International Project Manager Eastern Europe & Central Asia

COC Nederland
Organisatie COC Nederland
Datum 14 mei 2018
Vervaldatum 31 may 2018
Aantal uren 24 - 36 uur
Plaats Amsterdam

COC Netherlands actively contributes to the promotion of human rights for lesbian women, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people in the Netherlands, but also abroad. COC works in close partnership with more than 100 local LGBTI organisations in over 35 countries. Through our international programmes we support and strengthen the 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 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 organisation 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, Central Asia, Asia-Pacific, the Caribbean and Central America. The office of COC Netherlands is located in the centre of Amsterdam and currently employs around 41 enthusiastic professionals.

As an International Project Manager within the international team, you:

  • identify relevant social developments forthe LGBTI movement in Eastern Europe and Central Asia;
  • acquire, initiate and develop new programmes in support of the LGBTI movement; manage multiple programmes in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, in close co-operation with a number of local partner organisations.
  • You are primarily responsible for: 
    • developing a constructive relationship with local partners and their allies, supporting them in implementing needs assessments, baseline studies, and developing, implementing and reviewing capacity building plans and strategies;
    • project and financial accountability towards COC’s internal accounting department and institutional donors (through programme and financial reports and specific evaluation tools);
    • internal communication on progress and results of your programme(s), coordination and alignment with other International Project Managers and COC departments, in an effort to further build COC’s thematic expertise;
    • improving the understanding of our efforts among various target groups and optimising the impact of our work;
    • building relationships and maintaining contacts with relevant external organisations, allies and agencies;
  • contribute to an organisation-wide vision and future perspective on COC’s contribution to the international LGBTI movement.
  • provide legal advice to partner organizations in Eastern Europe & Central Asia.

You report directly to the International Programme Manager, and are part of a team of  16 highly skilled, passionate International Project Managers, each with their own areas of expertise.

Functie-eisen en profiel

  • Knowledge of the mission and vision of COC Netherlands and affinity with the objectives of COC Netherlands;
  • Higher  academic education in (international) law;
  • Knowledge of and experience with management of projects and fundraising, including both with governmental funding and private foundations;
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and in writing;
  • Intercultural sensitivity and sensitivity towards the challenges, security aspects and impact of ongoing pressure and discrimination on partners and communities.
  • Understanding of the situation regarding human rights in the EECA region in regards to LGBTI and seven years of work experience  in the field of human rights and international advocacy;
  • Knowledge of existing LGBTI organizations in the EECA region as well as five years of working experience for one of the LGBTI organizations in the EECA region, preferably in Russia;
  • 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 under challenging conditions;
  • Native Russian speaker and fluent command of English and a good command of Dutch is an advantage, as is the willingness to learn Dutch;
  • A work permit for the Schengen area.

Ons aanbod

  • Salary Grade 9 (CAO Welzijn & Maatschappelijke Dienstverlening): between 2,652 Euros and 3,910 Euros gross per month, based on fulltime employment (36 hours a week);
  • A 12-month employment contract, and the possibility of a contract extension in case of satisfactory performance;
  • An independent position in a creative environment with opportunities for professional development;
  • A socially relevant job in the heart of the news and debate.

Informeren en solliciteren
Do you have questions about the position? Call (+) 31(0)20 62 34 596 and ask for Elke de Jong, HR Officer. Are you interested in the job? Please sent your up-to-date CV and motivation to Deadline for application is Friday 25th of May 2018, 18:00 am (Dutch time). Please note that applications received after the deadline will not be considered. The first selection interviews are scheduled between 28 May and 1 June 2018.


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