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Senior Researcher & Learning Officer on Sexual and Gender Based Violence


We want young people to be free to enjoy their sexuality and relationships, while respecting the rights of others in an inclusive society. Our mission is to connect and engage with young people and those around them to support this process. 
In the Netherlands, Indonesia and around the world, our 130 passionate professionals improve the sexual and reproductive health and rights of young people.   
Rutgers combines work on the ground with research, advocacy and promoting public support. Our focus is on sexuality education and information, access to contraception and safe abortion and the prevention of sexual and gender-based violence. 
The International department at Rutgers is recruiting a:  
Senior Researcher & Learning Officer on Sexual and Gender Based Violence 
(32 hours, vacancy number 2023-17) 
Are you a curious, passionate, and enthusiastic researcher and facilitator? Do you have expertise on Sexual and Gender Based Violence? Does working with researchers, advocates, young people and campaigners from different regions around the world inspire you?  
Then don’t wait to get in touch with us! 
What you will be doing 
In this role you will support research (and external researchers) on the topic of Sexual and Gender Based Violence. You will also be responsible for the learning process and operational research agendas for our strategic programmes Generation Gender and Power to You(th). Your focus will be on operational research, which can be applied within the ongoing programmes and by other stakeholders. 
You will act as the go-to person within Rutgers for (operational) research and learning on SGBV. This includes: 
  • You monitor relevant international (applied) research developments and findings in relation to GBV and share these within Rutgers and its relevant international programmes
  • You develop research protocols in close collaboration with partners and stakeholders
  • You contribute to (operational) research yourself and contribute to quality assurance and technical assistance of research conducted by others, including youth researchers
  • You ensure that research findings are disseminated in a practical way, within Rutgers, in the international programmes, and with external stakeholders
  • You engage in technical taskforces, intervention development, capacity strengthening with partners on research, M&E and evidence-based programming
  • You enhance the ethical practice and standards within our organisation, and in proposal development
  • You are part of the Rutgers Research Group and contribute to implementing the research strategy 
You will be part of one of our international programme teams and report to the Programme Manager of Generation Gender. 
What we are looking for 
Our ideal candidate is a results-oriented and flexible team player who is able to keep track of a varied programme portfolio (multiple programmes, projects and/or partners). We are looking for candidates who can get things done in a pleasant and convincing manner by means of your excellent communication and diplomacy skills; a good sense of humour is an asset. You have proven to be successful in taking research and making it practical and usable for advocacy and evidence-based programming. 
You are flexible, creative, but you can be tenacious in situations where this is necessary. 
You have an interest and passion in the field of Sexual and Gender Based Violence as well as Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, and meet the following criteria: 
  • You have an academic degree (preferably a PhD) in social or behavioural sciences and are skilled in conducting social scientific or operational research
  • You have at least 5 years’ experience with international work and working with international partners especially on SGBV or/and SRHR
  • You have experience with qualitative research methods, applied and operational research. Experience in participatory and secondary research is an asset
  • You are enthusiastic about supporting and coaching (young) researchers
  • You have excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and French
  • You are eligible to work in The Netherlands and are willing to travel abroad several times per year
What we offer 
You will work in an exciting and challenging international working environment, with highly motivated and passionate colleagues. We offer a contract for 1 year for 32 hours per week. Depending on knowledge and experience, the salary for a 36-hour working week for a programme officer is a minimum of € 3.835 and a maximum of € 4.981 gross per month (FWG scale 60). In addition to the primary employment conditions, Rutgers also offers a competitive package of secondary employment conditions. The collective labour agreement cao ggz applies.  
Our office is in Utrecht, the Netherlands, but you will be working with colleagues all over the world. Most colleagues work half the working days at the office in Utrecht, and half the working days from home. You need to be eligible to work in the Netherlands to apply.  
Further information and application process 
We want to create a more inclusive and diverse organisation that values individual differences in the workforce and ensures that everyone feels welcome and safe. Do you feel attracted to this? Then we invite you to apply no later than June 4th, 2023. The first round of interviews will take place on June 14th. A possible second interview will take place on June 28th. Please take these dates into account.  
Candidates we invite for the second round are asked to make an online potential profile prior to that interview, which addresses competencies, team roles and learning agility. Furthermore, a reference check and the submission of a Certificate of Good Conduct are part of the procedure. 
Responding to this vacancy can only be done via the link to the online application form in the vacancy at www.rutgers.nl/vacatures. For additional background information on Rutgers, please consult www.rutgers.nl and www.rutgers.international.  
If you have any questions, please contact Olloriak Sawade, Programme Manager Generation Gender, at vacatures@rutgers.nl, stating the vacancy number (2023-17).   


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