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FGG Alliance coordinator (32 hours)

Are you passionate to contribute your part to systemic change for people and the planet? Are you a great coordinator, an excellent English writer, and good at meeting and process facilitation?

Then we're looking for you!

The Fair, Green and Global Alliance is looking for an Alliance coordinator (32 hours).

What's going on in the world?

People around the world experience on a daily basis how certain policies and practices lead to violations of their basic human rights and to environmental destruction. Civic space is shrinking (if it ever existed), the climate crisis is worsening, and biodiversity is declining at an unprecedented rate.

For all these problems, solutions in the form of alternative practices and policies are already being developed and promoted by our partner organisations, and to some extent implemented by decision-makers. Change is happening, and more and more people are joining the movement that is shaping our fair and green future.

What to do about it?

We are convinced that part of the answers to these problems lie in:

  1. the conduct of large corporations - which need to be better regulated and held accountable,
  2. the way that governments formulate trade and investment agreements - which should be geared towards social and environmental justice,
  3. and (a re)organisation of global and national-level financial and tax systems - which should serve the public interest.

The Fair, Green and Global Alliance implements a global programme that fosters change of these systems. The Alliance works with organisations and people to find solutions to their problems and to upscale the good practices that they've developed. Together we want to ensure that policies are formulated and effectively implemented that protect their rights and livelihoods. Space for civil society actors to act safely and freely is a prerequisite for us to be able to do our jobs. Through mutual capacity development we aim to create or increase this civic space.

The Fair, Green and Global Alliance partners up with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs through a 'Strategic Partnership for Dialogue and Dissent', which started in 2016 and runs until end 2020.

Who are we?

We are about 130 people in the Netherlands working for six organisations: ActionAid, Both ENDS, Clean Clothes Campaign, Milieudefensie (and their international and European counterparts – Friends of the Earth International and Friends of the Earth Europe), SOMO and the Transnational Institute. Together with more than 1000 partner organisations around the globe we try to make the world more socially just, inclusive and environmentally sustainable.

Our alliance is governed by a Steering Committee consisting of the directors of the member organisations. A Programme Committee is responsible for strategic steering of the programme on a more day-to-day basis. The coordination team consists of two alliance coordinators, a junior officer, a communications coordinator and a financial controller. This team is accountable to the Steering Committee.

The challenge?

As alliance coordinator, you are basically responsible for smooth collaboration and coordination between different groups of people within the alliance, as well as for reporting to our main donor, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In more detail, the alliance coordinators take care of:

  • Monitoring that the programme is on track in delivering Alliance-level results, and assuring timely warning to SC if progress is insufficient;
  • Regularly reporting progress to the SC and preparing SC meetings with the chair;
  • Cooperating with the Programme Committee (PC) and other staff members for finance and Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (PMEL), as well as the coordination of several intra-alliance working groups;
  • Developing, improving and coordinating the planning and control cycle, incl. IATI compliance, and integrating plans, planning and reports in a way that facilitates and generates synergy between Alliance members;
  • Reporting to and coordinating with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including embassies;
  • Preparing and organising the FGG annual meeting (in June) and other ad hoc Alliance events;
  • Externally representing the FGG Alliance in relevant fora;
  • Coordinating knowledge development and partner engagement of the FGG Alliance;
  • Coordinating joint fundraising.

You will be teaming up with Karine, the lead coordinator. The exact division of tasks between the two alliance coordinators depends on your experience and competencies.

You should know: a large part of the work is behind the desk - organising, reporting, contacting, strategising, facilitating. But we couldn't imagine a more exciting, sometimes challenging, inspiring and purposeful desk job than FGG Alliance coordination.

Join the team

It would be wonderful if you're a human centipede, but really what we're looking for is someone who has the competence to write (in English) in a clear, lively, convincing, inspiring style; and who is able to facilitate meetings and processes in such a way that colleagues just love being on board. In addition, we'd like you to have:

  • Affinity with the vision and objectives of our alliance;
  • Strategic thinking and planning skills with experience in applying these in a complex and shifting development context;
  • Experience in coordinating / facilitating (rather than managing) multi-actor processes;
  • An understanding of and experience with implementing PMEL systems (experience with coordinating an externally commissioned evaluation will be an added value);
  • Experience in working with civil society organisations;
  • Affinity with and understanding of the thematic focus of the Alliance (corporate conduct; trade & investment; tax and financial systems);
  • Excellent communication and teambuilding skills;
  • Ability to work and think creatively, independently, pro-actively;
  • The competence to learn quickly and navigate well in complex situations;
  • Excellent language (including writing) skills in both Dutch and English;
  • Knowledge of gender justice issues;
  • Experience in working with or within a Dutch ministry.

We offer

  • An engaging, professional and networked environment;
  • A position for 32 hours/week, based in Amsterdam;
  • The opportunity to get to know a whole lot of wonderful colleagues at the six alliance member organisations in the Netherlands, as together with other team members you would be traveling Amsterdam and work from the different offices (with your own desk at Both ENDS);
  • A contract for one year, starting as soon as possible, with prospects on extension.

How to apply

Do you have questions about the vacancy or the procedure? Let Karine know: k.godthelp@bothends.org. Applications consisting of a CV and motivation letter, in one single PDF file, can be sent to sollicitatie@bothends.org before September 30, 2019. The first round of interviews will be held between October 7-11, 2019.

A reference check is part of the application process. Your details will be deleted after the application procedure has been completed.

We value different backgrounds and cultures in our alliance. Both ENDS works together with the Expertise Center for Diversity: www.echo-net.nl.

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