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  • Board and Executive Leadership
    International Development

    Chief Executive Officer

    Saferworld is an independent (not for profit) international organisation working to prevent violent conflict and build safer lives. We work with people affected by conflict to improve their safety and security and conduct wider research and analysis. We use this evidence and learning to improve local and national policies and practices that help build lasting change, while at the same time engaging international processes and organisations to reduce conflict and advance peace. The contribution we make relies on key partnership with civil society entities, with social networks and movements, and with local as well as national governing institutions. Our programming stretches across Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and in global advocacy centres in London, Beijing, Brussels and Washington DC. Our priority is people – we believe in a world where everyone enjoys the rights and freedom to live with dignity, free from fear and insecurity – and on the key actors and processes that create conditions for lasting peace.


    Saferworld are seeking a new highly motivated and politically aware Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to steer Saferworld to the next stage of its strategic development. This post will suit a candidate with proven experience managing an international organisation, one who possesses essential business management acumen, has strong strategic thinking and problem-solving abilities, and an empathetic management style. Weare also looking for an applicant familiar with peacebuilding and conflict dynamics, and who is willing to take calculated risks and explore new ideas and ways of working.

    You will work with a dedicated and diverse team of colleagues internationally, enabling them to challenge norms and inspire transformative outcomes and systemic change. With them, your leadership will be instrumental in shaping and overseeing creative and varied approaches to conflict prevention and peacebuilding, and alongside peer organisations, making a real significant difference.

    Reporting to the Board of Trustees, and through regular engagement with them, you will

    oversee the organisation’s fiscal integrity and financial stability to enable it achieve its goals and ensure it delivers the best possible outcomes; championing innovation and opportunity, while identifying and managing risk. You will make sure organisational structures and accountabilities are aligned with strategic and operational requirements, and adaptation and change take place as required.

    The CEO will strengthen the profile of Saferworld globally and contribute to relevant partnerships

    and coalitions – collaboratively driving creative approaches to new fundraising opportunities.

    Finally, as a guardian and exponent of Saferworld’s core values and principles, the CEO will be a positive role model for the culture of the organisation. You will advance a culture and practice of active learning, adaptation and new ways of working – playing a lead role shaping thinking on the nature and future direction of Saferworld’s programme and policy positioning.

     For further information, we invite you to download the appointment details for this role

    CEO Saferworld_Appointment details


    Location: UK

    Salary and Benefits:

    Contract length: Open-ended, 37.5 hours/week


    Closing date: 2nd February 2024

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    Job Title:Chief Executive Officer
    Location:United Kingdom

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