Project Manager


Project Manager
Fulltime (40 hours per week) – based in Amsterdam

The position
Stichting Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD) is currently seeking an experienced Project Manager.

The Project Manager will be responsible for supporting the smooth and successful implementation and monitoring progress of several projects and programs, for ensuring timely reporting on their scientific and financial progress as well as overseeing all financial, administrative and contractual obligations.

Specifically, the project manager will be involved in the day-to-day management of the INDIGO project (Effective and Affordable Flu Vaccines for the World). In this project, public and private R&D organizations in India, EU and US collaborate on the development of two novel influenza vaccine concepts that meet the requirements of global vaccination.

The wide variety of projects implemented by AIGHD in the areas of, for example, biomedical and laboratory research as well as health economics are each overseen by a project team which consists of at least a scientific project leader and a project manager. They work closely together with scientific, financial and other staff members in order to successfully implement and complete the project. The project manager will join our project management team and collaborate with our scientific staff towards successful support of the projects.

The INDIGO project

Despite the availability of flu vaccines for decades, influenza is still an important disease in both developing and developed countries with 500,000 casualties annually and many more people affected. From a global health perspective, the lack of effectivity, availability, affordability and accessibility of flu vaccines significantly limits our ability to respond to the seasonal flu every year and in the event of a pandemic. Currently, a low vaccine effectivity of 40% implies that 60% of vaccinated people are not sufficiently protected, with low confidence further contributing to limited uptake/immunization. In this project, public and private R&D organizations in India, EU and US collaborate on the development of two novel influenza vaccine concepts that meet the requirements of global vaccination, aiming to achieve <10% instead of 60% non-responders, lower costs, and better accessibility.

Main tasks and responsibilities

· In collaboration with project partners, monitor and report project planning, milestones and deliverables in line with the Grant Agreement and within agreed timelines;

· Organize and prepare project meetings to monitor progress of the project and ensure meeting reports (minutes) are available for distribution;

· Propose amendments to the work plan in case of changes in project planning;

· Coordinate project related logistical arrangements and procurement;

· Administer project finance timely and transparently according to internal and donor regulations, in close collaboration with colleagues from our Finance and Control department

· Monitor budget spent and make optimal use of remaining budget in line with the overall budget and Grant Agreement;

· Collect relevant financial information from partners and report to financial management for reimbursement of current costs to partners;

· Propose amendments to the budget in case of significant changes in the work plan and timing.

· Assist with preparing research proposals for funding opportunities


· At least 3-5 years of relevant work experience in scientific and administrative research project management in an international context preferably in the European Framework (H2020) and Dutch national funding programmes (such as NWO schemes), in the area of global health and/or in an academic environment

· Academic background (MSc level)

· Formal certification/qualification in project management or equivalent is considered an asset

· Excellent planning skills, with experience in applying these in a complex and dynamic (international) context

· Experience with multi-year account management of projects,

· Experience with working in at a least 1 of the following skills: projects with a multidisciplinary approach, projects on pharmaceutical product development or project experience in India or with Indian partners

· Ability to deliver results against short deadlines

· Excellent written and verbal communication skills, both in Dutch and English

· Demonstrated excellent communication, presentation, and organization skills

· Strong interpersonal and intercultural skills

· Ability to work independently as well as in a team

· Flexible, proactive, professional and reliable individual.

AIGHD offers

AIGHD offers an excellent job opportunity in a cutting-edge working environment in global health and development and a salary in line with prevailing sector standards. AIGHD has a fulltime workweek of 40 hours, 25 days leave annually, an attractive collective pension plan and a very comprehensive collective health insurance scheme. The position is based at the office of AIGHD in Amsterdam. The position is initially for one year but has the potential to be extended.

Please send your application before 3 January 2020 to HR Support at AIGHD

Closing date: 14 days open


The Amsterdam Institute for Global Health & Development (AIGHD) is a research and education institute with a mission to address challenges in global health and development by conducting collaborative interdisciplinary research, generating insights and solutions, and educating the next generation of global health leaders.

AIGHD conducts collaborative, interdisciplinary research prioritizing infectious disease elimination, antimicrobial drug resistance, chronic care & ageing, urbanization & health, health markets, and economics of human development. It aims to educate and inspire the next generation of global health leaders at undergraduate, post-graduate and professional levels to shape a healthier and more prosperous future for all. AIGHD aspires to accelerate progress on global health objectives by sharing knowledge and insights with global agencies, governments, NGOs, and the scientific community.

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