New Vacancy: National Coordinators (from multiple countries)

We welcome applicants from all over Europe. Are you a resident in any of these countries? Please feel free to apply!

Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Norway, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Spain, Switzerland, Türkiye and Ukraine.

National Coordinators – What Are We Looking For?

National Coordinators will make a vital contribution to the Programme’s success at the national and regional level, developing the networks, contacts and understanding necessary to catalyse change. They will be based in their home countries and act either as part of another organisation or as freelancers, and cover one or several countries, depending on their expertise and availability. They are expected to:

  • Represent the Programme on a national and regional level;
  • Establish relationships with key stakeholders inside and outside of the library field on the national and regional level, thus creating national networks and participating in the creation of regional and European networks;
  • Support and cooperate with the programme in the implementation of KR21 work packages on the national and regional level, in particular around advocacy;
  • Proactively identify and seize opportunities for national engagement and achievement of the Programme’s goals, while also responding to the needs of wider partners in the programme;
  • Supporting the Programme Secretariat in other issues related with KR21 implementation;
  • Conducting other Programme-related tasks as regards country/countries under his/her scope of work, including aiding in gathering or sourcing information to support research.

The successful candidate/organisation will work closely with the Programme Secretariat and in liaison with the Policy Committee.

Required Competences/Experience

Successful freelancers or organisations are expected to be self-starters with a flexible approach, able to manage the workload efficiently, offering:

  • Knowledge of copyright law and copyright policy issues in relation to the needs of libraries, research, education and culture, or familiarity with legal issues affecting the digital environment plus demonstrable ability to quickly get up to speed on any new topics;
  • Strong networking and interpersonal skills and ability to establish efficient and sustainable national/regional networks of individuals and institutions working in the fields covered by the Programme;
  • Good communication skills in English both in writing and public speaking, including ability to clearly explain complex topics in simple terms to different audiences;
  • Ability to identify and take advantage of opportunities to engage in policy processes;
  • Ability to think strategically about relationships and areas of work within national/regional context, helping to inform the overall direction of the Programme;
  • Clear and timely communication, both internally with others working on the Programme, and externally with relevant stakeholders;
  • Ability to manage a varied workload, crossing a number of sub-themes;
  • Competence using standard office software suites and website content management systems.

Remuneration and Duration

National coordinators will be taken on a part time basis, from 1-2 days per week, per country, depending on availability and workload. As mentioned above, we will consider applications both from individual freelancers, and from organisations ready to dedicate time to this task. Financial remuneration will depend on the scope of work and number of countries covered by the National Coordinator and it will be with reference to average gross national wages.

Successful candidates or organisations will work from home, in close coordination and cooperation with the Programme Secretariat in The Hague.


Successful candidates will be offered a 6-month contract, with a possibility of an extension for the duration of the Programme.

Closing date

We invite you to apply as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting from 29th June onwards. A list of the countries for which applications are welcomed is shown at the beginning and end of this job application.

How to apply

Please send your CV and motivation letter addressing the responsibilities and skills required for the position in English to using “Regional Coordinator” in the subject line. 

In your application, please state clearly:

  • In which countries would you be able to operate effectively?
  • How much time you could allocate to this task?

If you are a resident in any of these countries, please apply!

Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Türkiye, Ukraine, United Kingdom.

About the KR21 Programme

Knowledge Rights 21 – 21st Century Access to Education and Research – is a programme run by Stichting IFLA Foundation, bringing together library organisations working across Europe, supported by the Arcadia Foundation.

It is focused on building lasting capacity to modernize policies and practices around copyright, in particular in the area of eLending, promoting open norms, protecting copyright exceptions against contract override, secondary publishing rights, and rights retention.

Through this, it aims to deliver progress, in the short and longer term, that enables learners, students, researchers and other library users to realise the potential of technology to deliver education, research and cultural participation.

At the heart of the programme is the development of tools, skills and other support for advocacy by networks of libraries and related groups, at both the European and national levels.

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