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Senior Programme Coordinator



Voor procesfacilitering van het internationale GLA-programma zijn wij per direct op zoek naar een gekwalificeerde Senior Programmacoördinator. Vanwege de samenwerking met veel internationale partners is de voertaal van de werkzaamheden Engels. Daarom is de vacaturetekst in het Engels.

Are you a committed process facilitator, a supportive leader and team player? Do you know what it takes to facilitate and encourage constructive collaboration between alliance members and technical partners in an international context?

For sound process facilitation and conducive liaising with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs we are currently looking for a qualified:

Senior Programme Coordinator (0.8 fte/30 hours) who is able to start as soon as possible.

As the Senior Programme Coordinator of the Green Livelihoods Alliance, you will ensure that the programme is implemented in such a way that programme results are met in accordance with donor quality requirements, timelines and within budget frameworks, and that programme elements are properly coordinated, aligned, monitored and evaluated. You will be supported by the GLA Program Secretary and report to the Supervisory Board.

About GREEN LIVELIHOODS ALLIANCE, Forests for a Just Future programme

The Green Livelihoods Alliance (GLA) is an alliance by Gaia Amazonas (Colombia), IUCN NL, Milieudefensie / Friends of the Earth NL, Non-Timber Forest Products Exchange Programme (Philippines), Sustainable Development Institute (Liberia) and Tropenbos International (Netherlands) in a strategic partnership funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). Our alliance is technically supported by Women Engage for a Common Future and FERN. Together with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in thirteen countries in the global South, and working on two over-arching thematic programmes, the GLA aims to strengthen the abilities and effectiveness of CSOs to influence policies and practices, both nationally, regionally and internationally, to govern tropical forests in a sustainable and inclusive way in order to fight climate change and human rights abuse and to safeguard local livelihoods.

The second phase of the 5-year GLA programme started at the beginning of this year and is funded under the policy framework ‘Power of Voices’ of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The GLA is led by Milieudefensie / Friends of the Earth Netherlands. A Supervisory Board, consisting of the directors of the alliance members, governs the GLA, together with a GLA Programme Coordination Group consisting of six senior-level representatives of the alliance members and two representatives of the technical partners who are responsible for the operational management of the GLA.

What will you be doing?

  • Ensure coordination between GLA’s governing/managing bodies & working groups and ensure internal coherence and alignment between different GLA programme elements.
  • Ensure full compliance with the requirements of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • Ensure the implementation of GLA wide policies and procedures.
  • Coordinate and lead joint activities such as specific capacity development trajectories, joint meetings, events or webinars.
  • In close coordination with the GLA Programme Coordination Group, the PMEL and the Finance Working Group, prepare the annual narrative and financial planning and progress reports.
  • Facilitate and support the Programme Coordination Group on the operational management of the programme.
  • Regularly liaise with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and support & facilitate exchanges and policy dialogues between GLA and MFA.
  • Facilitate and support the PMEL Working Group in initiating and finalizing the Baseline, Mid-Term and End-Term studies, reviews and evaluations including involvement and advice of external experts.
  • Facilitate the Finance Working Group, consisting of the controllers of the alliance members and technical partners in timely and adequate budget monitoring, planning and financial reporting.
  • Facilitate the other working groups under GLA such as the Integrity Working Group and the Gender Hub.
  • Prepare the agenda, develop documents for, and reports on meeting of the GLA Supervisory Board.

What will you bring?

  • A Master’s degree or higher in a relevant field of study.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in coordinating and monitoring complex international programs in multi-stakeholder settings, preferably in the NGO world.
  • Good track record in process facilitation of partnerships and the ability to lead on processes, stimulate others and mediate where needed.
  • Team player; the ability to bridge views and to coordinate, support and work collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary and multi-partner team.
  • Result-oriented, with an eye for process and quality.
  • Experience with preparing annual plans, reports, on both content and finances.
  • A strong track record in meeting deliverables and deadlines in a dynamic working environment with dependency of others to deliver timely.
  • Experience with PMEL and financial management.
  • A good understanding of civil society processes in the global south and the role of CSOs.
  • Knowledgeable of tropical forest governance in relation to climate change, human rights and local livelihoods.
  • A good understanding of the structure and working culture of the International Cooperation Directorate General of the Dutch MFA, including the different roles and responsibilities of its internal DSO and IGG departments
  • Strong communication, writing, negotiation, connecting leadership and advisory skills.
  • Fluency in English; a working knowledge of Dutch, Spanish and French is of added value’
  • Eligibility to work in The Netherlands to ensure regular ‘in-person’ contact with the Dutch alliance members and the representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • Willingness to travel to GLA programme countries occasionally.

What do we offer?

  • We offer a one-year contract with Milieudefensie (one month probation period) with the intention to extend the contract to the end of the five-year programme period.
  • A salary, depending on your knowledge and experience, between € 3.627,- and € 5.101,- based on full time employment (37.5 hours).
  • Flexible working hours.
  • A challenging job working together with inspiring and international colleagues.
  • An attractive package of secondary benefits.
  • Your work place will alternate between the offices of the three Dutch alliance members (Amsterdam and Wageningen).

More information?

Please contact Marijn van der Pas (Head of Programme Bureau International Collaboration at Milieudefensie) via or +31 6 2026 3954, or Marie-José Vervest (Senior Programme Coordinator GLA) via or +31 6 2084 4332.


We would like to receive your cv and motivation in pdf format no later than Wednesday, June 2 via de ‘sollicitatie’ button on this page, mentioning vacancy ‘Senior Programme Coordinator GLA’ in the subject header.
Online interviews will be planned in week 22 or 23. An assessment may be part of the application process.


Natuur, Milieu en Dieren
Nieuwe Looiersstraat 31, Amsterdam, Nederland
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