Project Coordinator – based in Helsinki At Finn Church Aid

Finn Church Aid (FCA) is looking for a Project Coordinator for the Secretariat of the Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers (NRTP).
The Project Coordinator will be working as part of the Europe and MENA regional programme team of the Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers secretariat based in Helsinki.
The Project Coordinator is responsible for coordination and implementation of FCA/network led activities of the EU ISF-P funded consortium project ‘Strengthening the security and resilience of at-risk religious sites and communities’ (SOAR).
SOAR programme contributes to advancing the protection and safeguarding of places for worship in EU member states by increasing awareness and capacity to respond to the physical and human security threats affecting places of worship in EU members states. SOAR consortium will advance this objective via range of activities including; research activities to build evidence base, developing capacity building and training tools and other resources for religious communities and places of worship and relevant stakeholders, and organising awareness raising campaigns and policy dialogue/briefings to increase awareness of the topic and advance exchange of best practice in this field. The project activities will directly be piloted in seven EU member states, but the project will engage wider European and Global community of practice via policy dialogue and advocacy activities.
The Project Coordinator ensures, that the EU grant and internal guidelines are followed, and leads the project activities, that are under FCA/ NRTP work package in the project. The Project coordinator manages partner and other stakeholder relations and communication contributing to the successful implementation and achievement of consortium project objectives and delivery of activities.
Project coordinator demonstrates advanced knowledge of peace-building and working with faith communities on issues relating to community safeguarding and engagement and awareness raising activities, with special focus on minority communities and inclusivity, working with women and youth networks.
Manages the overall project implementation; including project coordination, planning, monitoring and reporting (internal and external) of project activities that include:
Leads the training module development on safety and inclusivity based on research findings in collaboration with the Senior researcher and partners
Capacity-building activities; provides safety awareness trainings for youth and women networks of faith in 7 EU countries at-risk religious sites
Coordinates organisation events, dialogues and exchanges; reach out to speakers, trainers/facilitators and participants.
Preparation of all dissemination and communication activities including, but not limited to stakeholders meetings and expert exchanges under the project.
Financial management of the project:
Ensures good and timely communication between all the partners, beneficiaries and builds collaboration with external parties
Ensures that project budget is followed and project implemented in compliance with donor and FCA policies, and in good coordination with the Project Finance and
Administration Officer
Promotes identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learned for organizational sharing and learning
Masters Degree in; social sciences, peace and conflict studies, safety and security management, political science or international relations, sociology or Islamic Studies or similar;
At least 5 years related professional experience in the field of peace-building, security and safety management, peace and security
Proven strong project management skills, and previous experience of implementing international collaboration projects
Previous experience in EU project management, preferably in Europe ISF-funded projects;
Previous experience capacity building; development of training modules and materials
Strong facilitation skills set and previous experience of training diverse groups;
Good understanding, and previous experience of working with multi-stakeholder setting in advancing security awareness and preparedness planning; community engagement and safe guarding
Proven experience in applying gender sensitivity and cultural sensitivity in trainings
Good communication and advocacy skills and fluent in utilisation of various, including online communication, channels
Strong understanding of Human Rights frameworks; especially Youth, Peace and Security and Women, Peace and security, Religious Freedom
Strong understanding of Islamic culture and heritage
Proven experience of working together with diverse set of religious communities; especially youth and women networks of faith
Fluency in oral and written English, knowledge of Arabic, French is an asset
Proven problem solving skills and strategic planning capability with creativity;
Good attention to detail and numerate;
Excellent communication and inter-personal skills;
Sound organizational skills and initiative to proactively manage work;
Ability to meet deadlines under pressure;
Ability and willingness to travel within Europe, and other NRTP programme countries
A fixed-term contract for this position will be made until 31.03.2023 with six months’ probation period, starting 1st of April, or as soon as possible. The compensation is based on FCA Compensation System and depends on prior work experience.
For more information please contact Milla Perukangas, Regional Program Manager, Europe and MENA, between via e-mail: milla.perukangas (at) / Via phone +358 40 660 1990 on following dates: 18.3. and 22.3. and 24.3. between 13-14, Helsinki time.
Please apply by using the link no later than 26.3.2021, 16.15.
Applicants will be short-listed and contacted for an interview.
The recruitment is subject to the signing of the grant agreement. FCA and NRTP withholds the right to cancel the recruitment at any stage of the process.
Finn Church Aid (FCA) is Finland’s largest development co-operation organisation and the second biggest organisation in Finland working in humanitarian aid. FCA is a founding member of the international aid alliance of churches, ACT Alliance. We seek positive change by supporting the most vulnerable people in fragile contexts. We specialize in supporting local communities’ right to peace, livelihoods and quality education. Qualified and interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, religion or ethnic affiliation are encouraged to apply for the vacancy.**
FCA hosts the Secretariat of the Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers (NRTP), a network that brings together actors to provide global support for grassroots to international peacemaking and peacebuilding efforts. The activities of the Network involve more than 50 active organisations around the globe. The Network Secretariat consists of approximately 20 staff members that work in four different continents. For more information, please visit:
FCA practices zero tolerance against child abuse. FCA’s Child Safeguarding Policy applies to all FCA staff. FCA has zero tolerance concerning aid diversion and illegal actions and may screen applicants against international lists to ensure due diligence and compliance with Anti-money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism requirements.
FCA is certified against the Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS).
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September 2023