Country Manager – Syria Programme, Peaceful Change Initiative

Peaceful Change Initiative
Position: Country Manager – Syria Programme
Based in: Turkey (residence in another regional location with frequent travel to Gaziantep would be considered)

Salary and benefits: circa £50,000, dependent on skills and experience. The final benefits package will be negotiated with the successful candidate.

Deadline: Monday 13 February

About PCi

The Peaceful Change initiative (PCi) works with societies to prevent or reduce violence triggered by radical and divisive change. We aim to mitigate the effects of violence on people’s lives, while laying the foundations for long-term peace and stability. We run programmes in the Middle East (Syria), North Africa (Libya), and the Black Sea region (Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan, including disputed territories). More details about our work are available at:

About the Role

We are searching for an energetic leader who enjoys delivering high-impact work in challenging and fluid environments and who also has the patience and sensitivity to work on peacebuilding issues. This is an opportunity for a person who would like to make a concrete contribution to ameliorating the crisis in Syria and be part of growing a young, highly dynamic and impact-focused peacebuilding organisation.

Our Middle East programme is focused primarily on Syria at present. Our work with Syrian partners is saving lives, addressing local drivers of conflict and helping to improve basic services inside Syria by supporting networks of community leaders with negotiation, mediation and dialogue skills. At the same time, our work is facilitating contacts and conversations across conflict divides. While we focus on solving problems at a local level, our programme also seeks to influence the national-level conversation on Syria and interpret national-level developments in the peace process Track III influencers. The majority of our work is based in Gaziantep in Turkey but we are expanding our programme to include activities in Lebanon.

The Syria Programme Country Manager, Middle East Programme has overall responsibility for the management and coordination of PCi’s programmes in the Middle East region, ensuring that operations are efficient and effective, in compliance with PCi standards, donor regulations as well as local and international laws. S/He provides leadership and vision to the Syria team and supports team members in working effectively together to deliver a high-impact programme. S/He is responsible for the development and delivery of the programme and operational strategy for the Syria Programme in conjunction with PCi’s Peacebuilding advisors. The post holder manages risks inherent to operating in a fluid and volatile security environment. S/He supports and nurtures relationships with implementing partners and current/potential donors, and creates alliances with relevant stakeholders.

Person Specification

You will have a minimum of 10 years of work experience, with at least six years spent in a related field (ideally peacebuilding and/or human security), where your strong organizational, programme, and financial management skills were developed. Experienced in programme design and the development of successful programme proposals, you will enjoy working with diverse teams and with mixed nationalities across multiple projects and programmes. You will have experience in managing operations in high-risk environments. You will be an inspirational leader who values capacity development, and will be someone who models PCi’s core values of inclusion, dialogue and inclusion. In addition, you will have excellent written and spoken English skills, be detail-oriented, proven project management skills, a can-do attitude, tenacity, and patience. Ideally, you will have experience of living and working in the Middle East and/or Southern Turkey, and strong Arabic language skills, as well as a university degree in Business Administration, International Development, International Affairs or a related discipline.

Application Process

Please send your CV, accompanied by a covering letter (no more than 250 words), describing how your skills and experience match our requirements, to We will begin screening applications immediately and will contact shortlisted candidates before the end of February. If you have not heard from us after that date, your application has been unsuccessful.

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