Jobs with Roma Education Fund in Belgrade, Serbia

Deadline: 29 November 2013
Open to: candidates with a Bachelor’s degree and related experience (coordinator position); or candidates with English and Serbian fluency (administrator position)
Remuneration: not specified, but based off a two-year fixed contract


The National Assistance Program of the Instrument for Pre – Accession (IPA) in Serbia comprises policies which aim to enable all people in participating in social and economic life on the basis of equal rights, equity and dignity. The sector covers employment, labour market, education, social inclusion and health policies.

Under these objectives the Roma Education Fund in consortium with the OSCE and the Serbian Ministry of Education are implementing a 2-year-long program. The program supports Roma students in high schools with mentoring and scholarship support. They are currently recruiting staff for three positions: Program Coordinator, Project Administrator and Local Coordinators from Serbia.

Program Coordinator

The role of the Programme Coordinator is to manage the program, ensure its quality, and coordinate and implement all program activities according to the pre-established program objectives. The Programme Coordinator is also responsible for managing the staff, for assigning tasks and conducting performance reviews. The Programme Coordinator will be located in Belgrade, on the premises of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development or in an separate office, but still working very closely with the Ministry of Education.

Program Administrator

The role of the Program Administrator is to assist the Program Coordinator in the administrative duties of program implementation, communicate regularly with the Programme Coordinator and Local Coordinators, and establish and maintain a program database. The Program Administrator will be located in Belgrade, on the premise of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development.

The Programme Administrator has the administrative responsibility for ensuring that the IPA Scholarship-mentorship program meets its agreed objectives, in line with the project proposal approved by the OSCE and in accordance with applicable regulations and the policies of REF and the Serbian government.


Program Coordinator – Required Skills

  • Minimum Bachelor level degree in relevant subject such as education, political science, social science, economics, law or public administration;
  • At least five years’ demonstrated success in managing educational or Roma related projects. Experience in managing a non-governmental organization or in working for a government ministry will be an advantage;
  • Experience at an operational level of designing and implementing international development projects in fields relevant to the project; prior experience in dealing with donor funded projects would be preferred;
  • Knowledge of issues related to education of minorities in Central and Eastern Europe countries. Knowledge of Roma issues will be an advantage;
  • Excellent English and Serbian language oral and written communication skills; Romanes will be an advantage
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural team in various contexts.
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities.

Desirable skills

  • Ability to organize events and meetings;
  • Mediation and conflict resolution skills;
  • Excellent project managerial skills;
  • Good presentation and communication skills.

Program Administrator – Required Skills

  • Excellent written and spoken English and Serbian; Romanes is an advantage
  • Demonstrated reporting skills;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Possess cultural awareness and sensitivity;
  • Ability to administer programs and initiatives;
  • Team building skills;
  • Analytical and problem solving skills;
  • Decision making skills;
  • Effective verbal, presentation and listening skills;
  • Effective negotiation and mediation skills;
  • Computer skills including the ability to operate computerized accounting, spreadsheet, word-processing, graphics and website maintaining;
  • Time management skills;
  • Ability to work under pressure.

Desirable skills

  • Organizational know-how to organize events and meetings;
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural team in various contexts;
  • Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity, and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into tasks and activities


This is a full-time position based in Belgrade with a fixed-term contract for the duration of the IPA scholarship-mentorship programme (two years).


Please send your CV with three references and a motivation letter to by November 29, 2013. Please indicate in the subject line of your email the title of the position you are submitting your application to: Local Coordinator – Serbia; Program Administrator – Serbia; or Program Coordinator – Serbia.

For further details, please see the appropriate call for applications below:

  1. Program Coordinator HERE
  2. Program Administrator HERE
  3. Local Coordinator HERE

For more information, please see the official website HERE.

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