Young Professional in Tuberculosis Elimination The Hague, The Netherlands

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is looking for a

Young Professional in Tuberculosis Elimination

(as part of our Young Professionals Program)

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), the deadliest infectious disease in the world. KNCV is an international center of expertise for TB control that promotes effective, efficient, innovative and sustainable tuberculosis control strategies in a national and international context. We are an organization of passionate TB professionals, including doctors, researchers, training experts, nurses and epidemiologists. We aim to stop the worldwide epidemic of TB and to prevent the further spread of drug-resistant TB.
Over the past century we have built a wealth of knowledge and expertise, initially by successfully controlling TB in the Netherlands. Since the 1970s, we have also shared our knowledge and expertise with the rest of the world. We operate from a central office in The Hague, the Netherlands, a regional office in Central Asia and country offices worldwide. KNCV raises funds from private, institutional, corporate and government donors.

Tuberculosis as a worldwide challenge
Tuberculosis (TB) remains one of the most significant infectious disease globally. In 2015, there were an estimated 10.4 million new cases and 1.8 million deaths, making TB a larger cause of death than HIV. Of the estimated new TB cases, nearly 40% are without access to standardized and high quality treatment programs. Consequently, resistance to anti-tuberculosis drugs is also an important issue within the larger antimicrobial resistance agenda. Nearly 500,000 cases of multiple drug resistant TB (MDR-TB) were estimated for 2015 with only 20% having access to appropriate treatment. In recent years, however, exciting innovations in the form of new treatments and diagnostics have been approved by the World Health Organization, fostering a renewed, dynamic commitment in the fight against TB and to the global vision to end TB. KNCV is in the forefront of these efforts, guiding several of these new developments at both the global policy and country adoption levels.

KNCV Young Professionals Program
The Young Professionals Program (YPP) is an initiative for talented, highly qualified professionals to start a career in TB prevention and care. The YPP is part of several KNCV initiatives designed for the exchange of ideas between TB and Public Health professionals, researchers and Young Professionals (YP). In this way, the YP is expected to bring fresh ideas and complementary talents that can contribute to KNCV’s mission. The program enables the Young Professional to work a full year with senior professionals and KNCV partner organizations in different countries, which will give the YP extensive exposure and experience in KNCV’s activities. The YP will receive on the job training to develop key competencies in TB prevention and care and is encouraged to share his/her ideas in a broad-based learning environment. Upon successful program completion, the YP can expect to further his or her career in global efforts to end TB.

Who are we looking for?


Masters’ degree in a related area with no more than 3 years of relevant work experience;


  • Experience in studying or working abroad;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English is essential and one other language is preferable.

Competencies and skills:

  • Curious, open-minded and eager to learn;
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • Self-initiator with an entrepreneurial approach;
  • Good communicator to both professional and non-professional audiences;
  • Flexible and able to adjust to multi-cultural work environments;
  • Be a team player with people from different disciplines.

What does KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation offer?

  • A full-time (38 hours per week) fixed-term contract for a year (with the possibility to extend);
  • An informal work atmosphere where initiative is the norm;
  • The possibility to work abroad in at least one or more locations outside The Netherlands;
  • A coaching/mentoring program;
  • A competitive training salary and benefits package.

Application and information

You can apply for this position, including a motivation letter, via the form below before 27 November 2016. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our HRM Team in The Netherlands: +31(0)70-4167222 or mail to Selected candidates will be asked to subsequently submit a case study on a related topic.

A valid work permit to work in the Netherlands is required.

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental handicap, or status as a disabled person.