Country Director at Search for Common Ground
- Company: Search for Common Ground
- Location: Tanzania
- State: Dar Es Salaam Jobs
- Job type: Full-Time
- Job category: Administrative/Secretarial Jobs in Tanzania
Search for Common Ground (Search) is the world’s largest dedicated peacebuilding organization, founded in 1982. With programs across Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the United States, Search transforms conflict with diverse tools inspired by its Common Ground Approach. Search is implementing a 10-year strategy to drive enduring change and transform many of the world’s most consequential conflicts.
The Central and East Africa (CEA) region is the largest of Search’s four regions, with a diverse portfolio of programs in 10 countries and about $16 million in annual forecasted revenue. The programming streams include stabilization, preventing violent extremism (PVE), atrocity prevention, civil society strengthening, media and digital peacebuilding, security sector reform, and support to women and youth-led organizations.
Search for Common Ground (Search) Tanzania and Mozambique:
Search has operated in Tanzania (mainland and Zanzibar) since 2010. In partnership with local journalists, civil society leaders, and government stakeholders, we promote gender equality, foster good governance, and encourage greater impartiality the media. Our programs transform and prevent violent extremism, promote sustainable business practices in the mining industry, open interfaith dialogue, reduce violence against women, and encourage peaceful collaboration between government and civil society. We have operated in Zanzibar (Unguja and Pemba), Shinyanga, North Mara, Arusha, Tanda, Dar es Salaam, Mtwara, Lindi, and Kigoma. Search has offices in Dar es Salaam, Mtwara, and Kigoma in Tanzania. In Northern Mozambique, we implement programs in partnership with international and local partners with a view toward direct implementation in the future.
We partner with local leaders, civil society groups, international NGOs, UN agencies, and media outlets. We use radio and TV programming, social media, participatory theatre, and mobile cinema to trigger dialogue and understanding across society.
Our current program in Tanzania and Mozambique focuses on developing sustainable, community-cantered responses to mitigate local drivers of instability, radicalization, and recruitment; strengthen understanding of the conflict instability, including violent extremism dynamics, structures, and actors to shape effective policy and programming; strengthen formal and informal mechanisms (including cross border mechanisms) to be more inclusive aiming to build resilience in Northern Mozambique and Southern Tanzania; and addressing community grievances to mitigate against drivers of instability and extremism.
Based in Maputo, Mozambique or Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, the Country Director is responsible for the program from a programmatic and operational perspective. S/he will lead a Consortium implementing a three-year Southern Tanzania-Northern Mozambique cross-border program to develop sustainable, community-centered responses to mitigate local drivers of instability, radicalization, and recruitment along the borderlands communities. S/he also leads in donor engagement and relationships, fundraising, and strategic planning. S/he contributes to vital organisational initiatives and policy and assures suitability for field-level program implementation. The position oversees three critical areas of leadership and management:
(1). Thought leadership, reputation, and external relationship;
(2). Oversight for program implementation; and
(3). Leadership for staffing, operations, and employee development.
- Program Implementation: provide strategic input and guidance on implementation strategies/approaches. Set overall program strategy and direction in consultation with the project management team and Consortium partners, with overall accountability for ensuring that programmatic goals are met
- Compliance: Enforce processes to ensure internal policy and donor compliance; oversee the management of organizational legal issues and compliance
- Financial management: Oversee development of country operational budget; program’s activity-based budgets; ensure accurate forecasts and revenue projections; enforce finance policies and procedures; ensure program and finance team coordination
- Reporting: Develop the country’s Quarterly Management Report (QMR); oversee the development of the country’s annual report; develop and produce donor monthly and quarterly reports
- Engagement with donors: Serve as the primary point of contact and coordination on matters related to this program, the donors of the program, and other donors, ensuring collaborative and positive working relationships
- External engagement: Lead engagement with international, government, provincial, regional, and local actors and stakeholders relevant to the program
- Program management, quality, and project design: Ensure that the program reflects best practices and codified methodologies and embraces reflective practice and adaptive management
- Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI): Ensure the program meets its GESI ambitions
- Safety and security: with support from a security specialist and regional and head office colleagues, ensure that adequate safety and security assessments and measures are in place to protect and safeguard Search staff, participants, and assets
- Operations: Lead Senior Management Team (SMT); Lead strategy development and planning
- Infuses organizational values into all work.
Competency Behaviour Indicators (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities):
- Motivates colleagues and direct reports to develop while resolving problems within the organization’s proactive and broad vision;
- Builds and maintains collaborative relationships with vendors, organizations, professional associations, partners, funders, and Search’s network of experts to facilitate work intended to provide a service to Search;
- Manages and contributes to both routine activities and initiatives while also making progress on continuous improvement efforts;
- Juggles multiple demands and adapts to new situations with fresh ideas or innovative approaches.
- Contributes to developing and implementing departmental strategy based on organizational goals and objectives;
- Confirms and socialises standards across functions globally within or in collaboration with Shared Services teams while allowing for thoughtful collaboration in an international context;
- Practices ethical behaviour to meet Search’s expectations for conduct minimizes ambiguity and sets an example for others;
- Builds a framework and sets in motion a plan to overcome challenges by making sense out of complexity and an uncertain future, staying cognisant of the implications of choice for the department, and being decisive while also applying flexibility for further change as needed and with changing work plans to meet environmental factors;
- Set up procedures and team building to ensure high quality of work (e.g., review meetings);
- Seeks creative solutions within a complex and international environment while working within an organizational framework of compliance, ethics, best practices, and standards;
- Share information, advice, and suggestions to help others succeed; provide effective coaching;
- Sought out as an expert to provide advice or solutions in their technical or functional area;
- Convenes groups or teams through problem-solving and creative thinking processes, leading to developing and implementing new approaches, systems, structures, and methods in a Shared Services environment and
- Involves team members in thought leadership discussions and decision-making to lead to continued growth and development for team, department members, and Shared Services colleagues.
Education and Experience:
- Advanced degree in a relevant field, e.g., Conflict Management, Diplomacy, Development Studies, Social Sciences, Peacebuilding, Political Science, Public Administration, Law, etc.
- At least five years’ experience in peacebuilding and conflict transformation, including PVE programming
- At least ten years of experience in implementing programs in East and Southern Africa
- Experience in Tanzania and/or Mozambique preferred
- Experience with borderlands PVE projects, a plus
- Experience with CSSF is strongly preferred
- Experience managing a consortium is strongly preferred
- Experience in technical areas such as grants management, NGO capacity building, governance, stabilization, civil society support, conflict and peace programs, radicalization and violent extremism, etc.
- Fluency in English is required; fluency in Portuguese and/or Swahili is an added advantage
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Closing Date : 30th September, 2023.