Partnership Coordinator

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UNOY Peacebuilders

The United Network of Young Peacebuilders is looking for a Partnership Coordinator with responsibility for leading and implementing UNOY’s fundraising strategy and partnership development, starting as soon as possible. This is a position on 0.8 FTE, based in The Hague.

UNOY Peacebuilders is a youth-led network of over 120 youth organisations working towards peaceful societies shaped by young people. We embrace values of peace, diversity, inclusion and participation. Our International Secretariat is located in The Hague, the International City of Peace and Justice. The Secretariat is run by a young and dedicated international team of eight staff, four interns, and remotely based regional coordinators.

Accessing sustainable funding is a persistent challenge for youth organisations working in the peace and security field. A majority of the youth-led organisations operate with limited funding, with 49% operating under USD 5,000 per annum and only 11% over USD 100,000 – as demonstrated by the report Mapping a Sector: Bridging the Evidence-base on Youth-Driven Peacebuilding (UNOY Peacebuilders and SFCG, 2017). Despite a growing recognition of this structural issue among governmental donors and other non-youth peace and security stakeholders, most funding instruments remain difficult or even impossible to access for a majority of youth-led organisations working on peace and security. To a certain extent, this challenge is replicated at the global level, where many funding opportunities remain inaccessible to organisations of the size and structure of UNOY.

Five years after the adoption of the first UN Security Council Resolution 2250 recognising the importance and role of youth in peacebuilding, UNOY has paved the way for critical developments in  the Youth, Peace, and Security field. In 2021, we  have entered into a new strategic period, with a focus on five change objectives. Our goal is to continue shaping the global agenda for youth, peace and security, by supporting youth-led creative approaches to peace and, to prioritise the protection of the civic space of young peacebuilders and leverage the solidarity in the network, and to better support our members’ resilience to emerging developments. This strategy will unfold while UNOY is also undergoing significant organisational developments through a process of decentralisation and growth.

We welcome applications from young people of all backgrounds, genders, sexual orientations, nationalities, religions and beliefs. To foster meaningful participation of young people and youth leadership, we strongly encourage candidates under the age of 27 to apply. In line with our commitment to inclusivity and diversity, we also encourage applications from transgender and non-binary people, people of color, and with a disability, as they remain underrepresented in the field.

The position will include regular travel within Europe and beyond, once the COVID-19 pandemic has ended.

Important notice: We can only consider applicants that are allowed to work in the Netherlands. We are not able to meet the formal requirements to support work permit applications.

You will work on the following areas:

1. Fundraising and proposal development:

Lead the rollout and implementation of UNOY’s Fundraising Roadmap for 2021-25, focusing on securing new strategic partnerships, diversification and decentralisation of funds;
Proactively identify new funding sources aligned with UNOY’s Fundraising Targets and Strategic Plan;
Coordinate the development of funding proposal, both through direct leadership and proposal writing and/or by supporting colleagues and member organisations in their development efforts;
Contribute to the further decentralisation of UNOY’s resourcing by supporting Regional Coordinators in developing regional funding proposals.

2. Donor relations and grant compliance:

Manage relationships with some of UNOY’s core donors through formal and informal reporting moments;
Proactively explore opportunities for follow-up agreements with UNOY’s existing donors.

3. Partnership building and outreach:

Extend UNOY’s network of (non-youth) civil society partners in the youth, peace and security field;
Maintain communications with UNOY’s existing network of CSO partners;
Facilitate new partnerships between UNOY members and external CSO partners;

4. Promotion of a youth-led funding agenda

Contribute to UNOY’s advocacy efforts towards external stakeholders in the peace and security sphere, especially in relation to youth-accessible peace and security funding;
Support UNOY’s role in setting up sustainable methodologies and platforms for resourcing young people;

5. Risk Management and organisational development:

Lead organisational development of UNOY’s Information Security or another of  UNOY’s risk areas;
Feed into UNOY’s organisational learning through contribution to regular reflection moments and knowledge sharing.

You’re great for the job if you have:

  • A relevant university degree at Master’s level (peace and conflict studies, international relations, development studies, or equivalent);
  • At least least 2 years of demonstrated experience (paid or voluntary) in fundraising, budget development and monitoring, and/or donor relations management in a civil society context;
  • A proven track record of successful proposal development and fundraising in the field of peace and security or other related areas of international development;
  • Familiarity with various donors and appetite for networking;
  • A solid understanding of the global funding landscape for peacebuilding in general and specifically youth-led peacebuilding;
  • Outstanding analytical and strategic thinking skills;
  • An affinity for budget development and drafting complex spreadsheets;
  • Excellent written and spoken English language skills;
  • An inclusive approach to leadership and intercultural collaboration.

You’re perfect if you also have:

  • Experience in remote collaboration with local (youth) civil society organisations in the peace and security or related fields;
  • A track record of raising funding from private donors and diversifying funding ;
  • General knowledge of organisational development  in the field of peacebuilding and/or youth-led organisations;
  • Specific knowledge and interest in information security;
  • Dutch language skills are an asset. Additional language skills are useful (Arabic, French, Spanish, Russian preferred).

We will offer you:

  • A unique position in a global network of young peacebuilders with a solid track record of successful advocacy and action;
  • A dynamic, young and international work environment both in the office and within the wider network;
  • A paid contract for a position of 0.8 FTE (32h per week), for an initial 12 month term with the possibility to extend;
  • A monthly gross salary between 2100-2300 (1 FTE), depending on experience and with potential for annual growth within UNOY’s salary scale;
  • Opportunities to travel within and outside of Europe for UNOY Peacebuilders activities, external meetings and training – once the COVID-19 pandemic has stabilised.

How to apply:

  1. download the application form as word here; https://unoy.org/join/jobs/
  2. Send your CV (max 2 A4 pages) and application form to [email protected] Only applicants that comply with this procedure will be considered. Please cite PCDN as the source of the posting in your application.
  3. If you have any questions, please email [email protected]

The deadline for written submissions is 11 April at 23.59 CET. The first round of interviews will take place in the week commencing on 12 April.

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