THSN Programme Officer, Netherlands Spark

Position: THSNProgramme Officer

Location:Amsterdam ,the Netherlands

Application Deadline: 03 September 2018

Duration: Part-time for 12 months (with possibility of extension)

Start Date: As soon as possible

We are looking for a Programme Officer to support the THSN Project Manager in the day to day management of THSN activities and its partners under supervision of the THSN Programme Manager.

Main Tasks and Responsibilities

The responsibilities and tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • · Support the implementation of the program, its monitoring and evaluation in collaboration with the Monitoring and Evaluation Manager based in Amsterdam
  • · Support the process of improving data quality, including necessary revisions of existing tools
  • · or design of new tools and systems to ensure quality M&E data
  • · Work closely with partner organisations in implementation of the activities;
  • · Assist the manager in the development of new initiatives building on the THSN programme;
  • · Provide support-desk to the beneficiaries in the selected countries
  • · Support the online Outreach Campaign through social media channels
  • · Other tasks as required.
  • Requirements and Skills
  • · Educational background or relevant experience in project management in economic
  • · development (SME development) and/or entrepreneurship education;
  • · Experience in the implementation of projects relating to private sector development, SME growth promotion, employment generation, and entrepreneurship development;
  • · Minimum 2-4 years of experience in project implementation;
  • · Fluent command of Arabic and English is a prerequisite for selection. Knowledge of French or German is an advantage.
  • · Flexible and responsible;
  • · Strong writing and reporting skills;
  • · Good communication and social skills and the ability to work in a multicultural setting.
  • · Be proactive and have a willingness to work beyond what is expected
  • · Strong knowledge of the computer tool, mainly the use of MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • · Demonstrated and successful team management skills
  • · Strong written communication skills for report writing and presentations Ability to work with tight deadlines for managing multiple tasks and projects
  • · Ability to adapt to changing needs and changing business
  • · Have the ability to work independently while integrating into a team
  • · Good communication, being sociable and able to work in a multicultural context

SPARK Offers

  • International and dynamic working experience;
  • Opportunity to take initiative and realise your ideas;
  • Part-time employment contract;
  • Compensation of 1600-2000 EUR gross on full-time basis.

How to apply?

If you have any questions regarding SPARK or the position, please visit our website www.spark-online.orgwith Reference: THSN Programme Officer.

Please apply through SPARK’s online application platform at and be prepared to provide two writing samples if selected for the first round of interviews. The deadline for application is 3rd September 2018. Reference: THSN Programme Officer.

All applications will be assessed on rolling basis; interviews can therefore take place before the application deadline. However, due to the large volume of applications we receive, we cannot respond to every applicant individually. There may be a delay between the deadline and the moment we contact selected applicants.

If you have not received a reply we regret to inform that we have continued with other candidates.


SPARK develops higher education and entrepreneurship to empower young, ambitious people to lead their fragile and conflict-affected societies into prosperity. SPARK is a dynamic and growing, international not-for-profit development organisation with 80+ staff members, in more than 14 offices around the world. SPARK supports refugees in the Middle-East by providing them with scholarships in universities and higher education institutions in the region. SPARK also supports young entrepreneurs in fragile states, to start or grow their own businesses.

About THSN Programme

The Refugee Start-Up is a project dedicated to giving refugees the skills and the resources to set up their own businesses and create jobs.

The Refugee Start-up Programme offers tailored educational workshops, technical trainings and financial support to refugee entrepreneurs. It is focused on recently arrived asylum seekers, with brilliant business acumen, that have a high chance of being granted asylum or subsidiary protection.

Turning the refugee narrative on its head, SPARK will give refugee entrepreneurs the skills and tools to set up businesses and create jobs. We hope to increase start-up businesses amongst this population and reduce the number of failed businesses of this group by providing support services.

The programmes within it will advise, protect and support refugee’s businesses; so that refugees may become self-sufficient and contribute to the communities they now live in.