Freelance Scientific Associate

The International Fiscal Association (IFA) was established in 1938 in The Hague (Netherlands) and since has grown to become the global tax association with around 13,000 members from 116 countries. IFA organizes its well-known global annual Congress with the publications of its corresponding “Cahiers”. IFA also delivers several awards through its Young IFA Network (YIN) and Women of IFA Network (WIN). In recent years, however, the scientific activities of IFA have continued to substantially increase with, notably, its annual webinar series and the forthcoming creation of “focus groups” in selected areas of international and comparative tax law. In light of these new projects, the Permanent Scientific Committee (PSC) of IFA is looking for a

Freelance Scientific Associate  

who would like to add some experience to his/her current work in international tax, and who can assist the PSC with the development and planning of its current and future scientific activities

The Associate will work closely with the Chair of the PSC, Professor Robert Danon and the IFA Secretariat, located in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The work will mostly be done through online means. The tasks consist mainly but not exclusively of:

  • Assistance in the development of the scientific programme of IFA
  • Assistance in the design of the scientific content of IFA’s webinar series, including liaising with the speakers and acting as a secretary to the panel of the webinar series
  • Assistance with the preparation of the scientific work of the “focus groups”
  • Meetings with the PSC Chair and Vice Chairs

Although most of the work is intended to be done online, a physical meeting with the Chair and/or Vice Chairs of the PSC will be organized at least twice a year in a convenient location.

IFA is looking for a candidate:

  • Combining a strong academic interest/experience in international tax law with a professional experience (for example with a law or accounting firm, with an international organization or with the international tax division of a tax administration).
  • In light of the current and forthcoming areas of focus of IFA, a strong interest in the following fields: 
    • Tax treaty law  
    • International tax disputes and dispute prevention and resolution mechanisms considered in a holistic fashion
    • International tax policy, in particular issues raised by the implementation of the Two-Pillar solution
    • More generally, the relation between the international tax system and public international law
  • Proficiency in English, knowledge of a secondary language such as Spanish, French or German would be an asset
  • Strong social and organisational skills
  • An accurate, flexible team player who is not afraid to take his or her own initiatives

We offer:

  • A dynamic position with a truly global international organisation in international tax
  • In view of the current developments of the scientific programme, the position requires a minimum of (remunerated) 15 hours per month; flexibility in working hours is required to accommodate upcoming events
  • The possibility to attend the IFA PSC meetings and the annual IFA congress
  • A flexible, international and cross-cultural working environment

Interested? Please email your application with resume before  19 April 2022 to:

Cécile Riphagen
Chief Operating Officer IFA
E-mail : [email protected] 


IFA Research Associate position 2022/2023

Who should apply?
Candidates with an academic background in taxation, particularly international taxation, some work experience and a working knowledge of English and one or (preferably) two other languages. Applications together with a Cover letter, Curriculum Vitae and a list of referees should be forwarded to Anja van Zwietering ([email protected])
Deadline: before 1 February 2022

Where and when?
The position is for a period of six months, ideally beginning in August and ending January/February of the following year. Candidates applying for this position must be able to make themselves available full-time for the entire period. Depending the developments of the pandemic, the position will most likely be filled in by remote working.

The remuneration for the position depends on the individual's qualifications and the period during which he or she will be able to work. In addition, the expenses of attending the Annual IFA Congress and the January/February 2023 meeting of the PSC will be covered. In view of the continuing uncertainty due to the worldwide health situation, full and concrete details also with a view to its congress format for the 2022 Congress will follow at a later stage once more is known on future developments and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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