01NOV - Program Manager, The Fund for Peace - Deadline: 27NOV

Organization Description

The Fund for Peace seeks to understand the underlying conditions of conflict and develops practical solutions to those conditions. It has been a consistent advocate of fostering security through respect for the principles of constitutional democracy and sustainable development.

Location: Washington, DC

Job Description

The Fund for Peace (FFP) seeks a dynamic, motivated, and collaborative individual to join its Washington, D.C.-based team, focused on conflict early warning and response, particularly in Anglophone and Francophone West Africa.

The Program Manager will be based in Washington, D.C., with extensive travel to specific FFP program locations, particularly in West Africa. This position will initially focus on conflict early warning and response, with a specific focus on the fifteen member states of the Economic Community of West African States. There will be room for growth into FFP's other programs, including but not limited to the annual Fragile States Index.

Job Responsibilities

75% Program Development, Research, and Planning:

  • Design and implement training programs on conflict prevention and early warning to various audiences and constituencies, such as local civil society actors and senior level diplomats.
  • Perform program management functions as required, including liaising with FFP staff and local partners based in West Africa.
  • Provide monthly written and verbal reports to the Executive Director and other partners as required.
  • Build and maintain relationships for FFP with government officials, local organizations, and international organizations in target countries.
  • Represent FFP at internal and external events and disseminate information about FFP's programs and research findings.
  • Provide expertise on relevant subject matter through briefings of key officials and other relevant actors, publications, and participation in working groups, conferences and roundtable events.

25% Political Risk and Data Analysis:

  • Assist with data collection and analysis for various conflict and risk assessments.
  • Analyze and disseminate data through various platforms for data visualization.
  • Perform program management functions as required, including coordinating requests for political risk analyses from various clients.
  • Assist with communications and design of political risk analysis products.

Performs other duties as assigned. This position is contingent upon funding.

Job Requirements

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Deep understanding of the dynamics of political transitions and programming to support them, strong research and analytical skills, and a minimum of five years of experience working in and/or on conflict or post-conflict countries in Africa.
  • Demonstrated experience on data collection, integration, analysis, and visualization.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with key stakeholders, both internal and external.
  • Excellent representation and communication skills (oral and written), including cross-cultural skills, and media skills.
  • Fluency in written and spoken French is required.
  • Ability and willingness to travel extensively, particularly to transitioning environments in Africa.
  • Ability and willingness to relocate to Washington, D.C. is required.
  • U.S. citizenship, permanent residency, or the ability to obtain work authorization in the U.S. is required. Costs associated with obtaining work authorization are the sole responsibility of the applicant.

Experience and Qualifications Required

  • A Master's Degree or equivalent is required.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of experience in one or combination of the following areas: peacebuilding; conflict prevention and early warning; data collection, integration, analysis, and visualization; and general political risk analysis.
  • A minimum of three (3) years graduated responsibility in program management.

Physical Demands

  • Travel requiring to settings which may include limitations in electricity and communication and modest accommodations.
  • Periods of heightened work activity and protracted work hours related to pressures of proposal and report submissions.

Work Environment

  • Work may occasionally take place in locations which can be volatile or lack formal security infrastructure

How to Apply

To be considered for this position, please submit a complete application package consisting of: 1. Cover letter 2. Resume

Send application packages to the attention of:
Mr. J. J. Messner Executive Director
1101 14th Street NW, Suite 1020
Washington, D.C. 20005

Application packages may be submitted by mail to the address above, or electronically to admin@fundforpeace.org.

The deadline by which applications must be received by FFP is 5pm U.S. Eastern Time, Friday, November 27, 2015.

Successful applicants who progress past the first round of interviews will be required to submit writing samples in both English and French, and must be prepared to interview in both English and French. Writing samples should not however be included in initial applications.

For questions about this position, please email Kendall Lawrence at klawrence@fundforpeace.org.

Only those applicants that are selected for further discussions will be contacted. Interviews will be scheduled by appointment only.

The Fund for Peace is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy and practice of FFP to offer equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, age, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, political affiliations or belief, pregnancy, or any other characteristic protected by law.

No phone calls, please.

Deadline: November 27, 2015