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  • International Development
    Senior Leadership and Management

    Director of Policy and Programmes

    About Saferworld

    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.

    About the role

    The Director of Policy and Programmes is an exciting new opportunity to play an influential role in a leading conflict prevention and peacebuilding organisation.

    Your role will be to provide strategic guidance across all policy and programme teams to achieve the highest possible value where Saferworld contributes to transformative social and political change for those experiencing injustice and conflict.

    You will be responsible for providing direction, oversight and accountability for the effective implementation and performance of Saferworld’s geographic and international programming commitments, including community-based programming, peace and conflict advisory and accompaniment services, research and analysis, advocacy and policy development, communications and learning functions.

    As a member of the Senior Management Team, the post holder will exercise collaborative leadership in setting organisational policy and direction under the global strategy, advancing key organisation-wide processes and development and helping shape the strategic alignment and management of the organisation.

    This position is suited to a candidate with proven leadership experience in the international development sector at senior management level, with a track record in strategic planning, integrated policy and programme development and the management of multi-thematic, multi-geographic strategies for change. You will complement a solid understanding of peacebuilding and conflict with experience living and/or working in a conflict-affected contexts. You will have prior experience overseeing conflict analysis processes and advising on and inclusive approaches to programming design and practice aswell as policy and advocacy.

    You will have proven success in leading and facilitating high performing, multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary teams, and be able to inspire and motivate others to achieve common goals.

    You will also be committed to the vision, mission and values of Saferworld, including respecting and valuing equality and diversity, and understanding how this applies to your own area of work:-

    • Lead by example, role model leadership qualities and create a safe and respectful environment for all staff.
    • Commitment to improving international engagement in conflict affected contexts.
    • Commitment to own continuing personal and professional development


    For further information, we invite you to download the appointment details for this critical position: Director of Policy and Programmes Appointment Details

    Location: where Saferworld has a presence such as London, Nairobi, Kampala or Bishkek.

    Terms and conditions: commensurate with the seniority of the position and based on the location of the applicant. National terms and conditions will be offered and the right to work in that specific country is required.

    Contract: Open-ended


    Closing date: 29th October 2023

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