Policy Advisor on Gender, Peace and Security 

PAX means peace. PAX brings together people who have the courage to stand for peace. Together with people in conflict areas and concerned civilians worldwide, PAX works to build dignified, and peaceful societies across the globe.

Gender is a policy priority within PAX's interventions, leveraging the peace potential of diversity and gender equality from the outset of our new strategic period (2021-25). PAX has an intersectional gender perspective, and aims to take gender-transformative approaches to our peace and security work where possible. Join us to work together with activists and partners, to formulate strategies to transform harmful gender norms with a particular focus on violent masculinities, strengthen meaningful women’s political participation and influence, and support SGBV victims and their claims. Some of PAX’s strategic partners include ABAAD, SIHA and WILPF. 

You will join the PAX Gender Unit, which is made up of two policy advisors. Together we advise senior leadership, program teams and partners on policy frameworks and practical applications of gender in conflict transformation and peace building. Ideally our feminist work style is one of creativity and humour, working participatorily with sensitivity to the different levels of gender knowledge and skills among our colleagues and partners. 

The Gender, Activism and Capacity building team is looking for a 

Policy Advisor on Gender, Peace and Security (Full-time, 1 FTE)

This concerns a one-year contract with the possibility to renew. Desired start-date is 1 January 2022.  

Tasks and responsibilities

In close collaboration and coordination with the current Policy Advisor on Gender, Peace and Security: 

  • Develop, help implement and evaluate strategic policies within PAX and its alliances in the field of gender in conflict transformation and peace building, helping ensure that PAX has the frameworks and tools required to conduct its work in a gender-sensitive or gender-transformative way
  • Strategically initiate, develop and undertake political lobby and policy influencing, representing PAX in external platforms and networks and contributing to the positioning of PAX as a relevant player in the field of Gender, Peace and Security
  • Provide advice and guidance to senior leadership, program teams, and partners to ensure the integration of gender across the organization in program development and implementation, political lobbying, monitoring & evaluation, communication, and constituency activities
  • Facilitate creative capacity strengthening and learning processes, developing practical tools and provide trainings to staff and partners
  • Identify potential partners and develop proposals for new activities and innovation, in close collaboration with program teams and partners
  • Provide input for fundraising initiatives to ensure that proposed programs and activities are gender-sensitive at a minimum and gender-transformative where possible
  • Gather, develop and creatively share GPS knowledge and information.

We are looking for 

We are looking for an initiative-rich, creative and engaging gender heavyweight with demonstrable knowledge of and experience with gender in conflict transformation and peace building. Someone who is able to embody gender theory and knows how to translate this into tangible results, strategically, and programmatically, particularly in terms of mainstreaming gender into existing and future peace and security initiatives. A colleague capable of realizing PAX’s heightened gender ambitions by encouraging reflection and innovation and taking strategic policy development to a higher level.

We require 

  • Tertiary education qualification in a relevant field such as Gender, Peace and Conflict Studies, International Relations, Politics or International Development
  • At least 5 years of work experience in the field of gender in conflict transformation and peace-building (analysis, policy development, project implementation, mainstreaming, advising, support, policy influencing, evaluation, etc.)
  • Experience in international advocacy linked to gender, peace and security
  • Demonstrable achievements integrating gender into broader organizational processes and programs (peacebuilding, human rights or international development)
  • Demonstrable experience providing policy and thematic guidance to colleagues and partners working in diverse and complex contexts 
  • Excellent proficiency in the English language (C2 level – advanced)
  • Eligibility to work in the EU
  • Willingness to travel (self-managed, likely 2 to 3 trips a year)
  • Affinity with the work and mission of PAX

We value

  • Relevant working experience while living in conflict affected countries
  • Thematic in-depth gender, peace and security knowledge (e.g. working on masculinities, engaging men, and working with SGBV in transitional justice or peace processes)
  • Active gender, peace and security networks at regional and international levels
  • Capacity development skills, including experience in developing and facilitating trainings, learning platforms, or other avenues for knowledge sharing and skills-building
  • Knowledge of another language (e.g. Arabic, French, Spanish, Dutch).

We offer

  • An interesting, challenging position within a dynamic, informal, internationally oriented working environment
  • Place of employment: ideally Utrecht, the Netherlands, self-organizing working from office and home (Covid-19)
  • Appointment for 36 hours per week (full-time, 1 FTE), ideally starting on 1 January 2022  
  • Salary scale 10 according to the PKN terms and conditions of employment (depending on experience), minimum of € 2.521,40 to a maximum of € 4.264,80 gross (with a full-time employment of 36 hours)
  • Holiday allowance of 8% 
  • End of year bonus of 8.3% 
  • Full reimbursement of home-to-work travel costs, public transport 2nd class. 

Information and application
Visit our website for further information on our organisation https://www.paxvoorvrede.nl/

Interested candidates matching the profile and requirements are requested to send their CV and a motivation letter in English or Dutch addressed to Astrid Schrama (Team Coordinator; Gender, Activism and Capacity building team)  only by using the application form on the bottom of this page.   

Closing date for reactions to this vacancy announcement is 15 November 2021.

First round of interviews are likely scheduled between 18 and 25 November 2021. 

PAX is an equal opportunity employer and encourages everyone with skills, passion and courage to participate. We invite applicants from all backgrounds to apply for this position.

Acquisition in response to this advertisement is not appreciated.

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Response date has passed as of 15 november 2021.

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