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Senior Projects Development Officer – EMENA

  • Location: London, Beirut, The Hague, Kiev,Tunis
  • Salary: £34,901 to £37,901 per annum
  • Contract hours: FullTime

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Job Title Senior Projects Development Officer – EMENAReports to Senior Lead (Development, Impact and Learning) MENAManagement Responsibilities Manage consultants as requiredJob location In any of the following Alert offices; London, Beirut, The Hague, Kiev or TunisGrade and Level 3Contract Duration One yearEmployment Status As it is unlikely that we will be able to obtain a Work Permit for this role, all job applicants must already have the right to work in the UK or the country to which you are applying.Job PurposeThe purpose of this position is to support the delivery and growth of Alert’s peacebuilding consultancy work in the Europe, Middle East and North Africa (EMENA) region, including the delivery of peacebuilding advisory and technical services and securing new funding opportunities. This includes being a key part of the management and quality and timely delivery of the existing consultancy work and growing this portfolio, including managing client relationships. Duties and Responsibilities1.Market and profile Alert’s advisory services to donors and clients• Identifying and outreach to audiences, analysing needs and identifying potential partnership opportunities• Relationship building with clients and other potential partners and key stakeholders, including information management • Producing materials on advisory services and their impact• Developing proposals and bid documents2.Deliver advisory services through consultancy contracts•Deliver, inter alia, research and analysis, M&E, and/or conflict sensitivity advice, working individually or as part of a team.•Conduct workshops and consultations with stakeholders, including facilitating trainings.•Maintain excellent lines of communication with stakeholders and donors in coordination with Senior Lead (Development, Impact and Learning) and EMENA management team. •Ensure that new contracts cover costs of of this role and contribute to cost recovery of the EMENA programme overall.3.Manage and support the timely and quality delivery of projects based on targets• Ensure that projects are delivered to a high quality, complying with donor requirements and Alert programming standards, values and ethics • Ensure effective administrative and financial management of projects, adhering to Alert and sector best practice• Ensure timely reporting and effective information management for projects, including maintaining donor and consultant databases and results framework• Maintain excellent relationships with all key stakeholders• Support Senior Lead and EMENA colleagues to idenfity and manage a network of EMENA consultants, including remote line management of consultants across the region for specific projects 4.Support the development, fundraising and assessment of grant-based projects across the programme• Monitor opportunities and direct these to the relevant internal team• Write high-quality funding proposals• Support country teams to undertake high quality MEL of projects• Provide data from proposals and concept papers regularly, for the purposes of maintaining the organisational funding pipeline, IATI database and individual programme funding pipelines.5.Contribute to organisational learning and development• Share knowledge and information across the organisation• Contribute learning from projects and processes to strengthen the growth and impact of Alert’s work more broadly• Work jointly on cross organisational fundraising or DMEL initiatives• Stay alert to organisation-wide funding opportunities, and support negotiation of consortium and framework agreement partnerships, as necessary;• Take part in project design or evaluation processes for other Alert programmes, or for cross-organisational projects, from time to time as agreed.Travel requirementsThe post holder will be expected to travel frequently to support the delivery of consultancy contracts within the EMENA region. The frequency and duration of such travel will vary depending on the nature of the projects. Typically, to the regions of Alert’s work 8 -10 times per year, usually for 5 days at a time; and also occasional travel to visit donor offices, most likely trips of 1-2 days, within Europe.PERSON SPECIFICATION ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS TalentsAt Alert, we have introduced Talent Management to our business model as we believe talented people are crucial to the success of our work. We believe all individuals are talented and success comes in matching the right talents to the right roles. For this role, the skills, qualifications and experience listed below are important, but we believe that to be great in this job you are likely, first and foremost, to have a talent for (i) logical thinking which supports the translation of complex ideas into practical programme proposals.(ii) collaboration and team work that builds on colleagues’ knowledge and expertise to maximise learning, strengthen programme teams’ skills and confidence and improve the quality of Alert’s programmingiii) pursuing new business opportunities with an entrepreneurial spirit and determinationA relevant university degreeExperience of implementing programmes, including consultancy contracts in the field – ideally in the MENA regionExperience of designing project proposals for successful submission to donors, including narrative, logframes and budgetsExperience of networking and relationship building with a wide range of stakeholders, including clients, donors and international agenciesStrong understanding of donor requirements and contracting processesStrong communication skills and an ability to effectively communicate complex peacebuilding and conflict issues into practical recommendations and guidance for a range of audiences Experience in providing technical assistance to external partners in relevant areas to the post (M&E, research or conflict sensitivity…)Experience of tracking donor trends and opportunities, and matching these with project ideasExperience of negotiating contracts with donors including commercial contracting and consultanciesTheoretical and practical expertise on DM&E with demonstrable skills in strategic and detailed thinkingExcellent English writing skills and the ability to analyse and present a cogent argument both in writing and orally (face to face and on phone)Knowledge or demonstrable experience in peacebuilding, conflict prevention or relevant fieldA collaborative team player, willing to lend a hand and go the extra mileA self-starter with initiative and the ability to work alone when necessaryAbility to be creative and innovative in generating new ideas and undertaking researchAn eye for detail and accuracy and an ability to balance competing demands DESIRABLE REQUIREMENTS Masters degreeHas lived and worked in a developing country or conflict contextExperience of designing large projects implemented through a consortium or partnershipExperience of developing projects and assignments funded through commercial agreementsExperience of obtaining funds from corporates and private sectorExperience in capacity building, training and technical accompaniment with international and local CSOsHas held a project management roleHas worked on policy advocacy programmesHas excellent Arabic and/ or French

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