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  • Posted: Mar 21, 2023
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    OUR MISSION End violent conflict. It’s our purpose — our call to action. Instead of tearing down an existing world, we focus on constructing a new one. We do this through a type of peacebuilding called conflict transformation. Meaning: we look to change the everyday interactions between groups of people in conflict, so they can work together t...
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    Regional Director, Central and East Africa

    Key Responsibilities:

    Regional Strategy Execution

    • Lead execution of conflict geography and country strategies, including facilitating regular review of the strategy execution at the conflict geography level
    • Lead on shifts in the geographic coverage of the program portfolio, including opening and closing offices, identifying new sub-offices, in line with the conflict geography strategy
    • Oversee annual planning (OKRs) for each country and regional team and facilitate regular review of performance dashboard and OKR progress
    • Ensure that program design is aligned with strategy

    Business Development

    • Support the engagement of country and conflict geography leadership with current and new donors in line with annual targets and in line with Search’s program development strategy
    • Actively participate in prioritized bids including: contributing meta-level strategic inputs at the design phase, cultivating strategic partnerships, ensuring that the resources proposed will enable compliant and timely implementation with attention to minimum capabilities in each conflict geography
    • Collaboration with the Africa Program Development team on prioritization of country bids, as well as internal competitions

    Program Management

    • Delivering a range of management, technical, and operational support to empower and enable program leaders to achieve time, scope and budget objectives as per their OKRs and the conflict geography strategy
    • Ensure program implementation in compliance with Search and donor policies and regulations
    • Ensure that program implementation teams are equipped with access to Search’s library of tools and methodologies, and that they embrace a culture of reflective practice and adaptive management
    • Maintain ongoing communication and close collaboration with key donors and partners to ensure strong relationships during implementation
    • Supervise the program support team, ensuring quality and timely grant management support that responds to risks and opportunities

    Personnel Management

    • Recruit, supervise, mentor and support the professional development of country leadership teams and the regional program management staff
    • By empowering staff and leading by example, promote a culture of inclusion, learning, support, diversity and innovation
    • Demonstrate and promote Search’s culture and values
    • Working with relevant colleagues, supervise ethics inquiries and related actions

    Finance, Administration & Operations

    • In coordination with the Finance department, ensure that the leadership in the portfolio ensures efficient and compliant financial management of the program portfolio. This includes regular participation in organization-wide financial performance reviews, annual budgeting and quarterly forecasting and review of performance as per revenue targets
    • Ensure efficient and compliant opening and closing of country offices in line with Search’s strategy
    • In coordination with the Human Resources and Administration department, support on mitigating risk and efficiently managing security, legal, safeguarding, or other operational challenges
    • In coordination with the Senior Manager - Safety and Security, ensure that minimum standards are adhered to throughout the program implementation portfolio in each country and the region

    Thought Leadership, Reputation and External Relations

    • In coordination with the Global Affairs and Partnership team, develop and strengthen new and existing relationships with public and private sector donors and work to position Search as a partner of choice
    • Represent Search’s regional portfolio and thought leadership with current and prospective donors, professional networks and other key stakeholders
    • Promote interregional and global learning through the support of thought leadership through regional exchanges and peer learning
    • Assess and keep abreast of the emerging trends in international peacebuilding, including business intel on opportunities


    • Master’s degree in conflict resolution, international relations, international development or a related field; or appropriate degree complemented with experience
    • At least 4 years of working in Africa and in a cross-cultural environment
    • Minimum of 12 years of program management experience at a senior level, preferably in peace building or a related field
    • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a diverse team, with attention to coaching and managing performance, and professional development of staff
    • Successful track record of fundraising and excellent skills in the cycle of design and proposal development
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal)
    • Fluency in English, required; fluency in French is an added advantage
    • Excellent financial literacy and management skills, including a familiarity with the basic compliance requirements of major donors
    • Ability to respond collaboratively in situations of uncertainty, ambiguity /or conflict
    • Willingness to travel up to 30 percent of time
    • Experience in overseeing a complex portfolio, involving matrix relationships with other teams and departments, as well as remote supervision of diverse teams
    • Significant field experience in managing multiple projects, multi-tasking, clear delegation and follow-through
    • Experience working collaboratively with a broad range of stakeholders, local government officials, and international donors

    Method of Application

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