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Job Advertisement for a Full-Time Project Officer

By March 7, 2019February 1st, 2021Job vacancies

Victim Support Europe (VSE) is the leading Europe-wide umbrella organisation for victims of crime. It is a dynamic organisation, going through an exciting period of expansion and development. It currently consists of 54 organisations from 29 countries.

VSE advocates on behalf of victims, to strengthen their rights and services throughout Europe. The organisation aims to ensure that every victim in Europe is able to access these rights and services in the aftermath of crime, regardless of where the victim lives or where the crime took place.

VSE is going through an exciting period of expansion with a number of new projects and policy opportunities and is therefore recruiting a full time Project Officer for an initial period of 2 years with the possibility of extension.

The key candidate will be highly organised and have a pro-active and dynamic approach to work with the ability to solve problems and create solutions using their own initiative. The candidate should have at least 2 years of proven experience in managing international/EU projects.

The post holder will be responsible for running or working on a number of projects as well as contributing to the development of new project proposals and developing new project partnerships.

The Project Officer’s primary project responsibilities will include:

  • coordination of a VSE project on providing information to victims of crimes in evidence based information campaigns in 6 European countries; and
  • VSE contribution to a project coordinated by a partner organisation on developing campaigns to increase population resilience in case of terrorist attack.

In addition, the Project Officer may be required to support the Executive Director and the Deputy Director on core VSE objectives including:

  • Supporting the establishment or strengthening of national victim support organisations in Europe;
  • Improving support to victims across borders;
  • Developing training programmes;
  • Developing information and materials to support victims;
  • Supporting the organisation of VSE events;
  • Delivery of VSE core campaigns; and
  • Co-ordinating support for foreign victims of terrorism

The post holder will report directly to the Deputy Director whilst working closely with the Executive Director and other VSE staff. The post holder may be expected to supervise interns or volunteers.
The post will be based in our head office in Brussels.
Key responsibilities
Supporting project applications

  • Support identification of project opportunities.
  • Support the development and drafting of VSE led project applications including support to budget preparation and partner management.
  • Support VSE’s role in project applications led by other organisations.

 Managing project delivery

  • Under the direction of Deputy Director, manage VSE led projects and VSE’s role in projects led by other organisations including through:
    • Implementation of project management processes, management of project team, ensuring the delivery of the project to time, budget, and quality standards, ensure compliance with the client contract;
    • Preparation of analytical reports (e.g. analysis methodologies, diagnosis) and relevant general documents as required;
    • Stakeholder co-ordination and management including developing partner and stakeholder relations, managing delivery of partner objectives, organisation of project events, reporting and communications;
    • Assuring the management of project finances including planning, monitoring and payments;
    • Support partners, project staff and experts including regarding recruitment, oversight of task completion and quality;
    • Management and oversight of project logistics.

Research and analysis

  • Lead content delivery of projects including through:
    • Development of project methodologies, using quantitative and qualitative research techniques
    • Research on victims’ rights and victims’ issues
    • Legal and policy analysis
  • Support delivery of wider VSE activities including policy development, training programmes, and advocacy work and representation of VSE at external events

Skills & Experience
General requirement

  • At least two years of relevant work experience in carrying out and managing projects and research.
  • Hold a university degree. A degree relevant to victimology and victims’ issues and/or in law is an advantage.
  • Applicants must have the legal right to work in the EU. VSE cannot assist non EU Nationals to obtain a work permit or help with relocation costs.

Technical Skills

  • Very good knowledge of victims’ issues
  • Excellent and proven managerial, organisational, leadership and teamwork skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English. Knowledge of other European languages is an advantage
  • Proven experience in developing project methodologies and project applications
  • Proven experience in managing/coordinating complex projects
  • Proven experience in research and legal and policy analysis
  • Proficient computer skills especially Microsoft applications
  • Good knowledge of the European institutions and advantage

Personal Skills

  • Ability to prioritise workload and meet deadlines
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team
  • Tactful, diplomatic and non-judgmental, able to relate to people in all situations
  • Very organised with a strong attention to detail.
  • Excellent managerial skills
  • Flexible – post holder will be required to travel
  • Customer focused; able to relate to staff and volunteers at all levels

Terms of the contract
The position is based in VSE’s head office in Brussels.
The selected candidate will be offered a 2-year full-time contract (38 hours/week).
Desired starting date of assignment: May-June 2019.
Salary of 2,700 euros (gross) per month.
Standard Belgian employment contract including holiday bonus, 13th month, meal vouchers and transportation allowance is offered. Extra-legal leave is granted during the first year of employment.
The application should include:

  • an up to date CV
  • a motivation letter outlining: why the applicant wants the job; what special attributes the applicant would bring to the job; and what skills, knowledge and experience the applicant has which are transferrable to this position
  • a minimum of two references that may be contacted during the recruitment process should be mentioned.

Please send your application only electronically to
The deadline for sending applications is 1 April, 5 PM (CET).
After the application deadline:

  • Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by 13 April.
  • In person or video-call interviews will take place in Brussels in the week of 22 April.

The applicants may be required to complete a written assignment as a part of the recruitment procedure. These assignments may be eliminatory.
Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. Travel costs for interviews in Brussels will not be reimbursed.

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