US Advocacy Manager and Head of Office

  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jun 22

Position description

Saferworld is an independent non-governmental organization that works to prevent violent conflict and build safer lives. We work with civil society, governments and international organizations to encourage and support effective policies and practices through advocacy, research and policy development, and through supporting the actions of others.


The focus of this post is to help to ensure an influential voice for Saferworld in US peace and security debates and decision-making processes. As the US is perhaps the most significant actor on global security and conflict issues, this is an important role. Our strategy needs to reflect how conflict policies are made in the US and how best Saferworld’s peacebuilding perspective, experience and analysis can be fed into them.  Themes for engagement will include crisis management and military intervention, counter-terrorism (CT), countering/preventing violent extremism (C/PVE), stabilization, forced displacement and migration, gender norms that drive and perpetuate conflict, and defense, security and intelligence cooperation (including arms trade and arms proliferation).


We are seeking to attract an individual to help us build understanding of what drives conflict, and how to solve it, from the perspective of people living through it. Applicants must be talented, committed, experienced individuals ready to help us change the conversation, as we work to build demand for – and practical uptake of – peacebuilding options for resolving crises and threats.


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A competitive salary will be negotiated commensurate with skills and experience


The deadline for applications is 11 July 2018


  • Substantial relevant experience, with demonstrable knowledge and understanding of international development, rights/governance and/or peacebuilding and conflict prevention issues
  • Experience working on peacebuilding, governance and/or human rights in at least two contexts significantly affected by violent conflict, terror threats, repression, forced displacement and/or human rights abuses would be an advantage
  • Proven experience of working in partnership with other NGOs and NGO networks and/or influencing for constructive change within government or international institutions
  • Experience of working on own initiative and in a small team
  • Track record of developing and delivering effective strategies for influencing policy and/or practice of governments and other actors on peace, security, and/or governance and human rights themes
  • High level communication skills, including experience of communicating effectively across cultures and with diverse audiences, both verbally and in writing
  • Demonstrable ability to write research reports, policy papers, briefings and articles, as well as communicating in other forms, such as blogs and vlogs
  • Proven ability to motivate, engage and influence different audiences
  • Proven organizational reputation management skills
  • Ability to manage complex workloads and to develop and deliver work plans effectively with teams working across multiple locations.
  • Understanding of and commitment to integrating conflict- and gender-sensitivity.
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