Behavioral- or Social Scientist, The Hague, the Netherlands

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is looking for fulltime

Behavioral- or Social Scientist

Duty Station: The Hague, the Netherlands

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the fight against tuberculosis (TB), and related health problems like HIV, antimicrobial resistance, and COVID-19. Tuberculosis is the deadliest infectious disease in the world after COVID-19. Being an international knowledge center, KNCV promotes effective, efficient, innovative and situation specific strategies and solutions to eliminate TB and related health problems in a national and international context.

Our multidisciplinary team of passionate professionals covers a broad range of expertise such as quantitative and qualitative research; programmatic prevention and management of TB and related health problems; new diagnostics, drugs, and regimens; clinical management, patient support and stigma reduction; laboratory technologies and networks; education; mobile and digital health solutions and surveillance; strategic planning and advocacy; communication and project management.

For over a century KNCV worked tirelessly to improve the lives of those affected by TB, with a leading role in the successful fight against TB in the Netherlands, exchanging knowledge and expertise with other countries. KNCV is a global network organization, consisting of our global office in The Hague, the Netherlands, eight branch offices and four country based KNCV entities in East, South and Central Asia and Africa. KNCV raises funds from private, institutional, corporate and government sources.

On the journey towards TB Elimination, in 2020 KNCV has defined nine innovation pathways and pursues the development, demonstration and scale-up of innovations as well as existing strategies that can accelerate elimination of TB and related health problems around the world. To do so, KNCV generates evidence, supports global and in-country policy making as well as strategic planning and supports the development of supportive systems.


Among other work, KNCV is involved in qualitative studies on the feasibility and acceptability of various TB treatments, vaccines, and diagnostic procedures, as well digital tools to support care seeking, diagnosis, treatment and care for people affected by TB and related health problems, including COVID-19.

KNCV is also conducting studies in the field of stigma, including the validation of stigma scales and studies on effectiveness of different approaches for stigma reduction, contributing to the global body of evidence in support of guideline development on stigma and stigma interventions.

Job Purpose

As a social scientist, you will lead KNCV’s research on stigma. You will also lead, supervise and/or collaborate on feasibility and acceptability studies.

You will contribute to further developing and ensuring the quality of the KNCV portfolio on qualitative research along the innovation pathways, and support and mentor junior KNCV staff in this field.

The Social Scientist reports to the Evidence and Impact Team Lead of the Division TB Elimination & Health System Innovation (TBE&HSI).

Key responsibilities

  • Design and conduct qualitative and mixed-methods research studies
  • Lead, conduct or contribute to systematic literature reviews
  • Contribute to the development of effective, feasible and acceptable stigma reduction tools and validated scales to measure mental health and/or health-related stigma in the framework of TB and related health problems
  • Contribute to the further development of KNCV portfolio in qualitative research along the KNCV innovation pathways
  • Disseminate study findings through scientific publications and presentations at international conferences
  • Develop grant proposals and report to donors
  • Represent KNCV in research consortia and other international fora
  • Mentor, train, and supervise KNCV HQ and in-country staff on qualitative and mixed-methods research


  • PhD in Social Psychology, Social Science, Public health, Global Health, Health sciences, Epidemiology, Medicine, or another relevant discipline
  • At least 5-7 years’ experience working as a social scientist as evidenced by peer-reviewed articles
  • Experience in organizing and conducting qualitative studies
  • Experience in multi-country project leadership, preferably in low- and middle income countries
  • Experience in mental health and/or stigma research
  • Experience in the implementation and evaluation (including impact) of mental health and/or stigma interventions
  • Skills in using software for qualitative data collection, cleaning, validation, analysis, visualization and interpretation
  • Familiarity with infectious diseases, ideally tuberculosis
  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently
  • Ability to cope with stress and to organize and prioritize workload
  • Excellent oral and writing skills in English; working-level Dutch and other relevant language skills are an advantage (e.g., French, Russian).
  • Applicants must be Dutch nationals or a European Union member State or have a valid work permit for the Netherlands.


  • A fixed-term 1 year contract for 38 hours a week (with the intention to extend the contract)
  • An informal work atmosphere in an international environment where initiative is appreciated
  • A highly motivated team of experienced, self-driven colleagues worldwide
  • KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation has its own Employment Conditions Scheme

Application and information

You can apply for this position by sending your CV and motivation to e-mail  before 15 September 2022. Please mention reference NL2210 in the subject.

Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis; the position may be filled sooner than the closing date.

For more information on the position, please contact Ineke Spruijt For further information on KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation, please see

KNCV has been fighting TB since its establishment in 1903. Over the past 117 years, the organization has acquired indispensable knowledge and experience in the field of effective TB control, resulting in pre-elimination in the Netherlands and significant contributions to global evidence generation, policy development and TB program implementation worldwide.

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