Closed Vacancy: Programme Officer Job Posting

Vacancy: Programme Officer

The Dr. Denis Mukwege Foundation is a global NGO based in The Hague aimed at eliminating rape as a weapon of war. We develop strategies to fight sexual violence in conflicts worldwide and support projects for survivors. A 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Dr. Mukwege is a distinguished gynaecologist and international women’s rights activist specialised in the treatment of rape victims.

We are looking for a passionate and effective manager with experience on genderbased violence in The Hague for a part-time position (0.8 fte).

Job overview
The Mukwege Foundation aims to support survivors of conflict-related sexual violence in breaking the silence, raising awareness on the topic, creating a collective memory and demanding their rights to make significant change. To reach these goals, the Foundation has created a global network (SEMA), and supports several national survivor networks in conflict affected countries. The Programme Officer plays a key role in managing and coordinating activities around these national survivor networks (primarily French-speaking) in setting up, carrying out their activities and performing other management roles related to the functioning of the network.

Reports to: Senior Project Manager

Coordination of the national survivor networks

  • Conduct scoping visits in countries with emerging survivor networks
  • Support survivors-members in devising structure, managing working groups, activities, overseeing budgets, developing aims and capacity-building
  • Serve as main point of contact between local organisation(s) in country, the survivor network, and the Mukwege Foundation
  • Coordinate network members who will participate in advocacy work of SEMA, the Global Network of Victims and Survivors to End Sexual Violence
  • Support the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the survivor network (which includes launching network, organizing trainings, supporting implementation of healing/documentation program)
  • Reach out to new partners and manage existing partnerships
  • Organise and, where applicable, facilitate trainings related to advocacy, fundraising, security and other needs that arise
  • Together with the local organisations, ensure that meetings take place and are monitored (with reports)

Advocacy and communications for the national networks

  • Work together with the senior project manager (i.e., doing research, attending advocacy meetings, arranging for the presence of survivors) in tasks related to advocacy activities of the national networks
  • Support local organisations in developing and implementing different activities around advocacy
  • Ensure survivors are treated with respect during any public appearances
  • Attend events that promote the network or help to strengthen the network in the Netherlands and abroad
  • Support the network and/or the local organisations with communications efforts internally and externally

Other programme management and fundraising tasks

  • Ensure requirements are delivered to donors in a timely fashion
  • Manage the budget for each country
  • Support the Fundraising Manager in proposals related to the different networks with necessary content input
  • Will be traveling to the field regularly, with a view to building close, supportive relationships with current and new survivors and partners


  • Master’s degree in human rights, gender studies, victimology, international law or related field preferred
  • 5+ years gender/social justice experience in a program officer position
  • Fluency in French and English required
  • Strong networking skills
  • Understanding of formal or informal social movements/networks
  • Experience working in non-governmental organizations
  • Experience in project and budget management
  • Experience working with diverse cultures
  • Experience working directly with victims/survivors a plus
  • Experience with advocacy a plus
  • Understanding of victim reparations processes a plus

Deadline to apply
Please send your CV and cover letter to Debby Gruiters at no later than 24 September 2019.

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