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VSE is hiring a Senior Project Officer!

By February 27, 2023March 2nd, 2023Job vacancies, News, Top Story

Victim Support Europe (VSE) is the leading umbrella organisation advocating for victims of crime. It brings together of 70 member organisations from 34 countries which support over 2 million victims of crime every year. VSE advocates on behalf of all victims, to strengthen their rights and services throughout Europe and the world.

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.

In recent years, 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. VSE is currently involved in around 15 major multi-country projects and numerous funding applications.

To help us successfully deliver our projects in a timely fashion and to a highest standard of quality, we are looking for an experienced Senior Project Officer to oversee the delivery of our projects and the development of new projects proposals, whilst helping the organisation to grow into a global leader in the victims’ field.

The present vacancy 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.

Key responsibilities

Under the lead of Project Manager and/or the Deputy Director, and in conjunction with other VSE staff responsible for specific projects, the Senior Project Officer`s primary responsibilities in project management will include:

  • Ensuring successful, high quality and timely delivery of any VSE project assigned to them;
  • Developing and reviewing annual project work plans and presenting them internally and externally, as needed;
  • Ensuring that all technical, administrative and legal aspects of assigned projects are carried out, including through the EU Portal interface;
  • Ensuring financial and budgetary oversight of projects in conjunction with VSE finance and project leads;
  • Managing the documentation of project results, including preparation and submission of progress reports, presentations, and other program documentation;
  • Managing projects’ risk register and ensuring that appropriate mitigation measures are put in place when required;
  • Ensuring project implementation progress, and identify and address challenges;
  • Contributing to the development of project evaluations and impact assessments;
  • Contributing to project delivery through research, analysis, quality assurance and in other ways – in line with skills and experience;
  • Ensuring finalisation of project deliverables in good time and high quality;
  • Delivering timely technical reporting to the donor;
  • Supporting VSE finance and other staff in the timely and accurate delivery of financial reports to donor;
  • Applying approved project management and data analysis tools and support the development of new tools.

Responsibilities in the development of project applications will include:

  • Supporting identification and pursuance of new projects through identifying new funding opportunities;
  • Developing and drafting high quality, VSE led, project applications for future funding, including budget preparation and partner management;
  • Supporting VSE’s role in project applications led by other organisations;
  • Supporting the strategic planning process for projects applications.

The post holder will report directly to the Deputy Director whilst working closely with the Project Manager and other VSE staff. The post holder may be expected to supervise the project officers and assistants.

General requirement

  • Hold a university degree in law, social sciences, or similar;
  • General understanding of the issues that VSE is working on;
  • At least 5 years of work experience in developing and managing projects;
  • Legal right to reside and work in Belgium.

Skills & Experience

Technical Skills:

  • Excellent and proven managerial, organisational, leadership and teamwork skills;
  • Excellent oral communication and drafting skills in English;
  • Proven record in developing successful project methodologies, proposals and winning project applications;
  • Proven experience in coordinating multi-country projects;
  • Proficient computer skills, especially Microsoft applications;
  • Excellent knowledge of European institutions, funding streams and processes;
  • Experience in working on EC funded grants, in particular familiarity with the EU Participant Portal.

Personal Skills:

  • Committed to equality, human rights and rights of victims of crime;
  • Ability to prioritise workload and meet deadlines;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team;
  • Diplomatic and non-judgmental, able to relate to people in all situations;
  • Very organised with a strong attention to detail;
  • Flexible – post holder will be required to travel;
  • Person focused – able to relate to colleagues, staff and volunteers of member organisations and, before all, to victims of crimes.


  • Qualification in/understanding of victims’ issues;
  • Knowledge of other EU languages.

Terms of the contract

The selected candidate will be offered a permanent full-time contract (38 hours/week).

Desired starting date of employment is 1 May 2023.

Start salary is 3500 euros (gross) per month, with regular statutory and non- statutory indexations with seniority.

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 and additional benefits (flexible hours, work from home allowance, eco cheques and similar) are made available to employees.


The application should include:

  • a CV, preferably in Europass format;
  • a motivation letter of 500-1000 words 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 that are transferrable to this position;
  • contact details for at least two professional referees who may be contacted during the recruitment process.

Please send your application by email to

The deadline for sending applications is 15 March 2003, 5 PM (CET).

  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis;
  • Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by 22 March 2023;
  • Online interviews will take place in the week of 27 March 2023;
  • Depending on the number of applications, VSE withholds the right to invite shortlisted applicants to complete a written assignment, which can affect the planning laid out above.

This is a vacancy for a position based in Brussels, Belgium. All applicants need to have a legal right to reside and work in Belgium.

VSE is not in a position to cover any application related cost to shortlisted candidates, or relocation costs to successful candidate.

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