Project Manager – Yemen, Strategic Peacebuilding Programme

18 May 2018

Job Title: Project Manager, Strategic Peacebuilding Programme Reporting to: Director, Strategic Peacebuilding Programme

The Role: The post-holder will be responsible for managing the work of ORG’s Strategic Engagement peacebuilding projects in Yemen, with regular travel to Jordan.

Location: London – Shoreditch (to July 2018) and Bethnal Green (from July 2018) Hours: 4 days/week.

Salary: £35,754 per annum pro rata (ORG operates a contributory pension scheme with an employer’s contribution of 6%).

Duration: 10 months, to end of March 2019, with intention to extend contract subject to funding. Eligibility: Please note that you must be eligible to work in the UK in order to apply.

How to Apply: Please send a short covering letter (1 page max.) and CV (2 page max) to org@oxfordresearchgroup.org.uk by noon (BST) 04 June 2018. Please put "SPP Project Manager – Yemen" in the subject line of your email.

Interviews: We expect to hold interviews in London in the week of 11 June 2018.

 

About Oxford Research Group (ORG)

Oxford Research Group (ORG) is an independent peace, security and conflict resolution NGO that has been active and influential since the early 1980s. Since 2006 we have been based in London. In mid-2018 we have a staff of ten plus two part-time paid interns, three pro bono and several paid consultants.

ORG’s mission is to promote approaches to defence, development and foreign policies that are inclusive, accountable, sustainable and effective. We thus work to transform the way that people and policy-makers think about security, shifting to long-term, strategic measures to sustain peace. We call this breaking out of the cycle of conflict.

Our work is rigorous, realistic, and evidence-based. It is rooted in the four pillars of research, advocacy, capacity-building and dialogue. The main focus of our work is the UK, and to a lesser extent NATO, the UN and countries where British foreign and security policies are most closely intertwined with violent conflicts, not least the Middle East and North Africa.

About the Strategic Peacebuilding Programme

Strategic Peacebuilding Programme (SPP) seeks to contribute to preventing, transforming and ending violence by changing how people think about and engage with conflict. We facilitate innovative and strategic dialogues to lay the foundations and ripen the conditions for effective conflict-resolution efforts.

By creating space for people to engage strategically with one another, SPP seeks to open-up fresh possibilities for conflict resolution. Using the knowledge and expertise gained from dialogue, we seek to give third parties - be they the UN, governments or civil society - the critical insights they need to develop effective policies and peace processes.

Our creative approach encourages a deeper appreciation of the causes and drivers of conflict in the Middle East and seeks to challenge established ways of thinking. For over a decade, the SPP has been facilitating inclusive dialogue, often engaging with groups that sit outside the official diplomatic process, to explore means of resolving the conflict.

Our Strategic Dialogue work in Israel and Palestine has been ongoing since 2006 and now includes the Israeli Strategic Forum (ISF), the Palestine Strategy Group (PSG) and the Palestinian Citizens of Israel Group (PCIG). A fourth track initiative, working with diaspora and refugee Palestinians will start work in 2018. In recent years we have also worked in Egypt. Work with Yemenis is an exciting new dimension to the Programme’s work, applying learnings from its other projects.

#This is one of two part-time project manager roles that the Programme is recruiting in May-June 2018 due to the expansion of its projects. The other is Project Manager – Palestine and Israel. If you would like to be considered for both roles, please state this clearly in your application together with your preferred post. Role Description

Based in our London office, this new position will take responsibility for the management of the Strategic Peacebuilding Programme’s project focused on Yemen. This work is initially funded by the UK Government until March 2019, in the expectation that the project will continue and expand in subsequent years. The post-holder will line manage the Programme Officer, work very closely with other ORG colleagues and our Yemeni partner, the Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies, and be responsible for measuring and maximizing project impact and reporting to the donor(s).

In particular, the Project Manager will have responsibility for:

 

Project Planning, Management, Monitoring and Evaluation, and Reporting

  • Planning, managing and ensuring the effective implementation of the project with due regard for agreed plans, budgets, deadlines and quality.
  • Managing excellent relationships with project partner organisations, principally the Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies.
  • Monitoring and evaluating the impact of all project activities to ensure the achievement of project, programme and organisational objectives.
  • Reporting to donors (initially the UK Conflict, Security and Stability Fund) on the use of restricted grants and their impact.

 

Management of Programme Staff and Consultants

  • Recruiting/contracting, managing, developing and appraising project staff (one programme officer), consultants and/or interns, following ORG performance management policies.
  • Ensuring that staff and consultants have clear roles, work plans and goals to achieve specific project tasks and outputs.
  • Providing opportunities for staff to learn and develop.

 

Project Communications and Advocacy

  • Co-authoring project reports and analysis of the situation in Yemen.
  • Working with project partners and participants to engage effectively with international parties active in the Yemen peace process (e.g. UN, UK and European governments, other INGOs) to incorporate more inclusive, effective approaches.
  • Reporting (in person and/or in writing) on the projects’ work, plans and financial situation to ORG staff meetings and, if required, Board of Trustees meetings.
  • Overseeing and ensuring the quality of the projects’ public outputs, including reports/briefings, website copy and media comment.

 

Fundraising

  • Identifying, building and managing contacts with current and prospective donors.
  • Designing, submitting and promoting fundable proposals to donors for the continuation or expansion of projects, in conjunction with the Programme Director and other staff.

 

Travel Requirements

The post-holder will be expected to undertake three or four trips per year to Jordan of short (c. 1 week) duration to manage activities, build relationships, monitor/evaluate projects and/or undertake research. International travel to conferences or advocacy events within Europe may also occasionally be required. No work for extended periods outside of the UK is initially envisaged in the role. Candidates should not have any restrictions on their ability to travel to Jordan. No travel to Yemen is anticipated in the first year.

 

Personal Specification

 

Criteria

 

Description

 

Requirement

Education and qualifications

A degree (or equivalent) in politics, international relations, history, peace/war studies, Middle Eastern studies or related field.

Essential

Experience

A minimum of three years relevant experience with a comparable NGO, think tank or in government/diplomacy.

Essential

 

Experience of project management, ideally including working with partners overseas.

Essential

 

Experience of financial management/oversight and/or donor reporting.

Essential

 

Experience of personnel management, including staff and consultants.

Desirable

 

Experience of managing or facilitating dialogue projects.

Desirable

Skills and Abilities

An ability to build successful relationships with partners, funders and long-standing advisors, consultants and staff.

 Essential

 

Understanding of funding environments and aptitude for fundraising for dialogue, research or peacebuilding projects.

 Essential

 

Excellent presentation and communication skills, analytic skills and the ability to write clearly and concisely.

Essential

 

 The ability to manage a complex workload and deliver outputs to deadlines.

Essential

 

Arabic language skills.

Essential

Knowledge and understanding

An interest in and deep knowledge of Middle Eastern politics and conflict issues, including a good understanding of politics and society in Yemen.

Essential

 

Knowledge of conflict resolution theory and practice, especially mediation and dialogue.

Desirable

Other

Commitment to ORG’s goals and ethos

Essential