Programme Officer

Full Time
Posted 2 weeks ago

(36 hours per week)

A healthy life. It enables you to develop yourself socially and economically, take matters into
your own hands and pursue your dreams. With good health, you can look after yourself and
your family and lift yourself out of poverty. That is why Simavi works towards a healthy life for
all. We work to ensure that disadvantaged people, especially women and girls, in low- and
middle-income countries practice healthy behaviours based on their own free and informed

We believe there are two crucial factors that determine good health and well-being: Sexual
and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and access to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
(WASH). Our integrated approach of these two expertise areas is reflected in our
programmes to achieve the greatest impact possible for the most disadvantaged groups in
Africa and Asia. Our communications, lobby and advocacy efforts aim to engage the general
public and involve them in what we do.

Since 1925, we have been working with local partners, the private sector, knowledge
institutes, donors, alliance partners and governments to realise our highest ambition. We are
amongst others the lead NGO in the WASH SDG Consortium and the Going for Gold
programme. And we are member of the Get Up Speak Out Alliance and the More than Brides

The challenge

Simavi is looking for a qualified and ambitious Programme Officer to join our Programme
Implementation Circle to manage programmes, projects and relations with local CSO
partners based on Simavi’s Theory of Change, which incorporates both WASH and SRHR.
Within this team it will be your role to support our local partner organisations in Ghana and
Uganda which take part in our SRHR and women’s empowerment programmes and ensure
that the project results are achieved in respect to agreed targets and contribute to the overall
programme results. It will be your responsibility to manage the contracts with these local
partners and to perform the related project administration. You may also be asked to provide
training to local partners and alliances and support them in their organisational and thematic
capacity strengthening trajectories.

Your main tasks and responsibilities

1. Project management:

 Manage contracts and budgets with local partners for their projects under larger
programmes such as GUSO and the Golden Line, in collaboration with the
Programme lead and other Simavi staff as well as in-country coordinators, and staff
from other alliance members.
 Monitor project progress and evaluate in relation to the contractual agreement.
 Ensure quality reporting received from partners and provide information about the
project for Simavi communication and donor reporting.
 Perform project administration of partner projects.

2. Provide support to Simavi’s partner organisations:

 Coach and support partners in implementation of their project plans within larger
programmes and alliance building.
 Liaise with other programme staff and consortium members for coordination and
thematic capacity support needs. Within the Golden Line programme, you will be
expected to provide training and capacity strengthening on methodologies designed
to increase women’s empowerment.
 Be direct and first contact person of a specific set of Simavi partners.

3. Relationship management with local partner organisations, partner organisations within
and outside alliance, consultants and other relevant contacts.
Do you recognise yourself in this profile?

 You have an academic level of education (master degree) with proven knowledge
and experience in the field of CSO/NGO capacity strengthening;
 at least three years of relevant working experience, of which at least one year in
Africa (preferably Ghana and/or Uganda);
 strong affinity and experience with a rights-based approach to health, SRHR and
women’s empowerment;
 you have experience with contract management, project administration and reporting;
 experience working with and strengthening the capacity of local partner organisations;
 experience giving trainings to local partners and/or facilitating skills;
 experience managing contacts with key-stakeholders;
 excellent communication skills (oral and written) in English within a multicultural
 you are result-driven and entrepreneurial;
 stand your ground and know how to provide feedback in a positive way;
 are a team player and are open to others opinions and ideas;
 and you have a Dutch work permit.

What do we offer?

Simavi offers a result-driven and challenging position in an international working
environment, with considerable ways to make a difference. Besides a fun and healthy
working environment (i.e. weekly bootcamp sessions, agile way of working and healthy
lunches), we are an equal opportunity employer meaning we don’t discriminate in our hiring
practices and we actively seek a diverse applicant pool. Our five core values lie at the basis
of everything we do: just, sustainable, empowering, inspiring, connecting.
We offer a contract for 12 months for 36 hours per week with possible extension. The salary
we offer depends on the years of working experience you bring along and will be within the
salary range of € 3,045.- and € 4,360.- gross per month for 36 hours per week (i.e. a fulltime

Our office is located at Naritaweg 135, which is a 2 minutes’ walk from train station
Amsterdam Sloterdijk.

How to apply?

Do you recognise yourself in the profile and do you want to contribute to Simavi’s mission
and vision? Please upload your motivation letter and resume (in English, max. 4 pages)
before October 1st via this application link.

If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact Jenni Sawyer (Programme
Manager) via
Or visit our website: (Dutch) or (English).


The procedure will consist of 2 interview rounds, a case study and a reference check.
Because physical and emotional safety of children is crucial for Simavi, we do not accept any
form of abuse. Child safeguarding is addressed in our recruitment and selection process.
Commercial inquiries or job postings are not appreciated or accepted regarding this vacancy.

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