Programme Coordinator for the Sahel region, Interpeace

Please note: The present call for interest does not relate to any currently open position. Its objective is to pre-identify qualified and interested individuals for positions likely to become available in the near future.
Interpeace, an international non-profit organisation, works in close partnership with national partner organizations and the United Nations, with the aim of building lasting peace. Interpeace tailors its approach to each society and ensures that the work is locally driven. Believing that every society has what it needs to build peace, Interpeace supports the active involvement of local, national, and international actors in ongoing inclusive dialogue, collective action and participatory policy research that allows societies facing a risk of violent conflict to overcome its internal divisions. Together with local teams and partners, Interpeace jointly develops peacebuilding programmes and helps establish processes of change that connect local communities, civil society, government and the international community through our Track 6 approach.

Headquartered in Geneva with regional offices in Abidjan, Guatemala City and Nairobi, Interpeace is supported by bilateral and multilateral donors. The organization is currently active in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia.

Detailed information on Interpeace’s work and existing programmes can be found on the Interpeace website.

General duties and responsibilities:

The Programme Coordinator for the Sahel region will manage a multi-country programme in the Sahel region (Mali and neighbouring countries), guiding and coordinating the national team in each country programme. In addition, her/his responsabilities include budget oversight and the networking with political, financial and technical partners on the national and international leves. She/He will be responsible to the Director of the Regional Office for West Africa.

Applicants must fulfill all of the following general requirements in addition to the profile-specific requirements listed below:
Master degree in international relations, peace and conflict studies, security studies, human rights, diplomacy, international cooperation, humanitarian aid, communication or related fields
Demonstrated interest and experience (e.g. policy brief, analytical publication, academic dissertation, work experience, volunteer engagement) in peacebuilding dynamics in West Africa and/or the Sahel region in particular (social cohesion, reconciliation, trust building, dialogue, radicalization, violent extremism, dynamics of violence etc.)
Demonstrated work experience of at least 1 year in any of these two regions considered a strong asset
Aptitude to adapt to a different context regarding security, culture, climate or health issue, demonstrated by experience outside of country of origin
Full professional proficiency in French or native-speaker (CEFR: C2)
Willingness to travel at least 25% of your time
Demonstrated ability to organize, plan and prioritize work tasks

In addition to the general requirements outlined above, the applicant must fulfill the following profile-specific requirements:
Full professional proficiency in English (CEFR: C2)
5-10 years of experience in project management
5-10 years of experience in the coordination of a small number of teams
Record of managing programme budgets of at least 1 million USD
Demonstrated ability to build effective institutional partnerships and to represent an institution, including in high level political circles (government, donors, civil society etc.)
Willingness to travel around 50% of the time
Demonstrated ability to think strategically with regards to project implementation in contexts of conflict and political interests

A successful candidate will:
Identify with Interpeace’s core objectives of supporting locally owned peacebuilding processes and supporting the international community’s efforts to support local peacebuilding capacities
Enjoy integrating into a dedicated, dynamic and international team
Want to make his/her contribution to peacebuilding dynamics in West Africa and/or the Sahel region
Value dialogue processes, local perspectives, policy development and the principle of local ownership
Be motivated to closely collaborate with our national partner/ team in each country programme
Be eager to learn more about peacebuilding and conflict prevention
Be a critical thinker

Please note: Interpeace values diversity among its staff and aims at achieving greater gender parity and diversity in all levels of its work. We welcome applications from women and men. Nationals from countries in West Africa and the Sahel region are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Qualified candidates may submit a complete curriculum vitae and a letter of interest to hoff@interpeace.orgcopying

The following words MUST BE included in the subject line of the application email in order to be considered:

For Programme Coordinator for the Sahel region: “PC Sahel” + your name

Please be sure to answer the following questions in your cover letter:

Why did you chose your field of study/education/profession? Why did you chose to apply specifically to Interpeace? Why are you interested in peacebuilding? Why are you interested in Mali, West Africa and/or the Sahel region? What do you want to learn through working with Interpeace? What is your availability?

Please note that due to high volume of applications, ONLY candidates short-listed for interviews will be notified. This call will remain open until September 11, 2016. Early applications are encouraged.

Note this position open in Mali too: 
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