24 januari 2023
Utrecht / Remote, Nederland
Soort Dienstverband
Tijd per week
32-36 uur


Programme Officer Youth Engagement & Sexuality Education

Full-time / Part-time · Utrecht / Remote (32-36 hours, vacancy number 2023-08)

Do you have expertise in youth participation, sexuality education and (digital) learning programming? Are you a curious, passionate, and enthusiastic facilitator who loves design thinking and human-centered working methodologies and creative facilitation? Does working with young people, (peer) educators, and youth advocates from different regions around the world inspire you?

Then this might just be a unique opportunity for you! We are looking for someone who can work on meaningful youth participation and digitalizing Comprehensive Sexuality Education in our international programmes. 


About Rutgers

Being free to enjoy our sexuality and relationships contributes to our happiness. This is important for everyone, but especially for young people. This freedom is based on respect for each other, but unfortunately for many people it is under pressure or not attainable. The ‘why’ of the work of Rutgers is therefore: sexual freedom for everyone. We have over fifty years of knowledge and experience in working with young people on the subject of sexuality. Rutgers is the Centre of expertise in the area of sexual and reproductive health and rights. We actively involve young people in what we do.

At Rutgers we talk about sexuality in an open and practical way. We base our work and content on research and experience and dare to address difficult and controversial issues. We are committed to working inclusively and with respect for diversity in context and culture.

Rutgers is active nationally and internationally in 29 countries. Our organization is formed by 130 passionate professionals in the Netherlands, in Indonesia or working remotely from anywhere in the world.

As of 1 January 2021, Rutgers and Dance4Life have entered into a full merger while retaining their own brands. Rutgers and Dance4Life have been working together for years to improve the sexual health and rights of young people worldwide. The different strengths in both organizations offer opportunities to make even more impact under the Rutgers banner.


What you will be doing

In this role you will work in Rutgers department International Programmes within the Right Here Right Now 2 (RHRN2) and the Centers of Excellence programme. You will be part of the programme team, and closely working with other technical advisors and experts in advocacy, communication, and research. You will report to the Programme Manager.

You will coordinate a Comprehensive Sexuality Education approach:

  • Support partner organizations in various countries to adapt and contextualize the Journey4Life, a peer-led CSE curriculum, to fit their needs and enhance sex positivity, leadership, and socio-emotional skills development.

You will support the development of digital CSE platforms and e-learnings:

  • Design and deliver (Journey4Life and Academy4Life) content for a new online CSE Academy for young professionals and youth advocates;
  • Support our e-learning colleagues with the adjustment of different e-learning modules.

You will support youth engagement in programmes and projects:

  • Advise on strengthening youth engagement interventions in our international programming and projects and participate in our Rutgers Taskforce on MYIP;
  • Strengthen leadership skills of young people and youth advocates through on-and offline trainings;
  • Develop and implement MYIP tools and facilitate youth consultations and mutual exchange among partner organizations.


What we are looking for

We are looking for a passionate programme officer, with appropriate sensitivity for cultural differences. Our ideal candidate is creative, independent, self-confident, and decisive, and has strong organizational skills and the ability to keep an overview and to set priorities. You have a vision on capacity strengthening and mutual learning towards more inclusive and sustainable learning trajectories. The ability to reflect, put things in context and a good sense of humor are big advantages.

In addition, the following requirement apply:

  • You have a Master’s Degree in Social Science or a similar level of relevant academic education.
  • You have proven to be a successful facilitator or trainer and have worked on co-creation, design thinking and human-centered design, preferably with young people.
  • You have knowledge of key components of a CSE curriculum and designing activities.
  • You have a good understanding of advocacy and required leadership skills, preferably within the SRHR field;
  • You have excellent verbal and written communication skills in English, and preferably French.
  • You are able and willing to travel abroad (maximum 4 to 5 times a year).


What we offer

You will work in an exciting and challenging international working environment, with highly motivated and passionate colleagues. Depending on knowledge and experience, the salary for a 36-hour working week for a programme officer is minimum € 3.310 and € 4,381 gross per month (FWG scale 55). In addition to the primary employment conditions, Rutgers also offers a competitive package of secondary employment conditions. The collective labor agreement CAO-GZZ applies.

Our office is located in Utrecht, the Netherlands, but you will be working with colleagues all over the world. Most colleagues work from home a significant part of the week.

Information and how to apply

We want to create a more inclusive and diverse organisation that values individual differences in the workforce and ensures that everyone feels welcome and safe. Do you feel attracted to this? Then we warmly invite you to apply no later than Sunday, February 5th 2023. The first round of interviews will take place in the week of February 13th. A possible second round of interviews will take place in the week of February 20th. Please take these dates into account.

Responding to this vacancy can only be done via the link to the online application form in the relevant vacancy at For additional background information on Rutgers, please consult and If you have any questions, please contact Maaike van Veen, Programme Manager International Programmes, via, stating the vacancy number.



Your personal data will be deleted six months after the end of the application procedure. 

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