US Associate, Global Policy & Advocacy team (Wash DC)

Management responsibility: US Research and Policy Officer, Saferworld
Reporting to: Head of Global Policy and Advocacy

Key relationships: Other staff in the Global Policy and Advocacy team and the Policy, Advocacy and Communications division Key staff in Saferworld’s regional programs Key staff in the Fundraising and Operations programs Relevant Saferworld partner organizations, international institutions, government stakeholders, the corporate sector Saferword’s US board and US-based donors

Salary range: A competitive salary will be negotiated commensurate with skills and experience

Background: The US remains the pre-eminent power in an era of profound insecurity and geopolitical division. Deep bipartisan divides underpin huge dilemmas over how the US should define its global role and deal with international conflicts and threats. Saferworld believes all administrations should use the US’s great military, economic and political power to prevent conflict and build peace. We are seeking to attract an individual to help us build understanding of what drives conflict, and how to solve it, from the perspective of people living through it.

Applicants must be talented, committed, experienced individuals ready to help us change the conversation, as we work to build demand for – and practical uptake of – peacebuilding options for resolving crises and threats. Saferworld is an independent non-governmental organization that works to prevent violent conflict and build safer lives. We work with civil society, governments and international organizations to encourage and support effective policies and practices through advocacy, research and policy development, and through supporting the actions of others.

Under our 2017-2021 Strategic Plan, we:
 Strengthen people’s security and justice  Challenge gender norms that drive conflict  Encourage inclusive and just transitions to peace  Promote global peace and security, and  Support conflict-sensitive international engagement in conflict contexts.

In recent years, Saferworld has played a prominent role in global conflict policy debates (e.g. on the New Deal, the Sustainable Development Goals and the Arms Trade Treaty), offering an independent, evidence-based perspective. We currently have country and regional programs in Central and South Asia, the Horn and Great Lakes regions of Africa and the Middle East and North Africa. Our policy, advocacy and communications division (PAC) spans London, Brussels, Washington and Vienna with frequent engagement in New York, Addis Ababa, Beijing and other global policy centers – where we engage with key global actors including the US, UK, EU and Member States, UN, OECD, AU, World Bank, China and others.

The focus of this post is to help to ensure an influential voice for Saferworld in US peace and security debates and decision-making processes. As the US is perhaps the most significant actor on global security and conflict issues, this is an important role.

Our strategy needs to reflect how conflict policies are made in the US and how best Saferworld’s peacebuilding perspective, experience and analysis can be fed into them. Themes for engagement will include crisis management and military intervention, counter-terrorism (CT), countering/preventing violent extremism (C/PVE), stabilization, forced displacement and migration, gender norms that drive and perpetuate conflict, and defense, security and intelligence cooperation (including arms trade and arms proliferation).

Job Purpose
Develop and manage Saferworld’s work to inform and influence US engagement on international security, peace and conflict issues. Build Saferworld’s credibility and relationships with the US policy and programming community in order to promote uptake of evidence-based and people-focused approaches to conflict prevention and peacebuilding Support Saferworld advocacy towards US-based multilateral institutions working on peace and conflict issues

Key areas of responsibility Strategic planning and development of new US (and global) strategies and workplans  Contribute to the implementation of Saferworld’s Strategic Plan 2017 – 2021 and support the development of global elements of future strategic plans  Develop analysis of how decision-making on conflict issues occurs in the US and how to influence it  Together with relevant colleagues, develop, maintain and enhance Saferworld’s US strategy for maximum positive impact  Contribute to and support the development and implementation of other PAC-led and regional strategies and projects as appropriate  Identify and build synergies between Saferworld’s US strategy and those of regional/country programs Lead the delivery of outreach, dialogue and communications in the US on Saferworld’s thematic and regional priorities  Support Saferworld to understand and analyze US debates, decisions and actions on priority countries and themes, adapt our strategies to ensure impact and take relevant opportunities  Influence the US to develop constructive policies and approaches in relation to priority themes, in particular: o Peacebuilding responses to crises and threats (including current counter-terrorism (CT), countering/preventing violent extremism (C/PVE), stabilization, forced displacement and migration) o Gender norms that drive conflict o Defense, security and intelligence cooperation with partner governments – including arms trade o Conflict-sensitivity of international aid and investment o Security, justice and peacebuilding processes  Develop outreach and dialogue materials such as policy briefings, letters, submissions and other communications products for US audiences, and ensure Saferworld’s research products, messages and policy agenda are effectively designed for US target audiences and interlocutors Support the outreach and dialogue work of Saferworld’s regional programs  Liaise with Saferworld heads of region and country managers to amplify the perspectives and priorities of Saferworld regional programs in the US  Help develop our programs’ and partners’ outreach capacity and strategies, to ensure impactful outreach and dialogue Develop and maintain Saferworld’s profile and collaboration in strategic partnerships and coalitions  Regularly assess how best to work with partners to advance Saferworld’s strategic objectives  Develop and maintain Saferworld’s strategic partnerships, coalitions and networks, and relationships with government, security agencies, international institutions, congress, NGOs, academia, the private sector and the media in the US  Support colleagues across Saferworld to engage and collaborate effectively with the above  Develop Saferworld’s profile with relevant decision-makers and those who influence them  Represent Saferworld in policy and program debates on peace, conflict and security issues in the US Manage Saferworld’s US office and 1-2 staff within it  Work with relevant staff in London and Washington to ensure effective management of Saferworld’s Washington office  Maintain Saferworld’s registration in the US  Line manage Saferworld’s US Policy and Research Officer, and help recruit and manage other US-based staff as and when required Support organizational learning, monitoring and evaluation processes.  Ensure the US team regularly takes stock of its impact through regular outcome monitoring, and adjusts strategy accordingly  Feed relevant lessons into ongoing strategy development and program design.  Work with country programs to develop and share learning on program effectiveness in the US Develop funding opportunities and help manage relations with US donors in support of Saferworld priorities.  Together with the Head of Global Policy and Advocacy, Saferworld’s funding team and other colleagues, actively explore new funding opportunities  Manage and build relations with existing and potential donors and help ensure we are effective in developing a sustained funding base  Play a lead role in drafting concept notes, funding proposals and budgets for US donors  Ensure accurate and timely reporting and monitoring of project funds and compliance with transparency requirements regarding US-focused projects

PERSON SPECIFICATION Knowledge  A Master’s degree or above in political science, international relations, communications or a related field  Commitment to improving US engagement in conflict-affected contexts and experience-based ideas as to how this can be achieved  Understanding of key conflict drivers, political dynamics and debates relating to conflict, security and development and options for engaging with them  Expert knowledge on peacebuilding, stabilization, counter-terror, governance, gender, peace and security, conflict sensitivity, arms control and/or human rights  Excellent understanding of US politics and decision-making, and how they link to Saferworld’s core issues Experience  Substantial relevant experience, with demonstrable knowledge and understanding of international development, rights/governance and/or peacebuilding and conflict prevention issues  Experience working on peacebuilding, governance and/or human rights in at least two contexts significantly affected by violent conflict, terror threats, repression, forced displacement and/or human rights abuses would be an advantage  Proven experience of working in partnership with other NGOs and NGO networks and/or influencing for constructive change within government or international institutions  Experience of working on own initiative and in a small team   Experience in one or more of the following would be an advantage: o providing professional advice, including on a consultancy basis, to the private sector, multilateral bodies and/or governments o workshop design, facilitation, training and capacity-building o research, analysis and/or evaluation on relevant issues Skills  Track record of developing and delivering effective strategies for influencing policy and/or practice of governments and other actors on peace, security, and/or governance and human rights themes  High level communication skills, including experience of communicating effectively across cultures and with diverse audiences, both verbally and in writing  Demonstrable ability to write research reports, policy papers, briefings and articles, as well as communicating in other forms, such as blogs and vlogs  Proven ability to motivate, engage and influence different audiences  Proven organizational reputation management skills  Ability to manage complex workloads and to develop and deliver work plans effectively with teams working across multiple locations.  Understanding of and commitment to integrating conflict- and gender-sensitivity. Other  Ability to undertake travel (up to 2 months each year)

Remuneration: A competitive salary and benefits package will be negotiated commensurate with skills and experience. Please provide an indication of salary expectations in your application.  Probation: Probationary period of 3 months. 
Holidays: 20 days holiday a year (Jan-Dec) in addition to relevant public holidays. 
Hours: Standard working week is 37.5 hours a week. However, a willingness to work longer hours, as required, will be necessary.

APPLICATION PROCESS To apply: Please complete an application form ( and email to Marie Aziz at
please use subject heading: Ref: ADC18

We would like to fill this post as soon as possible so applications will be assessed on a rolling basis – applicants are encouraged to submit their completed form promptly

It is anticipated that interviews will take place in May 2018

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