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20 Mar 2017

Full-Time ICSD Program Officer

International Commission on Missing Persons – Posted by admin Den Haag, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands


Job Description

ICSD Program Officer

Syria Program

ICMP is launching a program to establish the foundations for an effective and sustainable mechanism to address the issue of the missing in a future post-conflict Syria. The program will focus on 1) contributing to increased understanding among victims, civil society and key stakeholders regarding processes, standards and rights of victims and survivors who are involved in accounting for missing persons; 2) establishing the conditions to launch a participative process of data collection that empowers and engages families of the missing; and 3) increasing the capacity of Syrian families, legal experts and other stakeholders to foster an impartial and law-based approach to accounting for missing persons in post-conflict Syria. The primary beneficiaries of the Syria program are families, in particular women, with relatives missing from the conflict, who are currently displaced in neighboring countries and, also where possible, those who are still in Syria.

Vacancy Background

The ICSD Program Officer supports the strategic development and implementation of ICMP programs that work with families of the missing, enhancing their capacity to be engaged in addressing the issue of missing persons.

From headquarters, the Program Officer will supports activities conducted in the field. Specifically, this will involve implementing capacity-building activities for families of the missing, supporting the management of ICMP’s small grants program; organizing training programs for legal experts and CSOs, and leading visibility activities, particularly those in multilateral mechanisms. The Program Officer will also support the establishment and management of data sharing and data collection partnerships with various national and international stakeholders, and will coordinate the organization of ICMP’s Global Forum on Missing Persons.

Under the overall guidance and supervision of the DIrector of Institution and Civil Society Development, the duties of the ICSD Program Officer will include, but may not be limited to:

  • Anticipating and identifying opportunities for engagement with relevant governmental, inter-governmental and non-governmental institutions or organizations in relation to Syrian and other ICSD programs;
  • Designing and organizing capacity-building and training events and meetings with communities, families of missing persons and NGOs;
  • Supporting the management of ICMP’s Small Grants program;
  • Coordinating institutional responsibilities related to organizing ICMP’s Global Forum on Missing Persons;
  • Monitoring policy, and political, and social developments to identify threats and opportunities connected to ICMP’s objectives;
  • Contributing to public information and visibility efforts in coordination with ICMP’s Communications Unit;
  • Identifying and developing relationships conducive to securing cooperation with ICMP and access to affected communities;
  • Supporting the design of tools for ICMP’s beneficiaries and stakeholders;
  • Contributing to creating and drafting reports and supporting fundraising efforts;
  • Supporting relevant administrative tasks; and
  • Performing other related duties as assigned by the Director of Institution and Civil Society Development.


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, political science, social sciences, international studies, public administration, humanities, or other relevant discipline;
  • At least five years of progressively responsible experience in rule of law, human rights, development or related areas at an international organization or international non-governmental organization or public institution;
  • Excellent English language skills; proficiency in additional languages such as Arabic, French or Spanish is highly desirable;
  • Advanced computer skills. Knowledge of data management systems will be considered an asset;
  • Experience working directly with civil society organizations and affected communities;
  • Demonstrable experience organizing events and meetings and handling logistics;
  • In-depth understanding of the Syrian conflict and the Middle East;
  • In-depth understanding of multilateral political and diplomatic mechanisms;
  • Excellent conceptual, analytical, documentation and presentation skills, including frequent report writing;
  • Excellent planning and prioritization skills, including the ability to think and operate strategically;
  • Experience working with people from different backgrounds.

    Personal Qualities:

  • Attention to detail;
  • Political sensitivity;
  • Ability to communicate effectively with stakeholders, while demonstrating sound political judgment and sensitivity;
  • Ability to build effective relationships with families of missing persons and civil society organizations;
  • Willingness to work additional hours at critical times;
  • Ability to multitask heavy workloads and multiple projects in a challenging environment; and
  • Commitment to the underlying objective of addressing the issue of missing persons in an impartial and transparent manner, through a rule of law-based process.

How to Apply

TO APPLY: Send a Curriculum Vitae with cover letter and the names and contact details of three work referees by email to: Please state the vacancy number in the subject line. Salary will be commensurate with experience and educational qualifications required for the position. In addition to a competitive base salary, this position is eligible for expatriate related entitlements and allowances. ICMP is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Job Categories: Management. Job Types: Full-Time.

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