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Policy officer Youth and Capacity Building

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.

Shrinking space for civil society hampers the necessary role civil society has to play in building peace. In an international context of such shrinking political space, PAX prioritizes capacity building for civil society in order to defend and even expand this space again. PAX also believes that nonviolent action is an effective intervention to counter this trend of shrinking space and realizes that youth / young activists are key actors of change using this intervention.

While youth are often viewed as the spoilers of peace or the victims, they should be seen as active agents of peace building and positive social change. Youth are a unique demographic of people that are ready to change the world, when the chance arises. With the right support, their struggle for peace will expand to also making a lasting impact against the use of violence and increased access to civic space.

To increase our capacity to provide hands-on support to youth and partners of PAX working with youth, and to further develop our policies and methods of working with youth, we are looking for a

Policy officer Youth and Capacity Building

This position is based within the Gender, Activism and Capacity Building  Team at PAX.

Responsibilities and tasks
Tasks include:

  • Support the PAX-wide implementation of the main recommendations of the PAX policy paper “Towards Meaningful Youth Participation” (yet to be published), by providing advice on youth participation to PAX staff and partners in project design and project implementation;
  • Develop and support the wider use of relevant methods and tools to increase youth participation;
  • Prepare, organize and facilitate workshops or trainings to youth, on for example nonviolent action strategy development, community organising and campaigning (formal capacity building);
  • Support youth or PAX partners working with youth with on the job sparring or coaching, joint strategizing, programming, implementation, evaluation (informal capacity building);
  • Representing PAX on issues related to nonviolent action, youth and peacebuilding;
  • Develop and maintain relevant stakeholder networks nationally and internationally;
  • Communicate about nonviolent action, youth and peacebuilding by writing blogs, articles and other content for the website and social media;
  • Support project cycle management and programme administration, including PME and fundraising;
  • Identify new fundraising opportunities and help write proposals;
  • Contribute to the quality of PAX capacity building interventions and to the alignment of working with youth and other forms of capacity building including in the field of gender and advocacy.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for a colleague with skills and experience in actively and convincingly engaging youth in peacebuilding work in creative ways. A real doer, with a hands-on mentality, to support PAX staff and partners in working with youth. But also an innovator, who can build on what has been developed already by PAX and design new tools when needed. And finally an educator, who is able to transfer skills and knowledge to others.

What we are asking

  • Professional and intellectual capacities at the academic or higher professional education level;
  • At least three years of peacebuilding work experience, preferably in the field of capacity building and youth engagement;
  • Knowledge of meaningful youth participation and interest in Nonviolent Action;
  • Practical experience with organizing trainings, events and designing campaign activities;
  • Excellent command of English, working knowledge of Dutch, Arabic or French is highly valued;
  • Intercultural sensitivity;
  • Eligible to work in the EU;
  • Willingness to travel.

What we offer

  • A dynamic position in a high-paced, informal, international working environment in a committed team;
  • Opportunities to further develop your skills and knowledge by following trainings and accessing relevant networks;
  • Place of employment: Utrecht, The Netherlands with regular international travel;
  • Appointment for 28,8 hours per week (0,8 FTE), starting as soon as possible, initially for 12 months, with possible extension;
  • Scale 9 according to PKN terms and conditions of employment, depending on experience, min € 2.468,65 – max. € 3.588,38 gross (for a fulltime position, 36 hours per week);
  • 8% holiday-allowance
  • 8.3% end of year bonus;
  • Full reimbursement of home-to-work travel costs.

Information and application
This vacancy is closed.

Interested candidates matching the profile and requirements are requested to send their CV (max. 2 pages) and a motivation letter (1 page) in Dutch or English addressed to Astrid Schrama, Team Coordinator Gender, Activism & Capacity Building Team, only by using the application form on the bottom of this webpage.

Closing date for reactions to this vacancy announcement is 12 March 2019

The first round of interviews will be held on Wednesday 20 March and Thursday 21 March 2019. The PAX policy document “Towards Meaningful Youth Participation” will be made available to candidates selected for the first round of interviews.

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.