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Program Officer Human Security Survey

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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 Program Group  at PAX. The PoC group’s main activities include: survey research and advocacy in South Sudan and Iraq (locations to be added); training of and networking with PoC actors; and defense and security policy research and lobby for inclusion of people-centered PoC policy at the UN, EU and NATO. We work with local partners, likeminded international organizations, military and diplomatic actors, researchers, politicians and policy makers. To further develop our survey methodology and assist in all phases of conducting our survey research, we are looking for a:

Program Officer Human Security Survey (0.8 FTE)

Responsibilities and tasks
The Program Officer (PO) will contribute primarily to a key initiative of the PoC department: the Human Security Survey (HSS). The HSS combines research, advocacy and community engagement efforts to amplify the voice of civilians and to improve the provision of security in situations of conflict. The HSS is currently being implemented in Iraq and South Sudan, and may be extended to new contexts in the future. The PO will further develop the survey methodology and facilitate data collection, data analysis and data presentation. The PO will support the HSS staff in the widest sense possible, including administrative, financial and project management support. This is a new position that will report to and be managed by the Program Lead, with the possibility of additional tasks within the PoC department. The PO will:

  • Monitor key sources (e.g. peer organizations, research institutions, publications) for developments in the areas of survey implementation, mobile data collection, analytical methods and ethical research in conflict environments
  • Participate in integrating revisions to the Human Security Survey instruments and research methodology
  • Script questionnaires in web- or phone-based survey applications
  • Assist in organizing and implementing trainings for data collection teams in field locations
  • Conduct data cleaning and quantitative analysis
  • Contribute to the presentation of survey findings via written reports and advocacy meetings
  • Manage database of key contacts in field locations and internationally
  • Contribute to project planning, monitoring, and evaluation; budget tracking; and fundraising

Who are we looking for?
We are looking for a quantitative data specialist who has experience conducting field research, extensive social skills and an affinity for peace, security and PoC issues. Our ideal candidate is a team player who is also capable of working independently and with limited supervision. You should also be an effective networker, flexible and capable of working under stress, willing and able to travel, and have a hands-on mentality and a sense of humor.

What we ask:

  • BA degree in relevant discipline, such as security studies, conflict resolution, international affairs, statistics or social sciences (MA desired)
  • At least 3 years of practical work experience, ideally in the fields of conflict resolution, human rights, governance and/or security sector programming; field experience in the Great Lakes region of Africa and/or the Middle East is a plus
  • Professional experience with quantitative or survey-based research and proficiency with quantitative data analysis programs (e.g. STATA, SPSS)
  • Up-to-date knowledge on developments in survey technology and data analysis tools
  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills, proven in inter-cultural contexts
  • Excellent command of English is required; Dutch and Arabic are both strongly desired; French is a potential asset
  • Willingness to travel to conflict areas
  • Affinity with the core values and tradition of PAX

What we offer

  • A dynamic position in a high-paced, informal, international working environment in a committed and fun team
  • Place of employment: Utrecht (The Netherlands) with some international travel
  • Appointment for 28,8 hours per week (0,8 FTE), preferably starting May 2017 or as soon as possible, initially for 12 months, with possible extension
  • Scale 9 according to PKN terms and conditions of employment, depending on experience, €2.364 – 3.435 (for a fulltime position, 36 hours per week)
  • 8.3% end of year bonus

Information and application
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Interested candidates matching the profile and requirements are requested to send their CV (max. 2 pages) and a motivation letter (1 page) in English addressed to Carrie Huisman, Program Lead HSS only by using the application form on the bottom of this page.

Closing date for reactions to this vacancy announcement is March 27th, 2017

The first round interviews will be held in week 16-17 (April 10-21, 2017).  

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.