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Head - Horn of Africa Programme
Saferworld is an independent non-governmental organisation that works internationally with governments, international/regional organisations and local civil society - especially in fragile contexts - to prevent violent conflict and contribute to long term recovery and stability.
Key areas of responsibility:
1. Strategic planning and Growth.
2. Programme design, development and quality delivery of Saferworld' interventions
3. Organisational leadership and evidence based cross-organisational learning
4. Policy research, advocacy and communications
5. People management
6. Finance and grants management
Lead on the strategic development of Saferworld's work in the Horn of Africa region;
Identify new and emerging issues of relevance to Saferworld's work in the region and lead & facilitate the development of appropriate strategies to address them;
Contribute to Saferworld's wider organisational strategy development.
Programme design, development & quality delivery of interventions
Lead on the development of a variety of projects aimed at effectively addressing Saferworld's change objectives.
Lead and facilitate proposal design & development of major opportunities that contribute to the growth of the organisation and hence realisation of the organisational strategy.
Lead & facilitate the institutionalisation and the implementation of monitoring, evaluation and learning systems to ensure evidence based programming that influences policy change and promotes best practices.
Oversee the development of relationships with Saferworld's partners in the region. Work with the programme team to strengthen existing partnerships, and promote the development of practical approaches for building the capacity of key stakeholders (such as government and non-government actors and evolving civil society networks) concerned with conflict prevention and peacebuilding.
Play a leading role in the development of country, sub-regional and thematic strategies, reflecting Saferworld's priorities to prevent and reduce violent conflict; strengthen the security and justice sectors; influence the manner in which international assistance contributes to conflict prevention; and promote conflict transformation through governance and state-building processes;
Organisational leadership and cross-organisational learning
Actively participate in Sub-Saharan Africa Leadership Group and Organisational Management Team.
Lead and inspire staff to develop and implement the Organisational Strategy and Business plans.
Play a role in developing organisational polices and systems.
Promote internal lesson learning.
Undertake senior representation for the programme.
Work to ensure the effective integration of cross-cutting themes (such as gender and conflict sensitivity) and functions (such as advocacy, communications and capacity building) with members of the Organisational Management Team.
Work with team members to identify innovative and creative approaches and methods of working which enable Saferworld to address violent conflict and insecurity in effective ways.
Policy research, advocacy and communications
In co-operation with our partner organisations and the Policy, Advocacy and Communications Division, define and manage Saferworld's research initiatives in support of our programmes relating to security and justice, aid and conflict, small arms control, and governance and peacebuilding issues in the region.
Support the building of organisational contacts and the participation in networks in support of Saferworld's strategies for the region.
Identify and facilitate opportunities for policy dialogue and problem-solving amongst a range of decision-makers within and between different sub-regions, and with the international community.
Define and manage internal and external communications on the programme in coordination with the Policy & Communications division.
Act as a Saferworld spokesperson on conflict prevention themes in the region, promoting lessons learnt from the region; ensure regular engagement with officials from relevant governments, civil society and international agencies.
Lead and facilitate the attraction, development and retention of talents to Saferworld's programmes in the region.
Ensure that an effective performance management system is being institutionalised and embedded by all staff in the region.
Ensure development and implementation learning and development plans that clearly define capacity building, succession and retention of staff.
Manage the performance of direct line reports and oversee other senior staff and consultants where necessary.
Ensure organisational safety, well-being & security protocols and duty of care standards are maintained by team.
Ensure effective relations are maintained with other parts of Saferworld.
Finance and grants management
Develop and implement (with the Country Managers and Regional Funding Manager - Africa) a fundraising strategy for the Horn of Africa.
Oversee the finance and grants management function in the region.
Ensure that Horn of Africa programme staff understand and apply financial management and control policies, and work within their budgets to deliver agreed priorities.
Work in collaboration with Finance and Funding in building the capacity of the Finance team as well as Budget holders.
Ensure compliance with donors' conditions and that financial risks are minimized and/or eliminated.
Lead the development of the Horn of Africa annual budget and contribute to the development of the organisational budget.
A master's degree (or equivalent) in international relations, development studies, political science or a related field;
An excellent understanding of the discourse on conflict prevention and reduction, security and justice sector development, small arms control, and of the international policy environment in which these issues are addressed;
A good understanding of the Horn of Africa, and experience of working in Africa;
Minimum of five years' senior management experience, preferably in an international non-government organisation;
Proven ability to manage and motivate staff at all levels. Experience of managing staff based overseas is desirable;
Proven ability to undertake and lead strategic planning, programme development and evaluation;
Experience of budget development and financial management;
Experience of donor liaison and fundraising (including reporting to donors);
Proven experience of working in partnership with NGOs and other civil society organisations and networks;
Experience of relating to government officials at a senior level
Ability to undertake extensive travel (up to 3 months each year);
High level communication skills, including experience of communicating effectively across cultures and with diverse audiences, both verbally and in writing;
Excellent written and spoken English, and preferably of another language spoken in Africa such as Kiswahili.
Terms and Conditions
Salary range: £40,500 - £50,000 gross per year + benefits Holidays: 28 days/year in addition to agreed Kenya public holidays Hours: Standard working week is 37.5 hours Probation: There will be a probationary period of three months
How to apply:
Please send an application comprising a detailed CV and cover letter to Marie Aziz (reference HOH413) at recruitment [at] saferworld.org.uk by 21st April 2013.
Saferworld regret that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
The person appointed will be responsible for providing administrative support to Saferworld’s East Africa office.
Salary range: KShs1,320,000 - 1,832,298 gross per year plus benefits.
For a job description please visit: http://www.saferworld.org.uk/about/jobs
To apply please send full CV and covering letter detailing how you meet the selection criteria to Marie Aziz at recruitment [at] saferworld.org.uk (please use subject heading: Ref: AQEA).
Deadline for applications: 17th April 2013.
Saferworld regret that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
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