Overview

Start Date
August 12, 2019

Application Deadline
July 26, 2019

Salary
$50,000-$55,000, Commensurate with experience

Description

Location

Accra, Ghana

General Function

The Fund for Peace (FFP) seeks a dynamic, motivated, and collaborative individual to establish and lead its Accra presence, to support a range of projects and activities, including but not limited to responsible business programming in Ghana, including the implementation of the Voluntary Principles on Security & Human Rights (VPSHR) and the implementation of mercury-free practices in the artisanal and small-scale gold mining sector. The Programs Manager will also be occasionally tasked with supporting other FFP programing, particularly throughout West Africa, on topics such as conflict early warning and peacebuilding.

The Programs Manager will be based in Accra, with some potential travel to specific FFP program locations, both domestic within Ghana and international (including FFP headquarters in Washington, D.C.). The programmatic component of this position will focus largely on co-management of the VPSHR in-country working group in Ghana, participation in the VPSHR at an international level, and management of a U.S. State Department-funded program on mercury reduction in the Artisanal and Small Scale Gold (ASGM) sector in Ghana, and hopefully soon throughout West Africa. The programmatic component of this position will also support FFP’s efforts on conflict early warning and response throughout 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, and FFP’s work on responsible business. This role will also include an operational focus that will include regular narrative and financial reporting on programs. Further, this role will take the lead in registering and formalizing FFP’s legal presence in Ghana.

Specific Job Duties

60% Program Management, Research, and Planning:

  • Conduct preliminary desktop research (qualitative and quantitative) to support various programs
  • Perform program management functions as required, including liaising with FFP staff based in the field and local partners based in focus countries
  • Coordinate the planning, execution, and delivery of program tasks and activities.
  • Provide regular written and verbal reports to the management and other partners as required.
  • Coordinate routine client reporting for relevant programs, such as post-activity reports, quarterly narrative, financial and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) reporting.
  • Manage local partners/sub-grantees, including ensuring their compliance with quarterly financial and programming reporting requirements, and effective implementation of their activities.
  • 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.
  • Travel to support programmatic activities, as requested.

20% Core Organizational Functions:

  • Backstop senior staff on critical executive-level administrative and management tasks.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

10% Business development:

  • Contribute to proposal development, including conducting initial research, developing activities, and drafting logic models, budgets and M&E frameworks, among other tasks, under the guidance of the Partnerships and Programs Manager.

10% General administration:

  • Fulfill certain routine administrative and office-related tasks as required.

This position is contingent upon funding.

Position reports directly to a Washington, D.C.-based Director, though for day-to-day coordination will liaise with a Washington, D.C.-based Manager. Direct management and supervision responsibility may include Associates, Interns and sub-contractors.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Strong research skills
  • Strong networking skills and the ability to maintain professional relationships
  • Strong presentation skills and an ability to communicate effectively (oral and written), including cross-cultural skills, media skills, and the ability to deal with counterparts at all political, social and economic levels.
  • Demonstrated experience in the Ghanaian mining sector.
  • Knowledge of the Voluntary Principles on Security & Human Rights.
  • Strong research skills
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with key stakeholders, both internal and external.
  • A minimum of three years of experience and progressive responsibility working in and/or on conflict or post-conflict issues.
  • Deep understanding of the dynamics of political transitions and programming to support them, strong research and analytical skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively coordinate virtually with team members deployed across multiple locations and time zones.
  • Ability and willingness to travel as required, particularly to transitioning environments.

Experience and Qualifications Required

  • A Master’s Degree or equivalent is preferred; A Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field of study with equivalent relevant professional experience will be considered.
  • A minimum of three years of experience in the following areas: business development, diplomacy, peacebuilding; conflict prevention and early warning; and general political risk analysis.

Physical Demands

  • Travel requiring simple living in cross-cultural setting which may include limitations in electricity and communication and modest accommodations.
  • Periods of heightened work activity and protracted work hours related to pressures of proposal and report submissions.
  • Periods of travel to remote locations.

Work Environment

  • Work may occasionally take place in locations which can be volatile or lack formal security infrastructure
  • Modern amenities (electrical, plumbing, air cooling) may not always be available when deployed in the field.

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Fund for Peace is an equal opportunity employer.

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