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Senior Project Officer Iraq

PAX, based in Utrecht, the Netherlands, is the leading Dutch peace-building & conflict-transformation NGO. We work for peace, reconciliation and justice in various conflict regions in the world, such as Sudan, the African Great Lakes region, Colombia, the Western Balkans and the Middle East. Our strategies are based on a twin-track approach, in close cooperation with our local partners: on the one hand we promote and facilitate civil-society driven dialogue and peace-building initiatives and on the other we seek to maximize an enabling environment for these through public campaigning and political lobby. Human security and human dignity are core values. A third objective is to mobilise the Dutch public for global peace-building issues. PAX combines knowledge, energy and people to attain one single objective: there must be peace!

PAX is active in Iraq since 2001 and has built specific expertise working on increasing social cohesion as well as creating positive interaction between local communities, civil society and government, with a focus on the role of minorities, youth and women in peacebuilding.

For our Iraq Programme, Pax is looking to recruit a

Senior Project Officer Iraq

The Senior Project Officer is based at PAX headquarters in Utrecht, working within a team of colleagues based in Utrecht and Erbil. The Senior Project Officer Iraq reports to one of the Project Leaders Iraq and works with another Senior Project Officer Iraq.

Main activities

  • Programme support on several peacebuilding programmes (see:;
  • Technical and operational oversight and management support;
  • Partner management, coaching, support and capacity building on financial and narrative reporting, programme development and recruitment;
  • Donor relations;
  • Coordination of relation with local and international partners for programme implementation;
  • Technical programme development & fundraising support;
  • Planning and organisation of workshops, conferences and seminars.

We require

  • Academic degree (MA), preferably in a relevant field such as Conflict studies, Middle Eastern studies, International relations, Politics or Law;
  • Project management skills, including at least 2 years relevant professional experience in a conflict setting for a local or international non-profit organisation;
  • Knowledge of and experience with conflict transformation and peace-building programming;
  • Knowledge of and experience with programmes on gender, peace and security will be strong advantage;
  • Up-to-date and deep knowledge of the situation in Iraq and the wider Middle East, while knowledge of current political and conflict resolution processes in the region is an asset;
  • Able to work responsibly under pressure; able to work individually as well as in a team;
  • Fluency in English, including excellent writing skills; and (at least) working knowledge of Arabic.
  • Fluency in Modern Standard Arabic and/or Kurdish (Sorani or Kurmanji) is preferred, as is a working knowledge of Dutch;
  • Good communication and analytical skills;
  • Able to adapt quickly to changing circumstances, and an inventive and assertive attitude;
  • Capacity and willingness to travel to Iraq and the wider Middle East;
  • Eligible to work in the EU;
  • Affinity with the work and mission of PAX.

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;
  • One year contract for 28,8 hours per week with option for renewal;
  • Appointment starting as soon as possible;
  • Pay 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).

Information and application
For additional information you can contact Mr. Vincent Vrijhoef (Project Leader Iraq) by email vrijhoef(javascript needed for readable email)

Interested candidates matching the profile and requirements are requested to send their CV (max 2 pages) and a motivation letter (max 1 page) in English addressed to Mrs. Thirsa de Vries (Project Leader Iraq), only by using the application form on the bottom of this page.

Closing date for applications to this position is Wednesday 17 April 2019.

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.

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