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APP Project Officer (Juba)

The work of PAX in South Sudan focuses on the promotion of sustainable peace, in a context characterized by prolonged violence. PAX works with several local organizations (civil society and religious) that focus on conflict prevention, peace dialogue and community security with the goal of making communities safer and empowered for a more just society. Other important themes in our work include dealing with the past, the role of natural resources in conflict and inter-linking local governance and peace-building. The local partners and networks are an important linchpin in our work. On the basis of this cooperation we analyse the situation in South Sudan, respond to current events and translate that into policy advocacy at national and international level. PAX is part of the PAX Christi International network.

PAX has been engaged with religious and civil society organisations in South Sudan since 1994. We believe that the best chances for reconciliation lie with ordinary people who aspire a peaceful future for their country and that both women and youth have an important role to play.

From January 2019, PAX will start implementing a project focused on accompaniment of the South Sudan Council Churches in the implementation of the Action Plan for Peace (APP). Accompaniment is focused on strengthening involvement of local interfaith forums in the APP. Implementation takes place in partnership with local partners in Eastern Equatoria and Unity State. The project aims to improve community security and social cohesion by providing conditions conducive to a sustainable national reconciliation and enduring national political settlement in South Sudan.

For implementation of the APP project PAX is looking to recruit a:

APP Project Officer (Juba)

The APP Project Officer will be based in Juba, working with a team of colleagues in Juba and Utrecht (Netherlands). The Project Officer reports to the Project Manager in Juba.

Main activities

  • Develop strong working relationship with SSCC and local partners and ensure capacities and learning is shared to improve the quality of the overall APP project;
  • Be the main contact person for the field teams of the four APP local partners in implementation of the APP accompaniment project;
  • Assist Project Manager in supporting local partners in project development and to manage reporting agreements;
  • Keep abreast of contextual changes and stay in contact with local partners concerning their response to these;
  • Support Project Manager in coordination with SSCC Secretariat, particularly the Regional Facilitators and Core Group organisations;
  • Undertake regular monitoring visits, including capacity building where necessary and provide support partners in monitoring and evaluating project activities;
  • Contribute to the development of APP activity plans, reports, and external back-donor reporting where appropriate and required;
  • Support in engendering the APP project, provide support to partners (in cooperation with PAX colleagues focused on gender);
  • Assist in organization and preparation of (internal and external) meetings, missions, conferences /workshops etc.;
  • Contribute to project proposals and communication with back donors when requested.

We require

  • Academic degree (Bachelor), preferably in a relevant field such as: Conflict Studies, Rural Development, International Relations, Political Sciences or Law;
  • Project management and organizational skills, including at least 2 years relevant professional experience in a conflict setting for a local or international non-profit organization;
  • Proven strategic and analytical skills – ability to make connections and see new opportunities;
  • Gender-sensitivity skills. Experience in gender sensitive programming is considered an asset.
  • Tact, conflict-sensitivity skills;
  • Good communication, interpersonal and representation skills;
  • Able to adapt to changing circumstances: inventive and assertive attitude;
  • Fluent English speaker, including excellent writing skills; some level of Arabic language skills is preferred;
  • Capacity and willingness to travel regularly and at short notice within South Sudan; likely at least 40% of the time;
  • Able to work independently, responsibly and under pressure;
  • Affinity working with faith based organizations;
  • Affinity with the work and mission of PAX;
  • Female candidates are encouraged to apply for this position.

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 (including training);
  • Place of employment: Juba, South Sudan;
  • Appointment starting as soon as possible;
  • Appointment for 36 hours per week (5 days a week), initially for 1 year, with possible extension;
  • Competitive pay scale depending on experience.

Application Procedure
This vacancy is closed.

Interested candidates matching the profile and requirements can submit their application, consisting of both a letter of motivation and resume in English addressed to Ilse Wermink, only by using the application form on the bottom of this page. Closing date for vacancy is 04 January 2019.

Applicants for this contract must be South Sudan nationals.

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. Female candidates are encouraged to apply for this position.