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Monday, September 21, 2015

Assistant - Secretarial Support Together for Sustainability Brussels, Belgium

Assistant - Secretarial Support

Together for Sustainability

Brussels, Belgium

Education Background:

  • Bachelor degree Management Assistant;
  • High proficiency in English mandatory, French preferred, German a plus;
  • Advanced user of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, web conferencing tools.

Expected Work Experience:

  • Professional experience as assistant at least 3 years;
  • Experience in global organizations, working with colleagues from all over the world;
  • Proficient in organizing global telephone conferences, web conferences, meetings;
  • Experience in organizing workshops and dealing with external service providers;
  • Knowledge or experience in any of the fields Sustainability, Supply chain, chemical industry, Procurement is a plus.

Required Personal Skills:

  • Team player, cooperative spirit;
  • Highly developed communication skills;
  • Flexibility;
  • Enthusiasm for new challenges.

Core Tasks:

  • Organize the TfS office processes;
  • Support TfS General Manager and Junior Manager with presentations, data collection and reporting;
  • Plan and organize meetings and global calls, web conferences;
  • Distribute information packages and reading material before meetings and decision slides afterwards;
  • Follow up with TfS member companies on meetings dates, participants; manage changes;
  • Responsible for travel booking of TfS staff.

Organisational Set-up of the Position:

  • Assistant position is part time (50%); time allocation (e.g. daily 4 hrs or flexible) to be agreed;
  • Assistant reports to the General Manager of TfS;
  • Assistant is independent from TfS Member companies (non-disclosure obligation).
Location: Together for Sustainability Office in Brussels (Auderghem).
Please send your convincing application before 19th of October 2015 to Mrs. Dr. Gabriele Unger, General Manager Together for Sustainability, e-mail:
Phone: +32 2792 7515
Mobile: +49 173 1633 968

Why candidates should apply:

  • Contribute to the recently established TfS office in Brussels and it‘s development;
  • Be part of a rapidly developing, flexible and dynamic organization;
  • Work with people from all TfS members companies globally;
  • Exciting opportunity working for a leading sustainability initiative in the global chemical industry, driving towards more sustainable supply chains.

Communications Officer The World Bank Bucharest, Romania

Communications Officer

The World Bank

Bucharest, Romania


The Europe and Central Asia region is made up of 30 diverse client countries, ranging from IDA-only and IDA-blend borrowers to IBRD credit-worthy borrowers with active lending programs and IBRD graduates. With a population of nearly 500 million people, poverty remains a challenge in both middle- and low-income countries. Since 2008, many countries in the region have experienced reversals in gains on poverty reduction made prior to the crisis, including in Romania and Hungary. 

Romania is an upper-middle income country with the 7th largest population in the EU. Despite robust annual growth of six percent per capita GDP since the EU accession process began in 2000, Romania continues to be challenged in its fight against social exclusion and poverty. At about 30 percent, it has the highest poverty rate in the EU-28, exceeding rates in neighboring non-EU countries. Hungary, a high-income economy, has the 13th largest population in the EU - just slightly larger than Sweden - and has enjoyed some of the highest growth rates in the EU. However, it too continues to be challenged by issues such as high child poverty and aging/low labor force participation. 

Following EU accession in 2007, Romania experienced a dramatic decrease in lending. Since 2010, however, the Romania program has rebounded and reclaimed its place as one of the region’s largest borrowers, but most notably, it has become the Bank’s leader in reimbursable advisory services (RAS). The Romania program has re-emerged transformed, with a broad policy reform agenda supported by a mix of programmatic development policy lending and selective but large investment project financing loans, complementing a knowledge-centered/RAS program in its pursuit of EU convergence. Hungary, which graduated from borrower status in 2007, closed its last project in 2008, but continues to engage selectively with the Bank, particularly through RAS. In 2014, the first RAS in pensions was signed, followed by another in social inclusion signed in 2015. 

The Romania Country Office (ECCRO), which manages both the Romania and Hungary programs, is home to a large and dynamic local and international team of all levels and functions, including internationally-recruited specialists coordinating the RAS programs, and the Romania Portfolio Team which continues to innovate the framework, systems, and processes to manage a RAS program that spans 13 global practices and 12 public institutions. Co-located with the IFC and in close proximity to the European Commission and European Investment Bank, it is the epicenter for partnership between the Bank and the European institutions in Romania. Partnership with the European Commission plays a particularly important role in the ECCRO and broader CMU context. Given the rapid expansion of the program and office in recent years and the deepened partnership with the European Commission within the region, ECCRO seeks to elevate its communications function in step with the expanded needs on the ground in Bucharest, Budapest, Brussels, and Washington. The elevated Bucharest-based ECCRO communications function aims to improve understanding and support among key audiences (internal and external) for the innovations in and impact/results of RAS and other knowledge business lines in Romania, while supporting at the national level an agenda of inclusive economic and social development, particularly for the most excluded segments of the population (e.g., Roma). This agenda will be advanced by providing the key information and analysis to more effectively influence decision makers and opinion builders, clearly articulating the issues in clear and actionable terms, and by building coalitions to pursue those issues. 

ECCRO wishes to recruit a high-caliber, strategic communications expert as a Communications Officer to lead the elevated communications function in a fast-paced and dynamic office where priorities evolve quickly, and the external environment remains fluid. The Communications Officer should be able to work independently, seeking guidance from management, proactively collaborate with operational and other members of the country team, and build partnerships with the ECA and the country management unit communications teams in Washington, Brussels and other parts of the region. 

ECCRO’s key external audience includes media gatekeepers, government officials, academics, business leaders, civil society organizations, and internal audience includes decision makers within the World Bank. S/he will lead in the design and implementation of communications and outreach strategies directed at both internal and external audiences and in the implementation of customized approaches appropriate to Romania and to a more limited extent, Hungary.

Note: If the selected candidate is a current Bank Group staff member with a Regular or Open-Ended appointment, s/he will retain his/her Regular or Open-Ended appointment. All others will be offered a 3 year term appointment.

Duties and Accountabilities:


ECCRO is seeking an experienced and dynamic communications professional who will work across all areas and instruments of the Romania and Hungary country programs to share knowledge, promote key dimensions of these programs, and “market” the results of the programs with internal and external audiences.

Specific Duties

The Communications Officer’s major responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Political and public opinion analysis and speechwriting;
  • Monitor and analyze current events and public and press opinion in Romania and Hungary, and provide regular updates to the Country Manager and country team;
  • Provide political analysis to the Country Manager;
  • With support and inputs from the Bank’s technical teams, coordinate and prepare speeches for and advises the Country Manager, including the preparation of briefings on trends, news developments, public opinion, or changing/unexpected circumstances that may impact the Bank and its work in Romania;
  • Strategy formulation in print/social media, implementation and monitoring;
  • Design, develop, and execute communication strategy utilizing print, online and social media for ECCRO that will promote the innovations and results in Romania’s program across the World Bank Group, capitalizing in particular on the RASs. Ensure the strategy is aligned with corporate priorities, demonstrates Bank impact, and anticipates reputational risk issues. Follows through with fully implementing detailed communications plans, while monitoring and evaluating its impact and effectiveness;
  • Distill key priorities among many competing strategic communications priorities from the large and complex program in Romania. Articulate an implementable communications strategy with clear short- and medium-term action plans that promote a positive image of Romania and the Bank’s programs/activities, while advocating on key strategic issues (e.g., Roma, social inclusion). Develop communications priorities for Hungary, appropriate to scale of the program. Selectively invests limited time and resources to create communications efforts of highest impact on key audiences, advising management of the need to revise as priorities and circumstances warrant;
  • Formulate a strategic framework for social media to better position the Romania program and its key advocacy campaigns within the country and with key partners; execute the strategy with a sustainable maintenance plan that strengthens the World Bank Group’s Romania program within social media.

Support to Operations

  • Actively seeks out strategic communications opportunities within the country program to promote Romania’s results both internally and externally;
  • Provide regular communications support to operations with the guidance and support of the ECA communications team in Washington and the ECCU5 communications officer in Brussels. This includes working with operational teams towards: (i) making communication based inputs into the upstream reviews; (ii) helping GP task teams, across all products, to identify and develop their own communications strategies consistent with the country communications strategy; and (iii) supporting key communications efforts of individual operations, including by writing high-caliber articles that can be disseminated both to external media outlets and internal WBG/regional platforms. Determine the types of information and communications strategies, tools and activities that are best suited to addressing issues under the Bank’s access to information policy and according to the specific reputational risks;
  • Prepare communications packages, and write/disseminate both routine and specific products (e.g., news releases, backgrounders, PowerPoint presentations, brochures, websites, speeches, briefing notes, tweets, Facebook posts, etc.) to promote the strategic and timely flow of information and key messages about the Bank Group in Romania, its policies and operations to key internal and external audiences;
  • Promote the Bank as a knowledge partner by using its own knowledge products (ESWs, AAAs, Flagships, etc.) to influence policy dialogue and country/regional reforms that reduce extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity.

External relations

  • Initiate and sustain effective professional relationships with key internal and/or external constituencies (particularly, Civil Society, NGOs, academia, and private sector). Identify opportunities for and forge strategic partnerships both inside and outside the Bank to improve dialogue and outreach and to strengthen the Bank's overall effectiveness and image. Enhance ECCRO’s public outreach program through the partnership with civil society, universities, student associations, foundations, private sector, including joint seminars and other outreach events by working closely with other ECR colleagues;
  • Effectively use online and social media in the context of the communications strategy, and maintain the Romania and Hungary websites and social media, including Facebook and Twitter.


Coach junior members of the team as well as colleagues on the developing their communications skills.

Skills and Behaviors:

  • Strong client focus: Sound judgment and ability to evaluate client needs, suggest innovative approaches and follow up to implement;
  • Demonstrated willingness to receive feedback and adjust to a rapidly-changing environment with evolving priorities;
  • Ability to prioritize, work well under pressure and capably handle/juggle multiple tasks within tight deadlines;
  • Ability to think strategically and rapidly analyze and integrate diverse information from varied sources into key messages tailored to target audiences;
  • Solid understanding of World Bank Group policies, current development topics, issues and institutions as well as good understanding of the EU context and how the EC operates;
  • Good understanding of World Bank Group operations, especially the strategy, policy review and project cycle, counterpart relations, and stakeholder dynamics;
  • Strong computer and web skills. A strong plus is the ability to prepare PowerPoint presentations with charts/tables and other more sophisticated data visualization tools (i.e., video, animation, heat maps, bubble charts, scatter plots, etc.).

Selection Criteria:

  • Master’s degree in communication or in Social Science with at least 5 years of relevant working experience;
  • Excellent command of verbal and written English and Romanian;
  • Communication Strategy and Execution for Development - Independently develops a coherent communications strategy and plans to support their implementation for complex projects and programs. Uses feedback to improve work in communications and operations. Contributes to the development of expertise in this competency in others;
  • Social Media, Information Channels, and Communication Tools Awareness - Modifies communication strategies to leverage existing or new communication tools or media. Leverages WBG's Knowledge Management products to establish knowledge sharing partnerships internally. Contributes to others' development in this competency;
  • Access to Information Policy - Uses WBG's Access to Information Policy when consulting on the development, design, and delivery of communications products;
  • Demonstrates in-depth proficiency sufficient to develop others in this competency;
  • Content Development and Editing - Takes full responsibility for the development of communications content. Ensures the development of communications products to the WBG standard. Contributes to the development of expertise in this competency in others;
  • Relationship Management, Political Awareness and Diplomacy - Strategizes, plans, and implements the development and maintenance of relationships with critical internal and/or external constituencies. Systematically maintains and leverages high-level communication networks within key constituencies;
  • Client Understanding and Advising - Looks at issues from the client’s perspective and advocates for clients within own area so others focus on meeting client needs;
  • Broad Business Thinking - Maintains an in-depth understanding of the long-term implications of decisions, both for related areas within the VPU and the client’s business. Involves key players in identifying operating needs, issues, and immediate solutions;
  • Lead and Innovate - Develops innovative solutions;
  • Deliver Results for Clients - Proactively addresses clients’ stated and unstated needs;
  • Collaborate within Teams and Across Boundaries - Collaborates across boundaries, gives own perspective, and willingly receives diverse perspectives;
  • Create, Apply, and Share Knowledge - Applies knowledge across WBG to strengthen solutions for internal and/or external clients;
  • Make Smart Decisions - Interprets a wide range of information and pushes to move forward;
  • Shareholder and Stakeholder Engagement - Analyzes and provides advice on Shareholder and Stakeholder engagement;
  • Ability to work effectively under stress; ability to prioritize and juggle multiple tasks within tight deadlines;
  • Excellent computer skills; ability to use standard Bank technology packages, e.g., Word, Lotus Notes, PowerPoint, Internet, Excel, HTML, etc.

Team Leader - Social Protection GVG - Gesellschaft für Versicherungswissenschaft und -gestaltung Brussels, Belgium

Team Leader - Social Protection

GVG - Gesellschaft für Versicherungswissenschaft und -gestaltung

Brussels, Belgium

The EU-funded programme SOCIEUX Social Protection European Union Expertise in Development Cooperationis looking for a Team Leader with strong experience in social protection issues as from March 2016.
Duration of assignment: Full-time assignment, limited until 31.12.2016 (10 months) – Potential for continuation within the second phase of the programme as from 2017.

1) Introduction

“SOCIEUX – Social Protection EU Expertise in Development Cooperation“ ( is a technical assistance facility set up and funded by the European Commission’s Directorate for International Cooperation and Development (EuropeAid) to support the efforts of low and middle income countries worldwide in the reform, development and extension of their social protection systems. Being demand-driven, SOCIEUX works through short-term and peer-to-peer technical inputs delivered by social protection experts/practitioners drawn primarily from the European Union Member States’ public administrations and mandated bodies. SOCIEUX contributes to implementing the Communication on Social Protection in EU Development Cooperation (August 2012) and its subsequent Council Conclusions.
EuropeAid plans to extend the duration of the first phase of SOCIEUX (ending on 1st April 2016) until the end of the year 2016. The current holder of the Team Leader position will not be available anymore for this extension period; SOCIEUX is therefore looking for a replacement of the current Team Leader for the duration of the programme extension. As it is also planned by EuropeAid to continue the programme beyond 2016 within the frame of an enlarged technical assistance facility for employment and social protection affairs, there is potential for the new Team Leader to pursue his assignment for a period of 4 years in the frame of a new contract as from 2017.
SOCIEUX is implemented on behalf of EuropeAid by a consortium of four German (GIZ), French (Expertise France) and Spanish (FIIAPP) partner institutions led by the German Association for Social Security Policy and Research (GVG e.V.). GVG ( is a non-profit association based in Cologne/Germany, founded in 1947, dealing with issues of social security and social policy both at national and international level. GVG’s members are the institutions and individuals who have been actively shaping the German social protection system. GVG has been involved in multilateral and bilateral cooperation, institutional building and project management on social policy issues at international level for more than 20 years.
The SOCIEUX office with its European team of 5 staff members is located in Brussels/Cologne. Nearby the team leader the team consists of a Programme Officer, a Communication & Logistics Officer, a Finances & Contracts Officer (based in Cologne) & an Associated Programme Officer.

2) Description of tasks:

Under the supervision of the Programme Director located at GVG’s headquarters in Cologne/Germany, the Team Leader will take over following duties:
  • Overall responsibility for daily management of the programme;
  • Management, guidance and supervision of the SOCIEUX team in daily programme implementation;
  • Responsibility for the processing of requests for technical assistance (TA) submitted by institutions of partner countries within the frame of fixed procedures and deadlines. This responsibility is shared with other team members, in particular the Programme Officer according to geographical areas and knowledge of foreign languages. This involves:
    • Analysis and fine-tuning of requests in consultation with the requesting institution, EU Commission services and external donors;
    • Formulation and development of individual TA actions for submission of approval by EU Commission services;
    • Identification and mobilisation of experts;
    • Coordination and preparation of implementation of individual TA actions in liaison with involved experts and beneficiary institutions (with support of other team members);
    • Monitoring, evaluation and follow-up of TA actions;
  • Coordination of further development/revisions of the programme’s procedures and tools where necessary (including the IT based Project Management Tool);
  • Liaison with external stakeholders and contribution to the implementation of communication and visibility activities of the programme;
  • Preparation of and participation to monthly meetings with the EU Commission and meetings of the Programme Steering Committee (every 6 months);
  • Responsible for programme reporting towards the EU Commission (elaboration of quarterly/final reports) according to deadlines.
The described tasks involve the necessity to network and interact with a multiplicity of institutions from EU and third countries, EU Commission services and external donors and require readiness and ability to travel abroad when necessary.

3) Profile:


University degree in social sciences, economics, public health or other relevant fields. A postgraduate degree in social protection related issues would be an asset.

Professional experience and skills:

  • Minimum of 10 years' professional experience including:
    • working on a relevant social protection field (e.g. pensions, social assistance, health insurance, etc.) in an EU public administration or in middle income and/or low income countries;
    • experience as team leader of development cooperation projects providing policy advice & capacity building (incl. peer-to-peer exchanges among civil servants) on social protection (social assistance, social insurance, contributory & non-contributory, basic social services);
  • Good knowledge/experience of institutional environment in the field of social protection in several EU countries;
  • Good project management skills. Familiarity with the EU Commission's administrative, project management and financial procedures would be an advantage;
  • Ability to accommodate cultural differences and to interact effectively with people of different cultures; diplomatic nature;
  • Strong analytical, interpersonal and communication skills; excellent leadership competences;
  • Fluency in English and French is required;
  • Full command of standard computer applications (Microsoft Office).

Additional assets:

  • Knowledge and experience in employment/labour issues;
  • Additional good working knowledge of Spanish.

4) Application/expression of interest:

Applications (motivation letter + CV including references) in English language can be sent by mail to the Programme Director, Ms Bélorgey at GVG (n.belorgey@gvg.orguntil 30.09.2015. More detailed information on the SOCIEUX programme will be provided upon application.

Advocacy Officer Open Society Foundations - Open Society Justice Initiative London, United Kingdom

Advocacy Officer

Open Society Foundations - Open Society Justice Initiative

London, United Kingdom

The Open Society Justice Initiative uses law to protect and empower people around the world. Our approach is based on the foundations of international human rights and international humanitarian law, and focused on securing legal remedies for abuses, and the effective enforcement of the rule of law. 

Through litigation, advocacy, research, and technical assistance, the Justice Initiative promotes human rights and builds legal capacity for open societies, and fosters accountability for international crimes, combats racial discrimination and statelessness, supports criminal justice reform, addresses abuses related to national security and counterterrorism, expands freedom of information and expression, and stems corruption linked to the exploitation of natural resources. 

We recognize that changes in laws and institutions are incomplete without changes in how people think about the law’s relevance to their daily live, and collaborate with a community of dedicated and skillful human rights advocates across the globe, part of a justice movement that reflects the diversity of the world it inhabits. 

Our staff are based in Abuja, Amsterdam, Bishkek, Brussels, Budapest, Cape Town, The Hague, London, Mexico City, New York, Paris, Santo Domingo and Washington, D.C. 

Based in the London office, the Advocacy Officer will develop and implement advocacy strategies and tactics on a broad range of issues, primarily in Europe, although this position does not include advocacy in Brussels, as OSF has a dedicated office there. 

The Advocacy Officer will work to advance Justice Initiative goals and priorities, including advocating for the implementation of decisions from regional and national courts, in collaboration with local colleagues; supporting colleagues, institutions, and structures promoting human rights, justice and the rule of law at the national level; identifying promising legal arguments; developing advocacy materials and events; and developing arguments utilizing international law combined with a sharp political analysis to advance the Justice Initiative’s priorities. 

Work is carried out independently/under general supervision, and reports to the Justice Initiative Advocacy Director.

Essential duties and responsibilities will include the following:

  • undertake advocacy primarily in Europe; work with a wide range of project teams to identify and undertake key opportunities in national, regional (especially Council of Europe) and international (Geneva) forums around Justice Initiative priorities;
  • undertake advocacy around Justice Initiative’s litigation and in support of implementation of judgments (European Court of Human Rights, Court of Justice of the European Union, and others) and norms;
  • provide advocacy support to specific thematic project teams (e.g. antidiscrimination, freedom of information/expression, anticorruption) working in Europe and across the world;
  • liaise with colleagues and partners to stay abreast of legal and political developments in thematic areas of interest to the Justice Initiative;
  • conduct research and analysis for use in advocacy materials;
  • develop and strengthen relationships with civil society partners, government, court and institutional officials, academics, and OSF colleagues working on related issues;
  • draft reports, briefing notes, and formal submissions to regional and international institutions;
  • draft advocacy publications for many audiences, from government officials and diplomats to the general public;
  • organize consultations, briefings, and other events to implement Justice Initiative goals;
  • serve as an integral member of the Justice Initiative Advocacy Team;
  • develop project strategy plans and budgets;
  • undertake impact assessments of work;
  • undertake administrative tasks to support advocacy efforts as described above;
  • significant travel required;
  • perform other duties as assigned.

Candidate Profile

A law degree and at least six to eight years’ experience undertaking advocacy focused on legal issues and institutions in European forums, either national or regional, or both. The ideal candidate also will have litigation experience as well, either as a litigator or conducting advocacy in the context of litigation. This position does not include advocacy in Brussels, so experience undertaking advocacy solely in Brussels, while useful, is not sufficient.
  • NGO experience essential, ideally within a human rights and/or legal organization;
  • advocacy experience required and litigation experience, in addition, preferred;
  • knowledge of international human rights law and institutions;
  • knowledge of European human rights forums required, and prior experience with Council of Europe bodies preferred;
  • experience working on at least one of the Justice Initiative’s thematic areas highly preferred;
  • experience working in or around complex institutions highly preferred;
  • exceptional legal advocacy skills: analysis, persuasive communication, strategic thinking, strong execution;
  • demonstrated record of accomplishment in seizing and capitalizing on advocacy opportunities;
  • ability to engage human rights problems from both intellectual and pragmatic perspectives;
  • superlative written and oral communication skills, with cultural communication differences;
  • proven ability to develop strong relationships with a wide range of actors from diverse cultural, geographic, economic, political, and social contexts;
  • deep knowledge of key legal frameworks, institutions, organizations and networks in the field;
  • ability to craft and make advocacy arguments at both a “big picture” and a highly detailed level;
  • ability to work effectively work as a team member as well as independently, with a high degree of self-motivation and ability to set and meet goals;
  • fluency (oral and written) in both English and an additional European language (French or Spanish preferred) required.

Application Instructions

Please answer the questions in the online application and upload a Cover Letter and CV/Resume.

Closing date: 29 September 2015.

Internal Communication & Membership Development Officer EDF - European Disability Forum Brussels, Belgium

EDF seeks an Internal Communication & Membership Development Officer: Apply by 27/09!

EDF is seeking a dynamic Internal Communication and Membership Development Officer to work within our secretariat in Brussels. Our ideal candidate is committed to the development of the disability movement in Europe and has background experience working for civil society organisations, preferably networks. Our new colleague will be responsible for working directly with EDF members and to maximise their involvement in our work. We need to recruit an excellent communicator who works comfortably in English and French. We are also looking for someone who enjoys working in an international environment, is flexible, details orientated, and can meet deadlines. A working knowledge of accessibility is a strong advantage.
Persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Closing date for receipt of applications: September 27th

Date and location of the interview: October 9th, Brussels

Senior Program Coordinator, Fondo Centroamericano de Mujeres, Managua, Nicaragua

Fondo Centroamericano de Mujeres (FCAM) leads the Green Alliance for Gender Action (GAGA) that is jointly implemented with Mama Cash and Both ENDS in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands (MFA). The GAGA is governed by a Steering Committee (SC) consisting of the directors of the three member organizations and supported by a Program Committee (PC) and a Finance Committee (FC).
The overall objective of this 5-year program (2016-2020) is to catalyze the collective power of the women’s rights and environmental justice movements towards realizing a world in which women can and do exercise their rights to water, food security and a clean, healthy, and safe environment.
For the coordination of the GAGA program we are looking for a passionate person, committed to women’s rights and environmental justice:
Senior Program Coordinator (40 hours)
Job responsibilities
● Ensure that planning processes facilitate and generate value added between Alliance members and key partners (regional women’s and environmental funds, NGOs and grassroots organizations);
● Monitor that the program is on track in delivering alliance-level results, and provide SC and PC with timely and accurate information to steer the program where necessary;
● Ensure that reports and any other information requested by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is delivered on time and reflects quality standards;
● Support the relationship between GAGA and its strategic partner, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Main activities
● Design a tailor-made Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (PME) system, in close cooperation with the Program Coordinators of each of the Alliance members and reflecting the demands of the funder (the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs);
● Develop common formats for monitoring and reporting at organizational and Alliance levels;
● Support Program Coordinators to assure sufficient capacity to monitor and deliver Alliance-level results on a timely basis;
● Take the lead over the strategic and annual PME processes of the Alliance and its partners, including internal evaluations;
● Organize regional and international meetings with key stakeholders;
● Liaise with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on PME-related issues, in close cooperation and coordination with PC and SC;
● Coordinate regular information flows, communications and meetings among Alliance members, and communication between the Alliance and third parties;
● Represent the Alliance in events, conferences and relevant fora, when required.
Knowledge, skills, and abilities
● Must have a strong working knowledge of international development, women’s human rights and environmental justice;
● Highly developed communications and interpersonal skills (verbal and written), with the ability to interact with people from a wide diversity of backgrounds and cultures;
● Proven ability and experience in designing and implementing multi-actor PME processes and systems;
● Proven process facilitation ability and experience
● Excellent writing, research and analytical skills;
● Strict attention to detail;
● Project management skills;
● A strong ability to work independently and as a member of a project team;
● An ability to take initiative, contribute actively to quick decision making, and to organize work efficiently and effectively;
● Interest and ability to travel frequently.
Education and experience:
● A minimum of five years of senior work experience in the area of project management;
● A minimum of 5 years professional experience with and increasing responsibility for project planning, monitoring and evaluation;
● Demonstrated experience coordinating complex programmes involving multiple partners.
Other information:
● Reports to the Steering Committee;
● Leads PME process as part of the Program Committee
● Works at FCAM, in Managua, Nicaragua;
● Languages: Written and oral fluency in Spanish and English. Dutch also advantageous. 
How to apply:
Candidates should send their Resumes in English and Spanish to Please indicate the subject you are applying: Senior Program Coordinator. 
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Women's Protection and Empowerment Senior Manager, International Rescue Committee, Iraq

Women's Protection and Empowerment Senior Manager

Posted on: September 18, 2015

Job description

Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee is a prominent international organization working in relief, rehabilitation, protection, post-conflict development, resettlement services and advocacy for those uprooted or affected by violent conflict and oppression.
Working in coordination with the humanitarian community, the IRC currently addresses the needs of war-affected Iraqi internally displaced persons (IDPs), Iraqi refugee returnees and Syrian refugees from several operational bases in the country with activities focused on education, protection and rule of law, women's protection and empowerment, child protection and livelihoods activities.
Position Overview
Approximately 220,000 Syrian refugees live in camps and non-camp settings in the Dohuk and Sulaymania governorates of northern Iraq. Since 2012 and following an influx of new refugees in August 2013, the situation of refugee women and girls living in refugee camps in northern Iraq has worsened, with an additional arrival of IDPs from the ongoing conflict in Mosul since July 2014. The high number of young single men and the increasing number of new arrivals has increased threats of violence against women and girls, these include reports of repeated instances of domestic violence, harassment and feeling unsafe; highlighted the need for targeted, immediate interventions to prevent and respond to GBV. Furthermore, many women arriving in northern Iraq have reported being subjected to violence and harassment while fleeing Syria and Niwawah, carrying with them psychosocial effects of those experiences.
In early 2013, the IRC and its local NGO partner, Harikar, opened a Women's Listening Centre for women in Domiz, and Gawilan in 2014, to provide confidential case management and psychosocial support services; as well as referrals to other service providers operating inside and outside the camp to ensure a multi-sectoral response to the diverse needs of women and GBV survivors in particular. Harikar and the IRC have worked with the refugee community to establish a 'Women's Safety Team' who conduct safety audits of Domiz camp on a regular basis. The team also spreads awareness about the centre amongst women and girls in Domiz. IRC has expanded programming in 2014 to focus on the capacity building of Harikar to provide independent, sustainable services to women in Domiz and Gawilan refugee camps, as well as managing a Women's and Girls Community Centre in Sumel
With technical support from the WPE Technical Advisor, the WPE Coordinator in Iraq and management support from the Field Coordinator Duhok, the WPE Senior Manager will ensure that the goals and objectives of the WPE components of the refugee/IDP in camp and out of camp based response in Duhok are met in a timely and effective manner. This position requires strong coordination with the leadership structures in the areas of project implementation and with the local Iraqi NGOs providing services for survivors of gender-based violence, as well as strong technical knowledge of gender based violence principles.
Programme Implementation and Quality
  • To ensure the WPE programme in Duhok is of high technical quality in line with international standards, best practice and IRC experience.
  • Conduct assessments to determine the specific needs and risks faced by women and girls in the target areas.
  • To provide programmatic direction, leadership and technical support to the Syrian/IDP response WPE programming in Domiz, and Gawilan camps as well as out of camp work in Sumel, Zakho and other areas as relevant.
  • Contribute to the development of proposals with the WPE coordinator and DDP to ensure continued and responsive programming.
  • Ensure implementation of quality activities that aim to protect and empower women and girls in line with best practice.
  • Ensure that ethical and sound data collection and information management systems are in place.
  • Work with WPE coordinator, DDP and WPE TA to design a WPE emergency response strategy for Dohuk and surrounding areas.Work closely with other IRC sectors present in the same location and integrate program components to the extent possible.
  • Work with team to ensure projects are implemented in conformity with the IRC strategy contributing to the key organizational outcomes of safety, power, healthy, economically well and educated.
Grant Management and Reporting
  • Design quality programmes in coordination with grants and operations and with support from the WPE Coordinator and DDP that contribute to WPE's vision, and to the protection and empowerment of women and girls.
  • Manage and oversee all the WPE grants for the targeted area in coordination with the WPE coordinator; develop and maintain work, spending and procurement plans for all projects.
  • Work closely and coordinate with IRC Operations, Finance and Grant departments to ensure compliance with grant requirements as well as oversight over the budget versus actual, indicator tracking tools, and other grant management tools used by the IRC.
  • Participate in grants opening, monthly grant review and grants closing meetings; and regular monitoring of internal program purchase request tools.
  • Prepare internal and external reports within agreed deadlines using IRC and donor formats, as required.
  • Assure appropriate and timely spending of grants to achieve program goals, grant reporting contributions, use and distribution of supplies and resources.
  • Work with technical support staff and relevant donor organizations and other key stakeholders in all locations of implementation to ensure a safe and confidential mechanism for collecting information on project activities is implemented.
  • Design monitoring and evaluation tools that are contextually appropriate and will allow the IRC to measure the impact of programming; take leadership role in the development of enhanced ICT M&E tools to be used in the Syrian response, including SMS technology.
  • Ensure that all internal and external reporting requirements are met and that reports are of a high quality and submitted on time.
Capacity Building
  • Provide ongoing mentoring and technical support to staff and partner agency(ies) to ensure programming meets best practice standards around GBV in humanitarian settings. This includes developing and leading training and technical support related to GBV guiding principles; provision of case management services (intake, referrals, case supervision systems, and procedures for handling case information); community mobilization and awareness raising; and other technical components as required.
  • Lead in ensuring Protection and Camp Coordination programming in Duhok mainstreams WPE into existing programming by providing training and input into these program areas.
Representation and Coordination
  • Work closely/assist the WPE Coordinator to develop and maintain effective working relationships with key stakeholders including donors, government actors, UN agencies, international and local NGOs and other actors, and act as main focal point at project sites for day to day representation of the WPE program.
  • Where possible play an active role in interagency strategic planning in relation to program areas.
  • Coordinate with WPE Coordinator to ensure field concerns and challenges are brought to relevant stakeholders.
  • Ensure that information from coordination meetings is shared internally and with other sectors, as appropriate.
  • Represent the IRC on key advocacy events or official visits pertaining to women and girls' protection and empowerment.
Staff Supervision and Development
  • Directly supervise WPE teams in Duhok and provide on-the-job training and coaching to promote harmonized program approaches and strategies.
  • Recruit national staff in conjunction with the IRC Human Resources Policies
  • Maintain updated job descriptions, conduct interviews, orient new staff to the IRC and the WPE programEnsure IRC staff have timely 90 Day Action Plans, and that there is a capacity-building plan for all programme staff, and oversee the IRC Connect application for all new staff.
  • Maintain open and professional relations with team members, promoting a strong team spirit and providing oversight and guidance to enable staff to successfully perform in their positions.
  • Assist the staff in identifying professional development needs and opportunities.
  • Work with the staff to ensure performance objectives are set, regularly reviewed and met.
  • Ensure timely completion and submission of monthly timesheets, work plans, vacation schedules and probation and annual performance reviews.
  • Identify staff performance issues and work with staff and Human Resources to document and address issues in a timely manner.
Professional Standards
The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.
  • Minimum 3 years program management experience in the field of gender-based violence working with conflict-affected populations, refugees, and host communities or in urban settings.
  • Master's degree in Gender/ Women Studies, social work, public health, international affairs or other appropriate fields (or a BA in related field with a long experience in a similar field).
  • Minimum 1 year working overseas in the area of gender based violence program management.
  • Understanding of international standards and guidance around GBV in humanitarian settings.
  • Belief that GBV is a human rights violation and drive to constantly seek creative methods to develop an environment where women and girls can thrive.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with and train local NGOs preferred.
  • Proven leadership, program management, staff development, planning, analytical, interpersonal, and communication skills.
  • Superior diplomatic skills, both for internal coordination and for working with Iraqi counterparts essential.
  • Competency in writing progress/donor reports and proposals.
  • Familiarity with principles and practice of monitoring and evaluation.
  • Proven self-initiative and problem solving abilities.
  • Commitment to team work and ability to perform under pressure while maintaining a sense of. Humor.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English; working knowledge of Kurdish or Arabic preferred.
  • Competent in Microsoft PowerPoint, Word and Excel.
The WPE Manager will be based in northern Iraq. The security situation in Iraq continues to be volatile. The candidate should be prepared to implement programming in remote and insecure environments. This position is unaccompanied.

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Iraq, Muḩāfaz̧at al Anbār, Iraq


Start date
September 18, 2015
Application deadline
November 17, 2015
Education requirements
Languages needed
Employment type
Full time
Professional level
Salary details
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Agronomist Director, Heifer International, Washington DC, USA

Agronomist Director

Job posted by: Heifer International
Posted on: September 18, 2015

Job description

The Agronomist Director plays a central role within Heifer in defining resource mobilization strategies, facilitation of the development of global technical strategies, serving as a thought-leader in Heifer's respective areas of work, strengthening Country Office capacity for resource mobilization and technical expertise in key agriculture areas, and responding to funding opportunities. As a member of the Institutional Business Development (IBD) team, the Agronomist Director works under the supervision of the Vice President of Institutional Building; however, s/he also collaborates with the Foundation Relations and Global Partnerships and Alliances teams to identify and respond to specific foundation and corporate funding opportunities. H/she is primarily responsible for raising resources from institutional donors, as well as representing Heifer with large donors and peer organizations. Annual acquisition targets for this staff will be collaboratively developed, contributing to the overall IBD and Heifer fundraising goal.
  1. Lead Heifer's development of large proposals focusing on staple crops and horticulture
  2. Position Heifer to compete for institutional funding by developing relationships with key funders, including USAID (Feed the Future, Food for Peace, etc.), USDA, European Commission (in collaboration with Heifer Netherlands), United Nations [particularly International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)], among others.
  3. Develop relationships with peer organizations that directly relate to proposal submission to institutional donors.
  4. Develop key working relationships with research institutions working in agriculture value chains, including International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), and others.
  5. Work with Heifer's Corporate and Foundation leaders in representing Heifer's technical expertise to key donors.
  6. Serve as Heifer's thought-leader on agriculture among key donors and peers.
  7. In collaboration with Heifer Area Teams and Country Office teams, develop a global Agriculture strategy around selected crops, including coffee, cocoa, spices (e.g. Cardamom), among others.
  8. Identify funding opportunities through on-line research and personal networking.
  9. Contribute to the technical designs of proposals to institutional donors, corporations, and foundations.
  10. May perform other job-related responsibilities as assigned by the Vice-President of Institutional Building.
Minimum Requirements:
  • Bachelor's degree plus ten (10) years of related experience
  • Proficiency in English
Preferred Requirements:
  • A master's degree in agriculture.
  • At least eight (8) years' experience in working with farmers in developing countries with regards to staple crops and horticulture.
  • Demonstrated success in proposal submission and approval.
  • At least five years' experience with institutional donors (e.g. European Union, USAID, World Bank, IFAD, FAO, etc.).
  • Proficiency in Spanish or French preferred.
Most Critical Proficiencies:
  • Strong diplomatic skills, experience in working with governmental institutions at various levels.
  • Strong leadership, teamwork, coaching and communication skills.
  • Proficiency in MS Office.
  • Willingness to travel a minimum of 30% annually.
  • Extensive experience in staple crop agriculture and horticulture.
Essential Job Functions and Physical Demands:
  • Demonstrated working experience in project development and project management in Africa, Asia, and/or the Americas.
  • Demonstrated experience in gender issues.
  • Familiarity with nutrition programming.
  • Experience in training and/or group facilitation.
  • Proven communication and leadership skills with the ability to coach and work cooperatively with a diverse staff.
  • Constant face-to-face, telephone and electronic communication with colleagues and the general public.
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to adapt to conflicting deadlines and priorities.
  • Ability to work independently or with a team and perform multiple tasks with occasional interruptions.
  • Ability to confidently give presentations and impromptu speeches to a wide range of audiences, including board members, executive members, local to international media.
  • Ability to motivate team members and coordinate work with multidisciplinary teams.
  • May require constant sitting and moving; working at a computer for extended periods of time, as well as occasional bending and lifting.
  • Willingness and ability to travel domestically and internationally as needed.
  • Willingness and ability to work outside of normal business hours to accommodate customers in different time zones.
  • Ability to work with sensitive information and to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to lift from floor to waist and carry up to 20 pounds (9 kilograms).
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1899 L Street; 3rd Floor, Ste 325, Washington, DC, 220036, US


Start date
November 5, 2015
Application deadline
October 6, 2015
Education requirements
Languages needed
Level of language proficiency
Fluent English - French/Spanish preferred
Employment type
Full time
Professional level
Salary details
Salary offered based on experience
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Job function
Owner's areas of focus