Senior Programme Officer (Great Lakes and Central Africa)

  • Full Time
  • London

Website Peace Direct

To apply for this job please visit www.peacedirect.org.

Jobs in our London Office*

Please cite PCDN as the source of the posting in your application.

Senior Programme Officer (Great Lakes and Central Africa)

£31,500 per year, full time

As Senior Programme Officer, you will be part of the Programmes and Research team where you will be responsible for supporting our local partners in the Great Lakes and Central Africa regions. The peacebuilding programmes that we support in this vast area range from youth-led peacebuilding efforts in Central Africa Republic and Mali, rescuing and rehabilitating child soldiers and establishing local justice mechanisms in DR Congo to strengthening civil society peacebuilding networks in Burundi. Our local partners are working under the most difficult conditions and your job is to provide the best possible support to them, through helping them think through learning frameworks, leading on various aspects of grant management and reporting, exploring ways to strengthen financial sustainability, supporting new programme development, and solving problems together as they arise.

The successful candidate will have a minimum of four years’ experience in a similar or relevant role, and experience of working with local partners in developing countries on multi-year programmes funded by institutional donors. The role requires excellent communication skills, written and verbal, and the successful candidate must be fluent in French. Managing complex programmes requires excellent organisational skills and very strong financial literacy skills as we expect the successful candidate to be very comfortable in handling complex spreadsheets and reviewing financial reports from partners. We are also looking for someone who is creative, calm and adaptable even under the most challenging of circumstances. The work we support around the world is based in some of the most volatile contexts, and things often don’t go according to plan. We are looking for people who thrive under these situations.

Finally, we are looking for someone with a genuine passion for our mission to support local efforts to build peace. We have no overseas offices, employ no expatriate staff and we are looking for people who see this as our strength, as everything we do is designed to strengthen the role of local people’s efforts to stop violence and build sustainable peace.

*While the post is based in our London office, we have closed our office due to Covid and do not expect to reopen it until June 2021. Therefore the successful candidate will be expected to work from home until June at the earliest.

Peace Direct strives to be a diverse and inclusive employer, with equality of opportunities regardless of personal identity, and we are committed to improving our systems and ways of working to support this, including creating a Diversity, Equality and Inclusion (DEI) working group, DEI strategy and recruitment guidelines. We strongly encourage individuals from disadvantaged and underrepresented backgrounds to apply, including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME), LGBTQ+, people with disabilities and people with mental health challenges. See the ‘Working at Peace Direct’ section below for some of the benefits of joining our team.

Deadline for applications: Friday 30th April.

Only completed applications will be accepted and only applicants with the right to work in the UK will be considered (we do not yet hold a Home Office visa sponsor license and so cannot accept applications from people who don’t already have the right to work in the UK.


Share on linkedin
Share on twitter
Share on facebook
Share on whatsapp
Share on email
Share on telegram


40,000 subscribers already enjoy our premium stuff.