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Project Coordinator

  • Organization: NP - Nonviolent Peaceforce
  • Location:
  • Grade: Mid level - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: Closed

We work with people affected by violent conflicts to enhance their security and dignity through unarmed civilian protection (UCP). We work to reduce violence and protect civilians in countries affected by violent conflict and its aftermath and to help transform the world’s response to conflict situations. 

The Project Coordinator is a member of the U.S. program team based in NYC, responsible for working alongside the Asian American Federation in their Hope Against Hate Campaign to identify and implement creative community-based solutions to increase people’s safety and security. Along with administrative duties this role may include implementing neighborhood safety patrols, and building relationships with all stakeholders to promote community safety that does not rely on force or threat of force, but rather uses unarmed approaches to reach peaceful resolution of conflicts. 

This is a full-time exempt position with guaranteed funding through the 2023 calendar year.  Application deadline is February 24, 2023.

Job Responsibilities 

Project Coordination and Implementation  

  • Project Coordination
    • Work alongside a small, dynamic and diverse team in meeting grant deliverables such as but not limited to: providing safety trainings to HAH grantees, establishing Safe Zones in NYC and strengthening community-led safety initiatives.
    • Engage with all stakeholders to a conflict (local community leaders, government authorities, police, army, non-state armed groups, and nonprofit organizations) to identify ongoing and potential conflicts that may have the potential to result in violence.
    • Assist the Director of Mutual Protection in project implementation through a keen understanding of the community conflicts and concerns. 
  • Community engagement 
    • Build and maintain relationships with Hope Against Hate grantees, community members, community stakeholders, partner organizations and community-based groups to understand how they are addressing community conflicts and concerns; build on and support their efforts.
  • Training
    • Collaborate with the Training of Trainer Coordinator on meeting the deliverable of having at least eight Community Trainers to service Hope Against Hate Grantee deliverables on Safety Trainings. 
    • Co-facilitate trainings and workshops online and in person as needed. 
    • Protective presence, accompaniment, de-escalation and other interventions 
      • Provide protective presence, protective accompaniment, and other direct-protection based activities in situations where a protection concern has or may occur and which is a direct threat to community members as needed. 

    Administration & Operations 

    • Reporting
      • Report all work activities into Salesforce according to the work plan put forward by the Director of Mutual Protection and in compliance with funder expectations.
      • Support with and coordinate team meetings, debriefs and strategy sessions, implementing recommendations arising from lessons learned.
      • Assist the Director of Mutual Protection with ongoing budget and programmatic reports for the Asian American Federation.

    Commitment to NP Principles  

    • All NP employees are expected to work in accordance with the organisation’s guiding principles: 
      • Nonviolence
      • Non-partisanship
      • Primacy of local actors
      • Civilian-to-civilian action
    • Know and understand the NP mandate, principles and values and actively commit to upholding and advocating for them
    • Serve as a community role model for peaceful co-existence and nonviolence, and support the image of the organization during all protection and community engagement activities

    Required Qualifications: 

    • Strong commitment to the safety and security of civilians, human rights and racial justice
    • Experience in working with the Asian American community.
    • At least two years of project management experience within a non-profit.  
    • Five years’ work experience, preferably with a non-profit, civil society organization or community-based organization or group
    • Solid knowledge and understanding of the political and social dynamics in the US
    • Excellent communication skills
    • Independent Judgement/Analysis: 
      • Ability to manage information with discretion 
      • Ability to set priorities, solve problems and analyze data 
      • Ability to think critically and problem-solve creatively
    • Interpersonal: 
      • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment
      • Proven ability to build relationships 
      • Ability to work independently and as member of a team
    • Information Technology: 
      • Proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite & Salesforce required
      • Proficiency with Zoom, Skype, Signal and other similar software

    Desired Qualifications: 

    • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in the social sciences, peace studies or a related field.
    • Experience with unarmed civilian protection programming.
    • Knowledge of and interest in peacebuilding, peace-making and/or peacekeeping.
    • Valid driver’s license.

    Working Conditions:

    • Constantly operates a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine, and/or
    • Ability to remain in a stationary position, often standing or sitting for prolonged periods.
    • Ability to lift up to 20 lbs.
    • Ability to work in small or enclosed spaces.
    • Ability to communicate information and ideas so others will understand.  Must be able to exchange accurate information in these situations.
    • Some evenings and weekends may be required.
    • Some travel may be required.

    Special Notice:

    Nonviolent Peaceforce is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff at all levels. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. However, all qualified applicants regardless of their gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, or age, will be considered for this opportunity. 

    We believe that systemic inequality disproportionately hurts the most marginalized people in society, including Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), people from working-class backgrounds, women, and LGBTQ people. Because NP believes that these communities must be centered in the work we do in reducing violence arising due to racism, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other marginalized communities.

    Nonviolent Peaceforce acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of employees, contractors, volunteers, interns, beneficiaries and other stakeholders and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice in the Humanitarian and Development sector. 

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