FFP Careers: Program Manager

Job Title
Program Manager
Washington, D.C.
Deadline for Applications
April 16, 2018
Effective Date
May 14, 2018
Not Applicable
Length of Contract
Commensurate with experience
General Function
The Fund for Peace (FFP) seeks a dynamic, motivated, and collaborative individual to join its Washington, D.C.-based team, focused on conflict early warning and response, particularly in Anglophone and Francophone West Africa.
The Program Manager will be based in Washington, D.C., with extensive travel to specific FFP program locations, particularly in West Africa. This position will initially focus on conflict early warning and response, with a specific focus on the fifteen member states of the Economic Community of West African States. There will be room for growth into FFP’s other programs, including but not limited to the annual Fragile States Index.
Specific Job Duties
70% Program Management, Research, and Planning:

  • Perform program management functions as required, including liaising with FFP staff based in the field and local partners based in focus countries.
  • Coordinate the planning, execution, and delivery of program tasks and activities.
  • Provide regular written and verbal reports to the management and other partners as required.
  • Build and maintain relationships for FFP with government officials, local organizations, and international organizations in target countries.
  • Represent FFP at internal and external events and disseminate information about FFP’s programs and research findings.
  • Provide expertise on relevant subject matter through briefings of key officials and other relevant actors, publications, and participation in working groups, conferences and roundtable events.

15% Conflict Research and Data Analysis:

  • Assist with data collection and analysis for various conflict and risk assessments.
  • Analyze and disseminate data through various platforms for data visualization.
  • Perform program management functions as required, including coordinating requests for political risk analyses from various clients.
  • Assist with communications and design of political risk analysis products.

15% Core Organizational Functions:

  • Backstop senior staff on critical executive-level administrative and management tasks.
  • Assist with developing opportunities for new business, including identifying opportunities and leading proposal design and execution.

Performs other duties as assigned. This position is contingent upon funding.
Position reports directly to Programs Director. Direct management and supervision responsibility may include Programs Associates, Interns, and sub-contractors.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Deep understanding of the dynamics of political transitions and programming to support them, strong research and analytical skills, and a minimum of seven years of experience and progressive responsibility working in and/or on conflict or post-conflict countries in Africa.
  • Demonstrated expertise on data collection, integration, analysis, and visualization.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with key stakeholders, both internal and external.
  • Excellent representation and communication skills (oral and written), including cross-cultural skills, media skills, and the ability to deal with counterparts at all political, social and economic levels.
  • Proficiency in written and spoken French is preferred. Proficiency in Portuguese, Spanish, or Arabic is an advantage.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively coordinate virtually with team members deployed across multiple locations and time zones.
  • Ability and willingness to travel as required, particularly to transitioning environments.
  • Ability and willingness to relocate to Washington, D.C. is required, as this position will be based at FFP's headquarters.
  • U.S. citizenship, permanent residency, or the ability to obtain work authorization in the U.S. is required. Costs associated with obtaining work authorization are the sole responsibility of the applicant.

Experience and Qualifications Required

  • A Master’s Degree or equivalent is required.
  • A minimum of seven (7) years of experience in the following areas: peacebuilding; conflict prevention and early warning; data collection, integration, analysis, and visualization; and general political risk analysis.
  • A minimum of five (5) years graduated responsibility in program management.
  • French language proficiency is highly desired; proficiency in Portuguese, Spanish, or Arabic is an advantage.

Physical Demands

  • Travel requiring simple living in cross-cultural setting which may include limitations in electricity and communication and modest accommodations.
  • Periods of heightened work activity and protracted work hours related to pressures of proposal and report submissions.
  • Periods of travel to remote locations.

Work Environment

  • Work may occasionally take place in locations which can be volatile or lack formal security infrastructure
  • Modern amenities (electrical, plumbing, air cooling) may not always be available when deployed in the field.

How to Apply
To be considered for this position, please submit a complete application package consisting of:
1. Cover letter
2. Resume
Send application packages to the attention of:
Mr. J. J. Messner
Executive Director
1101 14th Street NW, Suite 1020
Washington, D.C. 20005
Application packages may only be submitted electronically by e-mail to admin@fundforpeace.org.
The deadline by which applications must be received by FFP is 5pm U.S. Eastern Time, Monday, April 16, 2018.
Successful applicants who progress past the first round of interviews will be required to submit writing samples in both English and French, and must be prepared to interview in both English and French. Writing samples should not however be included in initial applications.
For questions about this position, please email Christina Murphy at cmurphy@fundforpeace.org.
Only those applicants that are selected for further discussions will be contacted. Interviews will be scheduled by appointment only.
The Fund for Peace is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy and practice of FFP to offer equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, age, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, political affiliations or belief, pregnancy, or any other characteristic protected by law.
No phone calls, please.