Programme Officer

Search for Common Ground

in Brussels, Belgium, Deadline:4th Jul

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Organisation Type: Non Profit

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Search for Common Ground

Search for Common Ground (SFCG) is an international non-profit organization that promotes peaceful resolution of conflict. With headquarters in Washington, DC and a European office in Brussels, Belgium, SFCG’s mission is to transform how individuals, organizations, and governments deal with conflict – away from adversarial approaches and toward cooperative solutions. SFCG seeks to help conflicting parties understand their differences and act on their commonalities. With a total of approximately 600 staff worldwide, SFCG implements projects from 55 offices in 34 countries, including in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, and the United States. The organization is an exciting and rewarding place to work, with a dedicated and enthusiastic staff that is committed to its mission and values. You will be joining a highly motivated staff with a good team spirit and there will be opportunities to grow in the role.

An exciting opportunity exists for someone with excellent communications skills and a natural flair for fundraising and awareness-raising to join Search for Common Ground (SFCG).

Work Environment

Search for Common Ground has a great work environment with a mission of peace-building in the world. SFCG is a stimulating and richly rewarding organization to work for – full of hard-working, friendly, bright, enthusiastic, and passionate people dedicated to the work they do. There are many opportunities for team-building and involvement in staff events. The organization has won numerous awards.


  • The Programme Officer in Brussels responds directly to the Director, Brussels Headquarters. S/he works with SFCG staff in Brussels, Washington D.C., and in the field to: 
  • Initiate and maintain contacts with key European Union (EU) officials; 
  • Update European donors, contacts and partners with pertinent current information about SFCG programming; 
  • Identify potential sources of funding for SFCG’s work from EC budgets and those of Member States;
  • Build awareness of SFCG’s work through:    
  • Organization and participation in visibility events in Brussels and possibly other European capitals;
  • Writing a quarterly newsletter about SFCG programming aimed at a European audiences;
  • Contribution to website and social media content.      
  • Assist with occasional special projects administered through the Brussels Headquarters, such as the European Resources on Mediation Support (ERMES).

As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key duties.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related area (Master’s Degree preferred), preferably in the social sciences, conflict resolution, international studies, sustainable development, human rights, international communication, or related area;
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in conflict resolution, advocacy in government, EU institutions, the media or related;
  • A strong knowledge of EU policies and institutions, especially in relation to conflict prevention, crisis management and development;
  • A thorough understanding of the international discourse on conflict, security and development; 
  • Excellent written and spoken English, and preferably French as well;
  • Excellent oral communications skills;
  • Proven ability to write communications material such as articles and newsletters;
  • Good interpersonal skills and proven ability to work as an effective team-player;
  • Creative problem solving skills;
  • Self-starter who takes initiative;
  • Able to manage multiple activities;
  • Able to work in Belgium.


Salary: Commensurate with experience and education, with benefits.

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