Technical Advisor safe abortion and CSE

Full Time
Posted 3 months ago

to support partners in the implementation of safe abortion and Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) interventions in selected Anglophone and Francophone countries on the African continent.
Rutgers strengthens the capacities of in-country professionals, civil society organisations, and line ministries on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), including safe abortion and CSE.

In partnership with DKT International and several in-country partners, Rutgers is leading the implementation of the She Makes Her Safe Choice programme on access to safe abortion and contraceptives in Ethiopia, Kenya, and West Africa. Together with the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague, Rutgers supporting two education institutes in Uganda in strengthening their education and training capacity in SRHR-related themes. As part of a consortium programme on adolescent SRHR in Burundi, Rutgers is providing technical assistance to partners in the education sector through the development and implementation of the Burundi-specific CSE package called “Le Monde Commence Par Moi”.

For these different programmes Rutgers is looking for a Technical Advisor who, in collaboration with the designated teams at Rutgers, provides technical assistance and capacity building support to various partners in different Anglophone and Francophone countries on SRHR, with a specific focus on safe abortion and the sustainable implementation of CSE.

• Provide technical support to partners on safe abortion and access to contraceptives, including monitoring of implementation and development of materials.

• Facilitate the development of strategic plans for sustainable CSE implementation in-country.
• Develop and (co-)facilitate trainings on SRHR, safe abortion and CSE in-country (content and methods).
• Contribute to the quality of partners and professionals through continued training, linking, sharing and learning.
• Programme and project management (project lead), including monitoring, documenting project processes and progress, and narrative and financial reporting (internal and to the donor).
• Contribute expertise to operational research.
• Represent Rutgers in contacts with national and international (partner) organisations, and at conferences.
• Contribute to Rutgers’ policy and strategic planning processes.
• Strengthen relevant networks and building (new) partnerships.
• Actively contribute to acquisition and funding proposals, if requested.

The Technical Advisor/Programme Officer works closely with the other project/technical staff at the designated teams at Rutgers, under the coordination of the Programme Manager. Opportunities for support and advice from a technical and scientific angle to/from other colleagues at the International Programmes Department and Research Department at Rutgers will be provided. Supporting the development/expansion and implementation of (country) programmes and projects specifically in Francophone Africa form an important part of the job.

Job requirements

• You have a Master’s Degree in Social Science or a similar level of relevant (post) academic education.
• You have 5 years of relevant international work experience, preferably combined experience in intervention development, training of professionals, development cooperation and SRHR, developing education materials and capacity building strategies.
• You have technical expertise on safe abortion and contraceptives, preferably in the African context.
• You have excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and French.
• You are an experienced and passionate SRHR expert who knows how to promote Rutgers’ work to relevant parties in the Netherlands and internationally, with appropriate sensitivity for cultural differences.
• You are a strategic and analytical thinker.
• You are result-driven and a flexible team player who is able to keep track of a varied programme portfolio (different countries, programmes and partners).
• You are able and willing to travel abroad frequently.

Terms of Employment

We offer a challenging position in an international working environment, with highly motivated and qualified colleagues. The position is until 1 April 2021.
The starting date is as soon as possible. Depending on the experience, the position is placed between pay scales 55 and 65a of the Dutch collective agreement for the mental health sector (CAO-GGZ), with a maximum of €4.485,= per month on the basis of a 36-hour working week.

Please note that only candidates in the possession of a Dutch working permit (or who can obtain one at short notice) are eligible to apply. Also, candidates should be either resident in the Netherlands or willing to move there, because our office is based in Utrecht.

Information and letters of application

For further information relating to the position, please contact Marieke Ridder, Manager International Programmes at, quoting the above-mentioned vacancy number as reference. All applications for this job must be sent via the link to the relevant vacancy at For additional background information on Rutgers, please consult and

Applications for this position should be submitted on 15 August 2018 at the latest.The first round of interviews is scheduled on 27 and 28 August 2018.
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