The Peacebuilding Director will promote the American Friends Service Committee’s (AFSC’s) peacebuilding work around the world. AFSC has a 10-year strategic plan with three key program themes (Just Peace, Just Migration and Just Economies). Approximately 70% of the current international programs have peacebuilding as a primary goal. This is a new position. It is a critical role to help build cohesion within international programs and across the US and Global Cohesion Divisions.
Based on Quaker values, the Peacebuilding Director will lead the development and monitoring of strategic objectives for the thematic goal for International Programs. They will advise and mentor program staff on best practices in the field, develop and support organizational monitoring, evaluation and learning plans, and represent AFSC in global conversations around peacebuilding.
The Peacebuilding Director will report to the Associate General Secretary for International Programs and will be part of the IP management team which includes the Operations Director, the Migration Director and the Regional Directors. The Director can be remote or based in any of the four international regional offices or in the central office in Philadelphia.
Summary of Principal Responsibilities
The Peacebuilding Director is a new position critical to implementing AFSC’s 10-year strategic plan. The Peacebuilding Director is responsible for developing a cohesive peacebuilding strategy across our 17 country programs. The director will advise and mentor program staff on systems change in the field, supporting country and program teams to develop and implement planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning (PMEL) plans, build networking, and represent AFSC in global conversations around peacebuilding. In coordination with the Regional Directors in International Programs, they will develop and oversee the peacebuilding strategy and budget. They will advise on best practice working closely with regional directors and program teams, leading global DEPs (Dialogue and Exchange Program) on thematic areas in collaboration with relevant country teams, supporting implementation and monitoring with the PMEL team, strategic objective setting and adding IP capacity in global spaces around peace and its intersection with climate justice and organizational commitments.
The Peacebuilding Director will promote the American Friends Service Committee’s (AFSC’s) peacebuilding work around the world with regional, country and program directors. They will build networks that benefit programs and identify opportunities to bring the AFSC narrative to external audiences.
They will support Regional Directors and Country Representatives on programmatic, communication, resource development matters related to the global work advising teams to develop and implement proposals and plans that are strategic and effective. They will work with program staff and advancement teams to develop proposals, reports, research and communication materials. They will dedicate 20% of their time to the Global Cohesion Division, working with teams including PMEL and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).
Essential Functions/Responsibilities: The key responsibilities of this position include the following: Thought Leadership:
- Creation and curation of field-wide best practices on peacebuilding including the development of research, guidelines, and innovative practices to help increase program effectiveness.
- Develop and track strategic objectives across International Programs and in collaboration with US and Global Cohesion Division.
- Advising and coordinating the program staff with the partnership of the Regional Directors to offer technical assistance, identify resources for thematic areas, and identify opportunities for engagement.
- With regional and country team, support the development of research and writing support (policy briefs, case studies, white papers) and editing.
Socio-political Analysis and Facilitation of Dialogue:
- Maintain up-to-date analysis of trends across our country and regional offices, particularly related to conflict trends and underlying causes, to be shared with colleagues throughout the organization and with relevant program supporters.
- Develop contacts, become familiar with institutions and organizations and maintain appropriate partnerships that are strategic in efforts to promote peaceful resolution of conflict and influence the types of change and practice identified in the conflict analysis in coordination with IP leadership, policy and regional staff;
- Open and sustain dialogue among groups and institutions relevant to program focal issues (these could include non-governmental organizations (NGOs), research organizations, community leaders, networks, scholars, journalists, diplomats, and government officials).
- Organize forums or events to promote dialogue on specific topics of concern. This can be done through national, regional, inter-regional, and international gatherings and meetings, or by following quieter approaches – off the record dialogues, study visits and exchanges.
- Build and participate and represent AFSC in networks related to peace and justice.
- Produce a periodic update on issues relating to the Just Peace thematic work and provide periodic reports and short articles on trends, issues, and developments for internal use and/or for publication. Participate in speaking tours and informational exchanges globally as needed and support staff in externally facing presentations.
Capacity Building and Support
- Facilitate research projects relevant to work. Exchange information and share analysis, as appropriate, with community, academic, and religious leaders, government officials and journalists.
- Support to relevant capacity-building efforts, through exposure visits or arrangement of training opportunities to promote peacebuilding methods and provide models of structural change on conflict issues identified in the contextual analysis.
- Maintain periodic contact with Quaker groups, to keep them abreast of AFSC’s work and approach to peaceful social change as needed.
Program Management and Reporting
- Conduct regular contextual analysis for the AGS and Executive Committee. Create and track strategic direction papers, annual work plans, budgets and semi-annual narrative reports. Prepare program-related proposals and support donor reports in collaboration with the regional directors and grants team.
- Create and monitor planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning plan at the global thematic level for the peacebuilding portfolio in consultant with the PMEL team.
- Advise and program staff to support PMEL at a country and program level.
- Collegial relationships and regular communication with AFSC Regional Directors, Country Representatives, Program Directors and Policy staff
- Develop and maintain relationships with key global partners, Quaker, and peacebuilding organizations;
- Develop and maintain relationships with US thematic staff and other key programmatic events including PMEL (Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning) staff and Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
- Participate in thematic gatherings and learnings across the organization as part of the new Global Cohesion unit.
- Commitment to Quaker values and testimonies. Understanding of and compatibility with the principles and philosophy of the American Friends Service Committee including non-violence and the belief in the intrinsic worth of every individual.
- Minimum of 10 years in the peacebuilding field.
- Demonstrated deep knowledge of monitoring, evaluation and learning. Knowledgeable about two region’s political and socio-economic history. Understanding of the causes of conflict.
- Prior living and working experience living outside of the United States, ideally in a county where AFSC conducts international program work.
- Required fluency in written and spoken English and another language (for example: French, Spanish, Arabic, Indonesia, etc).
- Facility for public speaking, organizing events, and in producing materials for publication for diverse audiences in the regions, North America and Europe.
- Experience in peace practice; experience in informal/quiet diplomacy, conflict analysis, conflict resolution and transformation, mediation, and multi-party dialogue.
- Experience developing proposals and engaging with donors.
- Experience in strategic thinking, program planning and implementation. Ability to work independently in an unstructured setting yet within a framework of careful communication, consultation, and decision-making.
- Strong writing skill.
Other Required Skills and Abilities:
- Ability to listen creatively and to communicate effectively with people of diverse perspectives. Demonstrated ability to build trust across lines of conflict and in exchanges with high-level leadership and community-based groups and individuals.
- Facility in organizing formal conferences and seminars is required.
- Prior experience with an international organization working in more than one region.
- Experience applying anti-oppression and feminist principles to work.
- Respect for, and sensitivity to cultural, ethnic, racial, gender, and religious diversity, and familiarity with non-violent approaches to problem solving.
- Demonstrated understanding and experience of sound financial record-keeping/accounting and financial program reporting.
- Ability to travel frequently (COVID dependent), to cope in situations of high risk and to comply with security measures and policies.
- Understanding of and commitment to the principles, concerns, and considerations, of AFSC in regard to issues of race, class, nationality, religion, age, gender and sexual orientation, and disabilities.
Compensation: Salary Range Families Management – Regional Director – Exempt ($95,000 - $120,000) - Comprehensive medical and hospitalization plan; term life, accident and salary continuation insurances, defined benefit pension plan, plus fringe benefits; participation in unemployment and worker’s compensation and social security.
The American Friends Service Committee is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified persons are encouraged to apply regardless of their religious affiliation, national origin, race, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability.
AFSC maintains a deep commitment to a mandate of care for our staff and communities and thus requires vaccination for Covid-19, as well as adherence to social distancing, masking, and office occupancy protocols.
AFSC’s Central Office and some of its offices in the U.S. are unionized workplaces. This position is not represented.
The American Friends Service Committee is a smoke-free workplace.
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