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Student mentor – MSc Crisis and Security Management

30 June 2021

For the master programme Crisis and Security Management we are looking for enthusiastic and committed student mentors to support our teachers and familiarize master students with university life, as well as studying and living in The Hague.

Job Description

Covid-19 has changed the academic world permanently. That is why we were committed to offer extra support to  our new students and our teachers last year. Due to its success and high appreciation we’re continuing this support. Therefore, we are looking for enthusiastic and committed student mentors of the MSc Crisis and Security Management. 

As a student mentor, you will

  • Support teachers with their (online) education; 
  • Organizing Q&A sessions or moderating (online) lectures.
  • Supervise the new master’s students of one of the four tracks of Crisis and Security Management:
    - Cyber Security Governance
    - Governance of Crisis
    - Governance of Radicalism, Extremism and Terrorism
    - Intelligence and National Security.

    You are a first point of contact for your track.
  • Organise informative activities (offline and where needed online)
  • Course or specialisation-related meetings
  • Preparation of Q&A sessions, and other events.
  • Inform students and teachers on the educational facilities and systems, but also student wellbeing initiatives and career services.

You will coordinate your activities with the master coordinator, whom you will support where necessary. You also maintain close contacts and work together with the student mentors of the other specialisations and the student members of the programme committee of the masters.

Profile of a student mentor

  • Student with a strong affinity to their study programme; Master of Crisis and Security Management;
  • Possesses strong communication skills and acts diplomatically and with integrity;
  • Presents himself as helpful, accessible and flexible to fellow students;
  • Is preferably experienced in guiding groups (e.g. teaching or training);
  • Has strong organisational skills, online and offline;
  • Is assertive, takes initiative, and has a hands-on work ethic;
  • Values inclusiveness and diversity;
  • Enrolled at Leiden University MSc Crisis and Security Management until at least 1 January 2022
  • Available between 1 August 2021 and 1 January 2022, for 4 - 6 hours a week;
  • Legally able to work in the Netherlands;

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Providing support to the teachers of your specific track;
  • Assisting your track coordinator;
  • Answering practical questions;
  • Organising and planning of meetings for your track;
  • Preparing and chairing these meetings;
  • Creating a student community within your track;
  • Support the students within your track with connecting to the study programme and faculty;
  • Point of contact for the students in your track, when you come across any difficulties experienced by group members you refer them to the appropriate support, department or procedure.

What we offer:

  • Training programme in which you learn competences in leadership;
  • Responsibility and experience in mentoring groups;
  • Becoming part a network of student mentors who can support and learn from each other;
  • Compensation in accordance with the collective labour agreement of Leiden University, including holiday allowance and an end-of-year bonus.


Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its workforce and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.


For more information about this vacancy, please contact Pauline Hutten, policy officer, p.e.hutten@fgga.leidenuniv.nl. If you have any questions about the role, please contact Dylan Schreurs, D.j.schreurs@fgga.leidenuniv.nl.  


So will you study MSc Crisis and Security Management in September '21, do you recognise yourself in this profile and do the tasks excite you?
Please apply for this vacancy by sending the following:

  • Your resume (if available with a link to your LinkedIn profile)
  • A video of maximum 2 minutes, in which you;
    • introduce yourself and outline key experiences that prepared you for this role;
    • your motivation for applying for this position;
    • explain which topics you will add to the programme for your mentor group and why.

Send you application before 7 July 2021 stating your name, student number and study programme to p.e.hutten@fgga.leidenuniv.nl.

Interviews will take place in the second week of July 2021.

Acquisition as a result of this advertisement is not appreciated.

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