Hiring: Social Inclusion & Countering Radicalisation – Project Manager

PATRIR is looking for a highly motivated and capable candidate to join our team as a Social Inclusion & Countering Radicalisation – Project Manager. The position is part of our Social Inclusion, Empowerment & Democracy programme line at the Institute. You will be working with an amazing, highly dedicated team of colleagues from across Europe and internationally. The position requires someone with key skills as: 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;  a facilitator able to help facilitate collaboration and multi-stakeholder events bringing together civil society partners, local authorities and other institutions.

Additional skills which would be highly attractive include: a trainer skilled and passionate about training and capacity building; ability to develop toolkits, handbooks, and practical ‘hands-on’ materials that can support civic engagement and capacity building programmes; skills and knowledge in video editing, production and design; a passion for programme development and supporting continued growth and quality of the Institute’s work; a passion for research, writing and knowledge development.

This programme is part of our dream work at the Institute. It is something we will be developing and scaling through the coming years – both locally, nationally, and across Europe and internationally. We are looking for someone who wants to be part of a growing team, and who will invest together with others to ensure our programme’s growth and success and – most important of all – tangible and real impact and benefit on the community. The project involves extensive engagement with local stakeholders and partners – from local authorities to civic organisations, the university, and more – to develop improved collaboration and to practically impact policy and practice, both at local, national and European levels.

Some of the key issues we’re engaging with are: empowering civic engagement and participation; challenging polarisation and community and social divisions – including radicalization and extremism; strengthening multi-stakeholder partnerships and collaboration across sectors – including civil society, local authorities, businesses and more. Fluency in Romanian is a requirement. Fluency or strong knowledge of Hungarian would be a wonderful benefit.

At PATRIR we are a dynamic, creative and innovating team. We have created a work space 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 contract email below.



Programme Social Inclusion, Empowerment & Democracymore specifically our sub-programme line addressing radicalisation, polarisation and social inclusion.
PositionSocial Inclusion & Countering Radicalisation – Project Manager
LocationCluj-Napoca, Romania
Language RequirementsRomanian Fluency in required. Knowledge of Hungarian would be an excellent addition. C1 or C2 English language knowledge.
Duration24 Months (Performance Dependent)
Deadline to ApplyDecember 3rd, 2019
Starting DateAs soon as possible. Depends upon recruitment process. We would like to bring the position on by December if possible / January latest.
The Position

Social Inclusion & Countering Radicalisation – Project Manager


The Social Inclusion & Countering Radicalisation – Project Manager will work within the Social Inclusion, Empowerment & Democracy Programme Team. S/he will play a leading role in growing PATRIR’s active engagement in Cluj and nationally – as well as across Europe – to support and strengthen participatory civic engagement, collaborative and good governance, and empowering social innovation – with special focus on our programming to address radicalisation, polarisation and social inclusion. The position requires someone with strong skills in:


The candidate needs to be a 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 – from civic organisations and partners to local authorities, media, universities, schools, businesses and more. A major component of our work will involve ‘multi-stakeholder’ roundtables bringing together key institutions and stakeholders in Cluj to facilitate joint-problem solving and to innovate solutions for the city. We apply this model across Europe and internationally as well. We also work in several European partnerships. 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.

Along the lines of multi-stakeholder collaboration, one of our projects in this field requires facilitation of ‘round tables’ bringing together key stakeholders and institutions from different backgrounds to facilitate collaboration and joint problem solving and solutions innovation for the city.



Our work involves a lot of training. While training is not 100% required for the position we are very interested in someone who can engage as a trainer with stakeholders and partners both nationally and, potentially, internationally.  The candidate selected will also have the opportunity to join the Institute’s roster of trainers for our international programmes across Europe and globally. Our trainings within this programme line focus on diverse groups and stakeholders, including: youth (highschool + university age); civic organisations; teachers; media; journalists; state institutions and local authorities. We also have a programme line extending to support improving optimal performance and organisational development towards companies and institutions, in case this may be of interest.


Additional skills which would be highly attractive include:

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 policy makers 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.
Programme Development Passion to develop quality programming locally, nationally and internationally, including project and grant-writing / development and or CSR fund raising.
Training Materials DevelopmentContent development for training materials including handbooks, toolkits, manuals and support materials for training and capacity building programmes
Video Editing & DevelopmentAbility to edit, produce and design videos and/or animated videos

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.

Does it seem like a lot?

We are looking for someone great for this position – but there are many different ways of being ‘great’. If you have ‘some’ or many of these skills but not all of them, but feel really motivated and inspired by this position and the work it involves, please do apply. We do really need someone who will be excellent at collaboration, training, communication and facilitation. The other skills would be highly valued, but please don’t hold back if you don’t have all of them. We also 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:

  • Managing Partner and Stakeholder Relations: establishing solid working relationships with partners and other key stakeholders;
  • Communications: Managing communications including proactive social media campaigning and outreach and public relations and media communications. You will also assist/lead on stakeholder communications for major project milestones and events and oversee project-wide communication strategy in cooperation with the Project Manager and team;
  • Facilitation: Preparation and facilitation of multi-stakeholder events and round tables
  • 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 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 and practice objectives of the Institute and improve individual proficiency;


Possibly also Training: Development of training materials and content and provision of trainings for stakeholders and partners particularly in fields of: community and youth empowerment and participation; leadership; social impact; problem solving; conflict transformation and peacebuilding.


While you may not have specific thematic experience in all of these fields, this can be supported and developed. What is key is strong training skills and track record or the ability to prove these can be developed.


If the candidate can support research and film development | video production this would be excellent.


PATRIR places a strong emphasis on supporting professional development and growth of our team members. In addition to your engagement in this programme line you will receive extensive opportunity for career and professional development and growth.


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 to make a difference – in the community, country and internationally
  • An interest and passion for working well together with others and fostering partnerships and collaboration
  • 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: supporting communities; social work; addressing radicalisation and polarisation; innovation and partnerships; design; solutions-approaches; civic empowerment; community development would be highly relevant
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and fluency with social media, PR and communications
  • 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
  • Motivation to work in a culturally diverse setting and to support institutional and team development to support overall growth of the Institute.

Exceptional and highly motivated candidates who may not fully meet all of these requirements but who can show how they would excel in this position are encouraged to apply.

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 a Application Letter detailing your motivation and interest for the position and your qualifications for it – what makes you uniquely suited for this position to:

[email protected]


With the subject line: Countering Radicalisation – Project Manager

The position will engage across two projects – CHAMPIONs and CEAR. Please see below for brief descriptions:

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 cohesion.

CEAR: Brief Description
The general objective of this project is, primarily, to systematize a practical model of community and civic engagement that can enhance civil society’s skills and capacity to prevent and counter radicalisation (PVE/CVE) by developing digital toolkits to disseminate in the local communities. Secondly, to develop support structures offering to all relevant local actors tailored trainings and consultancy services to help them to implement specific initiatives on PVE/CVE. Specific objectives: 1. Test and develop an evidence-based methodology of community engagement aiming at preventing and countering radicalisation into 3 digital toolkits targeting three types of communities: (1) youth organisations, (2) organisations of families of radicalised people and (3) Muslim communities. 2. Implement the evidence-based methodology by supporting 54 local actors through tailored trainings, in order to teach them on how to empirically apply the toolkits in their own communities. 3. Develop a support consultancy service, in order to help 22 youth organisations, 14 organisations of family of radicalised people and 18 Muslim communities in implementing 54 PVE/CVE initiatives. Activities: 3 digital toolkits for youth organisations, families of radicalised people and Muslim communities 3 training for trainers for the consortium’s NGOs on how to use and disseminate the toolkit 54 meetings for local communities developed by the consortium’s trainers 54 PVE/CVE initiatives developed by the local actors Type and number of persons benefiting from the project 352 youngsters from the countries that compose 224 persons related to organizations of families of radicalized people 288 persons related to Muslim communities 22 Youth NGOs, 14 NGOs of families of radicalized people and 18 Muslim communities Expected results: Individuals that have easy access to practical tools on PVE/CVE and work as multipliers within their own communities b developing PVE/CVE sustainable initiatives

CEAR: General Objectives
The general objective of this project is, primarily, to systematize a practical model of community and civic engagement that can enhance civil society’s skills and capacity to prevent and counter radicalisation (PVE/CVE) by developing digital toolkits to disseminate close to the local communities. Secondly, to develop support structures offering to all relevant local actors tailored trainings and consultancy services in different fields to help them to implement specific initiatives on PVE/CVE.

Consequently, the expected impact of this project can be presented by the following expected long- term results:

  1. Individuals that have a sense of identity, community belonging and civic purpose;
  2. Individuals that have easy access to practical tools, in order to create community strategies, develop civic projects in PVE/CVE and evaluate them;
  3. Individuals that are more resilient to recruitment tactics and indoctrination;
  4. Individuals that will be multipliers within their own local communities by developing  specific and measurable PVE/CVE projects;
  5. Individuals that identify and reflect about the critical risks associated with violent  extremist groups, such as violence, personal risks, traumas, etc.;
  6. Communities that are more aware of radicalization, including basic ways of prevention and social myths;
  7. Communities that are more resilient to polarisation and social exclusion by promoting fundamental rights, tolerance and religious diversity, i.e. democratic values contextualised in an open Society framework;
  8. Communities that incentivize youth participation and civic engagement as ways to prevent violent extremism.