Career Opportunities at Partners
Partners is currently accepting applications for the following positions:
Is this for you?
Are you at the stage in your career where you are looking for an exciting new leadership challenge? Would you like to join one of the leading democracy building and conflict resolution organizations operating in the Middle East and North Africa Region? Would you like to work for a mission-driven organization with a talented and dedicated staff? Would you like to take on a growing portfolio of programs and bring your own entrepreneurial spirit to help make a difference in the MENA region? If you answered yes to these questions, this opportunity could be for you.
Partners' MENA team currently comprises 6 DC-based staff (out of about 20 people in the office) who work closely with our international network, in particular Partners’ affiliate Centers in Jordan and Yemen, and together with over 40 local partner organizations throughout the region. The team manages a robust portfolio of programs totaling almost $10m in funds from various donors within the US Government. The work of Partners in the region is well respected by our donors and peers alike and we are preparing to expand our network’s presence in several countries through new affiliate Centers and other strategic partnerships.
Who are we looking for?
This is a key position within our organization. The successful candidate will be able to take on this senior role and lead the team in program development and fundraising, oversee the management of our existing MENA portfolio, be the public face and voice of the MENA team, nurture relationships with our existing donors and establish relations with potential new donors. The position requires functionally native-level Arabic language skills, and someone who has extensive experience and networks in the region working on democracy-building, conflict resolution and/or civil society strengthening. The MENA Director will work closely with Partners’ senior leadership team, board and PDCI to help craft a vision for our future work in the region and implement that vision collaboratively. The successful candidate is a team player, who wants to play an active role in contributing to the leadership and development of the whole organization.
The MENA Director must be as comfortable working with local leaders in Yemen as they are discussing country or regional priorities with Ambassadors. Management of US government grants and contracts is required including the State Department (MEPI, DRL, USAID) and the Department of Defense. Excellent oral and written communications skills are key, as the Director must be enthusiastic about communicating the great work of the Partners MENA team to our key stakeholders.
The new Partners’ MENA Director will be a proven leader, demonstrate experience as an entrepreneur, be a powerful communicator and a visionary, but also someone who wants to and has the skills to get their hands dirty in program details and operations.
Most importantly, the successful candidate will be driven by a commitment to the overall mission and vision of Partners for Democratic Change. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the development of a vibrant organization that already has a well-respected track record of impressive work.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Building on the priorities in Partners’ Strategic Plan, work with senior leadership to create a clear and compelling vision for Partners work in the MENA region including a legacy strategy for sustainable impact.
- Manage the implementation of high quality MENA programs collaborating closely with partner organizations and PDCI Centers.
- Provide leadership and management of the DC-based MENA team, with thorough support and guidance on technical work, reviewing drafts of sub-awards, contracts, reports to donors and financial reports/projections, ensuring quality and donor compliance.
- Provide leadership on new business development submitting high quality proposals to build on and diversify the existing funding base and realize Partners vision for work in the MENA region.
- Develop a plan for expansion in the MENA region including the thematic program areas to target and potential new affiliates.
- Lead effective outreach and relationship management with existing donors and initiate relationships with new donors.
- Oversee the team/regional communications plan to create powerful messages about the work of Partners MENA portfolio.
- Collaborate with PDCI Centers, including Partners Yemen and Partners Jordan to support on-going organizational development and strategies for expanding regional initiatives and partnerships.
- Engage the PDCI network to leverage their expertise for programmatic work and expansion in MENA.
- Be an active member of the Senior Leadership Team and contribute to the development of the whole organization.
- Take the cross-team thematic lead for Governance/Accountability and Civil Society Capacity Building and create materials to update our website on these issues, and external communications materials, and internal learning sessions.
- Collaborate with the Finance Team to discuss current programs, provide timely finance reports, regularize review of grants reporting and sub-grant performance.
- Hiring: Identify, hire and mentor new staff as appropriate.
- Strategic Planning: Review and update the MENA component of the Strategic Plan 2013-2016.
- Financial: Oversee budget and financial management and provide necessary support to staff to manage budgets effectively in compliance with donors.
- Human Resource Management: Manage the human resources of the team according to personnel policies and procedures that fully conform to current laws and regulations as specified in our Employee Manual.
- Fundraising Oversee fundraising planning and implementation, including identifying resource requirements, researching funding sources, establishing strategies to approach funders, submitting proposals and administrating fundraising records and documentation.
- Program Management: Design and implement programs and services and provide necessary training and support to staff to be able to manage programs on a sustainable basis.
- Public Relations: Identify and connect with key government, donors, NGO and business sector representatives and manage these relationships.
Job Requirements: Skills and Qualifications
Required skills and qualifications
- University degree in business, law, management, conflict resolution, international studies or other relevant field
- At least 10 years leadership/management experience
- Experience working cooperatively with NGOs, government, and businesses, and contacts with each of these sectors
- Background in civil society strengthening, governance and/or conflict resolution
- Experience in managing personnel and financial systems
- Experience of designing and implementing conflict transformation, civil society strengthening, accountability and transparency and broader governance programs in the MENA region.
- Excellent spoken and written English skills
- Excellent communication skills in Arabic.
- Understanding of the culture in the MENA region.
- Commitment to diversity and Partners values
- Valid passport and ability to travel (up to 30%).
Preferred skills and qualifications:
- Organizational development experience
- Teaching/training/facilitation experience
- Fundraising/proposal writing expertise
- Experience working with international organizations and the international donor community (European Union, UN, USG, etc.)
Salary: Commensurate with experience.
Please submit a thoughtful cover letter and resume by email only to firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than March 21, 2014. Please indicate in the email subject line the position for which you are applying. No telephone calls, please.
Interested in the impact of peacebuilding? Want to make a contribution to the field of peacebuilding? Want to help Partners capture and share the results of our work?
Is this for me? Do you want to use your skills and know-how to collect evidence of the impact of peacebuilding and conflict transformation and help disseminate this to the field? Do you want to work in a friendly office with talented and enthusiastic individuals? Do you want to hone your monitoring and evaluation skills and work with leading practitioners in the field? Do you want to work for a pioneering, creative organization doing important work around the world?
If you answered yes to these questions then this internship could be for you. Partners for Democratic Change (Partners) is a mission-led organization doing amazing work around the world. We are recognized by donors and peers for delivering innovative, high quality programming in MENA, Africa and the Latin American region. See some of the great work we do here.
Our philosophy is different to many other INGOs in this town. Right from the start, 25 years ago, we sought to identify and nurture local talent and build the capacity of local institutions to promote democracy, strengthen civil society and resolve conflict. We have established 19 independent, self-governing institutions on four continents. Our approach embodies what is now considered orthodoxy among donors and international organizations as expressed in USAID Forward and the Paris Declaration. Partners is a creative place to work with lots of opportunities to do stimulating and meaningful work.
This is what we offer:
Supervision and mentorship by an experienced Partners staff member and the opportunity to work with Nick Oatley, the Founder of the Learning Portal for DM&E for Peacebuilding and a leading M&E practitioner in the field.
· An opportunity to work on an important project to collate, curate, and analyze evidence from the field of peacebuilding and conflict transformation.
· Participate in research on peacebuilding and gather examples of evaluations of peacebuilding and conflict transformation interventions.
· Write summaries of evaluations for use on Partners website.
· Maintain a database of evidence.
· Research country-specific and subject-area issues and think about how outcomes and impact might be measured in these areas.
· Work with Program Teams contributing to their efforts to monitor and evaluate Partners programs.
Partners is a vibrant, dynamic organization that allows interns a hands-on, valuable opportunity to gain exposure to an international nonprofit working in the field of democracy-building and conflict management. Further, we are committed to learning and professional development and you will be mentored and coached in your work with us. This internship will provide an opportunity to gain marketable skills in monitoring and evaluation and program design and development.
So, what am I letting myself in for?
Position Title: Monitoring and Evaluation Intern
Position Type: Part-time (at least 24 hours per week), paid internship (stipend of $1,000)
Start and End Dates: May - Aug 2014
Qualifications: Demonstrated, relevant interest, work experience, and/or academic study; exceptional English language, research, writing and editing skills; computer proficiency; excellent interpersonal skills; and a desire to learn.
To Apply: Please send (via e-mail) a resumé, cover letter, writing sample (maximum 1,000 words) and contact information for three references to: email@example.com. Please indicate in the email and cover letter that you are applying for the Monitoring and Evaluation Internship. No phone calls please. We would love to talk to you, but only after you have submitted the information above. Thanks. Partners will contact applicants for an interview or to request additional information.
Partners accepts applications for consideration for short-term and long-term consultancies on a rolling basis. If you would like to be included in Partners database please send a full CV to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Partners is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on sex, gender, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, pregnancy, marital status, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws.