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Project Officer – Quality and Innovation

SNV Netherlands Development Organisation

Company Description

SNV is a mission-driven global development partner working in more than 20 countries across Africa and Asia. Building on 60 years of experience and grounded in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, we work on the core themes of gender equality and social inclusion, climate adaptation and mitigation, and strong institutions and effective governance. Together with our team of over 1,600 people, our mission is to strengthen capacities and catalyse partnerships that transform the agri-food, energy, and water systems, which enable sustainable and more equitable lives for all.

Our core values of people-centeredness and respect, equity and equality, and diversity and inclusion, are fundamental to who we are, and what we do. This is reflected in our vision and mission, and strategy, which sets out our aspirations and commitments as our compass towards 2030.

For more information on SNV, please refer to our website: www.snv.org

Job Description

For this role you need to be eligible to work in the Netherlands. SNV cannot sponsor for a work visa.

Join SNV as a Project Officer – Quality and Innovation. In this dynamic role, you’ll drive organizational change, empower team members, and align SNV’s activities with its mission and strategic goals towards sustainable development.

Our 2030 strategy places a strong emphasis on ‘systems transformation’ because we recognize that achieving our mission requires approaches to our work that go beyond surface solutions and fighting symptoms; it requires a fundamental shift towards systemic change.

That’s why SNV is investing in embedding systems transformation into our organizational framework, starting with a two-year project aimed at empowering our teams to work adaptively and holistically for lasting impact. Throughout this process, we aim to understand the conditions and methods that lead to success, and then expand, solidify, and embed them within SNV’s culture and operations.

The Project Officer – Quality and Innovation, in collaboration with the Deputy Project Manager, forms a core team of two individuals collaborating across SNV’s diverse departments. From project, country, and sector teams to business development and HR. The Project Officer will support key activities such as testing design and implementation approaches, fostering learning and knowledge exchange, and inspiring others to engage in systems transformation. This role presents an excellent opportunity to contribute to the evolution of a mission-driven organization and support team members in embracing our collective journey.

Besides this, your key responsibilities are:

  • Drive an active conversation on systems transformation within the organization and our development partners in countries through online webinars, workshops, case studies, internal blogs, and online community moderation.
  • Collaborate with diverse teams under the guidance of the Deputy Project Manager to test approaches and tools for embedding a systems transformation lens in design, execution, and monitoring.
  • Act as the deputy PM’s right-hand person for various activities, including coordinating with other global teams, developing minimum standards, and managing external relationships.


  • Proficiency level equivalent to a master’s degree in international development, organizational change management, or related field.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in roles focusing on complex organizational change processes aimed at quality improvement.
  • Proficient in English with a preference for proficiency in French, enabling effective communication and collaboration across multicultural teams.
  • Experience in building and nurturing strong relationships across diverse teams and stakeholders.

To be successful in the role we also value:

  • A pragmatic approach to problem-solving, utilizing analytical skills and practical solutions to address complex challenges.
  • Proactive attitude with the ability to identify collaboration opportunities to advance the systems transformation agenda.
  • Patience and adeptness in leading organizational change, fostering stakeholder buy-in, and successfully implementing new systems and practices.
  • Knowledge about the principles and practices of systems transformation, with a demonstrated understanding of its importance in development contexts.

Additional Information

  • Contract Type: Full time
  • Duty Station: The Hague, The Netherlands
  • Contract Duration: until December 2025, with the potential for extension with 1 year
  • Expected Start Date: as soon as possible, preferably April 2024
  • Travel: Frequently (25%)

How to Apply
For this role you need to be eligible to work in the Netherlands. SNV cannot sponsor for a work visa.

If you believe that your credentials meet the outlined profile, we invite you to apply by uploading your CV and a letter of motivation before/on the 18th of February. Please submit your application only via Smart Recruiters. All information will be processed in the strictest confidence.

If we see that your experience and skills match the requirements of the position, we will contact you to advise you of the next steps in the recruitment process. Should SNV wish to proceed with your application, two interviews with a Selection Committee will take place.

SNV is an equal opportunities employer and female candidates are encouraged to apply.

Working at SNV
SNV offers a challenging work environment, opportunities to lead and innovate, and a commitment to growing your skills in a fulfilling and diverse working environment. Our staff benefit from, and contribute to, an internal and global network of experts.


SNV carries out rigorous background and reference checks concerning possible safeguarding incidents for all candidates applying for International determined positions. As SNV participates in the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme, all reference checks include a request to past employers to fill in a questionnaire regarding Misconduct (sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment), the “Statement of Conduct“. This Statement of Conduct adopts the definitions used in the Scheme.

*We do not appreciate third-party mediation based on this advertisement.

How to apply

Please APPLY ONLINE at: https://jobs.smartrecruiters.com/SNV/743999964180147-project-officer-quality-and-innovation

Deadline: 18 Feb 2024

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