Head of Middle East and North Africa Programme (ME
Saferworld is an independent international organisation that works to prevent and reduce violent conflict and promote co-operative people-centred approaches to security. We work with civil society, governments and international organisations to encourage and support effective policies and practises through advocacy, research and policy development and through supporting the actions of others. Saferworld’s largest programme in the MENA region is in Yemen with an office in Sana’a – we have been working on conflict prevention issues with Yemeni civil society organisations since 2010. With partners, we support women, youth and community groups in their efforts to build peace and respond to the impact of the war. Together, we identify and address safety and peace-building needs that are specific to the different communities. Despite the extremely challenging circumstances, our programme in Yemen will see a gradual expansion over the next three years – not only geographically, but also thematically as we enter into exciting new partnerships. Since 2011 Saferworld has also been working with partners in Egypt and in Tunisia on research and advocacy to advance people-centred security provision, and peacebuilding alternatives to countering terrorism. In Lebanon, we are leading research on community responses to conflict tensions from displacement, and expanding its partnerships in Lebanon and Syria with a focus on providing conflict sensitivity training and advice. The Head of MENA Programme will provide leadership and direction to Saferworld’s work in the region, in line with Saferworld’s organisational strategy, values and principles. The post holder will lead a team that can deliver and foster collective leadership. S/he will actively promote and support the country teams and regional staff to internalise and embody Saferworld’s values and principles through their work, and cultivate a work environment that is reflective where people collectively learn. S/he will be responsible for building effective working relationships with peers in the Regional Programmes team as well as in cross-organisational departments. The post holder is expected to contribute regularly to Saferworld’s organisational learning and strategy development as a member of the organisational management group.