31OCT - Program Manager, FFP - Deadline: N/A

Organization Description

The Fund for Peace is an independent, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) non-profit research and educational organization that works to prevent violent conflict and promote sustainable security.

We promote sustainable security through research, training and education, engagement of civil society, building bridges across diverse sectors, and developing innovative technologies and tools for policy makers.

A leader in the conflict assessment and early warning field, the Fund for Peace focuses on the problems of weak and failing states. Our objective is to create practical tools and approaches for conflict mitigation that are useful to decision-makers.

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 within ECOWAS and its 15 member states.
  • Perform program management functions as required, including liaising with FFP staff based in Nigeria and local partners based in Ghana.
  • 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

  • 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 expertise 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, media skills, and the ability to deal with counterparts at all political, social and economic levels.
  • Fluency in written and spoken French is required.
  • Ability and willingness to travel extensively, particularly to transitioning environments, specifically including the 15 member states of ECOWAS.
  • 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.
  • A Master’s Degree or equivalent is required.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of experience in 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.

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 20, 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 – N/A