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Programme Manager Ukraine

PAX means peace. PAX brings together people who have the courage to stand for peace. Together with people in conflict areas and with concerned civilians worldwide, PAX works to build dignified and peaceful societies across the globe.

For three years now, a war is being waged in the east of Ukraine. This, and the underlying tensions, affect people throughout the country. PAX’s Ukraine programme aims at increasing the resilience of Ukrainian society against hate and polarisation, increasing capacity for dialogue and peaceful change, and building trust and cooperation between groups, such as civil society and local authorities. Besides, PAX aims to research how lessons learnt from other conflict areas can inform policy decisions towards non-government controlled areas (NGCA) in the east.

Our approach herewith is threefold. We aim at strengthening dialogue processes and -capacity of and within Ukrainian society (emphasizing the areas near the contact line of the NGCA). Activities herein mainly concern training so-called agents of change in the organisation and facilitation of constructive dialogue within and between opposing groups in their (local) society. Also, we invest in improving relationships between citizens and the authorities, mainly at a local level. Both groups are being trained and supported in developing their own role and interaction in a way that leads to improved understanding and cooperation for the benefit of the communities. The third track (under development) focuses on formulating political messages mainly targeted at the Ukrainian government as well as the international community,  aiming to develop inclusive and reconciliation-oriented approaches towards solving the conflict.

Within the Netherlands we aim to participate actively in the debate dealing with Ukraine, Russia and the wider implications for Dutch and European stability and security, based on our increasing activities in Ukraine and direct contact with local populations.

Due to the increase of (project) activity in Ukraine we are looking for a candidate for the position of

Programme Manager Eastern Europa & Eurasia

(with a strong focus on Ukraine)

(21,6 - 28,8 hours per week)


Activities and responsibilities

The Programme Manager will work in close cooperation with the current Programme Manager (who, for the initial period, will remain the Policy Lead for the programme) and the Programme Officer, and is part of the Europe group. he exact division of tasks will be defined in coordination with the current Programme Manager and Programme Officer, and will contain amongst others the following tasks and responsibilities:

  • In close coordination with the current Programme Manager, strategy-building and development, of the Ukraine programme under PAX’s Theories of Change Community-Based Security and Citizens’ Rights and possibly Dealing with the Past.
  • More specifically, within the overall programme strategy, further develop and implement the political and lobby strategy and public messaging and advocacy-component of the programme.
  • Expand and strengthen the network of (politically relevant) peace actors (CSO’s, NGO’s and think-tanks), both in Ukraine and elsewhere in Europe.
  • General programme and project management (including regular field visits).
  • Extension and consolidation of PAX’s partner portfolio in Ukraine.
  • Follow and analyse political processes in Ukraine and the Eurasian region.
  • Fundraising: project design, proposal writing.
  • Delivering input for (internal and external) monitoring documents, such as annual plans and donor reports.
  • Representing  PAX’s work and maintaining network within the Netherlands and beyond (e.g. Brussels), e.g. by attending conferences and meetings, and (with the support of our press department) delivering content to local and national media or facilitating access by setting-up relevant visits of Ukrainian partners to the Netherlands or Brussels.
  • Depending on individual capacities of the candidate, facilitate meetings and workshops and conduct trainings.

Whom we are looking for

We are looking for a strong, socially skilled candidate capable of operating across different cultures in a complex polarised environment on (politically, culturally or otherwise) sensitive issues; seeing opportunities for action in a challenging context. The ideal candidate has proven abilities analysing political and conflict processes and applying his or her findings to developing approaches for conflict resolution. A person with strong analytical and communicative skills, who is capable of working in a largely independent manner as part of a small self-organizing team. The ideal candidate has also a good sense for policy debate, lobby and campaigning.

This job is a fantastic opportunity for a mid-level to senior professional who enjoys working in innovative ways on peacebuilding, combining working at grass root level in the field, research and advocacy in an environment that stimulates learning and critical thinking.


  • A relevant degree in for instance International Affairs, Political Sciences, Conflict Studies, Russian or Ukrainian Language and Culture, or other related direction, or demonstrable related expertise.
  • At least five years of relevant working experience in increasingly responsible positions with formulating and implementing political strategies, lobby and advocacy and building up related and relevant networks.
  • Specific experience and expertise concerning Ukraine and/or post-soviet countries is an advantage.
  • Sound understanding of (political and social) developments in the post-soviet region, as well as the ability to connect this to wider European and global developments.
  • Proven experience with project cycle management, including reporting, donor and partner relations and responsibility for larger grants.
  • Personal affinity with bottom-up, partner-driven projects is a strong plus
  • Good verbal and writing skills, at ease with representing PAXs work to a wide variety of audiences in the Netherlands and abroad.
  • Excellent command of English and at least good knowledge of Ukrainian and/or Russian. Working knowledge of Dutch is a strong advantage.
  • Ability and permission (EU working visa) to work at the office in Utrecht and travel to Ukraine (and possibly other places) several times a year.
  • Affinity with peace work and PAX’s values and mission.

What we offer

  • An interesting job in a dynamic, informal and internationally oriented organisation.
  • Place of employment: Utrecht, The Netherlands with regular fieldtrips.
  • Appointment for 21,6 - 28,8 hours per week (0,6 - 0,8 fte), initially for 12 months, with possible prolongation (depending on funding opportunities)
  • Starting date as soon as possible.
  • Pay scale 10 according to PKN terms and conditions of employment; depending on experience min. € 2.423,- and max. € 3.897,- gross per month (for a fulltime position)
  • 8.3% end of year bonus

Procedure and information

For further information you can contact Mrs. Cinta Depondt (Programme Manager) between 09:00 and 14:00 CET at +31 (030) 232 05 68.

Interested candidates matching the profile and requirements are requested to send their CV and a motivation letter (1 page) in Dutch or English addressed to Mrs. Cinta Depondt, only by using the application form on this webpage.

Closing date for reactions to this vacancy announcement is Sunday 23rd of April 2017.

Interviews will be held in week 18 (on May 1st or May 2nd 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.

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