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Capacity Development Manager

Saferworld is an independent international organisation working to prevent violent conflict and build safer lives. We work with people affected by conflict to improve their safety and sense of security, and conduct wider research and analysis. We use this evidence and learning to improve local, national and international policies and practices that can help build lasting peace. Our priority is people – we believe in a world where everyone can lead peaceful, fulfilling lives, free from fear and insecurity. We work in 12 countries across Asia, Africa and the Middle East.


 Vacancy No: #
 Section/Unit: Conflict Sensitivity and Facility (CSF)
 Grade Level: G.0
 Supervisor: Conflict Sensitivity and Facility Director
 No. of Post: 1
 Duty Station: Sudan ,locations where Saferworld has an operational presence or home-based TBC
 Duration: Fixed-term, until September 2024 with the possibility of extension, subject to funding and performance
 Closing Date: 05 Oct 2023


Saferworld is an independent not-for-profit international organization working to prevent violent conflict and build safer lives since 1989. We work with people affected by conflict to improve their safety and security, and conduct wider research and analysis. We use this evidence and learning to improve local and national policies and practices that help build inclusive peaceful societies, while at the same time engaging internationally to reduce conflict and advance conditions for peace. The contribution we make rests on the partnerships and alliances we build with civil society networks, entities and movements, and with like-minded institutions, and through constructive engagement with local and national governing bodies and multilateral institutions. Our programming stretches across Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and in policy/advocacy center's in London, Beijing, Brussels and Washington DC. Our priority is people – we believe in a world where everyone enjoys the rights and freedom to live with dignity, free from fear and insecurity – and we are invested in the processes to bring about transformative solutions for lasting peace.


Description of the Conflict Sensitivity Facility (CSF): 


The CSF is part of Saferworld’s Conflict Advisory Unit (CAU) and it aims to:  support the integration of conflict sensitivity into the policies, practices, and programmes of aid actors in Sudan. It draws upon Saferworld’s extensive experience of supporting similar processes in a range of contexts, coupled with our deep contextual knowledge and long-term, established relationships with Sudanese civil society from across the country.  Over the past six years, for example, Saferworld has designed and built up the Conflict Sensitivity Resource Facility (CSRF) in South Sudan. Saferworld has been working on and in Sudan and South Sudan since 2002, including on issues of community security, small arms control, and gender equality and transformation, as well as providing advisory services and technical support on conflict-sensitive to the aid community. 


For more information visit the Saferworld website here and the CSF website here.

 Duties and responsibilities:

Job purpose:   


The post-holder will lead the CSF’s capacity development work, i.e., strengthen the capacity among aid actors working in or on Sudan to understand and apply conflict sensitivity principles and tools. 


The post-holder will provide leadership to the CSF in the following key areas: 

  • Development and Management of the Capacity Building portfolio including capacity-building and training design and delivery
  • Line management of CSF Capacity Development team (currently one Capacity Development Advisor with scope for expansion in future)
  • Implementation of the CSF’s Capacity development strategy including outreach to partners, ensuring the CSF remains adaptive and responsive to capacity support needs of partners.

Key working relationships

  • CSF team – work collaboratively with the CSF team and consortium in future to link the capacity-strengthening agenda with the project’s research, analysis, outreach, and learning work;
  • Saferworld Conflict Advisory Unit – work collaboratively with the CAU to share learning and support delivery of activities that align with CSF’s mandate to promote conflict sensitivity.
  • Other Saferworld teams, including Sudan Peacebuilding, Programme Support & Learning, Policy, and Communications Teams, the Conflict Sensitivity Resource Facility (CSRF) in South Sudan and the Afghanistan Conflict Sensitivity Mechanism (ACSM), and the Saferworld USA and Saferworld EU Teams to share evidence, experiences, and lessons in order to ensure coherent programming to deliver on the global and Sudan strategies and to influence greater systemic change.
  • Donors, UN Agencies, INGOs and NNGOs – develop and maintain relationships with donors and other aid organisations working in Sudan on conflict sensitivity issues, or on the Sudanese context more broadly.
  • Aid workers – network with individual aid workers to support CSF’s outreach with regards to capacity building, information sharing and learning around conflict sensitivity.
  • National NGOs – work closely with and maintain positive working relationships with Sudanese National NGO leadership and staff.

Scope and accountability


Decision making and limits of authority
  • Decisions relating to design and management of CSF’s capacity development agenda, with input and approval from CSF Director and CAU Advisors
  • Decisions relating to design and delivery of training, mentoring, and accompaniment methodologies, with input and approval from CSF Director and CAU Advisors
  • Decisions relating to convening and outreach engagements of the CSF
  • Decisions relating to income expenditure of the capacity development activity budget, up to Programme Manager authority limit
Financial resources
  • Budget-holder for capacity development activities
Other resources
  • Contribute to report writing, and quality and accurate information-sharing
  • Responsible for and in custody of Saferworld equipment, such as a Laptop and mobile phone.
People management
  • Line manager 1-2 Advisors (Capacity Development)
Legal, regulatory and compliance responsibility
  • Comply with Saferworld’s policies and procedures, including HR and safeguarding policies 
  • If and when authorized in the absence of the CSF Director, act as the senior manager/officer-in-charge with corporate responsibility and accountability
  • Ensure all of CSF’s capacity development activities are compliant with donor requirements and regulations
  • Safeguarding compliance for consultants/trainers contracted by CSF


 Minimum Qualification, Skills and Experience Required:


Person specification 


Knowledge, qualifications and experience


  • A minimum of 5 years’ professional experience in capacity support, training, mentorship, education or other related fields 
  • A post-graduate degree in related field, or equivalent professional experience 
  • Knowledge in the areas of institutional development, institutional memory, organisational health, and knowledge management desired
  • Knowledge of humanitarian and/or development and/or peacebuilding principles, systems, and approaches desired
  • Knowledge of conflict sensitivity principles and approaches desired
  • Knowledge of monitoring and evaluation, particularly in relation to conflict sensitivity and/or gender, would be an advantage
  • Relevant work experience, which could include providing trainings, capacity-strengthening and mentoring support, consulting, or systems development, in Sudan or similar context
  • Experience in applying a range of conflict sensitivity capacity-strengthening and analysis methodologies 
  • Experience of working on conflict, humanitarian/development/peacebuilding, economic, gender, and/or governance issues in the East Africa region
  • Experience conducting institutional assessments of donors and implementing partners
  • Experience producing and implementing support packages to donors and implementing partners working in Sudan
  • Experience of working with international donors, international organisations, the corporate sector and/or large multi-mandate development NGOs, in particular in conflict-affected and fragile contexts
  • Commitment to improving international engagement in conflict-affected contexts and experience-based ideas as to how this can be achieved
  • Experience managing teams, including remote management 


Skills and abilities

  • Exceptional facilitation, training, mentoring and capacity-strengthening skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in Arabic 
  • Proven ability to work alongside, and to learn from, a wide range of people in a diverse team and across teams working remotely
  • Creativity, flexibility, self-motivation and the ability to prioritise workloads to meet deadlines in a high pressure, shifting context
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • Ability to manage funds and budgets in line with procedures and to do so independently
  • Ability to lead/substantively engage in lessons learning processes
  • Ability to comfortably perform in remote field locations without usual amenities while on mission 

Personal qualities

  • Commitment to and compliance with Saferworld’s safeguarding principles
  • Commitment to respect and value equality and diversity, and understanding of how this applies to own area of work
  • Commitment to own continuing personal and professional development
  • Commitment to the vision, mission and values of Saferworld

Commitment to improving international engagement in conflict-affected contexts and sharing experience-based ideas as to how this can be achieved


Other requirements

  • Travel to sub-national and remote locations in Sudan to areas recently affected by violent conflict may be required
  • Occasional travel in the East Africa region 



Application process 


Send your CV and a covering letter addressing the person specification and why you feel your experience matches the requirements of the role and send to jobs@saferworld.org.uk.   (Ref…) More information about the role and Saferworld can be found here http://www.saferworld.org.uk/jobs/jobs.  

Deadline for applications: October , 05th 2023


Saferworld is an equal opportunities employer. We encourage candidates from disadvantaged groups and candidates with disabilities to apply.



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