Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP) is a dynamic international, non-governmental organization which works to reduce violence and protect civilians in situations of violent conflict and its aftermath, mostly through the deployment on the ground of multinational teams of civilians. In partnership with local groups, NP applies proven nonviolent strategies to support local peace processes and to create space for local peacemakers to carry out their work. NP has programmes in South Sudan, Philippines and Myanmar, as well as offices in Europe (Brussels) and the United States ( New York City and Minneapolis).
NP South Sudan Program
In South Sudan, NP has 11 field teams providing thematically focused protection programming in child protection, women’s participation and protection, displacement (IDPs and refugees), inter-communal violence reduction and conflict early warning/early response). This young country programme is growing rapidly responding to the dynamic, high needs environment in South Sudan. We are looking for a Country Director who has solid management experience and an understanding of operating in a complex conflict environment to lead NP’s largest country programme in South Sudan. As head of this dynamic contry programme you will be responsible for providing leadership for a staff of 150 people, and maintaine relationships with a wide range of stakeholders.
Position of the Country Director
Country Director is responsible for the overall management of NP’s work in South Sudan, including providing leadership and guidance to staff, safety and security, strategic planning, policy and capacity development, budgeting, financial monitoring, reporting and fundraising. S/he is NP’s chief spokesperson in South Sudan, maintaining bilateral and multilateral relations with key stakeholders and donors. Country Director reports to NP’s Executive Director in the Brussels Head Office and is a member of NP’s Global Senior Management Team. Duty station is in Yangon, with in-country and international travel, as required.
Overall Direction of NP South Sudan Program
o Lead the development of a coherent South Sudan country strategy, in consultation with the Executive Director;
o Identify and pursue potential growth areas and funding opportunities for NP’s programmes (Ceasefire Monitoring, Human Rights, Early Warning and Early Response, Protection of Civilians and Armed Violence Reduction/Community Safety) in South Sudan;
o Lead and manage the in-country NP team;
o Serve as the link between South Sudan programme, NP Head Office and other NP global programmes;
o Ensure accurate records and files are kept and are effectively passed on to new staff and properly archived for organisational learning and donor reporting.
o Serve as country representative and spokesperson and maintain bilateral and multilateral relations with key individuals and institutions in South Sudan;
o Manage effective relationships with principle partners – within South Sudan and outside, as the programme evolves;
o Ensure other staff are appropriately representing NP at relevant forums/ meetings;
o Conduct regular stakeholder analyses to ensure that NP has a good understanding of dynamics/ relationships;
o Represent NP in meetings with donors, NGOs, government, local and international organizations.
o Direct the South Sudan programme’s strategic planning, policy development and programmatic guidance including the planning, monitoring, reporting and evaluation of NP’s overall programme;
o Maintain close involvement in the field work to ensure appropriate implementation;
o Partake in the direct implementation of projects, if required;
o Regularly visit field sites.
o Oversee budgeting and financial management for country programme;
o Recruit, coach and assess the performance of all in-country senior staff;
o Ensure timely grant management and reporting to donors and to NP management;
o Ensure policies, systems and procedures are in place to properly manage financial, human and physical resources of the organization.
o Work with NP’s global communications team and in-country staff to ensure regular and effective communications;
o Guide staff to advocate clearly, appropriately and strategically.
o Lead fundraising/resource mobilization by identifying funding opportunities for new programme development;
o Cultivate and maintain excellent relations with donor community;
o Oversee required reporting to funders;
o Lead proposal development preparation and funding applications, in consultation with NP’s global fundraising staff.
Safety and Security
o Ensure that safety and security procedures and policies are kept up to date and monitored regularly for compliance;
o Proactively lead a good management system for staff security and safety;
o Act in leadership capacity and, as necessary, make decisions in emergency situations;
o Ensure that programme work is developed and implemented in a safe and secure way and that security protocols and procedures are consistent with the programme work.
QUALIFICATIONS AND COMPETENCIES:
A. Education, Experience and Knowledge
o Advanced degree;
o Minimum 5-7 years of experience managing field projects;
o Proven ability to develop and maintain relationships with local government officials, donors (EU, USAID, DFID) and other local and international actors;
o Proven track record to raise funds for new programme development;
o Excellent knowledge and understanding of the political situation in South Sudan, previous experience of working in South Sudan highly desirable;
o Clear understanding of the importance of maintaining non-partisanship in the country context;
o Minimum 3 years of living and working in a multi-cultural environment;
o Proven track record of overseeing financial management and budget development;
o Experience in grant applications and reporting;
o Previous experience of implementing EU, USAID, and DFID grants a plus;
o Experience with log frames and other project planning and design methodologies.
o Independent Judgement/Analytic: ability to think strategically and develop plans;
o Interpersonal Skills: ability to communicate effectively at all levels and represent the organization in important negotiations and other interactions with donors and external stakeholders;
o English language: excellent oral and written skills and ability to communicate on the full range of work-related activities, to write reports and papers, and to prepare presentations without assistance
o Information Technology: good skills in Microsoft Office applications.
C. Other Specialized Requirements
o South Sudan is a challenging living environment. This position will have to travel to remote field sites, including locations with no electricity or running water with limited access to communications.
o This field site is a complex security environment where conditions change rapidly ability to manage in insecure environments is essential to success in this position.
Please send a detailed CV, 3 professional references and a motivational cover letter explaining why you would be a good candidate for this position to:
Deadline for applications: 30 June 2015
We regret only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews