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11. August 2011

Position Announcement

Women without Borders / SAVE is looking for a Program and Communications Officer to start in September

Women without Borders is looking for motivated, enthusiastic individuals with a keen interest in gender and security issues to join its small Vienna-based team. This is a full-time position.

What we can offer you:
• High levels of responsibility and ownership of your work, giving you the opportunity to develop leadership, organizational, project management and communication skills.
• Interesting and varied range of assignments.
• Opportunity to develop knowledge about a wide range of cultures, countries, security issues, gender issues and NGO management.
• Opportunity to work in close contact with partners in the field, international organizations, NGOs and government departments.
• Further development of research, writing, social media and communication skills.
• Possibility of international travel dependent on performance.

The major responsibilities of this position will include (but are not limited to):
• Detailed research for articles, research projects, and other publications.
• Data collection on the topic of women and their role in counter-terrorism.
• Managing the organization’s website, blogging and social media presence.
• Helping to organize events including press conferences, panel presentations, research trips and workshops.
• Handling independent writing assignments including concept notes, articles, presentations, reports and background papers.
• Proofreading and editing of articles and other written material.
• Providing administrative support and handling correspondence.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Academic credentials and degree in International Relations, Political Science, Women’s Studies or related field.
• Good knowledge of and interest in gender-related development issues (including theory and international instruments) and issues related to violent extremism, intercultural understanding, peace and security.
• 2+ year(s) related work experience, preferably in the non-profit sector or international organizations.
• Proven ability to write journalistic articles for a specific audience.
• Outstanding research and writing skills, with demonstrated research experience.
• Experience in writing grant applications, concept notes and background papers.
• Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, Email, InDesign and Photoshop as well as excellent knowledge of campaigning through social networks and media including Facebook, Twitter, Blogging, Google+ and more.
• Native English speaker.
• Proficiency in Arabic, German and other foreign language(s) highly desirable.
• EU citizenship.

Required Competencies:
• Ability to work independently when required but also to contribute effectively to teamwork.
• Creative thinker with ability to generate ideas that help to promote the organization’s public profile and advance its program of activities.
• Strong organizational skills and attention to detail. Ability to work to deadlines.
• Excellent interpersonal skills, especially in working with people from a wide range of cultural backgrounds. Demonstrated experience of working in a diverse environment.
• Ability to communicate persuasively both orally and in writing, including presenting arguments and ideas clearly and concisely in a variety of styles (eg academic, journalistic).
• Flexibility in time management; ability to work outside of normal office hours when required.

Qualified candidates should email a resume and cover letter to Elaine Hargrove at

Women without Borders is an equal opportunity employer and seeks staff from diverse backgrounds and both genders.


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