Chief Executive

London, United Kingdom
Apply by 5 June 2015
Posted on 8 May 2015

Job Description

International Alert

Appointment of Chief Executive

Understanding conflict. Building peace.

International Alert helps people find peaceful solutions to conflict. We are one of the world’s leading peacebuilding organisations, with nearly 30 years of experience laying the foundations for peace. We work with local people around the world to help them build peace, and we advise governments, organisations and companies on how to support peace.

We believe peace is possible when people can live in safety, have fair and effective laws, participate in shaping political decisions, make a decent living and secure their wellbeing.

We are seeking to appoint an outstanding Chief Executive endowed with creativity, entrepreneurial flair and the ability to provide strong intellectual leadership. Reporting to the Board of Trustees and based in the UK, the Chief Executive is responsible for leading our peacebuilding activities in over 25 countries around the world. This includes oversight of programme implementation, strategy, fundraising, advocacy and outreach. As an ambassador for International Alert locally and internationally, you play a key role in building a strong profile for the organisation.

This role requires an inspirational visionary capable of determining and leading change. You will bring strong and proven strategic management and leadership experience with the ability to motivate a creative and empowered team. You will deploy effective interpersonal and communication skills with gravitas and empathy to build robust relationships across a complex stakeholder map. Applying exceptional personal credibility, integrity and capacity to project our goals and vision you will enhance International Alert’s international profile and the impact of its work.

To apply or to download further information on the required qualifications, skills and experience for the role, please visit quoting reference 2037. The deadline for applications is 09:00 (BST) on Friday 5th June, 2015. The role is based in London and the salary is commensurate with the seniority of the appointment.

Our staff members are from over all the world and we value the diverse range of experience that this brings. We strive to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disability.

About the Organization

International Alert is a 25-year old independent peacebuilding organisation that works to lay the foundations for lasting peace and security in communities affected by violent conflict.

We work with people who are directly affected by violent conflict to improve their prospects of peace. And we seek to influence the policies and ways of working of governments, international organisations like the UN and multinational companies, to reduce conflict risk and increase the prospects of peace.

We work in Africa, several parts of Asia, the South Caucasus, the Middle East and Latin America and have recently started work in the UK. Our policy work focuses on several key themes that influence prospects for peace and security – the economy, climate change, gender, the role of international institutions, the impact of development aid, and the effect of good and bad governance.

We are one of the world’s leading peacebuilding NGOs with more than 155 staff based in London and 15 field offices.

How We Work

We work in a number of ways, using one or more of the following methods, depending on what is most appropriate for the situation:

  • Dialogue
  • Research
  • Advocacy
  • Training
  • Accompaniment

What We Do

Thematic Work

  • Aid Effectiveness
  • Climate Change
  • Economy And Peacebuilding
  • Gender
  • Security

Regional Work

International Alert works in countries and regions that are experiencing armed conflict, facing the threat of it or trying to deal with its aftermath. Peace cannot be made on behalf of people in war-torn and war-threatened territories, but work can be done to equip individuals, organisations and communities with the knowledge and skills that will radically improve their chances of avoiding violence.

We do this through bringing groups and people who are divided by conflict together into dialogue to improve mutual understanding and identify new solutions to persistent problems. We also accompany partner organisations in conflict zones through peace processes, building their capacities to build lasting peace by offering training, advice and support.

Our work in countries affected or threatened by conflict is in the Great Lakes region of Africa, West Africa, the Caucasus and Central Asia, South Asia and Southeast Asia, Middle East, Latin America and the UK.

Training and Learning

Sharing tools and knowledge on how to build peace and minimise conflict dynamics enables those directly affected by violent conflict, and those whose policies and practices impact on prospects for peace, to work towards sustained peace.

Alert uses training and learning methodologies grounded in an understanding of causes and drivers of conflict to:

  1. Support and inform the peacebuilding approaches used by those affected by violent conflict;
  2. Improve the policy and practice of governments, donors and intergovernmental organisations in building sustainable peace;
  3. Strengthen the expertise, impact and public profile of the peacebuilding sector.

Alert offers bespoke training at entry-level, field practitioner and strategic levels, as well as supporting Alert’s regional and thematic work on conflict and peacebuilding.

Conflict and peace-related training topics include:

  • Skills for working on conflict
  • Introduction to working in conflict
  • Conflict sensitivity and development programming
  • Conflict sensitivity in business practices
  • Reintegration of ex-combatants
  • Gender, security and peace
  • Gender and peacebuilding

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