Project Officer Iraq

PAX is looking for a

The Project Officer is based at PAX headquarters in Utrecht, works in the Iraq program team – a diverse team of around 6 colleagues based in Utrecht and in the field office in Erbil. The team works on different projects with a thematic focus on transformative justice and Gender, Peace & Security.

What will you do?

The project officer contributes to the implementation of the Iraq programme and reports to the Iraq Country Lead. Tasks include supporting the team in administrative (service contracts, assist with internal processes, and finance processes (such as financial reports partners, grand activities, annual and quarterly reports, etc), logistical support. Next to this the project officer will contribute to project coordination, monitoring and reporting, liaising with other teams, partners and relevant internal and external stakeholders. As well as contributing to context analysis, staying informed about relevant social, political and other developments and communication about the work and to the development of the programme.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for a colleague that is motivated to contribute to our peacebuilding programme in Iraq, is eager to learn; is solution oriented; culturally sensitive; and can deal with working in/on conflict areas. This position requires a basic understanding of the working field of PAX, and some (working) experience in/on the Middle East. The position requires a working proficiency in English and Arabic, speaking, reading and writing.

We require:

  • BA or MA or knowledge of/experience in the Middle East of relevant fields such as international relations, political science, conflict and peace, human rights, transitional justice
    and/or prior (internship) experience in a local or international non-profit organisation.
  • Basic knowledge of and/or experience with project management and administrative and financial processes.
  • Good verbal and textual communication and analytical skills.
  • Hands-on, problem-solving mentality and able to deal with bureaucratic environments.
  • Ability to work responsibly under pressure; to work individually as well as in a team.
  • Ability to adapt quickly to changing circumstances.
  • Working proficiency of Arabic and English including excellent writing skills is a must, Dutch is an advantage.
  • Proficiency in standard Microsoft Office applications such as Teams, Microsoft Office, etc;
  • Authorised to travel to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
  • Affinity with PAX’s mission and values.
  • Eligibility to work in the EU.

What do we offer?

  • An accessible workplace in a vibrant area in the heart of Utrecht.
  • An interesting position in a dynamic, informal and internationally oriented work environment.
  • Start date: as soon as possible.
  • Appointment for 32 hours per week, initially for 18 months with prospects of extension.
  • Salary scale 8 according to the PKN employment conditions (depending on experience
    min. 2691 – max 3669,45-euro gross per month for 36 hours per week);
  • 8% holiday-allowance and 8,3% end of year bonus.
  • Full reimbursement of commuting expenses, 2nd class public transport.

Procedure and information

For more information about PAX see: www.paxvoorvrede.nl.

Do you have any questions? Please contact Evert-Jan Grit, Team leader via grit@paxforpeace.nl of phone: +31 6 53220560 further information. 

Interested candidates are requested to submit their CV and motivation letter addressed to Evert-Jan Grit, teamleader solely by using the following application form

The closing date for applications to this position is 14th of May 2024.

The first round of interviews will be scheduled for the week after May 14.

Screening for integrity is part of the application process at PAX. PAX believes it is important to guarantee the reliability, professionalism and integrity of its organisation and employees. For this reason, PAX will request a Declaration of Conduct or equivalent for new employees.

At PAX we are looking for motivated colleagues with passion and courage, to build a diverse, inclusive and authentic working environment together. Even if you do not tick all the boxes, we still encourage you to apply, because who knows, we might be a good match together!


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