Project Manager ▪ Project Manager Saferworld Project Manager Opportunity: Building Peace in Karamoja Cluster

Full Time
  • Full Time
  • Kenya


Saferworld Project Manager Opportunity: Building Peace in Karamoja Cluster

Saferworld: Creating Safer Lives, Fostering Peace

Saferworld, a distinguished international organization committed to preventing violent conflicts and fostering safer lives, invites dynamic professionals to join us in the implementation of an impactful initiative. Our mission is rooted in collaboration, conducting research, and utilizing evidence to influence policies for lasting peace. If you envision a world where everyone can lead peaceful, fulfilling lives, Saferworld is the platform to realize your aspirations. We operate across Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, with advocacy locations in Beijing, Brussels, London, and Washington DC.

Project Overview:

In February 2024, Saferworld embarks on the implementation of the “Strengthening Integrated Peace, Resilience, and Disaster Risk Reduction for Cross-Border Communities in the Karamoja Cluster.” This transformative project aims to enhance conflict prevention, resilience building, and disaster risk reduction in the border region of the Karamoja Cluster, specifically focusing on South Omo/Ethiopia, Turkana/Kenya, and Eastern Equatoria/South Sudan.

Job Purpose:

Position: Project Manager
Location: Turkana (Field-Based with Frequent Travels)

The Project Manager will play a pivotal role in ensuring the successful delivery of this transformative project. This leadership position entails overseeing grant management, providing technical expertise, and coordinating the overall program. If you are an experienced professional with a commitment to peacebuilding, this is a unique opportunity to make a significant impact.

Key Responsibilities:

Programme Management, Quality, and Impact

  • Provide visionary leadership for effective project management in alignment with Saferworld and donor requirements.
  • Oversee project implementation, ensuring the achievement of objectives by the project team and partners.
  • Promptly conduct planning, budgeting, and reporting to uphold quality standards.
  • Identify areas for additional inputs to ensure high-quality programming.

Financial Management and Reporting

  • Take overall responsibility for project financial management, ensuring activities stay within budget.
  • Facilitate monthly grant management meetings and coordinate financial reporting to donors.

People Management

  • Line manage project team members and external consultants.
  • Implement performance management and learning and development plans for line-managed staff.

Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning

  • Play a lead role in Saferworld’s Knowledge and Learning strategy, focusing on climate, conflict, and environmental degradation.
  • Set up MEL systems to gather programmatic evidence, learning, and insights.

Networking and Representation

  • Represent Saferworld in external meetings and collaborate strategically with civil society partners and stakeholders.
  • Attend donor meetings, contributing to Saferworld’s visibility and impact.

Decision Making and Authority:

The Project Manager will lead the project team, taking charge of project design, implementation, and MEL to ensure alignment with partner’s strategic priorities.

Application Process:

Application Deadline: 22nd December 2023

To apply, send your CV and a covering letter addressing the person specification to (Ref: PM_EU Borderlands). For more details, visit Saferworld Jobs.

Note: Saferworld is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We do not charge any application or processing fees.

Expert Tips to Be a Successful Applicant

  1. Tailor Your Application: Customize your application to align with the specific requirements of the role. Highlight relevant experiences, skills, and achievements.
  2. Demonstrate Impact: Provide concrete examples of how your previous work has made a positive impact. Quantify achievements where possible to showcase results.
  3. Research Saferworld: Familiarize yourself with Saferworld’s mission, values, and ongoing projects. Demonstrate your understanding of the organization in your application.
  4. Emphasize Leadership Skills: Showcase instances where you’ve demonstrated leadership, particularly in managing projects or teams.
  5. Highlight Conflict Resolution Skills: Given the nature of the role, emphasize your experience in conflict prevention, resolution, or peacebuilding initiatives.
  6. Show Adaptability: Illustrate your ability to adapt to diverse and challenging environments. Share instances where you’ve thrived in dynamic settings.
  7. Evidence Financial Acumen: Stress your financial management skills by referencing successful budget oversight and reporting in your previous roles.
  8. Promote Learning and Development: Express your commitment to continuous learning and development. Highlight instances where you’ve proactively sought opportunities for growth.
  9. Emphasize Networking: Showcase your networking skills by highlighting relationships built with civil society partners, stakeholders, and donors in previous roles.
  10. Address Saferworld’s Values: Explicitly connect your personal and professional values with Saferworld’s commitment to equality, diversity, and peace.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Q: What does the application process involve?
    • A: The application process includes submitting your CV and a covering letter to Shortlisting and interviews are conducted on a rolling basis.
  2. Q: Is there a deadline for applications?
    • A: Yes, the deadline for applications is 22nd December 2023.
  3. Q: Are there application fees?
    • A: Saferworld does not charge any application, processing, or other fees in connection with the recruitment process.
  4. Q: Can I apply if I’m not based in Turkana?
    • A: The position is field-based in Turkana with frequent travels to project sites.
  5. Q: What qualifications are required for the Project Manager role?
    • A: The ideal candidate should have a Master’s Degree in gender, peace and conflict studies, natural resources management, or a related field.
  6. Q: How can I learn more about Saferworld?
  7. Q: Is Saferworld an equal opportunity employer?
    • A: Yes, Saferworld is committed to equality and diversity in the workplace.
  8. Q: What happens after I submit my application?
    • A: Shortlisted candidates will undergo interviews on a rolling basis. Ensure you submit your application before the deadline.
  9. Q: Can I contact Saferworld for application updates?
    • A: Saferworld will contact shortlisted candidates directly. For updates, monitor your email and the official website.
  10. Q: How can I contribute to Saferworld’s mission if not selected for this role?
  • A: Explore volunteer opportunities, stay engaged with Saferworld’s initiatives, and consider future openings that align with your skills.

Crafting a Winning Cover Letter:

Dear Hiring Committee,

I am writing to express my enthusiasm for the Project Manager position at Saferworld, as advertised (Ref: PM_EU Borderlands). With a Master’s Degree in peace and conflict studies, over five years of experience in climate change, and a proven track record in EU-funded projects, I am eager to contribute my expertise to the impactful initiative in the Karamoja Cluster.

My previous role involved successfully managing complex projects, demonstrating financial acumen, and fostering partnerships with civil society organizations. I am excited about the opportunity to lead the implementation of the Strengthening Integrated Peace, Resilience, and Disaster Risk Reduction project. My commitment to Saferworld’s values, including equality and diversity, aligns seamlessly with my professional principles.

I am confident that my leadership, strategic thinking, and ability to navigate diverse project settings make me a valuable asset to Saferworld. I look forward to the possibility of contributing to your mission of creating safer lives and fostering lasting peace.


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