Country Director - Somalia

Employer: Saferworld
Location: Somalia
Closing date: 04 Jan 2016

Saferworld is an independent non-governmental organisation that works to prevent and reduce violent conflict and promote cooperative approaches to security. We work with civil society, governments and international organisations to encourage and support effective policies and practices through advocacy, research and policy development, and through supporting the development of local capacities and structures. Saferworld has been working in Africa since 1997, with a primary focus upon East Africa and the Horn region. We have well-established programmes in Kenya, Uganda, Somalia and Sudan and also support regional and international conflict prevention and security processes. Saferworld’s headquarters are in London.

Somalia programme:
Saferworld’s Somalia/land 2014-17 Strategy has three core components.

• Supporting the development of a democratic culture including the oversight of free and fair elections
• Supporting reconciliation processes between the local authorities
• Supporting the provision of community-based security and justice and related policy reform

The Saferworld Somali/land programme is currently managed out of the Nairobi regional office. However, management of the programme will be shifted to Somalia and Somaliland, as resources allow. To this end, in 2015 a field office and guesthouse was established in Hargeisa, with one Project Manager/Head of Office operating out of this office. Saferworld is also investigating the potential for establishing offices in Mogadishu and Garowe, as the programme develops and expands. Linked to the expansion is the need for providing operational and financial capacity in-country, and to reduce reliance upon the Nairobi office. The Country Director’s guidance will be critical to this transition process.

Job Purpose:
The Country Director will provide overall leadership of the Somalia programme, ensuring effective implementation of the strategic priorities in line with organisational strategies, policies, and procedures. S/he will directly line manage staff, and oversee the management of other staff within the Somalia team.

We are looking for an experienced senior manager with significant proven experience managing multi-thematic programmes. S/he will have proficient understanding of discourses on conflict prevention, peacebuilding, development, governance and security and justice sector reform, and the international policy environment in which these issues are addressed. Previous experience working in/on Somalia and/or the region is desirable.

How To Apply: 

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The deadline for applications is 4 January 2016