Search for Common Ground Prog Assoc (Bangui, CAR)

Program Associate - Bangui, Central African Republic


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The Organisation
Search for Common Ground (SFCG) is an international non-profit organisation that promotes peaceful resolution of conflict. With headquarters in Washington, DC and a European office in Brussels, Belgium, SFCG’s mission is to transform how individuals, organisations, and governments deal with conflict - away from adversarial approaches and toward cooperative solutions. SFCG seeks to help conflicting parties understand their differences and act on their commonalities. With a total of approximately 600 staff and approximately 80 consultants and interns worldwide, SFCG implements projects from 56 offices in 35 countries.The organization is an exciting and rewarding place to work, with a dedicated and enthusiastic staff who love their work.  
The Program
 SFCG currently has programs in seventeen countries in Sub-Saharan Africa: Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe. SFCG also implements regional programming addressing cross-national programming. SFCG is implementing 5 projects in the CAR, focusing on reconcilitation and strengthening community security throughout the country.
Summary of Position
 This position will be a support function to SFCG’s program in CAR, and most specifically to the country director. The position will be responsible for programmatic support, including program reporting, and administrative assistance. The position will work closely with SFCG’s Country director, supporting in managing his agenda. In addition to capturing results and contributing to program implementation, will engage in donor contacts, engage in humanitarian fora and write reports and proposals. The position holder will be supervised by the Country Director, and will work with SFCG’s Africa Team on reports and proposal writing. A main focus of the work will be to strengthen the capacities of local staff in various domains, including report writing and planning skills.
  • Strengthen the capacities of local staff in various domains, notably IT and writing skills in both English and French
  • Support reporting mechanisms on programming in the Central African Republic
  • Repsonsibly for communication on our results trought the website, succes stories, blogs, updates, including video-  and photo-material
  • Work with the country director and program managers to support the production of donor reports and program updates, ensuring results-oriented focus and quality reporting
  • Support the development of complementary programs, including program design, and proposal-writing as required
  • Act as personal assistant to the country director, managing his travels, meetings and agenda
  • Attend representational meetings such as NGO coordination, etc.
As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s Degree in the social sciences, conflict resolution, international development, African Studies, or a related field; Masters’ degree preferred
  • At least three (3) years of relevant work experience, preferably in conflict resolution, peace-building, development and/or media
  • Strong French and English writing skills, including experience producing proposals, reports, newsletters, and other informational documents
  • Experience with producing reports to USAID, UNICEF, UNHCR and other donors
  • Experience working outside of country of origin preferred
  • Ability to work in a diverse, multi-cultural team
  • Strong ability to multi-task and work independently
  • Ability to work to strict deadlines and coordinate and compile information from various sources
  • Willingness to regularly travel on short notice within the country
  • Good communication skills and interpersonal relationship
  • Flexibility and good humor
Salary:  Commensurate with education and experience, with excellent benefits
To Apply:  Application Deadline: August 15, 2015. Please apply at be sure to include minimum salary requirements (in currency figures) or current salary, projected start date, and to mention where you found this posting. No phone calls please. Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. Please see our web site for full details of our work.
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