Programme Officer

Simavi is an ambitious, growing development organization. Our head office is based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In partnership with local civil society organisations, we improve the health of marginalised communities in the poorest regions in developing countries in Africa and Asia. Together with local communities, the private sector, knowledge institutes and governments we address Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights as well as the basic need for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene- because we believe that those two themes are key determinants for a good health.  We campaign to engage the general public and involve them in what we do. We are lead organisation in the WASH SDG Consortium, and are a member of the Watershed Alliance and the GUSO  (Get Up Speak Out) Consortium, and take part in many more initiatives, platforms and alliances.

The Job

Simavi is looking for an experienced, ambitious and youthful Programme Officer (fulltime, 32-36 hours per week) to join our Programme Implementation Circle to execute the agreed programmes and projects in the destined countries.

Within this team it will be your role to support our partner organisations in Malawi and Kenya within the GUSO programme and ensure that the project results are achieved in respect to its targets and contribute to the overall programme results. It will be your responsibility to manage the contracts with these local partners and to perform the related project administration. At the same time you will be our organisational capacity strengthening expert and support our GUSO partners and alliances in their organisational and Alliance capacity strengthening trajectories

Tasks and responsibilities

I. Project management:

  • Manage contracts and budgets with local partners for their projects under the ‘Get up Speak Out’ programme in Malawi and Kenya in collaboration with Country Focal Point, National Programme Coordinator and Programme Officers from other GUSO Consortium Members.
  • Monitor project progress and evaluate towards contractual agreement
  • Ensure quality reporting received from partners and provide project information for Simavi communication and donor reporting
  • Perform project administration of GUSO partner projects in Malawi and Kenya

II. Provide support to Simavi’s partner organisations in Malawi and Kenya:

  • Identify support areas for capacity strengthening.
  • Coach and support partners in organisational capacity strengthening trajectories and implementation of their project plans within larger GUSO programme and alliance building.
  • Liaise with other PO’s and Consortium members in case of thematic capacity support needs .
  • Be direct and first contact person of all Simavi GUSO partners in Malawi (2) and Kenya (4)

III. Relationship management with local partner organisations, partner organisations within and outside alliance, consultants and other relevant contacts.


  • Academic level with proven knowledge and experience in the field of CSO/NGO capacity strengthening.
  • Knowledge, experience or strong affinity with a rights based approach to health and SRHR.
  • Experience working with local partner organisations or managing contacts with key-stakeholders.
  • Experience with organisational capacity assessment and strengthening tools and methods is required
  • Three to five years of relevant working experience preferably in Africa;
  • Good project administration skills;
  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written) in Dutch and English;
  • Dutch citizen or in possession of legal entitlement to live and work in the Netherlands is a requirement;
  • Team player, but also able to work independently.

Simavi offers

  • An interesting position (32-36 hours/week) in a dynamic and international working environment, with substantial personal freedom in the context of an ambitious and professional team;
  • A gross monthly salary between €2,900 and €3,750 on a fulltime basis of 36 hours per week;
  • A one year contract with possibility for extension;
  • Excellent secondary employment conditions;
  • Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Our office is located at Naritaweg 135, which is a 2 minutes’ walk from train station Amsterdam Sloterdijk.

More information

If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact Dorine Thomissen (GUSO Programme Lead) via

Or visit our website: (Dutch) or (English).

How to apply?

In case you recognise yourself in this profile we are looking forward to receive your application at the latest on 17th December 2017 by uploading your motivation letter and resume (in English, max. 4 pages) via this application link:

Commercial inquiries or job postings are not appreciated or accepted regarding this vacancy.

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