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.
The protection of civilians in armed conflict is a widely shared objective, but effective ways to organize protection are few and far apart in today’s violent conflicts. PAX aims to amplify the voices and capacities of civilians in conflict to improve the effectiveness of Protection of Civilians (PoC) actors and increase the security of local communities.
This position is based within the PoC team at PAX, in Utrecht. The PoC team’s main activities include: survey research and advocacy in South Sudan and Iraq; training of and networking with PoC actors internationally; defence and security policy research and advocacy for inclusion of people-centred PoC approaches at the UN, NATO and EU. We work with local partners, international organizations, military and diplomatic actors, researchers, politicians and policy makers. (See www.protectionofcivilians.org for details.)
We aim to further professionalize our engagements with a variety of military actors in NATO and UN, in the Netherlands, with military operations and in our project contexts. To this end and to contribute to PoC training and exercise modules, we are looking for a:
Military specialist on the Protection of Civilians
Responsibilities and tasks
The Military Specialist (specialist) will contribute to further developing relations with a multitude of military organizations, notably UN DPO and UN ITS, NATO ACT and ACO/SHAPE, the ministries of Defence in the Netherlands and Germany, peacekeeping training centres and institutes like NODEFIC and Fincent.
The specialist will contribute to our ongoing work with the UN, NATO and Troop/Police Contributing Countries (T/PCCs) on PoC and develop improved training and exercise modules for Protection of Civilians. The main themes for this job include ‘data for peacekeeping’, ‘civilian harm mitigation’, ‘community engagement’ and ‘civmil collaborations’. Contributing to methods and tools to monitor the effectiveness of training for peacekeeping and military advice on all components of our PoC team are part of the job.
The specialist will report to the Project Lead of the Protection in Practice project, itself part of the Protection of Civilians Programme of PAX. The specialist will:
We are looking for
We are looking for an ambitious individual who can apply military experience professionally towards our goals for the protection of civilians in armed conflict. Our ideal candidate is strong (intercultural) communicator with a pragmatic problem-solving approach to working on complex issues with a wide range of people and organizations. Willingness to travel, engage with formal and informal security arrangements and ability to represent our PoC team in a variety of settings is needed. Strong educational skills, a relevant network and a sense of humour completes the description of our ideal candidate.
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Information and application
Interested candidates matching the profile and requirements can submit their application, consisting of both a letter of motivation (max. 1 page) and resume/CV in English (max. 2 pages) only by using the application form on the bottom of this page. Applications through email will not be considered.
Closing date for responses to this vacancy announcement is Friday 16 October 2020.
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.