Senior Project Officer Sahel 

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.

In Africa, PAX is active in Sudan, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and in the Sahel region. PAX is looking to recruit an experienced project officer for its new peace building projects in the Sahel region, more specifically in Niger and Burkina Faso. 

Senior Project Officer Sahel (1,0 FTE) 

The position is available for 1,0 FTE, based on a 36 hour working week. The Senior Project Officer (Senior Project officer) will stay at HQ (Utrecht) and travel regularly to the field, for longer periods of time (Ouagadougou). The Senior Project Officer will work closely together with the Project Lead for the Sahel, who is based I Ouagadougou. 

PAX is a political peace building organisation. The ideal candidate for this role is a peace building professional with some years of experience with project management, lobby and advocacy in Europe, and programmatical support. The person is a real team player and willing to learn from the Project Lead Sahel and Programme Lead Africa. Furthermore, this person is service oriented. 

Main Tasks

The candidate will provide support to Sahel program on content, analyses, lobby and advocacy and will specifically

  • follow relevant political and socioeconomic developments and current affairs and academic studies;
  • actively support the project leader with the elaboration of project proposals and funding requests;
  • carry out – in coordination with the project leader - research for new projects, lobby and advocacy documents;
  • support the project leader with the elaboration of reports, lobby and advocacy notes, and other relevant analytic documents;
  • actively participate in lobby and advocacy activities;
  • manage the logistic and organizational aspects of conferences, missions, field trips meetings.
  • take jointly care of the communication to partner organizations, donors and the constituency.

The candidate will work on project cycle management and organization of several peace building projects, and will specifically:

  • take care, in coordination with the project leader, of the management and planning of the projects, including the budget management;
  • identify bottlenecks in the project management and contribute actively to the solutions;
  • carry out project activities independently, under the responsibility of the project leader;
  • take care of the planning of the activities and implementation of the interventions and coordinate the work of the team and the partner organizations.

We require

  • Academic degree (MA), preferably in a relevant field such as Conflict studies, International relations, Politics or Law;
  • At least 2,5-3 years relevant professional experience in the transformation of conflict dynamics at several levels;
  • Up-to-date and deep knowledge of the situation in the Sahel;
  • Project management skills;
  • Knowledge of and experience with lobby and advocacy on peacebuilding topics;
  • Able to work responsibly under pressure; able to work individually as well as in a team
  • Cultural sensitivity; open and tolerant attitude towards others;
  • Fluency in French, Dutch and English are required. The knowledge of French should be excellent, both passively and actively.
  • Good communication and analytical skills;
  • Willingness to travel to Sahel region on a regular basis for longer period of time.
  • Eligible to work in the EU;
  • Affinity with the work and mission of PAX

We offer

  • A position in a dynamic and highly international working environment with committed and enthusiastic colleagues;
  • An organization with budget and opportunities for personal development;
  • Place of employment: Utrecht, The Netherlands. For the time being, remote working is required (until travel/relocation is again permitted and possible);
  • Appointment for 36 hours per week (1 fte);
  • Starting: as soon as possible;
  • Pay scale 9 according to PKN terms and conditions of employment; depending on experience min. € 2.586,36 – max. € 3.759,48 gross (for a fulltime position of 36 hours per week);
  • 8.3% year-end bonus and 8% holiday-allowance.
  • Full reimbursement of home-to-work travel costs, public transport 2nd class.

Procedure and information
For further information you can contact Mrs. Marianne Moor (Project Lead) via Moor(javascript needed for readable email)paxforpeace.nl or via Thirsa de Vries (team coordinator) via devries(javascript needed for readable email)paxforpeace.nl

Interested candidates matching the profile and requirements are requested to send their CV and a motivation letter (1 page) in English addressed to Thirsa de Vries, ) only via form on the bottom of this page. 

Closing date for reactions to this vacancy announcement is Sunday 13 June 2021. 

Interviews will be as soon as possible after the closing date, preferably in the week after the closing date. 

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

Acquisition in response to this advertisement is not appreciated.

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Response date has passed as of 13 juni 2021.

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