Programme Manager, Egypt and Libya

Job posted by: Saferworld - UK - Thu, 15 May 2014

Job Details:

Organisation: Saferworld - UK

Deadline Sun, 8 Jun 2014

Job type: Permanent

Location: Egypt Libya United Kingdom

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Programme Manager - Egypt and Libya

Location:London with frequent travel in the region

Reporting to: Head of MENA Programme

Line Manage:

  • Egypt Project Officer
  • Libya Project Officer (tbc)

Key Relationships:
Partners in Egypt and Libya, Yemen Country Manager, Yemen Gender Officer, MENA Conflict and Security Advisor, Gender and Conflict Advisor, Finance, Funding and Operations teams.

Salary range: £35,666 - £45,101 gross per annum

Description of Saferworld and MENA programme:

Saferworld is an independent non-governmental organisation that works to prevent and reduce violent conflict and promote cooperative approaches to security. We work with civil society, governments and international organisations to encourage and support effective policies and practices through advocacy, research and policy development, and through supporting the actions of others.

The MENA Programme is Saferworld’s newest regional programme, established in 2011, with a focus on Yemen, Egypt and Libya. Saferworld supports and works in close partnership with national government and non-government actors and in particular with a number of partner and civil society organisations in each of those countries.

The MENA programme has five core programmes of work:

  • Gender, Peace and Security. Working with local partners to address women’s safety and security concerns and looking at the link between security and participation and women’s role in the security sector
  • Security Sector and Policing. Looking at how the development of security and justice sectors can take into account the needs of local people
  • Conflict Analysis and Conflict Sensitivity Encouraging international and national actors to take a conflict sensitive approach to their engagements locally, including looking at how external stresses can exacerbate local conflict dynamics
  • Youth and Governance. Working on the empowerment of youth and other marginalised actors and the establishment of inclusive, fair and transparent governance systems.
  •  Community Peacebuilding. Working in two communities in Yemen to improve local security and safety concerns and improve relations between communities and security providers.

Job Purpose:  

The Egypt & Libya Programme Manager will be responsible for developing the Egypt and Libya programme and managing the implementation of Saferworld’s projects in both countries. Key responsibilities will include implementing and further developing the country strategies, developing new projects in Egypt and Libya in-line with country strategies, building our in-country programmes and presence, conducting advocacy work in the UK and elsewhere, and on-going fundraising.

The position is based in London, with frequent overseas travel to Egypt and Libya and other locations as relevant.


1: Programme strategy and development

-          Lead the development and implementation of the Egypt and Libya Programme strategy, including developing new ideas and concepts to address the programme’s core thematic areas, including gender and security, security and policing, conflict analysis and conflict sensitivity

-          Develop annual plans and lead quarterly planning and review meetings with the programme team

-          Build relevant networks, alliances, and partnerships with a range of key stakeholders, including other INGOS and NGOs in the sector, civil society groups, policymakers, analysts, businesses and academics

-          Work with other divisions and programmes in Saferworld to increase cross-organisational planning and learning


2: Project design and fundraising

-          Lead on the design of new projects and programme interventions in Egypt and Libya, in collaboration with programme team and partners

-          Develop expressions of interest, concept notes and full project proposals

-          Establish/maintain contact with relevant donors and fundraise for specific projects, including working with the Funding Team to source potential funding opportunities


3: Project management, implementation and evaluation

-          Lead regular project planning and team meetings, develop activity and spending plans with the programme team and partners, provide leadership to project teams

-          Oversee the overall implementation of project activities and manage specific tasks, including but not limited to:

       - Design content and agendas for workshops, meetings and trainings,

       - Run events and facilitate discussion sessions and trainings

       - Undertake or co-ordinate research by Saferworld and/or local partners, including analysing research findings and writing/ to draft research reports and policy and thematic briefings

       - Produce project materials such as leaflets, videos, and coordinate translations

-          Coordinate with, and oversee, the activities of partner organisations, consortia partners and consultants

-          Design and implement monitoring and evaluation plans, facilitate monitoring of the projects with project staff and partners, assess and interpret outcomes of project work and capture learning.

-          Oversee activity reporting and produce narrative and financial reports for funders

-          Maintain a strong understanding of political, security and justice, conflict prevention/peacebuilding developments in Egypt and Libya, monitor official and public debates on governance, security and justice and conflict sensitivity in Egypt and Libya and identify opportunities for Saferworld to provide input.

-          In coordination with the Head of Programme and the Policy, Advocacy and Communications team, devise advocacy strategies, policy positions and research work on Egypt and Libya, including designing research methodologies

-          Ensure consistently high quality of research outputs, undertake original research and author papers, reports, articles, comment pieces and case studies for publication

-          Oversee Saferworld’s online content on Egypt and Libya in coordination with the Communications team, including digital content such as videos and audio files

-          Give presentations, convene meetings and represent Saferworld at external meetings in London and abroad, with the aim of informing national and international policy on Egypt and Libya and promoting lessons learned from the region

-          Implement and develop management systems for programme finance and administration, ensuring compliance with Saferworld and donor regulations

-          Monitor programme and project expenditure (including overseeing budget management by project staff), prepare budget revisions and forecasts, review monthly financial data, oversee partner financial reporting and ensure timely financial reporting to the finance team and donors

-          Ensure proper security policies and plans are in place and adhered to, and lead on the monitoring and assessment of threats and risks to staff, partners and other stakeholders.

-          Scope potential office space in Tripoli or other suitable locations

-          Manage project staff, in particular the Egypt Project Officer and potentially a Libya Project Officer, including implementing Saferworld’s performance review system, regular one to one meetings, learning and development plans and conduct probationary reviews and inductions processes for new staff.



    At least 5 years’ relevant work experience, including experience of project management and implementation.
    Experience of working in Egypt, Libya or elsewhere in the MENA region is highly desirable.


    A Masters’ degree in International Relations, Development Studies or a related discipline (or equivalent experience).
    An excellent understanding of Egypt and Libya, particularly in terms of conflict dynamics and actors, key political, social and economic issues,
    A very good knowledge of issues and current discourses around human security, security sector development, peacebuilding and conflict prevention, conflict and political economy analysis and human rights. Demonstrated knowledge/experience of gender, peace and security issues would also be of particular interest.
    A good understanding of other countries and regional dynamics within the Middle East and North Africa.


    Fluency in English (written and spoken) and good knowledge of Arabic (written and spoken). Fluency in Arabic is highly desirable.
    Strong research and analytical skills, including developing research methodology, analysing research findings and drafting reports and briefings.
    Ability to work as part of a small team with strong interpersonal and people management skills
    Ability to manage multiple tasks effectively with attention to detail and an orderly approach to tasks.
    Excellent diplomacy and interpersonal skills and an ability to work in a non-partisan manner, appreciating gender, cultural and ethnic diversity.



Annual salary range: £35,666 - £45,101 gross per annum

Pension: 9% contribution to a personal pension fund

Leave entitlement: There are 28 days holiday a year (Jan-Dec) in addition to relevant public holidays

Hours: Standard working week is 37.5 hours


To apply please email full CV and covering letter, detailing how you meet the selection criteria to Marie Aziz at (please use subject heading: Ref: ELPM)  

This is a London based role; please confirm in your covering letter that you are eligible to work in the UK.

Deadline for applications: 8 June 2014

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