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Project Manager (Insight on Conflict) @ £22,000 Pt 1 on 2 pt scale London EC2

NB Only people with existing permission to work in the UK will be considered for this role

Job purpose

Peace Direct is an international NGO that supports local peacebuilding in conflict zones worldwide. We have affiliates in the UK, USA and Germany, partner organisations in 9 countries in Asia and Africa, and have twice won top place in the Keystone Accountability survey that measures partner satisfaction with their Northern INGOs.

Peace Direct publishes the website Insight on Conflict as an online resource on local peacebuilding around the world. The site features profiles of over 800 local peacebuilding organisations, regular blogs and other resources.

We are planning to expand Insight on Conflict to incorporate a wider range of countries and peacebuilding issues, as part of a contract with a large donor. You will be in charge of overseeing  a large programme of expansion, including researching peacebuilding organisations and editing and publishing information on their work. This is an exciting opportunity for someone with experience in peacebuilding issues and online publishing.

Main responsibilities

  • Research local and international peacebuilding organisations around the world, preparing short profiles on their work.
  • Proofread, edit and improve copy developed by other parties to ensure that web page content is accurate, professional and coherent.
  • Research, write and upload peacebuilding updates on both sites.
  • Communicate by phone and email with contributors to Insight on Conflict, in particular French-speaking contributors.
  • Directly load content on Insight on Conflict, ensuring that it is relevant, up to date and in line with house style and key messages.
  • Research and write regular newsletter items.
  • Assist the programme director in development of strategy for Insight on Conflict.
  • Work with project managers to develop style guide for the individual websites, and ensure look and feel is maintained throughout.
  • Oversight of volunteers and interns as necessary.

Person specification

Essential

  • Knowledge of peacebuilding issues and the work of civil society groups in conflict areas.
  • Experience in website editing and content management systems, ideally WordPress.
  • Experience in proofing and editing articles for publication.
  • Excellent writing skills, ideally in a journalistic or website context.
  • Fluent in English and French.
  • A good eye for detail, and ability to manage a large, complex project.
  • Ability to work on own initiatives and as part of a team.
  • Commitment to Peace Direct’s mission and values.

Desirable

  • Experience in use of social media.
  • Experience managing interns.
  • Experience of working directly with or for peacebuilding organisations.

The position is London-based.

Reports to:  Director of Emerging Programmes

About Peace Direct

Peace Direct finds and funds outstanding local peacebuilders in conflict areas and promotes their work to people with power and resources. Our long term vision is of a world where local people lead in the peaceful resolution of their own conflicts.

Peace Direct was founded in 2004 and won Best New Charity in 2005. Since then we have twice won top place in the Keystone Accountability survey of how 62 European and US charities are viewed by their partners. We work with incredibly inspiring and committed people, some of whom are risking their lives to carry out work that they believe in passionately.  For more on Peace Direct, visit our two websites www.peacedirect.org and www.insightonconflict.org.

Our top ranking in Keystone reflects the value that we add to our partners, including helping them to develop their financial systems to support the growth of their peacebuilding work. We also help them to source low cost examination of accounts by sending volunteer accountants to work with them.

This post offers the opportunity to make a practical and tangible contribution to world peace, in a dynamic and ground-breaking charity, with delightful colleagues and plentiful supplies of fresh fruit and homemade cake. We have a supportive and committed Board, and are just embarking on a new 3 year plan. For this post flexible working is possible and we offer a non-contributory pension and death in service cover.

In exchange we expect from you a high degree of commitment to Peace Direct, and a willingness to take on a wide range of tasks. We look forward to benefiting from your experience, wherever and however it has been gained.

Application process

Please send your CV with a cover letter stating why you meet the requirements for this position to [email protected]  All applications will be acknowledged. The deadline for applications is midnight UK time on 23rd September, with interviews pm on September 29th .  Prospective candidates should be available to start as soon as possible after the interview dates, and no longer than 1 month later at the most.

Note: This post is dependent on finalising a contract with the funder.

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