Oct 30, 2016

Conflict and Security Adviser , London/Overseas

Location: London (UK) (other options may be considered
Salary range: £35,666 - £41,660 gross per annum
Contract Maternity cover – up to 12 months

Reporting to: Senior Conflict and Security Adviser

Key relationships:
Other advisers in the Policy, Advocacy and Communications Division (PAC)
Key staff in Saferworld’s regional programmes in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East
Key staff I the Fundraising and Operations Programmes
Relevant Saferworld partner organisation, international institutions, government stakeholders, the corporate sector

Job Purpose:
Contribute to and lead aspects of Saferworld’s policy development, research and advocacy work,
and provide technical and mentoring support to Saferworld’s in-country programme teams and
external partners.
Provide expert advice and capacity-building on gender-sensitive and –transformative conflict,
security and justice programmes, working with civil society, governments and corporate actors as
Contribute to the development of Saferworld’s research and advocacy on key areas of policy
expertise, including gender peace and security; conflict-sensitive development; and/or security and

Summary of key areas of responsibility:
1. Strategic planning, programme development and integration
2. Policy research and advocacy
3. Internal/external technical support
4. Organisational learning, monitoring and evaluation
5. Management and fundraising

1. Strategic planning, programme development and integration
 Contribute to the development and implementation of Saferworld’s Strategic Plan 2017 – 2020,
and in particular to the implementation of the strategies on Gender, Peace and Security,
Security and Justice and/or Conflict Sensitivity, in close partnership with other parts of PAC and
with the regional programmes.
 Contribute to, and support, the development and implementation of other PAC-led strategies
and projects as appropriate.
 Identify and build synergies between policy plans/strategies and the plans and strategies of
regional/country programmes.
 Contribute to the design, monitoring and evaluation of Saferworld’s policy, advocacy and
communications work and the feeding of relevant lessons into ongoing strategy development
and programme design.
2. Policy research and advocacy
 Develop, manage and implement research activities that advance Saferworld’s understanding
of key policy challenges and responses relating to relevant areas of work, particularly with
regard to gender, conflict, security and justice.
 Write good quality briefings, policy papers and training materials aimed at donor governments,
international institutions, parliamentarians and journalists.
 Promote Saferworld’s priority issues through liaison with relevant officials in government,
security agencies and the judiciary, international institutions, parliaments, NGOs and the media
and represent Saferworld and partners in national and international events (in partnership with
the Advocacy Team).
 Deliver presentations and facilitate training sessions on the above issues, as appropriate.
3. Internal/external technical support
 Offer expert training and capacity building to Saferworld staff and partners and support them in
gender-sensitive or –transformative programme development.
 Provide policy advice and technical assistance as appropriate to Saferworld’s regional
programmes, including in Africa, the Caucasus, Central and South Asia and the Middle East.
 Provide policy advice and technical assistance as appropriate to Saferworld’s external partners,
for example through ‘helpdesk’ requests and short-term consultancies.
4. Organisational learning, monitoring and evaluation
 Work with other members of the policy team, regional advisers, and the Organisational
Development Unit to further strengthen processes for cross-organisational learning on gender,
peace and security, security and justice and/or conflict sensitivity.
 Participate in (or lead) learning exercises on particular issues relating to gender, peace and
security, security and justice and / or conflict sensitivity.
 Participate actively in, and strengthen, internal M&E systems.
5. Management and fundraising
 Manage consultancies for relevant policy/technical work commissioned by PAC and deliver
high quality advisory support to external partners/clients.
 Assist in the drafting of funding applications and funding reports and ensure the accurate and
ongoing monitoring of project funds.
 Assist in identifying funding opportunities at the international and/or regional level.

Person Specification: 
A post-graduate degree in international relations, conflict/peace studies or a similar discipline,
or equivalent professional experience
Knowledge of monitoring and evaluation, particularly in relation to gender and/or conflict
sensitivity, would be an advantage

A minimum of 6 years’ relevant experience, and demonstrable knowledge and understanding of
gender, as well as broader peace and security, security and justice, conflict sensitivity, and/or
conflict prevention, including the relevant international discourses, policies and actors
Proven experience in gender-focused programming, preferably in conflict-affected contexts
Proven experience in conducting high quality social research on issues related to conflict,
security, justice, gender equality and/or governance, and knowledge of relevant research
Experience of working on conflict, gender equality, security, justice, human rights and/or
governance issues in at least two contexts in Central/East Africa, South Asia, South-eastern
Europe, the Caucasus, Central Asia and/or the Middle East/North Africa
Experience of working with national governments, international organisations, the corporate
sector and/or large multi-mandate development NGOs, in particular in conflict-affected and
fragile contexts, would be an advantage
Experience in providing professional advice, including on a consultancy basis to the private
sector and/or governments would be an advantage
Experience in facilitation, training and capacity-building would be an advantage

Rigorous analytical skills and proven ability to write policy papers, briefings and articles
Excellent written and oral communication skills. Fluency in written and spoken English, and
preferably one other language
Proven ability to work alongside, and to learn from, a wide range of people, including Southern
partners (governments and civil society organisations)
Creativity, flexibility, self-motivation and the ability to prioritise workloads to meet deadlines
Ability to lead lessons learning processes
Commitment to improving international engagement in conflict-affected contexts and
experience-based ideas as to how this can be achieved.

Willingness to travel overseas (for up to approximately three months in the year, typically not
for more than 1-2 weeks per trip)

Terms And Conditions: 
Probation: There will be a probation period of three months
Holidays: 28 days holiday a year (Jan-Dec) in addition to relevant public holidays
Pension: 9% employer contribution to a personal pension fund (with 2% contribution from employee
Salary range: £35,666 - £41,660 gross per annum
Hours: Standard working week is 37.5 hours

How To Apply
To apply: Please email a completed application form  to xxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxx/com

Deadline for applications: 2 November 2016

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