary: c. € 35.000 max (based on experience and qualifications)

Closing date: 15 January 2009

IFLA is actively involved in extensive advocacy work that seeks to ensure libraries around the world are able to offer the fullest access to information to their users. This work takes place at national levels, through liaison with national library associations, and at regional and international levels, often through collaboration with like-minded NGOs in arena such as the European Commission or the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).

In this job you will work with the Senior Policy Advisor at IFLA’s Headquarters on the Federation’s international advocacy work of education, relationship building and interventions in relation to strategic themes. In particular, you will be responsible for participating in formulating IFLA policy in relation to the publishing industry and copyright and other legal matters, placing emphasis on fair and balanced copyright frameworks that enable libraries to provide equitable access to information to their users. You will report to the Senior Policy Advisor.

You will have knowledge of international copyright frameworks, information law and intellectual property, in relation to libraries. You will also have knowledge of the publishing industry and other information/cultural/commercial agencies in the political process. You will be aware of the current state and future direction of library and information services worldwide, able to write statements supporting policy (often on the fly) and able to represent and lobby on behalf of IFLA in a variety of forums. You will have good written and oral communication skills and the ability to target style to different audiences; excellent knowledge of English, preferably as a first language, and a good knowledge of another of IFLA’s seven official working languages.

If you are interested in adding your expertise to IFLA, please have a look at the job description in more detail.

How to Apply

Applications should respond specifically to the selection criteria in the job description. Applications should be in English and consist of a covering letter, a detailed curriculum vitae, and the names of two referees.

The closing date for applications is 15 January 2009. Applicants requested for an interview in The Hague will be contacted by IFLA in February 2009. IFLA reserves the right not to make an appointment in this application round. The successful candidate will be expected to assume duty in The Hague in the first half of 2009.

For further details, please contact:

Stuart Hamilton
Email: stuart.hamilton@ifla.org

Please submit your application to:

Magda Bouwens
P.O.Box 95312
2509 CH The Hague, Netherlands
E-mail: magda.bouwens@ifla.org

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