Saferworld Consortium Manager – Peace Research Partnership Jobs in Uganda

Saferworld Consortium Manager – Peace Research Partnership Jobs in Uganda

Background

Saferworld, International Alert and Conciliation Resources are working together in a consortium on a three-year programme to provide evidence-based policy and programming recommendations to DFID and other peace, security and development actors.

The £3 million programme is funded under DfID’s
Global Security and Rapid Analysis (GSRA) stream. We are in our third and final year of the research
with a strong focus on learning and uptake of findings and recommendations.

See Annex for more information about each of the consortium members.

Through practice-based research the programme is analysing and drawing lessons from interventions to address conflict drivers both by consortium partners and other external actors.

The main focus is on the notion of inclusion specifically in relation to: economic development, peace processes, institutions, security and justice provision; as well as focusing on gender norms and conflict.

The purpose is to inform and enhance the effectiveness of DfID/HMG’s work to prevent conflict and build lasting peace.

Programme outputs focus on learning and adaptation of programmes, as well as
practical lessons and actionable recommendations for policy actors.

Job purpose

The Peace Research Partnership (PRP) is a complex programme involving multiple research studies in a range of conflict-affected states, and leading to a variety of programme and policy-oriented outputs.

The role of the Consortium Manager is to ensure effective coordination of the consortium
members so that the programme is implemented in an efficient manner and delivers a coherent and
useful body of evidence and learning.

S/he will also liaise closely with DfID-CHASE staff to ensure that the programme responds to DfID priorities and is managed efficiently.

The role of the Consortium Manager is distinct from that of the individual consortium partners, who will each be responsible for delivering the activities and outputs under their respective research themes.

The Consortium Manager is a part-time 3 days/week position. Saferworld (the consortium lead) is responsible for the appointment and employment of the Consortium Manager.

S/he will be based in Saferworld’s London office and will work within Saferworld’s Research and Learning team.

The Consortium Manager will be accountable to all three consortium members through the mechanism of the joint Steering Committee, while day-to-day management and support will be provided by
Saferworld’s Head of Research and Learning.

We are currently in the final year of the PRP programme (April 2019 – March 2020) and require a new Consortium Manager to steer the process through to the end of the programme reporting period in July 2020.

While a number of research studies are still underway, we are also focusing on research
uptake with an emphasis on ensuring the evidence and analysis generated by the PRP research can
usefully inform both programming and policy.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Coordination of communication between consortium members
  • Liaison with DfID-CHASE on behalf of consortium
  • Coordinating financial reporting and forecasting by all three consortium members
  • Coordinating reporting on activities, outputs and compliance using the Results Framework
  • Planning and organising joint events and activities, with a focus on learning and research uptake

    Detailed Roles and Responsibilities
  • Coordination of communication between consortium members
  • Regular liaison with the Research Managers in each of the three organisations including at times
    working at partners’ offices;
  • Communication to consortium members: incl. contractual requirements, updates on events,
    publications, meetings, deadlines;
  • Facilitating communication between consortium members: including through establishing and
    maintaining mechanisms for regular information-sharing among members of research teams;
  • Preparing for, organising, and reporting from periodic meetings of the Steering Committee.
  • Liaison with DfID-CHASE on behalf of consortium
  • First point of contact for, and regular liaison with, DFID-CHASE staff on all issues related to consortium management;
  • Preparing for, organising, and reporting
    from quarterly meetings with DFID’s GSRA management
    team;
  • Redirecting enquiries from DFID to relevant consortium members as appropriate, incl. requests
    for analysis, briefings and other inputs.
  • Coordinating financial reporting and forecasting by all three consortium members
  • Communicating contractual obligations to consortium members;
  • Overseeing receipt of donor income and disbursement of funds to consortium members;
  • Coordinating the production and timely submission of financial reports and forecasts, as required by DfID (including developing templates and timelines, as appropriate);
  • Ensuring the transparent management of joint funds (e.g. for cross-programme learning);
  • Reporting back to Steering Committee re financial management and any issues arising.
  • Coordinating reporting on activities, outputs and compliance using the Results Framework
  • Coordinating the production and timely submission of consortium plans and narrative reports, as required by DfID (including developing templates and timelines, as appropriate), and ensuring that all reports are of a high quality.
  • Planning and organising cross-consortium events and activities, with a focus on learning
    and research uptake
  • Develop and manage processes and activities for cross-consortium learning, in consultation with Research Managers;
  • Lead the organisation of end of programme learning events both with DFID/HMG and consortium
    partners.
  • Planning and organisation of joint outreach events, e.g. final joint event in February 2020
  • Manage the efficient and effective use of cross-consortium learning funds.

    Person specification

    Knowledge

  • Academic qualification to post-graduate level in a relevant field, such as international relations, peace/conflict studies, human rights or development studies
  • Familiarity with the international NGO peace building sector
  • Understanding of DfID’s role, priorities and operations both as a donor and policy actor

    Experience - essential
  • Experience working in the peacebuilding, security or development sector
  • Project management (incl. design and planning, monitoring and evaluation)
  • Financial management (incl. developing and monitoring budgets, narrative and financial reporting)
  • Developing and maintaining systems for project accountability and compliance
  • Planning, facilitating and reporting effectively on meetings
  • Experience of working in at least one of the following regional contexts: Horn/East Africa, Southeast Asia, the Caucasus and Central Asia, the Middle East/North Africa

    Experience - desirable
  • Designing and implementing research studies to inform policy and/or programming
  • Drawing out practical lessons and implications from research evidence and analysis
  • Developing and maintaining positive working relations with UK government officials

    Skills
  • Excellent people management skills with the ability to motivate a range of people across the
    participating organisations
  • Fluency in spoken and written English
  • Demonstrable ability to write to a high standard for a range of audiences (e.g. policy, practitioner)
  • Budget and financial management
  • Appreciation of issues of confidentiality and handling sensitive information with due care
  • Ability to manage and prioritise a diverse and demanding workload and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work as part of a multi-organisational team and with a flexible approach

    Other
  • Commitment to and complicance with Saferworld’s safeguarding principles
  • Willingness to travel overseas (estimated 1-2 trips per year, typically not for more than 1 week)

    How to Apply
  • To apply: Please email your application form to jobs@saferworld.org.uk using subject heading:
  • Ref: CMPRP)
  • Deadline for applications: 19th June, 2019
  • The preferred start date for this position is 15 July, 2019 or before
  • We regret that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted
  • For more information and job application details, see; Saferworld Consortium Manager – Peace Research Partnership Jobs in Uganda

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