Director (m/f/d) „International Department“ P060

Violence Prevention Network is one of Europe’s leading civil society organisations engaged in preventing and countering violent extremism. We work nationally and internationally, with over 120 practitioners, researchers and advisers in 10 regional offices across Germany and abroad. Our vision is an active involvement of civil society to bringing about positive change in preventing and countering violent extremism. Policy informed by practical experience: connecting first line practitioners – their expertise and voices – is the key for effective engagement. This is why we build whole-of-society partnerships to prevention, disengagement, deradicalisation, rehabilitation and reintegration. We facilitate mutual learning and eye-to-eye cooperation among government agencies, local stakeholders, schools, refugee centres, civil society organisations and many more. We support international, national and local stakeholders in developing effective multi-stakeholder work to address the challenges of violent extremism. We provide tailored advice, process support and trainings for civil society, law enforcement, prison and probation authorities, municipal institutions, health and social service providers to facilitate partnerships that respond to needs on the ground.

Regarding our international initiatives, we offer a full-time job in Berlin with monthly business trips within Europe and several intercontinental trips per year (esp. Central Asia, MENA region, North America).


Your tasks:

  • Development and implementation of the International Department’s strategic vision in coordination with the CEO of Violence Prevention Network and the Deputy Directors of the Department
  • Management of the International Department, including the management of a team of approx. 9 – 15 colleagues
  • Drive strategic, business and product development for the International Department (expanding networking and fundraising strategy, conduct ongoing market research, identify and research potential cooperation partners, beneficiaries and donors, develop and manage the Department’s strategic partnerships as well the broaden the visibility and outreach of department’s project outcomes and products to increase the impact of Violence Prevention Network)
  • Revise and further develop the department’s visibility and public communications strategy (including website updates, social media presence, communications materials, press releases) in collaboration with the Public Relations Department of Violence Prevention Network and external agencies in order to publicise Violence Prevention Network’s unique selling points and strategic added value in the global P/CVE landscape.
  • Broaden the department’s impact and outreach through engaging with key networks in the global P/CVE sector, including by representing the Department at relevant conferences, participating in professional debates, and organising the production of relevant publications
  • Represent the International Department in communication and negotiations of project contracts, MoUs and/or other contractual arrangement with donors and relevant stakeholders
  • Support the development of and coordinate the Department’s project portfolio
  • Manage financial planning and budgeting in coordination with the financial department of Violence Prevention Network


Your profile:

  • Your work experience is at least 6 years of experience in the field of P/CVE, radicalisation, deradicalisation and extremism or adjacent fields (e.g. peacebuilding, development cooperation).
  • You have a Master’s degree in a relevant thematic field (e.g. sociology, political science or social science).
  • You have at least 8 years of experience as project manager, including project delivery, quality control and conflict resolution experience in projects of at least € 500.000 per year, with partners from at least 5 different countries.
  • You have experience in managing international teams of at least 10 people. Experience in managing hybrid teams is a strong asset.
  • You have a proven track record in project acquisition, product and strategic development.
  • You have experience with agile project management and working in flat hierarchies – at the same time you are able to set priorities for the department and to coordinate tasks and roles in the team.
  • You have strong ability to shape and implement a shared vision with a team. You have experience in strategy development, team development and building external partnerships.
  • You are able to identify personal skillsets and strengths of different team members and provide leadership for individual and team development processes.
  • You are based in Berlin, Germany.
  • You are capable of expressing yourself confidently both verbally and in writing in English (German, Arabic and other languages are an asset) for a variety of target groups. English native language is a strong asset.
  • It is an asset if you can prove experience in working with practitioners and local cooperation partners to develop projects, practices and recommendations to prevent and counter radicalisation and provide references for activities (development of projects, practices or recommendations) involving practitioners.
  • You have experience in working for an NGO and identify with the values and theory of change of Violence Prevention Network and other civil society organisations working in the P/CVE landscape.
  • You have professional experience in research and / or policy (editing and writing of academic papers, policy papers, etc.).
  • You are motivated to work in a dynamic, international and demanding environment and are available to travel regularly.
  • You possess strong communication skills as well as a pragmatic, proactive and solution-oriented attitude.
  • You have a proven track record in delivering high quality outputs to different stakeholders.
  • You have Software knowledge (comprehensive knowledge in word processing, spreadsheets, PowerPoint, Teams, Zoom, WebEx).
  • You have a considerable talent for communication, reliability, authenticity, empathy, intercultural competence and the ability to manage conflicts.
  • You have experience in international procurement and contracting is an asset.
  • You have the ability to plan and moderate workshops, seminars, events and trainings is an asset.


Your benefits:

  • A multi-professional and international team
  • Participation in a socially relevant topic
  • Flexible working time arrangements
  • 30 days annual vacation
  • Possibility of permanent employment after 2 years
  • Competitive benefits
  • A responsible and varied job
  • An international area of activity


Convinced? If so, we are looking forward to your informative written application, not later than February 15th 2023, including
1.) a motivational letter
2.) detailed curriculum vitae, including references,
3.) police/security clearance certificates (may be handed in later)
4.) one analytical document of 15 pages maximum in relation to the field of preventing and countering radicalisation or adjacent fields and
5.) Salary Requirements: gross annual salary for a full-time position (39 hours per week).
Please send your application to, stating the reference number P060 in the subject line. We encourage you to apply early as we will be holding interviews on a rolling basis.


Published on January 18th 2023