Saferworld is an independent international organisation working to prevent violent conflict and build safer lives. We work with people affected by conflict to improve their safety and sense of security and conduct wider research and analysis. We use this evidence and learning to improve local, national and international policies and practices that can help build lasting peace. Our priority is people – we believe in a world where everyone can lead peaceful, fulfilling lives, free from fear and insecurity. We are a not-for-profit organisation operational in 12 countries across Afric, Asia and the Middle East.
Saferworld has been working in Africa since 1997, with a primary focus on East Africa and the Horn region. We have well-established programmes in Kenya, Uganda, Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan. In addition, we support regional and international conflict prevention and security processes. Our headquarters is in London, with offices in Nairobi, Kampala, Mogadishu, Khartoum and Juba regionally.
Sudan is currently witnessing an amazing yet potentially difficult transition into huge possibilities of a democratic era characterised by a multi-party democratic system which will, by definition, ensure wider realisation of citizenship rights, peace and justice. This transition era encompasses many opportunities, notably the relative opening-up of civic space. However this era also presents challenges, including: a) exclusion of conflict areas from current transition processes, b) eruption of violence by militarised elements and non-state, paramilitary actors, c) inheritance of a deeply entrenched corrupt system characterised by a complex web of economic and political relations, and d) marginalisation of youth and women – who were central to the largely peaceful change process – in governance and decision making processes. All of these factors might jeopardise a smooth transition into democracy.
Given the above opportunities and challenges, Saferworld must also review and adapt its current programming approaches and strategic partnerships, as well as current model of operating in order to remain responsive to the context, fit for purpose, and to maximise the impact of our work with partners. Saferworld is therefore urgently seeking a Country Director to oversee the programme during this transition period and beyond
This position has exciting possibilities for a candidate committed to working with partners on conflict transformation and building peace; has experience of being able to explore connections and work creatively with others; and is ready to meet new challenges and seek solutions that are original and fresh.
The Country Director will be responsible for further developing Saferworld’s programme for Sudan – establishing and deepening strategic partnership with national and international actors working towards a peaceful Sudan and facilitating creative ways to support positive conflict prevention initiatives. The post holder will provide overall project management for current and future initiatives – managing and monitoring programme delivery, attracting appropriate resources, and ensuring financial oversight.
Roles and responsibilities
Build and maintain effective internal and external relationships
The Post Holder will maintain good relationships and regular contacts with relevant authorities of Sudan (including transitional Government); international partners and stakeholders, including Saferworld’s donors; civil society organisations that Saferworld works with and/or support based on Saferworld’s partnership principles.
Key current priorities
Quality, Coherence and Impact
The post holder will manage the overall implementation of programme components in fulfilment of Saferworld’s funded programme obligations, including developing new areas of work as relevant. To include:
As the overall country programme budget holder, oversee all programme budgets and management accounts, in-line with Saferworld’s organisational processes. Ensure all costs (staff, operations, activities, and overheads) are adequately budgeted for and effectively managed.
Key current priorities
Manage the country programme budget in line with internal organisational processes – monitor the project budget on a monthly basis in coordination with colleagues to ensure optimum expenditure of funds and timely and accountable financial reporting by partners.
Ensure effective management of Saferworld HR and Operational Plans
Fundraising and Donor Relations
Together with the Funding team and the Partnerships and Grants Manager, maintain effective donor relationships for the Sudan programme.
Key working relationships
Scope and accountability
Decision making and limits of authority: Key budget holder and providing authorisation according to agreed matrix.
Financial resources: Project budget approx. £2 million per annum.
Other resources: As agreed with the Head of East Africa.
People management: Currently five staff.
Legal, regulatory and compliance responsibility: Ensure that Saferworld in Sudan is in compliant with all legal and statutory requirements including financial regulations, health and safety, labour law, safeguarding requirements etc
Knowledge, qualifications and experience
Skills and abilities
How to apply
To apply for this role, kindly send through a Microsoft Word version of your CV and a cover letter detailing why you are suited to this role. Please mark it for the attention of Gareth Griffiths, email address: [email protected]. Please subject your email with the following reference: SAFER_CDS.
Please note that the interview dates for this role will be confirmed with you should your application be successful.
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