Civitates is looking for a Programme Officer for a one-year temporary position (renewable) based in Brussels to coordinate a new sub-fund to support independent, public interest journalism in Europe.
Application deadline: 19 January 2020
Civitates is a philanthropic initiative for democracy and solidarity in Europe. It provides funding for civil society actors to come together, revitalize public discourse, and ensure that all voices are heard. The fund supports initiatives across Europe that strengthen the resilience of the civil society sector in their respective countries, collectively and more effectively; as well as initiatives that push for a healthy digital public sphere in which public and democratic values are safeguarded. It will soon also start to support independent, public interest journalism in Europe.
Since becoming operational in 2018, Civitates has provided 38 grants in 14 countries across Europe. In addition to providing funding, Civitates has a Funding Plus component, through which the fund provides capacity development and networking opportunities to its grantees.
Civitates is supported by a large group of diverse foundations, of different shapes and sizes, which bring in a wealth of expertise and different perspectives. The initiative, which is hosted by the Network of European Foundations and housed in the Philanthropy House in Brussels, builds on lessons learned from other pooled funds. Its secretariat has up until now been composed of two people, a Fund Manager and a Programme Officer. We are now looking to strengthen the team with a third person.
The main activities of the Programme Officer will be related to the new sub-fund aimed at supporting independent, public interest journalism in Europe. The Programme Officer will be responsible for the coordination of the new sub-fund, which is a portfolio of grants in a defined thematic area. He or she will be a key point of contact for civil society organisations seeking and receiving civitates funding and for foundations working with Civitates. The Programme Officer will also contribute to the evaluation and monitoring of the sub-fund and the capacity development of the grantees.
Additionally, the Programme Officer will contribute to fund-wide activities, the nurturing of synergies among the different sub-funds, and the communication about the fund. He or she may occasionally also be asked to provide support with regard to the other two Civitates sub-funds.
Civitates has a small secretariat, so the Programme Officer is also expected to provide administrative and logistics support where needed. He or she is expected to travel regularly within Europe.
As the Network for European Foundations provides the legal structure for Civitates, the contract will be issued by NEF and the Programme Officer is located within the NEF office at the Philanthropy House.
Civitates expects the successful candidate to have:
If you are interested in being considered for this position, please send your CV along with a covering letter explaining how you are to fulfil the requirements of the role to email@example.com, by 19 January 2020.
Civitates welcomes applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences.
There’s a desire for the successful candidate to assume his/her position as soon as possible.