Victim Support Europe (VSE) is the leading Europe-wide umbrella organisation advocating for victims of crime. It consists of 61 member organisations from 31 countries which together support over 2 million victims of crime every year.
VSE advocates on behalf of all 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.
Over the last six years the organisation has rapidly expanded and that process continues today. In six years, our budget has quadrupled and we have moved from 1.5 staff in 2014, to 15 personnel supporting the development of policies, advocacy and capacity building work.
VSE works with international institutions including the EU, UN, Council of Europe and World Bank as well as with national governments and local organisations. We have been highly successful in winning and running a wide range of projects involving the legal analysis of rights across Europe, through to developing practical solutions for the referral of victims and assessment of rights, to running the EU Centre of Expertise for Victims of Terrorism for the European Commission or supporting the Estonian Government to establish victim centric justice systems.
Whilst embodying our fundamental values of respect, compassion, commitment, community, and collaboration, at the heart of our success is our commitment to unbeatable quality, innovation and a focus on practical solutions to the problems faced by victims.
VSE is currently involved in 9 major multi-country projects and numerous applications. We are now at a new stage of our development and are looking for an experienced Project Manager to oversee the delivery of our projects whilst helping the organisation to grow into a global leader in the victims field.
This is the opportunity for an ambitious and passionate individual to help us transform the way we will deliver meaningful change for victims across Europe and beyond.
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 4 years of proven experience in managing international/EU projects.
The post holder will be responsible for ensuring the successful delivery of all VSE projects as well leading on the development of new project.
The Project Manager’s primary project responsibilities will include:
- Set up and maintain project oversight and management processes for all projects
- Supervise the delivery of all projects in conjunction with the project officer and VSE staff responsible for specific projects
- Ensure that all technical, administrative and legal aspects of projects are carried out, including through the EU Portal interface
- Oversee financial and budgetary oversight of projects in conjunction with VSE Finance officer and project leads
- Project manage VSE project to deliver victim centric justice in Estonia; and
- Lead the delivery of other VSE projects as required.
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.
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.
Oversee delivery of VSE Projects
- Ensure an effective system for the management and delivery of VSE projects, including progress reporting, risk management, financial reporting
Managing project delivery
- Under the direction of the 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
- Where appropriate and necessary carry out 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
- At least four years of relevant work experience in carrying out and managing projects and research.
- Hold a university degree.
- Relevant qualifications in project management. Qualification in victim issues 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.
- 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 projects
- Proficient computer skills especially Microsoft applications
- Excellent knowledge of the European institutions in particular, the EU project portal and project management and application processes.
- 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 permanent full-time contract (38 hours/week) for an initial two year period with the possibility of extension
Desired starting date of assignment November 2020.
Salary range between 3200 and 3600 euros (gross) per month, depending on experience and qualifications.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline for sending applications is 4 November, 5 PM (CET).
After the application deadline:
- Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by 9 November.
- Due to covid-19 restrictions, interviews will take place via video link, in the weeks of 15 and 22 November.
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.