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Otvorena pozicija u ASTRI: Head of policy and learning

Issued by: ASTRA-Anti trafficking action

Field of expertise: Policy in trafficking in human beings field, Rule of law

Position: Head of policy and learning

Vacancy type: National

Functional level: Senior management

Number of posts: 1

Duty station: Belgrade

Date of issue: 15 October 2018

Deadline for application: 30 October 2018 – 23:59 Central European Time (CET/CEST)


ASTRA – Anti trafficking Action is a Belgrade based local grass-root anti-trafficking organization established in 2000 as the first actor to raise the issue of human trafficking in Serbia. As a leader in the counter-trafficking effort in Serbia, ASTRA has applied holistic approach to the human trafficking problem, i.e. it has been dealing with all forms of human trafficking and all categories of survivors – women, children and men, focusing its activities concurrently on prevention, education, public awareness raising, direct victim assistance and reintegration, advocacy, research and networking. ASTRA observes the problem of human trafficking as the gravest form of human rights violation and insists on and advocates for the full respect of trafficking survivors’ human rights.

For additional information about ASTRA, please visit www.astra.rs

ASTRA is committed to improving the gender balance among staff in all areas and levels. Female candidates are therefore strongly encouraged to apply for this management opportunity.



·       Ensuring ASTRA’s advocacy, practice and programmatic (including project development) work is founded on robust evidence

·       Lead responsible for ASTRA’s high quality, effective and efficient research output, organizational monitoring and learning, and for ensuring that this evidence underpins ASTRA’s work.

·       Lead responsible for promoting and sharing ASTRA’s knowledge with external stakeholders

·       Leading on fundraising for evaluation and research projects


Responsible for:

·       As a Senior Team member, contribute to setting the organisational strategic direction and contribute to management of progress towards it including the development and implementation of organisational Strategy

·       Regularly input to and review organisational performance against KPI’s, the Risk register and contribute to corrective measures

·       Accountable for production of high quality research outputs and evidence

·       The leadership and management of a diverse range of research and evidence projects of varying sizes and across all ASTRA’s projects and programmes

·       Responsible for leading and supervising work plans, quality and delivery of research projects

·       Responsible for ensuring that ASTRA works in an evidence based way

·       Accountable for using a wide range of dissemination activities and methods to make ASTRA’s learning accessible to reach a wide range of policy makers, practitioners and to our final beneficiaries.

·       To write for publication and speak publicly about research, evidence and evaluation, representing ASTRA at high level meetings and events with senior stakeholders and contributing to raising the public profile of ASTRA.

·       To develop the involvement of victims of human trafficking in all stages of research as appropriate.

·       To lead on the development, implementation and reporting of annual and multi-annual impact for ASTRA.

·       To lead on the management of budgets for research projects and ensure high quality financial control.

·       To be responsible for ensuring the generation and funding for ASTRA’s research work, including sourcing and securing funding from a diverse range of sources, in consultation with other SMT members and external collaborators and to ensure the development of good relationships with major funders.

·       To develop and build positive working relationships with a range of external agencies, to identify and develop opportunities for partnership working and represent and negotiate on ASTRA’s behalf at senior level meetings.

·       To design and deliver training on monitoring and evaluation methods across ASTRA and externally, as required.

·       To design and deliver trainings on different aspects of trafficking in human beings problem for diverse categories of professionals

·       Responsible for recruitment and management of Policy and Learning staff, and accountable for their performance

Qualification and Experience:


  • A minimum of five years of directly related professional experience
  • A minimum od seven years of experience in managing projects, programs, partnerships and development that combine strategic and managerial leadership in CSO or international organization
  • Previous experience from the Region is an asset
  • Experience working with EU founded projects will be considered as an advantage
  • Experience working with key stakeholders, coordination donors relationship management is highly desirable
  • Experience working and communicating with relevant state institutions
  • Demonstrated experience in supervising the work of a team and coordinating internally with other units or departments;
  • Political intuition and tact; strong analytical skills; resourcefulness, initiative and maturity of judgement;
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to take into account various policy implications and identify strategic issues;
  • Discretion and sound judgment in applying expertise to resolve sensitive and/or complex issues;
  • Professional fluency in the English language with the ability to communicate orally and draft clearly and concisely;
  • Ability to operate Windows applications including word processing and e-mail;
  • Flexibility and ability to work within limited time frames; proven resilience to high stress environments and willingness to travel;
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to work as a member of a team, with people of different cultural and religious background, different gender, and diverse political views, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity;
  • Demonstrated commitment to gender equality objectives as well as the ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities.


  • Experience in working in the field of human rights and anti – trafficking in human beings field
  • Experience with the CSOs and/or international organizations.
  • Active driver (B)

·       A Master’s degree  preferably in Law, Political science, Sociology or Anthropology or other relevant related field is required

·       A combination of Bachelor’s degree with an additional of the two years of relevant working experience maybe accepted in lieu of the advanced University degree


Required Competencies:

Core values

  • Commitment: Actively contributes to achieving organizational goals 
  • Diversity: Respects others and values their diverse perspectives and contributions 
  • Integrity: Acts in a manner consistent with the Organization’s core values and organizational principles 
  • Accountability: Takes responsibility for own action and delegated work

Core competencies

  • Communication: Actively works to achieve clear and transparent communication with colleagues and with stakeholders of the Organization 
  • Collaboration: Works effectively with others on common goals and fosters a positive, trust-based working environment 
  • Planning: Works towards the achievement of goals in a structured and measured manner 
  • Analysis and decision-making: Analyses available information, draws well-founded conclusions and takes appropriate decisions 
  • Initiative-taking: Proposes and initiates new ideas, activities and projects 
  • Flexibility: Responds positively and effectively to changing circumstances

Managerial competencies 

  • Leadership: Provides a clear sense of direction, builds trust and creates an enabling environment
  • Strategic thinking: Identifies goals that advance the organizational agenda and develops plans for achieving them
  • Managing performance: Helps to maximize team performance by providing active feedback and skill development opportunities
How to Apply:

Please send the Letter of interest, CV and 3 recommendations (name and contact details) to astra@astra.rs

Initial duration of assignment for this post is for a period of 12 months, with a possibility of extension.




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