Concordis seeks an experienced Programme Manager to oversee our peacebuilding work in Central African Republic and at least other country. Based in London but with significant overseas travel for up to a month at a time, the successful candidate will be responsible for programme delivery, managing local staff teams, training civil society actors, facilitating workshops and intercommunity dialogue, and advocating programme outcomes to policy makers.
Concordis International is a UK registered peacebuilding charity. We work impartially alongside those involved in or affected by armed conflict, so that through dialogue they may build relationships of mutual trust and together develop and implement policies that improve human security and lay firm foundations for lasting peace. We are committed to independence, impartiality and inclusivity and are known for our ability to secure the participation of groups who would otherwise be excluded from dialogue processes.
Concordis’ methodology was developed and implemented in EU-funded programmes in Sudan and South Sudan, facilitating dialogue between migrating populations and settled land owners. Independent evaluation of these dialogues found that the work was “unprecedented” and achieved “highly successful results” in mitigating conflict arising out of cross-border migration.
Concordis has confirmation of funding for a new, three year programme in CAR to facilitate peaceful seasonal migration in the north of the country. We also have applications pending to continue existing programmes in Cote d’Ivoire, Mauritania and South Sudan.
Concordis believes that building relationships of trust and respect with and between those with whom it works is an important key to successful intervention in peace processes. All members of Concordis staff are required to conform to and to advance Concordis’ values.
The Programme Manger will:
- Oversee Concordis’ UK & EU funded peacebuilding programme in CAR;
- Help to recruit and then to undertake direct line management of the Concordis CAR team, being a mixture of national and international staff;
- Maintain quality standards in programming and financial management in line with the log-frame, budget and timeline in the funding agreements, as well as with Concordis’ principles, mission and values and international standards for peacebuilding programming;
- Take on responsibility for programme delivery of a second programme once funding is confirmed. This is likely to be for work in Abyei, on the border between Sudan and South Sudan;
- In respect of both programmes, deliver training to civil society actors and project partners in facilitated dialogue, conflict analysis, conflict management, organisational management, fundraising, financial reporting, monitoring and evaluation;
- Build networks of key actors, securing participation in the programmes of those who might otherwise boycott or attempt to spoil the process;
- Facilitate peacebuilding workshops as necessary;
- Represent Concordis in interactions with and advocacy to regional and national governments in the region, seeking their active engagement and support for the programmes;
- Engage proactively with actors from the international community, NGOs, donors and project partners, creating and developing partnerships, coordinating programming and generating practical and financial support for projects;
- Research and up-date conflict analysis on the region, developing detailed understanding of the context and dynamics so as to expand or adapt the programme to meet evolving needs;
- Regularly analyse risks related to programme implementation and organisation presence. Design and implement mitigation strategies to manage identified risks;
- Ensure Concordis staff and the staff of partner organisations working on programmes funded by Concordis comply with the security policy, guidelines and international and local best practices;
- Ensure Concordis’ compliance with and understanding of national government regulations and laws in all areas of operations;
- Prepare and edit programme reports for donors, for Concordis’ head office and for publication;
- Ensure all activities are properly monitored and evaluated and contribute to the evolution of Concordis’ evaluation systems;
- Fundraise proactively for matched funding and for continuation / expansion of current programming, including beyond the current programme term, identifying fundraising prospects and drafting proposals for national governments, institutional funders and grant-making trusts;
- Provide support to or management of other programmes as directed;
- Develop institutional policies, procedures and systems for the administration, finance, programme management and security of the programme;
- Contribute to the development of Concordis’ peacebuilding methodology, strategy, policy and organisational issues;
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- At least 5 years’ professional experience working in international development and/or conflict resolution and peacebuilding;
- At least 2 years’ experience of project or programme management of peacebuilding interventions in complex environments, preferably in the Sahel region;
- Demonstrable knowledge and understanding of international development, conflict analysis, security and political processes, particularly with respect to the West, Central and East Africa region;
- Demonstrable experience of preparing budgets and of exercising budgetary control within NGO programming;
- Proven track record of institutional fundraising for peacebuilding or development programming;
- Masters degree in international relations, development studies, conflict resolution or a related discipline;
- Training and/or experience in dialogue facilitation, mediation or related skills;
- Professional level written and spoken French and English. Must be able to draft technical documents and reports for international audiences in both languages;
- Legal permission to work in the UK without a visa;
- Ability to engage, communicate and negotiate with potentially suspicious/hostile authorities and communities in an open, transparent, constructive, patient and effective manner;
- Excellent communication and presentation skills;
- Good computer skills (MS Office, internet, databases);
- Personal efficiency, resourcefulness, organisational ability and the ability to be flexible and maintain good humour in challenging circumstances;
- Ability and willingness to work effectively in a culturally diverse team in demanding and dynamic circumstances, and to work in challenging conditions such as those found the Central and West Africa region;
- Awareness of cultural diversity and political sensitivities and ability to address such issues with tact, diplomacy and sensitivity;
- Commitment to Concordis’ mission, principles, values (available at http://concordis.international/our-mission-and-values/;
- Experience of working in the Central and West Africa region;
- Experience of managing staff, preferably in an international development and/or conflict environment;
- Written or spoken Arabic;
- Experience of monitoring and evaluation of peacebuilding processes;
- Practical experience and/or training in NGO Security Management;
Applicants will only be considered if they have professional level French and English, are able to work without a visa in the UK and have significant experience of peacebuilding interventions in complex environments, preferably in the Sahel region.
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