ITM vacancies

Policy Officer for International Cooperation and Development
Central Policy Offices
International Cooperation and Development
  Apply before: 15 Oct.


The Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) is internationally recognised as a center of excellence for education, research and service delivery in the field of tropical medicine and public health in low and middle income countries (LMIC). Its development cooperation activities are mostly funded by DGD and presently include:

  1. institutional strengthening programmes with 16 partner institutions in 10 LMIC countries
  2. a significant scholarships programme for courses both at ITM and in partner institutions
  3. policy support to mainly Belgian development actors, including DGD

Since late 2019 the ITM Development Office coordinates, supports and promotes all development cooperation activities of ITM. It contributes to the development, implementation and quality assurance of developmental policies and supports ITM’s academic staff in managing capacity building projects in LMICs.

The Development Office is part of the Director’s Office and reports to the Management Committee. The new officer will report to the head of the Development Office and collaborate closely with departmental and central units involved in developmental activities, education, research and management.

ITM is seeking to recruit a policy officer for International cooperation and development to reinforce the Development Office.


  • You will contribute pro-actively to the development and management of the Development Office, i.e. formulation of its vision, mission and tasks, development of strategic and operational plans, determination of the division of tasks and resources.
  • You will advise and support ITM’s management in the formulation of ITM’s development policy.
  • You will actively participate in management of ITM’s developmental programs throughout the whole program cycle (conceptualization of programs, launching calls, organization of selections, contracting, follow-up, reporting and evaluation of projects).
  • You will offer methodological and management support and advice to academic staff both at ITM and from partner institutions in the South regarding development activities, projects and programs.
  • You will contribute to development and implementation of a high-quality monitoring and evaluation system.
  • You will follow-up and support (financial, planning, methodological) specific projects or initiatives.
  • You will connect with supporting donor agencies such as Directorate General for Development (DGD) and Flanders Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA).
  • You will participate and represent ITM in meetings with national and international actors related to development cooperation such as Fiabel, VLIR-UOS, ARES and Enabel.
  • You will explore alternative funding opportunities for international collaboration and development activities.


  • You have a master degree in a relevant field (management, social sciences, medicine, public health.
    • Additional training related to topics such as international policy, international relations, global health, development project/programme management, monitoring and evaluation and development cooperation is an asset.
  • You have substantial experience in and a good understanding of the Belgian and international landscape of development cooperation.
    • Familiarity with the latest legal Belgian reforms regarding the Actors of the Non-Governmental Cooperation is an asset.
    • International field experience including work in projects or programs in LMICs is an asset.
  • You have sound knowledge and working experience with development project cycle management.
    • Knowledge and experience with other project management methodologies (eg. outcome mapping, theory of change…) is an asset.
  • You are familiar with current key transversal themes for development programmes (e.g. diversity and gender, environment, integrity, decolonisation…).
  • You can operate with ease between academic, policy and administrative environments.
    • Familiarity with the Belgian academic landscape and/or academic capacity strengthening and scientific development is an asset.
  • You have a creative, enthusiastic and social personality and a pro-active and can-do mentality.
  • You have excellent communications and writing skills and a strong team spirit.
  • You are committed to high standards of quality, integrity and partnership.
  • You are familiar with common IT applications, social media, web-based and mobile communication.
  • You speak and write fluently English, Dutch and French.
  • You are willing to occasionally travel abroad (up to 1 month per year), especially in low and middle income countries.


ITM is an open and international campus where staff, students and researchers work on new international health challenges. We strive for excellence, integrity, specificity and efficiency. Your assignment contributes to our mission. We value human dignity and diversity, academic creativity and a critical spirit, solidarity and cooperation, and the well-being of employees, students, patients and clients. Together we ensure a pleasant working atmosphere with attention to work-life balance and opportunities for training.

We offer you:

  • A full-time contract of unlimited duration. Starting date: 1 February 2022.
  • A salary according to the pay scales of the ITM and the Flemish universities including benefits such as extra-legal pension plan, public transportation or bike compensation and meal vouchers.


For more information about this position, please contact HR (

Send your CV together with your letter of motivation to before 15 October 2021.

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