Vacancy: Project Officer

Vacancy: Project Officer

Are you a passionate professional who wants to contribute to a world free from AIDS and where people enjoy good sexual health? For our Key Populations team, we are looking for a project officer.

Project officer (32 hours per week)

Worldwide, key populations continue to account for a disproportionate number of HIV infections and AIDS deaths. We have the tools to ensure that people living with HIV can live a healthy and long life, and new infections can be prevented. Gender- and power inequalities stand in the way of access to good prevention, treatment, and care for many LGBTQI+ people, people who use drugs, and sex workers. Aidsfonds is committed to supporting these communities to access their health and rights. The key populations team contributes to this aim by supporting community-led partnerships and projects and by leading on global advocacy.

The project officer contributes to the Hands Off project (2019-2025) which works directly with sex worker-led networks, police, and NGOs working on human rights and health services to reduce violence against sex workers in Southern Africa. Your main responsibility - together with the project leader - is to support the daily implementation and overall coordination of the Hands Off project. This entails grant management, policy development and planning, monitoring & evaluation and learning. The team will also be responsible for the coordination of capacity strengthening and research activities, identify linkages with global advocacy, as well as implementing the overall communication strategy, and providing support to Hands Off partners where needed.

Main tasks & responsibilities

  • You monitor the progress on plans and budgets of diverse partners and provide them with guidance as needed, all the while we meet the accountability requirements.
  • You facilitate diverse working groups to enable co-decision-making with sex worker-led organisations on overall project responsibilities.
  • Together with the project lead you will coordinate the planning, monitoring & evaluation and learning cycle, the research activities, you prepare the Advisory Committee meetings and you ensure advice given by the Committee is used in close collaboration with the project team and partners.
  • You work with a team of professionals to implement the organisation’s strategy and the Hands Off project.
  • You have an eye for internal and external developments and actively seek synergy and strategic cooperation between Hands Off partners and within the international department
  • You identify policy, project or funding opportunities.
  • You stay actively informed on trends and opportunities and inform the team’s project portfolio in response to these trends.

What we offer

First of all, we offer you an ambitious and diverse organization in which we work together in an accessible, open, and inspiring atmosphere and deliver quality based on appealing goals and clear roles. In this way, we contribute to a world where there are no longer any deaths from AIDS and where people enjoy good sexual health. You are welcome as you are, who you love or what you believe. We are curious about your talents and your social drive to work with us on our mission. You look at issues from different perspectives and you connect with the communities with whom we work because you can draw on your own experience, have become acquainted with members of these communities, or are interested in: people living with HIV, women, youth, and children, LGBTIQ+, people with a migration background, (former) sex workers, (former) drug users.

In addition, we offer, among other things

  • An exciting position in an international team
  • An employment contract initially for one year with the prospect of permanent employment
  • A salary in scale 10 that lies between € 2.920,11 and € 4.670,50 gross per month (for 36 hours), grading takes place depending on your experience
  • 8% vacation allowance
  • 8.3% year-end bonus that is also calculated on your vacation allowance
  • A multiple choice system of employment conditions
  • Development and training opportunities
  • Working from home opportunities, flexible working hours and the ability to determine your own agenda  

You are

  • Inclusive to all communities we work with
  • Creative, entrepreneurial and an innovator
  • Organized and excellent in coordinating different streams of work
  • Collaborative and communicative
  • Not afraid of difficult conversations based on mutual accountability
  • A team player
  • Someone with an eye for people and results and who can link both
  • A promoter of the principles of servant leadership

Requirements & experience

  • A minimum of 3-5 years of relevant work experience in project and/or grant management.
  • Experience in monitoring & evaluation, research, and/or learning is appreciated.
  • Experience in working with a diverse group of stakeholders, including communities, civil society, donors, and other experts.
  • You have knowledge of or interest in HIV/AIDS, gender, sexual and reproductive health and rights, the international playing field, and in particular the specific issues facing sex workers.
  • People with lived experiences in this regard are encouraged to apply.
  • You are fluent in English communication skills and able (or willing to learn) to read and understand. Dutch. Communication skills in Portuguese would be appreciated.
  • You are based in the Netherlands.

How to apply?

Want to know more? Feel free to contact the Team Lead Key Populations, Lynn Werlich, by calling 0640642241 or emailing (

To apply, send your motivation letter to Lynn Werlich, Team Lead Key Populations, and include an extensive CV, through the button below.

Let us know why you are the project officer we are looking for before 21 September 2022. The interviews will take place on 28 September. uses cookies to offer the best website experience possible and to anonymously analyze website behaviour. More information.