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Head of Programs and Advocacy

The Hague (Netherlands)

  • Organization: Stichting Vluchteling
  • Location: The Hague (Netherlands)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
    • Legal - Broad
    • Political Affairs
    • Communication and Public Information
  • Closing Date: 2020-11-01

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Who are we?Stichting Vluchteling (Netherlands Refugee Foundation) is an emergency relief organization that assists refugees worldwide. In case of acute need, the Refugee Foundation provides immediate assistance, such as shelter, medical care, clean water and sanitation. In the Netherlands, Stichting Vluchteling provides information to the Dutch public about the situation of refugees worldwide as well as on international emergency aid.

Position in the organization

The Head of Programs reports to the director and is part of the management team. He/she leads the Programs and Advocacy Team and, together with the team, ensures effective humanitarian interventions for the most vulnerable or hard-to-reach refugees and internally displaced persons. The Head of Programs supports the director in achieving SV's strategic objectives, in particular in strengthening the operational character of the organization, implementing a new model for international partnerships and intensifying relationships with our local partners. He/she also supports the director in the representation of the organization externally.

What does the function entail?

  • Leading the Program and Advocacy team consisting of five regional program staff, three employees for the (mental) health care programmes in crisis situations, an employee for the Frontline project (humanitarian access) and an Advocacy Officer. The project controller works as an integrated member within the project team.

  • Monitoring and analyzing relevant developments in the field of humanitarian aid in general and assistance to refugeesin particular.

  • Under the director's ultimate responsibility, assessing project proposals based on the advice of program staff.

  • Ensure effective monitoring and evaluation of projects carried out with SV funds or with funding from external donors such as the Dutch government, the Cooperating Aid Organisations (SHO, Samenwerkende HulpOrganisaties Nederland) and the European Union.

  • Strengthening the operational character of the Refugee Foundation by further shaping the project for Chronic Diseases in crisis situations (together with Intersos) and the Frontline project (together with IRC).

  • Co-shaping the advocacy of SV in close interaction with the advocacy staff member, the director and the communication team.

  • Maintaining contacts with senior programme and policy staff of international partners such as Intersos and IRC. Supporting the director in further developing these partnerships to increase the effectiveness and quality of the assistance provided.

  • Responsible for compiling and implementing the annual program and advocacy plan.

  • Ensuring an effective collaboration of the Program and Advocacy team with the Fundraising/Communication and HR/Finance departments.

  • Closely monitor, and where necessary participate in, networks within the humanitarian sector such as the Dutch Relief Alliance, the SHO and knowledge platform KUNO.

  • Regular trips to projects and international meetings.

What do we expect from you?

  • University degree in a relevant discipline.

  • At least 10 years of work experience in the humanitarian sector.

  • Extensive, multi-year field experience in relevant positions in multiple humanitarian crises.

  • Broad knowledge of the global refugee issues and situations.

  • Knowledge of and experience with the political systems in The Hague and Brussels

  • Excellent command of the Dutch and English languages, both oral and written.

  • Able to take on the spokesperson role for the organization.

  • Able to work under pressure and with short deadlines

  • Willing and able to work in the evening or weekend whenever the situation requires this.

  • An optimistic, constructive, pragmatic, creative, decisive personality with natural prevalence.

What do we offer?

  • A dynamic function in an informal and decisive working environment, within a small organization of about thirty-five employees.

  • An employment contract for one year, with the intention of extension.

  • A market-based salary, depending on education, experience and age. |

  • Excellent benefits.

Stichting Vluchteling has a Code of Conduct, that holds the standards, values and principles of Stichting Vluchteling - including subjects as integrity & reliability and the prevention of all forms of discrimination and abuse of power. Every employee must endorse the Code and act on it at all times. The interviewing of references and requesting a Statement on The Conduct (VOG) is part of the application process.

Want to know more or respond?

For more information about this position, please contact Renske Boetje, Head Internal Affairs (070-346 89 46) during business hours. If you would like to respond, please send an email with your cover letter and CV to quoting "Vacancy Head Programs and Advocacy" before November 1st. The interviews will take place in early November.An assessment can be part of the procedure.

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