From January 2022 onwards, Tearfund is the chair of the Dutch Relief Alliance (DRA), a coalition of 14 Dutch humanitarian organisations in partnership with the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The alliance's goal is to enhance the effectiveness, timeliness, reach and quality of the Dutch humanitarian aid efforts. The DRA responds to humanitarian crises by designing Joint Responses drawn up and implemented by the members best placed to respond to a crisis. The members are CARE Nederland, Cordaid, Dorcas, Oxfam Novib, Plan International Nederland, Red een Kind, SOS Kinderdorpen, Save the Children, Stichting Vluchteling, Terre des Hommes, Tearfund, Warchild, War Trauma Foundation, World Vision and ZOA.

The Board of Directors oversees on a day-to-day basis the activities of the alliance and liaises with MoFA on behalf of the members, it comprises of a Chair, Vice Chair and Crisis Coordinator.

Tearfund's vision is to see people freed from poverty, living transformed lives and flourish fully. We support programmes aimed at long term community development and society changed and at short term emergency needs met in humanitarian crisis. We work with partner organizations in Africa, Asia and Latin America and engage the local church where possible. In the Netherlands, we are committed to raising awareness about social justice.

What you do

  • You are present at various meetings with the Board of Supervisors, Board of Directors, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Working Groups of which you take the minutes (in English).
  • You are responsible for ensuring managerial, communicative and administrative order in the functioning of the Board of Directors.
  • You regulate information flows, and collate large quantities of information into cohesive reports.
  • You manage the agenda of the Board and create order in the decision-making.
  • You manage correspondence and various documents to internal and external relations in Dutch and English based on consultation with the persons responsible. You keep correspondence and other information and records up-to-date, complete and accessible.
  • You organize and plan for the main DRA meetings (face to face, via Skype or teleconference), workshops and working groups and keep deadlines in mind relating to these meetings.
  • You support any event that DRA is organizing.

Who you are


  • have knowledge of management support on bachelor’s level;
  • have an excellent command of Dutch and English, both oral and written;
  • have understanding of or experience with humanitarian affairs a distinct advantage; 
  • enjoy working with people of different nationalities and backgrounds;
  • have excellent writing skills (minutes, clear formulations of decisions, reports, policy documents, letters and memos) and pay strong attention to details and accuracy;
  • are a skilled communicator and know how to organise management information;
  • are motivated by the fact that your work is helping those in desperate need;
  • are willing to work outside office hours if required by the nature of our work (humanitarian aid).

You are committed to Tearfund’s vision, mission and values. All Tearfund staff share responsibility to promote and maintain a strong safeguarding culture, including identifying the key actions they should take given their role and responsibilities. You endorse the international "minimum standards for preventing and sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA)". 

What we offer

We offer an exciting position within a dynamic team and a larger alliance of NGOs. Tearfund is committed to providing you with a competitive, fair, and comprehensive pay and benefits package that is justifiable to our donors and a pleasant and a flexible office environment in Utrecht. This will initially be a one-year contract, with the possibility to extend. The position is classified as project specialist level 2, scale 7 regarding the Tearfund salary scales with a range between € 2.710,96 and € 3.831,16 gross based on 40 hours a week.

How to apply and more information

If you recognize yourself in the above profile, we look forward to receiving your CV and motivation letter at the latest on Friday November 19, 2021, by sending an e-mail to For more information about the position you can contact Geert Jan van Dijk,

For more information about Tearfund and DRA, please visit our websites:  and

Acquisition regarding this vacancy is not appreciated.

Lokaal & Eigenaarschap

Lokaal & Eigenaarschap

Jij maakt verschil. Of je nu in Zeist woont of in Kampala, het is belangrijk om je te realiseren dat jij verschil kunt maken en dat je van betekenis bent voor je leefomgeving. Dat begint klein, maar heeft grote impact. Als de verantwoordelijkheid voor verandering bij mensen zelf ligt, is de verandering duurzaam en ervaren mensen trots en vrijheid. We sturen daarom zelf geen teams uit, maar werken altijd via lokale organisaties en kerken. In ons werk is eigenaarschap een belangrijke drijfveer.
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