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Country Director – Guinea, Search for Common Ground

  • full-time job
  • Conakry, Guinea
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
  • Applications have closed Search For Common Ground

END VIOLENT CONFLICT. It’s our purpose — our call to action.

We are Searchers. 

We are over 600 strong worldwide. We believe in our mission to end violent conflict.  

It’s our purpose- our call to action. 

A Searcher understands our vision of a world where:
Differences stimulate social progress, rather than precipitate violence

Respect for and cooperation with those we disagree with is considered the norm

A Searcher is a dedicated, enthusiastic and passionate individual, committed to our values.
Shared Humanity. Empathy. Impartiality.  Inclusivity. Courage.  Hope. Humility. Audacity.

With headquarters in Washington, DC and Brussels, Belgium, we implement projects from 55 offices in 34 countries, including in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. You will be joining other highly motivated Searchers with a good team spirit and through commitment and dedication, have opportunities to grow.

Search Guinea

Search for Common Ground in Guinea was established in 2003. Our activities contribute to durable peace and the use of conflict transformation approaches throughout society using media and by empowering civil society while engaging with youth, women, religious and community leaders for sustainable peace.  SFCG has two main offices (Conakry and N’Zérékoré) and 5 field antennas (Labé, Faranah, Kindia, Boké and Guéckédou). SFCG has a staff of 35 people in the country and works closely with a strong network of partners in all those locations.

SFCG uses a range of tools to implement conflict transformation and peacebuilding programs, including radio, television, participatory theatre, mobile cinema, comic books, training, public forums, and arts and culture events, among others. It works on issues including good governance, justice, security sector reform, media training and professionalization, social cohesion, and reconciliation.

We are searching for…

The Country Director manages the overall program in Guinea from a programmatic and operational perspective, as well as leading on fundraising and donor relations. The Country Director supervises four positions, including (01 Program Coordinator, 01 Country Finance Manager, 01 Admin / Operations Manager, 01 Program Associate, 01 M&E Coordinator).

This position reports to the Regional Director for West Africa and collaborates closely with the regional team (Regional Program Manager, Regional Controller, Business Development Coordinator) and various Washington-based divisions of SFCG, Finance and Operations, the Institutional Learning Team, Communications, and Common Ground Productions. The location for the position is based in Conakry, and frequent travel is expected to the areas of program interventions.

Your contribution

The roles and responsibilities include:

Program Development and Implementation

  • Define programme priorities, plans and long-term strategy (in close collaboration with the SFCG Regional Director); manage and modify their implementation as necessary.
  • Manage the country program with the highest quality standards and well-documented results
  • Ensure that program planning and management reflects the available resources, and respond to gaps with fundraising and/or operational adjustments as needed
  • Reporting to donors based on a credible monitoring and evaluation system for overall program results as well as for specific projects
  • Stay abreast of the international conflict resolution field to ensure that the program’s work remains innovative and professional
  • Be directly engaged in the continuing development of the organization, its mission and its staff, through the sharing of experience and knowledge, particularly contributing to its Institutional Learning efforts
  • Strengthen existing funding relationships and identify and pursue new potential donors in collaboration with headquarters in Washington, DC and Brussels, Belgium

Financial Management

  • In partnership with the Finance Directors, ensure financial compliance both with the Guinean laws, donor requirements and SFCG procedures across the organisation.
  • Identify potential shortfalls and strategize with the organisation’s senior management as necessary to ensure the program’s financial sustainability.

Staff Management and Development 

  • Develop and manage a team of diverse staff members (expatriate and national) and partners, modelling the kind of interethnic and multi-stakeholder cooperation that SFCG aims to promote widely
  • Participate in the recruitment and selection of highly qualified staff, providing information on country living and working conditions as well as security briefings
  • Strengthen the capacity of national staff and partners, contributing to SFCG’s legacy strategy of conflict transformation in the Guinea.
  • Ensure compliance with SFCG Operations Manual policies and procedures
  • Ensure that country policies, contracts, and disciplinary procedures and processes conform to local labor laws
  • Oversee the security management in the Country Office and ensure that an updated security and evacuation plans are in place

Organizational Representation

  • Serve as SFCG’s country representative
  • Develop and maintain proactive, positive and professional relationships with partner organizations, other NGOS, donors, clients, key government officials, civil society groups, etc.
  • Maintain responsible media coverage of program events and issues related to SFCG mission
  • Maintain regular written and oral reporting to Washington and Brussels on key country, regional, program, security and staff issues
  • Establish a direct line of communication with other African Country Directors in the region for program guidance towards strategic initiatives

As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key duties.


You are…
You meet the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field (eg. conflict transformation, international development, security studies, media and communications, sociology, political science, or related fields).
  • At least 10 years experience in managing large projects, with multiple grants and donors in a fragile state,  experience managing a program, both programmatically and operationally, preferably on media and/or conflict transformation-related issues
  • At least five years’ experience living overseas, preferably in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Knowledge of the conflict dynamics in the sub-region, and specifically in Guinea.
  • Track record in successful fundraising
  • Experience with donor regulations
  • Experience in capturing results and overseeing reporting, monitoring and evaluation systems
  • Experience in managing multi-cultural teams, preferably in Africa
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills
  • A problem-solving approach to challenging situations
  • Ability to multi-task while leading a complex team
  • Professional-level Proficiency in French and English, written and spoken
  • Available to start in early January 2017.

Sound good?  To apply, interested candidates should:

  1. minimum salary requirements (or current salary)
  2. projected start date,
  3. where you found this posting. Please cite PCDNetwork as the source of the posting in your application.

This position will close on November 19, 2017. We are looking to fill this position with the right candidate. Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please. Please see our website for full details of our work.

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