Project Manager – Palestine and Israel, Strategic Peacebuilding Programme

Oxford Research Group
  • Location
    London, United Kingdom
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    May 21

Position description

Strategic Peacebuilding Programme (SPP) seeks to contribute to preventing, transforming and ending violence by changing how people think about and engage with conflict. We facilitate innovative and strategic dialogues to lay the foundations and ripen the conditions for effective conflict-resolution efforts.

By creating space for people to engage strategically with one another, SPP seeks to open-up fresh possibilities for conflict resolution. Using the knowledge and expertise gained from dialogue, we seek to give third parties - be they the UN, governments or civil society - the critical insights they need to develop effective policies and peace processes.

Our creative approach encourages a deeper appreciation of the causes and drivers of conflict in the Middle East and seeks to challenge established ways of thinking. For over a decade, the SPP has been facilitating inclusive dialogue, often engaging with groups that sit outside the official diplomatic process, to explore means of resolving the conflict.

Our Strategic Dialogue work in Palestine and Israel has been ongoing since 2006 and now includes the Israeli Strategic Forum (ISF), the Palestine Strategy Group (PSG) and the Palestinian Citizens of Israel Group (PCIG). A fourth track initiative, working with diaspora and refugee Palestinians will start work in 2018, when SPP will also begin work with Yemenis, applying learnings from its work in Palestine and Israel.

This is one of two part-time project manager roles that the Programme is recruiting in May-June 2018 due to the expansion of its projects. The other is Project Manager – Yemen. If you would like to be considered for both roles, please state this clearly in your application together with your preferred post.Role Description

Based in our London office, this new position will take responsibility for the management of the Strategic Peacebuilding Programme’s projects within Palestine and Israel. This work is primarily funded by the European Union and Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs until March 2020. The post-holder will line manage the Programme Officer and consultants and be responsible for measuring and maximizing project impact.

In particular, the Project Manager will have responsibility for:

Project Planning, Management, Monitoring and Evaluation, and Reporting

  • Planning, managing and ensuring the effective implementation of projects with due regard for agreed plans, budgets, deadlines and quality.
  • Creating new partnerships with organisations in the West Bank, Jordan and Brussels.
  • Managing excellent relationships with existing project partner organisations, principally in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza.
  • Commissioning and editing policy papers from experts, leading on production of the PSG strategic report, and assisting production of reports from other tracks.
  • Monitoring and evaluating the impact of all project activities to ensure the achievement of project, programme and organisational objectives.
  • Reporting to donors (principally EU and Norwegian MFA) on the use of restricted grants and their impact.

Management of Programme Staff and Consultants

  • Recruiting/contracting, managing, developing and appraising project staff (one programme officer), consultants and/or interns, following ORG performance management policies.
  • Ensuring that staff and consultants have clear roles, work plans and goals to achieve specific project tasks and outputs.
  • Providing opportunities for staff to learn and develop.

Project Communications

  • Reporting (in person and/or in writing) on the projects’ work, plans and financial situation to ORG staff meetings and, if required, Board of Trustees meetings.
  • Overseeing and ensuring the quality of the projects’ public outputs, including reports/briefings, website copy and media comment.


  • Identifying, building and managing contacts with current and prospective donors.
  • Designing, submitting and promoting fundable proposals to donors for the continuation or expansion of projects, in conjunction with the Programme Director and other staff.

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