News & views | 14 August 2019 | by Selma van Oostwaard


Job opportunity: Senior Project Officer for the Human Security Survey

The protection of civilians in armed conflict is a widely shared objective, but effective ways to organize protection are few and far apart in today’s violent conflicts. PAX aims to amplify the voices and capacities of civilians in conflict to improve the effectiveness of Protection of Civilians (PoC) actors and increase the security of local communities. The PoC group’s main activities include: survey research and advocacy in South Sudan and Iraq; training of and networking with PoC actors internationally; and defense and security policy research and lobby for inclusion of people-centered PoC policy at the UN, EU and NATO. We work with local partners, likeminded international organizations, military and diplomatic actors, researchers, politicians and policy makers. To assist in the data analysis of our human security survey research, we are looking for a Senior Project Officer for the Human Security Survey projects. We encourage all quantitative data specialist experienced with high turnover of data and pressing deadlines and who are willing and able to travel (including to conflict contexts) to apply.

Senior Project Officer for the project Human Security Survey

Responsibilities and tasks

The Senior Project Officer (SPO) contributes to a key initiative of the PoC department: the Human Security Survey (HSS). The HSS combines research, advocacy and community engagement efforts to amplify the voice of civilians and to improve the provision of security in situations of conflict. The HSS is currently being implemented in Iraq and South Sudan, and will be extended to new contexts in the future. The SPO will facilitate data collection and will primarily undertake data analysis, reporting and presentation. The SPO will also contribute to administrative, financial and project management support. This position reports to and is managed by the Project Leader for the project HSS Iraq and South Sudan. The SPO will:

  • Script questionnaires in XLSForm and Kobo Toolbox
  • Conduct data cleaning and quantitative analysis using STATA
  • Contribute to the presentation of survey findings via written reports, infographics, an online dashboard (using Microsoft PowerBI), in-person presentations and advocacy meetings
  • Assist in organizing and implementing trainings for data collection teams in field locations
  • Contribute to community engagement activities in field locations
  • Participate in integrating revisions to the Human Security Survey instrument and research methodology
  • Monitor key resources (e.g. peer organizations, research institutions, publications) for developments in the areas of survey implementation, mobile data collection, data analysis and presentation of research results
  • Contribute, as needed, to project planning, monitoring and evaluation; budget tracking and fundraising

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for a quantitative data specialist experienced with high turnover of data and pressing deadlines. Our ideal candidate is a team player capable of working both collaboratively and with limited supervision. You should also be flexible and capable of working under stress, willing and able to travel (including to conflict contexts) and have a hands-on mentality with a sense of humor.

What we ask:

  • MA degree in a relevant discipline such as statistics, development economics, human geography, conflict studies, etc. (BA degrees may apply if combined with substantial professional experience)
  • Proven track record of at least 1-3 years of work experience in quantitative and survey-based research and proficiency with quantitative data analysis and presentation programs (e.g. STATA, ArcGIS, Tableau, Excel, PowerBI).
  • Substantial experience with structuring do-files, data cleaning and data analysis in STATA
  • Previous experience with KoboCollect/KoboToolbox is a plus
  • Up-to-date knowledge on developments in survey technologies and data analysis tools
  • Experience in the fields of conflict, governance and security programming, particularly focused on the Great Lakes region and/or the Middle East
  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills, proven in inter-cultural contexts
  • Excellent command of English and preferably Dutch; Arabic and/or French would be assets
  • Willingness to travel to conflict areas (including outside of capital cities)
  • In case of non-Dutch candidates, an existing, valid work permit for the European Union is required
  • Affinity with the core values and tradition of PAX

What we offer

  • A dynamic position in a high-paced, informal and international working environment in a committed and fun team
  • Place of employment: Utrecht with regular international travel
  • Appointment for 28,8 hours per week (0,8 FTE), starting as soon as possible but no later than October 2019, initially for 12 months, with possible extension
  • Scale 9 according to PKN terms and conditions of employment, depending on experience, € 2.518,02 – € 3.660,15 (for a fulltime position, 36 hours per week)
  • 8,3% end of year bonus
  • Full reimbursement of home-to-work travel costs

Information and application

Visit the PAX website for further information PAX:

For questions regarding this position, please contact Hans Rouw at

Interested candidates matching the profile and requirements can submit their application, consisting of both a letter of motivation (max. 1 page) and resume/CV in English (max. 2 pages) addressed to Anton Quist, Project Leader for the project HSS, only by using the application form on the bottom of this page.

Apply via this application form, closing date for reactions to this vacancy announcement is Sunday 1 September 2019. 

PAX is an equal opportunity employer and encourages everyone with skills, passion and courage to participate. We invite applicants from all backgrounds, also with special needs, to apply for this position.

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