JOB OPPORTUNITY: Urban Sustainability Project Assistant

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Urban Sustainability Project Assistant

Urban Sustainability Project Assistant at ISOCARP Institute  

Den Haag, Netherlands 

Fte 0.8 

About us

The ISOCARP Institute is the research spin-off of the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP), based in The Hague, the Netherlands. With over five decades of accumulated knowledge and expertise in urban and regional planning, ISOCARP as a non-profit organisation with individual and institutional members in 85 countries worldwide, initiated the Institute as a Center for Urban Excellence – a think-tank empowering individuals, organisations, and institutions to achieve better human settlements. The Institute’s core function is to conduct research and promote knowledge transfer, offer advice and short-term consultancy services, as well as design and deliver capacity-building and educational programmes. The institute is involved in several EU research projects and collaborates with a range of international partners.

Job profile of a Project Assistant:  

As we continue to grow and obtain new projects, we are seeking a staff member with experience in urban innovation management, sustainability, and market analysis to conduct research and create content for our EU projects. The project assistant will also support us in the management of multiple projects and help design capacity-building programmes.

Main task: 

Support the design of a sustainability and exploitation plan aiming to maximise the adoption of solutions supporting cities in driving the sociotechnical transitions required to meet climate neutrality targets.

The plan will be based on a thorough market analysis that will include a lens on techno-economic, socio-economic and sustainability indicators through a quantitative and qualitative assessment that investigates the urban planning and design market, having in mind the global competition and competitive landscape, and the economic environment in terms of barriers to entry and regulatory imperatives.


  1. Support the implementation of our projects:
  • – Support the day-to-day implementation of our Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe projects
  • – Conduct qualitative and quantitative research and economic analyses of different climate neutrality solutions
  • – Perform stakeholder analyses
  • – Facilitate and coordinate communication & dissemination plans with partners and clients, act as a liaison between the organisation, the public and the media through different (digital) channels.
  • – Support in writing deliverables covering a range of urban subjects.

2. Capacity building:

  • – Support the delivery of capacity building activities focusing on content creation for training modules and workshops.
  • – Have a good knowledge of transition governance processes, especially from an economics perspective. Hands-on experience with local level governments or stakeholder engagement is an added value.

3. Project proposals:

  • – Assist in the acquisition of research projects (i.e., Horizon Europe, but not only) including: stakeholder engagement, desk research, compilation of relevant research materials, writing proposals, and drafting budgets.
  • – Communicate and actively engage with high-level institutional partners.

4. In addition, you:

  • – Bring an enthusiastic and hands-on mentality and enjoy working in a young, dynamic, and international environment.
  • – Are a team player, with the ability to engage with stakeholders.
  • – Can work independently and pro-actively.
  • – Can coordinate several projects simultaneously.


  • – You hold a master’s degree in the Social Sciences, preferably with experience in economics, innovation management, and market analysis, and you have a strong interest in the general field of urban studies/urban planning.
  • – You are autonomous and proactive in building and setting up (new) operational processes from scratch.
  • – You have documentation and data management skills.
  • – You can independently conduct qualitative and quantitative research.
  • – You are curious, open-minded, and experienced in communication with high-level institutional partners.
  • – You have excellent command of the English language, both verbal and written. Other European languages are an asset.
  • – You preferably have minimum 1 year working experience in EU project administration and support.
  • – We are looking for someone who can join us as soon as possible. Therefore, candidates located in the Netherlands will have priority (we accept candidates from all nationalities).

What do we offer: 

  • – 28 hrs/week.
  • – Work in an exciting, multi-disciplinary international team.
  • – The opportunity to develop yourself through varied assignments.
  • – A competitive salary.
  • – Hybrid working options and flexible hours.
  • – Hands-on-experience in real EU-projects in a friendly, encouraging working environment.

How to apply: 

Please submit your CV and a motivation letter (preferably in one pdf – titled: surname_projectassistant) to

Please use as a subject line: Surname, Project Assistant.

(Update) Deadline to apply: March 24 2023 

If you have questions about this vacancy, please send an e-mail to Taliah Dommerholt (Project Manager)