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Head of International Programmes (London, UK)

Full time, permanent. £40,000-£43,000 per annum.

Peace Direct is looking for an experienced and passionate peacebuilding professional, to head up our International Programmes team. We are immensely proud of our work, our partnerships and our impact and we are looking for an excellent candidate who will grow our work substantially in the coming years. This is a very exciting time for Peace Direct, as we have been growing at a fast pace over the last few years and have a big ambition to support many more local people and groups to stop violence and build peace around the world.

As Head of International Programmes, you will be a core member of the Senior Management Team, with overall responsibility for all our peacebuilding work around the world (currently in 10 countries). You will manage a small team of 4 staff as well as a number of long term local consultants. The job is an exciting mix of direct project management, budget management, programme development, technical support to partners, team management and strategy development and we expect the successful candidate to have a solid background in all of these skill areas.

The successful candidate will be an experienced peacebuilding practitioner and manager, with at least 5 years of programme management experience as well as experience of line management, developing and implementing strategy and supporting local partners. We are looking for someone with a genuine passion for supporting local efforts to build peace, who is willing to challenge the current aid system and its reliance on externally-led and directed interventions. We have no overseas offices, employ no expatriates overseas and do not intend to do so. The successful candidate will see this as our strength and will be willing to argue the case for greater support to local actors when talking to government, donors and other stakeholders.

The successful candidate will be expected to play a prominent representational role, along with the CEO, and so will be comfortable speaking publicly. She or he will be a creative thinker, an experienced manager and will have an absolute commitment to peacebuilding through non-violent local efforts. The applicant must be fluent in written and spoken English. Fluency in French would be desirable. This is a very exciting role for someone to join Peace Direct and lead our international programme work for the coming years, and who want to use their skills and passion to help build a just world, free from violent conflict.

Peace Direct is an international NGO that supports local peacebuilding in conflict zones worldwide. We work with local organisations in ten countries around the world and aim to support many more in the years to come.

The deadline for applications is 5pm, UK time on Friday 14 July. Interviews will take place on 20 and 21 July.

The Job Description and Person Specification are below. Only completed applications will be accepted and only applicants with the right to work in the UK will be considered.


Call for expressions of interest

Local project evaluators and researchers sought for Somalia, DRC, Burundi, Sudan, Pakistan, and The Philippines

Peace Direct is creating a roster of local evaluators and researchers to contract for short term project evaluations. We are seeking evaluators for Somalia (Kismayo), Sudan, Burundi, DRC (North and South Kivu), The Philippines and Pakistan for future evaluations.

Consultants should meet the following requirements:

• Preferably a national of the country or region for which you are applying, and currently based in the country.
• Excellent understanding of peacebuilding and conflict transformation processes in general and particularly in relation to their local context, conflict dynamics and drivers.
• A strong background in project evaluation with an emphasis on analysing wider outcomes and impact in terms of conflict transformation, using OECD guidelines, and a mix of qualitative and quantitative data methods.
• Accustomed to working in insecure locations, ensuring their own, participant and partner security and following high ethical standards.
• Good understanding of current MEL trends and methods, experience of measuring contribution/attribution, and developing practical lessons learnt and recommendations for project improvement.
• A transparent and methodological approach to data collection, analysis, storage and presentation to enable sharing and learning.
• An inclusive and transparent approach, ensuring the participation and feedback from all groups of project participants and in support of our partners’ learning and capacity building.
• A flexible and creative attitude given the often insecure and unpredictable project locations.
• Concise and clear style of writing, clarifying any assumptions and contextual/cultural expressions.
• A good level of English; fluent French for DRC and Burundi; preferably knowledge of any local languages.

If you are interested in joining Peace Direct’s roster of local evaluators and researchers for any of the above countries, please send CV, copies of recent evaluations, and a short covering letter outlining your suitability for the role to Laura Thisted:

Deadline for applications: this is an open call for applications.


Local Peacebuilding Experts sought for: Haiti, Mali, Myanmar, Sudan, Syria, Thailand, Tunisia

Insight on Conflict provides information on local peacebuilding organisations in areas of conflict. We feature profiles of over 1,400 organisations around the world, as well as blog posts and key resources on peacebuilding. Key to our work is our network of ‘Local Peacebuilding Experts’, who help to research and write about peacebuilding and conflict around the world.

Peace Direct is currently seeking Local Peacebuilding Experts to report on peacebuilding work in: Haiti, Mali, Myanmar, Sudan, Syria, Thailand, and Tunisia.

For this role, we require someone with contacts in the NGO or peacebuilding sector, a strong interest in the media and reporting, and excellent written and spoken English (in the case of Haiti and Mali, we can consider working with a Local Peacebuilding Expert who speaks French and not English, though English language skills are an advantage). The role is ideal for someone pursuing a career in peacebuilding with an interest in journalism. Local Peacebuilding Experts should be based in the country they cover; we may consider people living outside the country if they have exceptional links to the peacebuilding sector in that country. Priority will be given to local/national applicants.

The role is not full-time and is not salaried, though Local Peacebuilding Experts do receive some payment for work published on the website. The work is best suited for people with a passionate desire to share information on peacebuilding with a wide audience.

In their role, the primary area of work of the Local Peacebuilding Expert will be on investigating and supplying information on local peacebuilders. The Local Peacebuilding Expert is expected to occasionally submit posts to the Insight on Conflict blog. The blog gives space to Peace Direct and the Local Peacebuilding Experts to respond instantly to developments in conflicts around the world. It also offers a place for more personal reflections by the Local Peacebuilding Experts on their work.

If you are interested in becoming Insight on Conflict’s Local Peacebuilding Expert for any of the above countries,  please send a CV, writing sample, and a short covering letter outlining your suitability for the role to Ruairi Nolan:

Deadline for applications: this is an open call for applications. Please note that if you are not a national of the country or region for which you are applying, or are not currently based in the country, your application will not be considered.