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Senior programme coordinator

ARQ Nationaal Psychotrauma Centrum


Are you passionate about strengthening knowledge and expertise on mental health and psychosocial support for people in emergencies?

And are you ready for the next step in your career?

ARQ International is looking for a

Senior programme coordinator

with a talent for fundraising (for 32 hours)

ARQ National Psychotrauma Centre is the world’s largest expert centre focused on the psychological effects of crisis and conflict, based in the Netherlands. ARQ International is the international hub of ARQ National Psychotrauma Centre. ARQ International works to strengthen the mental health and psychosocial wellbeing of people affected by war, conflict, and disaster in low- and middle-income countries.

What we do

  • Research & Development: We conduct research to develop and adapt mental health and psychosocial interventions in close collaboration with universities, research institutions, and implementing organizations worldwide.
  • Capacity strengthening: We develop expertise and skills on mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) together with technical experts. We do this for professionals and non-professionals who support people affected by conflict and disaster. Our training trajectories are tailor-made and needs- based and can include staff care.
  • Knowledge sharing and awareness-raising: Throughout our work, we raise awareness about the importance of mental health and psychosocial wellbeing for individuals, communities, and societies. Our peer-reviewed journal Intervention provides a platform where researchers and field practitioners meet each other and share their knowledge and experience on MHPSS in conflict and disaster- affected areas. We aim to bridge the gap between research and practice.

Your work setting

You work in a small, driven, and flexible core team of ARQ International within ARQ National Psychotrauma Centre. ARQ has all psychotrauma expertise under one roof, making it unique in the world. This means you have access to the rich expertise and skills of clinicians, researchers, policy advisors, trainers, and practitioners at ARQ and beyond. You broker the knowledge and expertise of ARQ to relevant stakeholders internationally and vice versa: you bring the knowledge and expertise of the international MHPSS field into the organisation. There is plenty of space for pioneering and development.

Your tasks and responsibilities

Management of an MHPSS program portfolio and fundraising

  • Is responsible for the project management of a portfolio, in line with ARQ International’s overall policies and existing international standards for good practice from the field of MHPSS and other relevant thematic areas. Takes an active role in gathering and disseminating lessons learned and good practice. The portfolio can cover different geographical regions;
  • With the involvement of local and international actors such as NGOs, CBOs, academic institutions, and others, conducts context analysis and assessment and develops PM&E and other tools to reflect on and support the ongoing progress of programs;
  • With the involvement of partner organizations, defines areas for capacity development and identifies human, informational, and material resources to meet capacity building needs;
  • Identifies fundraising opportunities and is responsible for coordinating fundraising processes, including proposal writing and reporting/accountability to donors (financial and results-based);
  • Follows trends/developments in fundraising and develops, maintains, and expands relations and network with institutional and private donors;
  • Coordination of project team and project members

Knowledge and information development and quality control

  • Contributes to the development of training manuals, tools, reports, and other publications relevant to mental health, psychosocial support and wellbeing, peace, recovery, and stabilization of communities and individuals exposed to adversity;
  • Participates in national and international networks relevant to the work of ARQ International;
  • Stays informed about the relevant developments in the field of mental health and psychosocial support and ensures quality in ARQ International programs;
  • Is proactive in identifying and working on optimizing fundraising and project management processes in the organization.


  • An academic qualification in a relevant field for humanitarian work e.g. international public health, psychology, international development, anthropology, sociology, or other relevant areas;
  • Expertise in MHPSS and related work field, 5-10+ years of experience;
  • Excellent writing skills and a proven track record in proposal development for institutional donors;
  • Brings a network of relevant stakeholders, NGOs and professionals;
  • Brings a network and experience of institutional and/or private donors and funds;
  • Great team player and networker;
  • Sensitivity to working with and in different cultural contexts;
  • Willing to occasionally travel in/to (post-) conflict areas;
  • Strong communication skills, fluency in English (written and spoken); preference of Dutch, French and/or Arabic speaking skills.


The appointment is for a period of one year with an option to extend.

We offer good remuneration and benefits in accordance with the Dutch ‘Collective Guidelines on Working Conditions for the Mental Health Sector’. The function is classified in salary scale FWG 65.


Visit our website for more information on our organization:

Interested candidates are invited to submit their resume and letter of interest in English via the button ‘Solliciteer’ on this page.

Deadline to respond is Wednesday 5 January 2022.

The first round of interviews will be planned on Monday 10 January and Wednesday 12 January 2022.

Please no agencies.

ARQ Nationaal Psychotrauma Centrum

Gezondheid en Handicaps

Nienoord 5, 1112 XE Diemen

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