PAX is the largest peace organization in the Netherlands. We work to protect civilians against acts of war, to end armed violence and to build inclusive peace. We work in conflict areas worldwide, together with local partners and people who, just like us, believe that everyone has a right to a dignified life in a peaceful society.
The Strategy & Innovation (S&I) team is a small team aiming to strengthen the effective use of the knowledge and skills of PAX on how peace and justice is promoted. This is done through four main policy areas: (1) design, monitoring & evaluation, (2) research & innovation, (3) learning & reflection and (4) linking & networking.
As part of an alliance of four organisations, PAX leads the Strengthening Civil Courage programme, working across the Middle East and Africa. PAX staff work from the headquarters in Utrecht as well as small offices in Iraq, Burkina Faso and South Sudan. We implement the programme in close collaboration with our in-country partners. One of the assignments of the S&I team is supporting the planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning system of the Strengthening Civil Courage programme (2021-2025). For the SCC programme the S&I team is looking for a
Policy Advisor Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning
(32 hours per week)
The Policy Advisor Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (PMEL) will work at the PAX headquarters in Utrecht, adding to the S&I team of 4 staff members. The Policy Advisor will work closely with the programme teams of PAX in concurrence with the PMEL activities of the other alliance partners of the SCC programme.
The ideal candidate for this position is a professional with 3 to 5 years of PMEL experience. The Policy Advisor is a team player, service oriented and keen to learn; a colleague who makes us think about our own routines and adds to the skills and knowledge of the team.
Responsibilities and tasks
Main responsibility of the Policy Advisor is the strengthening of the PMEL capacity of programme teams by:
- Participating in programme team meetings to disseminate the SCC-PMEL agenda and to strengthen the programme staffs’ ownership of the SCC-PMEL system;
- Training, coaching and supporting programme / partner staff in SCC-PMEL implementation (e.g. lobby & advocacy capacity assessment, outcome harvesting, theory of change reviews);
- Quality assurance of SCC-PMEL outputs (result frameworks, country annual plans, L&A capacity assessments).
Furthermore, it is expected that the Policy Advisor contributes to:
- The further development of the SCC PMEL system;
- The implementation of the SCC PMEL system at alliance level (e.g., MTR / End Evaluation).
We are looking for
Knowledge and expertise
- Masters in a relevant field such as development studies, social studies, political science, international relations, etc.;
- Between 3-5 years of professional expertise on PMEL in the context of international NGOs; knowledge and expertise with theories of change, outcome harvesting and organisational capacity assessments;
- Trained / experience as trainer, coach and / or advisor.
- Analytical skills: supporting and involving colleagues in developing their PMEL-understanding and on how to use this in programme management and -implementation;
- Persuasiveness: knows how to convince colleagues on PMEL in an inspiring way and uses their perspective to improve on the underlying argumentation;
- Independence: comes up with his / her own style and approach and stimulate / motivates colleagues in developing their own style and approach on PMEL;
- Organisational sensitivity: takes into account the interests of different teams of PAX and develops relationships to promote the implementation of the PMEL agenda.
- Excellent English writing skills. Dutch is a strong plus. Verbal communication in Arabic and/or French would be highly welcomed;
- Digitally skilled, ease in working with (shared) file management in the cloud (share point). Ease with Excel (database management, pivot table).
- A position in a dynamic and highly international working environment with committed and enthusiastic colleagues;
- An organization with budget and opportunities for personal development;
- Place of employment: Utrecht, The Netherlands;
- Appointment for 32 hours per week (0,89 fte);
- Start date as soon as possible;
- Pay scale 10 according to PKN terms and conditions of employment (depending on experience min. € 2.711,13 to max. € 4.533,85 gross for a fulltime position of 36 hours per week);
- 8.3% year-end bonus and 8% holiday-allowance;
- Full reimbursement public transport 2nd class commuting costs.
Procedure and information
Interested candidates matching the profile and requirements are requested to send their CV and a motivation letter (1 page) in English addressed to René Schoenmakers solely by using the following Application form (nmbrshire.com).
Closing date for reactions to this vacancy announcement is the Sunday the 22nd of January.
The first round of interviews will take place on Wednesday the 25th of January.
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.
Acquisition in response to this advertisement is not appreciated.