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COC Netherlands, the Dutch organisation for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons (LGBTI) is looking for an

 International Project Manager for the Caribbean
(32-36 hours per week)

Who are we?

COC Netherlands actively contributes to the promotion of human rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in the Netherlands, and abroad. COC works in close partnership with more than 140 local LGBTI organisations in over 35 countries. Through our international programmes, we support and strengthen local, regional and global LGBTI movements and align efforts that contribute to the improvement of the position of LGBTI people.

International solidarity within the LGBTI movement has been one of the core values of COC Netherlands since its foundation in 1946. Our mission is to contribute to a strong international LGBTI movement able to strive towards recognition and protection of the human rights of LGBTI people anywhere in the world.
Crucial to our approach is local ownership; local, national and regional LGBTI communities decide which direction, pace, strategies and activities are most suitable in their own context to contribute to change.
COC works in close cooperation with strategic partners among which the Dutch government. COC Netherlands has Special Consultative Status with the United Nations since 2008 and facilitates LGBTI presence at regional and international human rights forums. COC Netherlands is a member of the international LGBTI organization International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA), and its European branch, ILGA-Europe.

Our international programmes cover many areas and include partnerships with partners and allies in South, East and West Africa, the MENA region, Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, Central Asia, Asia-Pacific and the Caribbean.

The office of COC Netherlands is located in the centre of Amsterdam and currently employs around 45 enthusiastic professionals.

What does your job entail?

Manage one or more programmes, in close co-operation with a number of local partner organizations, including:

  • developing a constructive relationship with local partners and their allies, supporting them in developing and implementing programme activities and strategies;
  • project and financial accountability internally and towards institutional donors;
  • close collaboration and alignment with other International Project Managers;
  • improving the understanding of our efforts among various target groups;
  • building relationships and maintaining contacts with relevant external organisations;
  • Identify relevant social developments for the LGBTI movement in the Caribbean.
  • Acquire, initiate and develop new programmes in support of the LGBTI movement
  • Contribute to an organisation-wide vision and future perspective on COC’s contribution to the international LGBTI movement.

You report directly to the International Programme Manager, and are part of a team of approximately 15 highly skilled, passionate International Project Managers, each with their own areas of expertise.

 What will you bring?

  •   At least 3 years’ experience in project management
  • Affinity with the mission, vision and objectives of COC Netherlands
  •  Fluent in English and French, both verbal and in writing
  • Understanding of the human rights situation in the Caribbean and previous experience working in the field of human rights
  • Knowledge of existing LGBTI organizations in the Caribbean
  • Higher vocational or academic education or prove of comparable skills and competences
  • Sensitivity towards the challenges, security aspects and impact of ongoing pressure and discrimination on partners and communities
  • Ability to work independently in a team of professionals and to keep a good overview of a complex and wide-ranged set of job responsibilities, strong planning and structuring skills
  • Willingness to travel on a regular basis and to work irregular hours
  • Resilience & flexibility; able to work in difficult, sometimes insecure conditions
  • Diplomacy and ability to operate independently in politically sensitive situations and arenas
  • A European passport and/or a permit to live and work in The Netherlands

What do we offer?

  • A 12-month employment contract, and the possibility of a contract extension in case of satisfactory performance;
  • Salary Grade 10 (Collective Bargaining Agreement: ‘CAO Welzijn & Maatschappelijke Dienstverlening): between 2,889 Euros and 4,333 Euros gross per month, based on fulltime employment (36 hours a week);
  • An independent position in a creative environment with opportunities for professional development;
  • A socially relevant job in the heart of the news and debate.

COC is an equal opportunity employer and committed to opposing discrimination on any ground. We would particularly like to encourage transgender/gender-variant and intersex individuals, as well as people from ethnic and racial minority backgrounds or with refugee status to apply.

Do you have questions about the position?

Call (+) 31(0)20 62 34 596 and ask for Jantien Meijer, Programme Manager International.

Are you interested in the job?

Please sent your up-to-date CV and motivation to vacature@coc.nl before the 30th of August.

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