Hivos International

Programme Development Manager - Civic Engagement in the Middle East and North Africa

Hivos Global Office seeks qualified candidates for the position of:
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PDM - Civic Engagement in the Middle East and North Africa
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Middle East & North Africa
Global Office, The Hague, Netherlands

Repeated call

Do you have a strong track record in project design around civic engagement, human rights, freedom of expression and in facilitating multi actor interventions? And are you a change maker with entrepreneurial spirit and a strong fundraising track record?

If so, you may be who we are looking for!

Job context

The crises in the Middle East and North Africa have many causes including political, societal, economic and ecological ones. Flaws in a range of fundamental rights result into the exclusion of large groups of citizens from political, societal and economic participation in society. They have no access to political and societal decision making that determines their lives and their well-being.

However, at the same time many -mostly young- people no longer accept the current situation. They reject oppressive laws and policies, long for freedom, heckle widespread corruption and nepotism and claim opportunities for personal development and societal participation. They show great social engagement, are involved in formal and informal protests, are very active in social media, but also in alternative social and economic activities.

Hivos wants to support and work with these (new) activists, who are the frontrunners in addressing fundamental and persistent societal problems. In order to develop new projects to liaise with and to support these social innovators, Hivos is announcing a vacancy for Programme Development Manager Civic Engagement in the Middle East.

As programme development manager your focus will be on planning, scanning and generating new ideas, developing relationships with stakeholders (citizens, partners, donors) and facilitating the transformation of innovative ideas and solutions into sustainable programs and projects and it’s funding.

Your responsibilities

Build relationships with new networks, activists and their organizations and donor agencies in order to translate and transform innovative ideas and solutions into sustainable programs and projects which are considered to represent attractive investment opportunities for donors.

Design and develop concrete (pilot) projects countering shrinking civic space and promoting meaningful citizens’ engagement.

Identify potentially interested financiers and mobilize resources for small and large scale interventions

Provide advice to project managers implementing projects in the field of freedom of expression, transparency and accountability, women’s empowerment and human rights and design new follow up phases or new projects.

You will report to the Programme Director Middle East and North Africa and work closely with the colleagues of the MENA Team and of the OPEN Society Programme both at Hivos in Beirut and The Hague.

Your profile

At least 5 years of experience in program development and fundraising in the field of human rights, freedom of expression or civic engagement in the Middle East and North Africa. Experience working with multiple stakeholders (citizens, donor agencies, NGOs, private sector, media, government agencies).

Your entrepreneurial spirit, passion and knowledge of the region will help you and the team to design and develop innovative programmes and financing models beyond the existing portfolio of Hivos programs (see website Communication skills both in Arabic and English.

You are EU citizen or have a valid residence and work permit for the Netherlands.

What we offer

We offer a stimulating work environment in a professional international organization with very dedicated staff. Employment is offered as soon as possible for the period of one year with possible extension for a longer period. Depending on your experience your salary will be € 3.270,- up to a maximum of € 4.800,- gross per month, based on a 36-hour workweek and Hivos scale 11 or 12. Travel costs are compensated in accordance with Hivos Regulations. We offer participation in the pension fund.

About Hivos

Hivos is an international organisation that seeks new solutions to persistent global issues. With smart projects in the right places, we promote the empowerment and independence of citizens so that they can oppose discrimination, inequality, abuse of power and the unsustainable use of our planet’s resources. Please see

The Middle East and North Africa programme of Hivos contributes to societal transformation to pluralist and democratic societies with respect for human rights, equal opportunities for all citizens and sustainable use of natural resources. It collaborates with a variety of stakeholders including citizen activists, creative entrepreneurs, coworking spaces and alternative financial mechanisms such as crowdfunding and investments.