Position Available: REF Country Facilitator in Kosovo

The Roma Education Fund’s (REF) mission and ultimate goal is to close the gap in educational outcomes between Roma and non-Roma. In order to achieve this goal, the organization supports policies and programs which ensure quality education for Roma through scholarships, grant making and advocacy activities. The objectives of REF include:

•  Expanding Romani children’s access to quality early childhood education and care

•  Improving primary education outcomes for Romani children aged six to fourteen

•  Boosting academic performance and graduation rates from secondary education for Romani pupils

•  Supporting access to tertiary education, improving graduation levels and strengthening identity of Romani university students

•  Expanding employment opportunities for young Romani adults

The Roma Education Fund operates its activities in close links with civil society and institutional partners in 16 countries of Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. 

Candidate Profile: The Roma Education Funds seeks a candidate to act as Country Facilitator for its Grant Program activity in Kosovo in close cooperation and under the supervision of the Program Officer in  REF headquarters office in Budapest.

Primary Responsibilities

Main tasks according to Grants Program-related work:

  • Develop, plan, and organize grant program-related events;
  • Review and assess letters of inquiry and make funding recommendations and declinations to the Program Officer;
  • Invite grant proposals from selected funding applicants;
  • Stay abreast of developments in the field, through research and participation in relevant conferences and/or meetings;
  • Provide facilitation to potential applicants to develop and finalize grant proposals, work with applicants to develop and finalize grant proposals and provide comments and recommendation to the Program Officer keeping with the program’s overall strategy and budget as part of grant document preparation process;
  • Perform site visits of prospective and current grantee organizations implementing REF-funded projects and/or programs;
  • Provide grants facilitation through site visits and review of narrative and financial reports;
  • Ensure that grantees submit narrative and financial reports as required under the terms of the contract;
  • Interact with grantees and other field professionals and participate in program-and field-related meetings and convenings;
  • Disseminate, comment strategy/position papers that provide direction on education policy issues impacting the field and/or offer suggestions about strategic program development for REF and grantees;
  • Perform special assignments, including participation with other REF programs and foundation task forces and working groups;
  • Identify joint programming opportunities, and join efforts with external funders and partners;
  • Build and establish strategic relationships with education institutions and/or other related institutions, philanthropic partners and NGOs.
  • Perform other work related duties, as assigned


  • Travel requirements: frequent travels nationally, and, occasionally, internationally;


  • Bachelor’s degree /BA or equivalent degree; advanced degree preferred;
  • Two to three years of relevant experience and/or training, or equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Experience in grant making, project management, including managing consultants and developing and managing project budgets;
  • NGO experience is essential;
  • Strong experience in project monitoring and evaluation tools (M&E);
  • Work experience in academic /educational program administration and coordination; 
  • Experience and competencies in working in a multicultural environment; 
  • Strong background with programs advancing education through community organizing, legal advocacy, research or policy reform work.

Skills Required

  • Working efficiently in a fast-paced environment, troubleshooting and following projects through their successful completion, with strict deadlines and without loss of attention to details, budgetary requirements, monitoring, evaluation and reporting;
  • Effectively work as a team member, as well as independently, with a high-level of self-motivation and ability to set and meet goals;
  • Good knowledge and understanding of the education system in Kosovo and in the region, and the level of inclusion of Roma in the education system in Kosovo;Good knowledge of key organizations and education networks active in the field;
  • Good command of the English language (written and spoken), and of the country languages; 
  • Knowledge of Romani language is considered an added value;
  • Excellent organizational, analytical, communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Good listening and communication skills, with sensitivity to cultural communication differences;
  • Good communication skills with high sensitivity to cultural differences;
  • Good level of computer usage proficiency
  • Pleasant, diplomatic manner and disposition in interacting with colleagues and general public;
  • Driver license is considered an added value.  

Start date: ASAP

Compensation: Commensurate with the experience.

Location: Kosovo

Please send a letter of interest and your professional CV with at least two references to Ms. Anasztazia Nagy  with "Kosovo CF" in the subject line by  March 23, 2018.