Hiring: European Project Coordinator

  Short term position from hiring to June 2021 with possibility for extension

Deadline to apply: November 20, 2020 | Apply to rec[email protected] with CV and Motivation Letter

Core areas: European project management; violent radicalisation, violent extremism, polarisation, social inclusion and ‘multi-sectoral, multi-stakeholder collaboration’

NOTE: This job announcement is recruiting someone to work on ‘European Project Coordination’ within the H2020/ISFP lines on a short-term position from hiring to June 2021, with the possibility for extension based upon job performance. Applicants must be able to prove either:

  • Strong project management experience with European projects specifically in H2020 or ISFP lines and preferably from experience working with an NGO; and/or
  • Strong NGO experience including reporting to project donors / final project reporting

PATRIR is looking for a motivated, professional and capable European Project Coordinator. The position is part of our project line addressing radicalisation, within the Social Inclusion, Empowerment & Democracy programme line. You will be working with a highly dedicated team of colleagues both at the Institute and from partner organisations across Europe and internationally.

The position requires someone with key skills in project management and reporting – particularly on ISFP/H2020 lines. This will be an important criteria for this job. Additional key competencies include: a communicator able to engage stakeholders and communities including through in-person and social media communication; a collaborator able to work well with stakeholders including civil society partners, local authorities and institutions and to support and develop relations with stakeholders and partners; a manager able to effectively manage a European project and reporting, communication, coordination and stakeholder relations with partners.

Additional skills which would be highly attractive include: project writing and development. We are looking for someone to play a key role in our team and to engage in further development of European projects addressing radicalisation, violent extremism, democracy and related fields.

We are looking for someone who is reliable, professional, brings dedication to their work, is able to work well with others, and can collaborate in teams as well as be counted upon to take up and complete responsibilities. The project involves extensive engagement with European partners. Fluency in English is absolutely required. Other European languages are a bonus.

At PATRIR we are a dynamic, creative and innovating team. We have created a workspace that respects and empowers everyone in the team – inviting ideas, contributions and initiative and actively supporting professional and personal development and growth. In 2011 PATRIR was awarded the World Vision International Peace Prize. In 2017 it won the Luxembourg International Peace Prize for Outstanding Organisation. We are looking for someone who wants to engage constructively to make a real and positive change in Romania, in Europe, and in the world.

If you feel you are that person, if you would love to take up this work and to bring the full breadth of your knowledge, passion and ability to it, please see the full job description below and get in touch with us with an Application Letter / Letter of Motivation and CV.

The Hiring Process will involve at least 2 – 3 rounds, including: 1st – review of applications; 2nd – interviews with top candidates who meet the requirements for the position and who’s applications stands out; 3rd – if required, 2nd round interviews with a full hiring committee. We also want to make sure the position is right for you – and something that will help you thrive and contribute to and be part of work you value, love and enjoy while supporting you in continuing growth and professional and skills development. If you have questions relevant to the position and your possible onboarding with the Institute please let us know by writing to the contact email below.


Programme Social Inclusion, Empowerment & Democracymore specifically our sub-programme line addressing radicalisation, polarisation and social inclusion.
PositionEuropean Project Coordinator: Social Inclusion & Countering Radicalisation
LocationCluj-Napoca, Romania (or online during initial period due to COVID)
Language RequirementsRomanian Fluency in required. Knowledge of Hungarian would be an excellent addition. C1 or C2 English language knowledge.
Duration7 months initial period with the possibility for extension
Deadline to ApplyNovember 20, 2020
Starting DateAs soon as possible. Depends upon the recruitment process.
The Position

Social Inclusion & Countering Radicalisation – European Project Coordinator

The Social Inclusion & Countering Radicalisation – European Project Coordinator will work within the Social Inclusion, Empowerment & Democracy Programme Team. S/he will play a leading role in growing PATRIR’s active engagement in Europe with special focus on our programming to address radicalisation, polarisation and social inclusion. The position requires someone with strong skills in:

Project Management, Consortium Management & Project Reporting

Before anything else, the most important roles in this position are project management and coordination, consortium management and project reporting. This will include:

  • Managing and ensuring excellent in communication and coordination with project partners;
  • Managing regular meetings and reporting to partners;
  • Managing reporting to the European Commission (with support from the Institute’s Financial Officer, European Projects Administrative Assistant and Department Director).

Additional important skills include:

CommunicationThe candidate needs to be good to excellent communicator. We are looking for someone with strong oral and written communication skills. Additionally, our programmes require active social media engagement and campaigning and public relations communication. We are looking for someone who can actively take on this role.
Collaboration‘Stakeholder engagement’ and fostering and building relations with a wide range of stakeholders is key. We are looking for someone who is a natural ‘collaborator’ and enjoys supporting partnerships and bringing together institutions and stakeholders from different fields and sectors.
Research & Knowledge Development & Production The Institute is at the forefront of knowledge innovation and development in our fields. A key element of this is a passion from learning from front of the field practice and across different sectors, and then consolidating and communicating that knowledge – including good practices and lessons learned/identified – to policymakers and practitioners through publications, briefs, policy papers and more. Someone with a passion for and track record in research, writing and knowledge development, or a keen desire to engage in this, would be a strong candidate.
Grant Writing & Programme Development Passion to develop quality programming locally, nationally and internationally, including project and grant-writing / development and or CSR fundraising.

A critical component

There are two major components of our work in this programme line which are relevant for you to know about:

1. Challenging Radicalization, Polarisation and Authoritarianism

This programme line is focussing specifically on also challenging radicalization, violent extremism, polarization and authoritarianism – in Romania and Europe and, potentially, globally. The candidate will be working actively with a strong team on this area of work and needs to have either 1. Direct background and experience in this or 2. A keen interest, passion and the intellectual and professional capability to engage in this field.

2. Innovating Civic Solutions and Improving Communities

PATRIR is dramatically scaling an exciting area of work for us. This will focus in the first phase substantially in Cluj and then more widely across Europe and internationally. It’s a focus on improving quality of life and well-being in communities, through strengthening civic solutions, community engagement, and solutions-based collaboration with authorities, civic organisations, businesses and other key stakeholders. While ‘future cities’ has caught on as a major focus in Cluj and elsewhere, less attention is often given to the incredibly exciting and important innovations and opportunities for improving community life through improving civic participation, governance, and partnerships. This is an area we are increasingly engaging in and which you could have the opportunity to contribute to and innovate further.

We are looking for someone great for this position – but there are different ways of being ‘great’. Please only apply if you can absolutely take on the task of project coordination, management and reporting. Beyond that, if you have ‘some’ or many of these skills but not all of them, but feel really motivated by this position and the work it involves, please apply. We want people who will be passionate about growing, learning and bringing their best. Most importantly: work at PATRIR combines passion with professionalism for a purpose. We want someone who will be excited to be part of this purpose, and, through your own character, skills, experience and innovation, help us to develop it further.

Tasks & Responsibilities

Specific duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Project Coordination and Reporting: One of the primary responsibilities of this position will be leading preparation of final project reporting to the European Commission on a major European project;
  • Managing Partner and Stakeholder Relations: maintaining excellent working relationships with partners and other key stakeholders;
  • Communications: Managing communications with partners including preparation of consortium meetings, supporting facilitation of meetings, and after meeting reporting
  • Programme Development & Fundraising: Working together with the team and programme line and partners to develop and grow the Institute’s programming in this field, including the development of new and related projects and project grant and funding applications;
  • Risk Management: Forward identification of possible risks and challenges within the project and taking measures to effectively address them;
  • Quality Assurance: Review project and task implementation and product quality; ensure products are in line with Institutional and Field-standards;
  • Project Representation: Attend conferences and training as required to represent the project and the Institute nationally, within the EU and internationally, to promote project outcomes and objectives and core policy objectives of the Institute.

PATRIR has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence in its work and welcomes diversity, creativity and innovation among its staff. We strongly encourage candidates to apply who will enrich PATRIR’s culturally inclusive environment and who wish to be part of a dynamic and growing team in one of Europe’s most exciting organisations. What is vital to us: PATRIR needs colleagues who will approach their work and commitments with professionalism, passion and reliability – to be someone who can be relied on by colleagues, partners and stakeholders. Someone who works and engages well with colleagues and brings a positive attitude and approach to their work is essential.

Candidates should have:

  • Strong motivation and self-drive and able to both work in teams and take-up, manage and complete tasks independently.
  • An interest and passion for working well together with others and fostering partnerships and collaboration – including managing and supporting European consortia.
  • The ability to work well with people across diverse backgrounds.
  • A commitment to quality in your work.
  • 3-5 years working experience preferred. Exceptional candidates who may not meet this requirement are still encouraged to apply.
  • Professional background in fields addressing: addressing radicalisation and polarisation; violent extremism; multi-stakeholder collaboration.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Solid, demonstrable organizational skills including attention to detail and multi-tasking skills.
  • Experience in multi-stakeholder project collaboration and partnerships preferred. Ability to motivate with remote multidisciplinary and international teams is an important competency.
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office.
  • Experience in strategic planning, programme planning and development would be positive.
  • Excellent English (written and spoken); Native Romanian Language level would be beneficial.
  • Motivation to work in a culturally diverse setting and to support institutional and team development to support the overall growth of the Institute.
SalaryStarting salary range is Euros 800 – 1100 net / in hand (after taxes) depending upon experience and qualifications, with the ability to increase salary further through project development and performance.
Application procedure

Interested applicants are invited to send an email with a CV and Application Letter detailing your motivation and interest for the position and your qualifications for it – what makes you uniquely suited for this position – by November 20, 2020, to:

[email protected]

With the subject line: Countering Radicalisation – European Project Coordinator


The position will engage with the following project: CHAMPIONs

CHAMPIONs: Brief Description

CHAMPIONs’ central action is to establish permanent working groups – ‘CHAMPIONs Roundtables’ – combining ‘first line practitioners’ (FLPs) of different disciplines, professions and institutions / agencies, to jointly develop effective solutions to counter polarisation, build resilience, protect vulnerable groups in their local communities and improve social inclusion and cohesion. FLPs will be trained to build capacity to design solutions and programmes to most effectively address the drivers of polarisation, and to collaborate most efficiently by breaking down institutional barriers. Medium term: their actions not only directly affect vulnerable individuals, but also the wider community – who will be engaged in awareness-raising events – as well as local and national policymakers.

To facilitate these processes of joined-up solution development, an online platform will be produced combining three central instruments: (i) ‘Alert’ – a collation of tools and services developed under other EU-funded projects that enable FLPs to bring attention to key focal issues to address in their community (e.g. social media monitoring tools); (ii) ‘Arena’ – a communication & cooperation mechanism that enables instantaneous information exchange either privately, between collaborating FLPs, and publicly through sharing good practice and highlighting strengths / weaknesses of certain actions; (iii) ‘Training Yard’ – a capacity-building resource centre which FLPs can engage with either individually or as a group, complete with learning materials, video-tutorials, good practice guidelines/handbooks and case study simulation exercises developed through the project action.

The long-term aim of the project is to transfer this pilot model to other communities across the EU where other FLP Roundtables are established and become users of the developed platform. To achieve this, synergies with related EU-funded projects, platforms and networks will be harnessed throughout the project and after its implementation period.

CHAMPIONs: General Objectives

To improve impact and effectiveness of FLP interventions to counter and prevent polarisation through enhanced on-site cooperation models, information sharing and dedicated on-line platform. Through a multi-stakeholder process, joint needs assessment, and collaborative development of online and on-site tools, CHAMPIONs will create tailored, customised infrastructure and instruments responding to the real conditions and needs of FLPs – designed for use and scaling across Europe. The project will create models of cooperation where FLPs that work with vulnerable groups can build resilience in their communities and improve policy and practice in support of social inclusion and safe cities.

Please note: Applications on FB will not be considered. Only applications sent to [email protected] and including both your CV and Motivation Letter will be considered.

Hiring Requirement: The position is open for applicants who are already located and with right to work in the EU. Priority is given to applicants from or able to move to Cluj-Napoca, Romania, however other applications from within the EU – which meet all other requirements – will be considered.

Due to high numbers of applications we are only able to reply to applicants who meet the hiring requirements for this position.