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Regional Program Development Manager, Search for Common Ground, DC or Brussels

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About Search for Common Ground

Search for Common Ground  is the world’s largest dedicated peacebuilding organization with offices in over 30 countries, 600+ staff, and hundreds more volunteers working to transform how societies deal with conflict – away from adversarial approaches toward collaborative problem-solving.  For more than 35 years, we have been working to prevent and end violent conflict before, during, and after crises.  Our work fosters the transition of communities and countries toward peace and stability, so all other aspects of human development can thrive.    We envision a world in which conflict serves as a source for cooperation and creative problem-solving rather than a source for polarization and violence.  We tackle myriad issues that drive violent conflict, including Refugee and Internal Displacement Issues, Sexual and Gender-based Violence, and Violent Extremism. We also work with key stakeholders on the ground to influence factors that reduce tension such as Interfaith Cooperation, Fair and Responsible Media, and Governance, Democracy and Elections.

Position Summary

The Program Development Manager will play a key role in partnerships, program development and fundraising for conflict transformation projects in all three countries in the Central and Southern Africa region.

S/he will manage fundraising efforts and developing partnerships and relationships with key stakeholders working on conflict transformation in these countries, ensuring that high quality and innovative concept notes and proposals are developed and marketed, in line with country and global strategies. S/he will also maintain external communications with donors and partners and liaise internally with Global Affairs and Partnerships and Communications to enhance the visibility of the region and represent the organization in relevant forums.

The Program Development Manager will be a key member of the Central and Southern Africa Regional Team and will be supervised by the Regional Director, and will work in close collaboration with the Regional Program Manager, Regional Program Associate, HQ Finance, Institutional Learning team and country teams, in a manner which consistently builds capacity, and enables excellent program design and strategic relevance.

Key Responsibilities

Program Development

  • Lead the design, development and timely submission of concept notes and proposals, ensuring compliance with donor rules and regulations, alignment with SFCG’s global theory of change and country strategic priorities.
  • In collaboration with Global Affairs and Partnerships Department (GAP), regional team and country programs, assist with partnership negotiations for consortium proposals.
  • Support the country teams as they develop new programs and projects, providing feedback on design and logic, and examples of best practice from across the organization.
  • Ensure proposals go through the necessary review and approval processes, as per the proposal development flowchart and the approvals matrix
  • Ensure the creation of trackers with clear roles and responsibilities and timelines for each proposal development process
  • Track key Central and Southern Africa program development data, including pipeline opportunities, ongoing proposal development, submissions and success rate and share with the Regional Director on a quarterly basis.
  • Provide support to country programs in the development and revision of their country strategies and donor strategies, ensuring alignment with the organization-wide priorities.
  • Support country teams in developing learning and communication products aimed at promoting country programs or strategies as part of the region’s fundraising efforts.
  • Represent the region at internal fundraising forums and other program development meetings
  • Coordinate with and support country programs to create and pursue opportunities for unsolicited funding.

External relations, communications & visibility

  • Act as donor focal point when delegated and appropriate, working together with the country team and Regional Program Manager to ensure clear, timely and professional communication with donors at all levels and create a relationship of trust with donors, partners and other stakeholders.
  • Liaise with Communications to ensure regular high-quality communications are produced and disseminated for the region, including updated web pages, social media posts, Salsa blasts, capacity statements and past performance reports.
  • Participate in conferences, workshops, working groups, etc., and represent the region as required.
  • Develop and cultivate relationships with key actors within government, potential partner organizations, multi-laterals, corporations, and others who are working in and on Central and Southern Africa.

Capacity building

  • Identify capacity needs at country level and propose capacity development plans as needed
  • Provide incountry and remote coaching and training to country teams to improve their capacity to develop strategically relevant, well structured, innovative and logical projects and programs.
  • Monitor results and lessons learned from across the organization and share with country teams with the aim to improve program design.
  • Provide interim management support within the region as needed

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 responsibilities.

Desired Outcomes

  • Review and update all country fundraising trackers
  • Support on several large fundraising opportunities in DRC
  • Conduct targeted Europe-based advocacy for funding in CAR


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and French required.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in international relations, conflict transformation or relevant field.
  • Minimum of 4 years of experience in business/program development for international NGOs, with a preference for focus on conflict transformation and/or international development.
  • Direct experience developing proposals for a range of donors, including for USG (USAID and Department of State), European Commission, United Nations, and various European Member States is necessary.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of various funding mechanisms and of donor rules and requirements.
  • Substantial experience in project design, including developing theories of change, monitoring and evaluation frameworks and logframes.
  • Experience in and knowledge of the Central Africa region an advantage.
  • Willingness to travel, including to the Central Africa region.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively to work with multi-cultural teams, with attention to mentorship and professional development of staff.
  • Excellent coordination and communication skills and ability to work effectively at distance.
  • Self-starter requiring minimal supervision to achieve goals.

This position will close on  June 15, 2018.

To apply, interested candidates should send a current resume and cover letter to our employment website here.  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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