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

The work of the Colombia team within the Natural Resources & Latin America programme has for a number of years focused on the prevention and mitigation of violence and conflicts in mining regions. The most important objectives are improving safety and promoting the (human) rights of the local population. For example, in the north of Colombia (Cesar) we support communities of victims of mining-related violence in their search for truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence. As part of the implementation of the Peace Agreement, PAX also supports the strengthening of victim organizations so that they are better able to actively monitor and influence the implementation of transitional justice (Cauca and Meta), and we support traditional authorities of indigenous reservations with the reintegration process of former FARC fighters (Cauca and Nariño-Putumayo).

Due to a vacancy in our team we are looking for an enthusiastic and experienced

Project leader Colombia (in the field of transitional justice)

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Coordinate and carry out advocacy in Colombia towards national authorities and institutions, Colombian NGOs, companies, and towards actors within the international community
  • Operational management of PAX’s local teams in four regions (Cesar, Cauca, Meta, Nariño-Putumayo) – from the head office in Utrecht and from Colombia during missions (on average 5 times per year)
  • Management and coordination of colleagues and the board of PAX’s local Fundación Pax Colombia (FPC) office in Bogotá
  • Organizing and chairing meetings and events in Colombia (e.g. public presentation of reports or publications, public meetings in the context of a particular project).
  • Partake in the ongoing activities of the Natural Resources & Latin America programme, including fundraising activities. In particular in relation to the other members of the Colombia department, there should be a handing over of activities, if necessary.

Who are we looking for

We are looking for a service-oriented team player who at the same time is capable of working independently, decisive, flexible, accurate and has a practical attitude. In addition, this person possesses the necessary analytical and communicative skills and is able to operate tactfully in a politically sensitive context.

What we ask

  • University-level professional and intellectual ability (preferably in social or legal sciences)
  • Experience with peace-building in (post) conflict areas is required, preferably within the sector of non-profit and/or international organisations
  • Knowledge of and experience in Latin America, preferably Colombia, and ability to work under difficult circumstances
  • Willingness to travel up to 5 times a year
  • Affinity with project administration
  • Excellent knowledge (active and passive) of the English and Spanish languages.
  • Experience with project management
  • Experience with organization of awareness activities
  • Experience with fundraising
  • Good writing skills
  • Eligible to work in the EU.

What we offer

  • An interesting function in a dynamic, internationally oriented, informal work environment
  • Appointment for 28.8 to 36 hours per week (0.8-1.0 fte)
  • Appointment
  • Salary scale 10 according to the PKN terms and conditions of employment (depending on experience), minimum of € 2.406,64 to a maximum of € 4.070,70 (gross on fulltime basis)
  • 8% holiday-allowance
  • End-of-year bonus of 8.3%
  • Full reimbursement of public transport home-to-work travel costs

Procedure and information
For more information about Pax, please visit our website:

For more information about the position, please contact Joris van de Sandt (Policy lead Natural Resources & Latin America programme) via

Please send your application letter and CV to Maina van der Zwan (Team coordinator Natural Resources & Latin America programme) no later than Thursday April 4 2019 only via the application form via the vacancy page of our website.

The first interview will ideally take place on either Monday April 15 or Tuesday April 16 2019.

PAX stands for equal opportunities and participation for everyone with qualities, passion and courage. We encourage people of all backgrounds and abilities to apply for this position.



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