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Netherlands: Project Officer Research & Development (20 hours)

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Netherlands: Project Officer Research & Development (20 hours)

Deadline for application: 
27 Oct 2019
Country(s) that the job is based in: 
War Child Holland
Job type: 

‘Professional with planning and organisational skills motivated to contribute to the successful implementation of a War Child’s research project’

Your Challenge

For War Child’s DRA-funded Innovation Pilot Project - Communities in the Driver’s Seat: Facilitating Community-Driven Social Change for Inclusion and Protection of Children in Conflict Settings - we are looking for a Project Officer Research & Development (R&D). The main goal of this project is to test the feasibility of two initiatives that aim to facilitate community members to be drivers of social change and address stigmatization and child protection issues in conflict-affected settings, using common but contextualized approaches. This project, implemented in Colombia and Uganda, led by War Child, is conducted within a consortium consisting of War Child and six other partners, from within and outside of the humanitarian sector.

This project is implemented by two researchers within the R&D department. As Project Officer R&D you are responsible for offering subject-matter, organisational and administrative support to help prepare and carry out this innovation pilot project. You assist the two researchers in managing project’s activities and sub-projects and will work together with colleagues from the Programme, Partnerships and Grants (2PG) department, Finance Department and at the Country Offices. The Project Officer R&D reports to the Child Protection researcher.

Your responsibilities

  • Carry out a variety of subject-matter work within the project team to help prepare, carry out and complete the project, also in coordination with 2PG colleagues;
  • Support in the development, implementation and coordination of the project implementation plan;
  • Support budget control, in coordination with the finance department;
  • Coordinate projects and sub-projects by monitoring progress, identifying budget overruns and reporting on problems as they arise;
  • Ensure contractual compliance towards the donor, and that internal and external (donor) reports are submitted on time and are of high quality;
  • Advise on, assist with and carry out matters relating to setting up the project’s accounts and records for new projects;
  • Prepare meetings, keep minutes if necessary and track arrangements to ensure that they are fulfilled;
  • Review projects together with researchers and write up suggestions for improvement;
  • Serve as a point of contact for internal and external stakeholders on matters concerning the work on the project;
  • Support and monitor partners with an implementation plan of their work on the project and its progress;
  • Participate in various internal and external meetings and consultations;
  • Identify opportunities to improve the standard of professionalism in the work on projects;
  • Share lessons learned and experiences with the rest of the organisation and support communication;
  • Initiate other tasks that will benefit the management of this project.

Your Profile

  • Higher education diploma in social sciences or related field
  • Minimum 1 year of practical experience working with project management
  • Ability to express complex thoughts and ideas in writing and in person
  • Affinity and experience with contracts, procedures, guidelines, laws and regulations
  • Affinity with research in general and the project theme
  • Developed planning and organisational skills
  • Networking talent
  • Initiative and ability to work in teams and across the whole organisation
  • Fluency in English, both spoken and written. Spanish is desirable.
  • Fully support War Child’s mandate and mission
  • Available for 20 hours per week
  • Resident of EU/working permit to work in EU

Our offer

  • Salary range from €2452 – €3049 gross per month, based on 40 hours per week (the exact step determined by the years of your relevant working experience)
  • 28 vacation days on full time basis (consisting of 26 vacation days plus 2 additional fixed free days)
  • A pension scheme fully paid by War Child
  • Reimbursement of your train costs (if you travel to work by train)
  • Possibility to follow relevant trainings and/or courses and attend War Child’s events
  • Pleasant working conditions, good atmosphere, great colleagues and of course the meaningful purpose of our work!

The Organisation

War Child is a dynamic organisation. We try to keep an informal ambiance within our office, with a lot of room for creativity, inspiration and self-initiative from employees. We practice what we preach: dynamic, innovative, integrity focused, and a drive to reach the highest possible results against the lowest possible costs. War Child offers a challenging job in an inspiring workplace in Amsterdam.

How to apply:

Interested and qualified candidates are invited to apply before 27 October 2019. Make sure to upload your English CV (maximum of two pages) and motivation letter by using the following hyperlink: https://warchild.onlinevacatures.nl/en/Vacancy/Postulate/144273

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