Programme Officer

Full Time
Posted 1 week ago

People should have the freedom to make their own choices in relation to sexuality and reproductive health, with respect for the rights of others, within a supportive society. Rutgers connects research, practice and advocacy. Our work is characterized by an inclusive and activist approach to sexual education, improved access to contraception and safe abortion and the prevention of sexual violence. We focus mainly on young people up to 30 years.

Rutgers is active in 18 countries. Our organization is run by 120 passionate professionals in the
Netherlands and Indonesia. Values such as openness, equality and sustainability are key to all our activities. Rutgers’ International Programmes department has a vacancy for a (Senior) Programme Officer for the Yes I Do Programme (36 hours, vacancy number 2019-09)

The Yes I Do Programme (YID), is a consortium programme working on prevention of child marriage, teenage pregnancies and Female genital mutilation (FGM/C). Rutgers takes part in this consortium, together with Plan International Netherlands (lead), Amref, Choice and KIT. Rutgers implements Yes I Do in five countries. You are responsible for managing and  coordinating the programmes in Kenya and Indonesia. You also identify the need for support in the programme country and support/coach the partner organisations in carrying out the projects. In addition to country specific support, you are responsible for the country coordination for the YID partners in the Netherlands and will take seat in the PMEL Working group of the YID Alliance.


  • Project management (project lead), including monitoring, documenting project processes and progress, and narrative and financial reporting (internal and to the donor).
  • Monitoring the quality of performance.
  • Contribute to the quality of in-country partner organisations and professionals through continued training, linking, sharing and learning.
  • Assessing (new) applications as well as writing and reporting on projects of partner
  • Identifying new opportunities for sustaining and developing the country programmes.
  • Providing strategic advice to the programme manager for development, upscaling and innovation in future programming and the Rutgers Strategy
  • Facilitate the development of strategic plans for sustainable project implementation in-country.
  • Maintaining a business-contact network.
  • Represent Rutgers in the YIDA governance structures: the PMEL Working Group and Kenya country teams.
  • Coordinate the YIDA Indonesia country team (in the Netherlands).
  • Contribute to Rutgers’ policy and strategic planning processes.
  • Represent Rutgers in contacts with national and international (partner) organisations and
  • Actively contribute to acquisition and funding proposals regarding SRHR.

The Programme Officer works within the department of international programmes and reports to the Programme Manager responsible for the YIDA programme. You are part of the YIDA project team, including technical advisors and colleagues from the advocacy, communication, finance and research department.

Job requirements

  • You have a Master’s Degree in Social Science or a similar level of relevant (post) academic
  • You have at least ten years of relevant international work experience in development cooperation, preferably with in-country experiences, and you have a vast experience in working in Consortia.
  • You have a proven track record in programme management (report writing, PMEL, budget
    management), facilitating learning processes, and acquisition.
  • You are an experienced and passionate SRHR expert who knows how to promote Rutgers’ work to relevant parties in the Netherlands and internationally, with appropriate sensitivity for cultural differences.
  • You have vast knowledge of the Dutch development sector and the ways of working with the
    Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • You can demonstrate strong experience in PMEL, having worked with IATI is an advantage.
  • You have excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.
  • You are a strategic and analytical thinker.
  • You are an independent worker, self-confident and decisive; You are result-driven with the ability to take the lead within project teams.
  • You have strong organizational skills.
  • You have the ability to keep an overview; to set priorities.
  • You have strong inter-personal skills.
  • You are able and willing to travel abroad frequently.

Terms of Employment

We offer a challenging position in an international working environment, with highly motivated and qualified colleagues. The position is until approximately May/June 2020. The salary, depending on knowledge and experience, amounts to a minimum of €2.863,= maximum of €3.894,= gross per month (FWG scale 55) based on a 36-hour week.

Please note that only candidates in the possession of a Dutch working permit (or that can obtain one at short notice) are eligible to apply. Also, candidates should be either resident in the Netherlands or willing to move there.

Information and letters of application

For further information relating to the position, please contact Ruth van Zorge, Programme Manager Yes I Do, at, quoting the above-mentioned vacancy number as reference. All applications for this job must be sent via the link to the relevant vacancy at For additional background information on Rutgers, please consult and

Applications for this position should be submitted on 23 th of June 2019 at the latest.
Your personal data will be erased three months after the completion of the application procedure.
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