NGO Jobs – Senior Project Officer, Business for Peace Project at International Alert

Organisation: International
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: Project
Manager, Business for Peace
About IA:
Alert is a 30-year old independent peacebuilding organization based in London,
UK. We work with people who are directly affected by violent conflict to
improve their prospects of peace, and we seek to influence the policies and
ways of working of governments, international organisations like the UN and
multinational companies, to reduce conflict risk and increase the prospects of
About Business for Peace Project:
The Uganda
programme has been running since 2007, implementing among other projects, the
Business for Peace project with a vision of contributing to a more peaceful and
stable Uganda. The project goal is to Empower Economic and Private Sector
Actors to Promote Sustainable Peace and Development in Uganda. It has the
following strategic objectives:
Influencing the mind-set of business sector actors
and helping them to define what a peace economy is in Uganda;
Empowering business actors to act towards the
creation of a peace economy;
Advocating with private sector actors for the
creation of an environment that is conducive towards peaceful business
activity; and
Garnering general support from various groups in
Uganda (including youth) towards the role of the private sector in
peacebuilding and development.
Job Summary: The Senior
Project Officer will support the Project Manager on a portfolio of activities
working with different private sector associations and relevant government
institutions on dialogue and advocacy activities to Empower Economic and
Private Sector Actors to Promote Sustainable Peace and Development in Uganda. The
incumbent will conceptualise and manage relevant processes so as to build
working relationships with business associations; iteratively evolve the
strategy for this project; and play a support role in facilitating relevant
dialogue sessions. The successful candidate will be an inspiring facilitator
with experience of facilitating dialogue and network processes, as well as a
good understanding of the private sector and peace and conflict dynamics in
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
1.  Support in designing and managing Alert’s
engagement with the private sector in Uganda:
Render support in the design and implementation of
project activities related to business for peace;
Significantly contribute in building activity from
inception, regularly reviewing strategic direction in consultation with key stakeholders
and Alert colleagues;
Support related research activities and their links
to peacebuilding, working closely with Head of Research;
Facilitate private sector dialogue events, actively
supporting follow-up work;
Lead on work related to cross-border trade and peace
and/or women and youth business groups;
Strengthen Alert advocacy for conflict-sensitivity
and in relevant business policies and regulations, as well as other priorities
emerging from the work, through conducting related policy advocacy and outreach
Identify new directions for private sector work and
develop relevant concept notes and fundraising ideas;
The job holder will support in ensuring direction
and impact of business for peace activities is regularly monitored, evaluated
and well-communicated using outcome mapping approach, working closely with the
M&E Officer.
2.  Contribute to development of strong and
effective relationships and partnerships:
Responsible for developing, nurturing and
strengthening excellent working relationships critical to ensuring the impact
and success of these initiatives: especially with a range of business leaders
and associations, relevant government officials/institutions and local
government representatives, development partners and media;
Identify strategic partnerships for the work and
over time ensure that necessary Memoranda of Understanding are developed and
kept up-to-date, observed, and relevant;
Support excellent team relationships with within
Alert Uganda, as well as Alert, GLP, and liaise closely with other Alert
colleagues working on private sector and peace issues globally.
Represent Alert at highest level in private sector,
government, development partner, and international fora.
Work as an inspiring facilitator to build forward
momentum and trust among participants, nurturing and sustaining evolving
Contribute to Alert Uganda’s strategic growth and consolidation; Alert’s Great
Lakes Programme (GLP);  and wider
organisational goals and objectives:
Take part and contribute to GLP activities and
events including regional meetings plans, etc;
Coordinate with colleagues in the GLP team to create
linkages between Uganda and GLP work, specifically as this relates to
cross-border trade activities;
Stay up-to-date with and participate in wider
organisational discussions and processes e.g. liaising with Peacebuilding
Issues Programme staff and Asia Programme staff concerning business champions
for peace work, the Communications team, etc;
Significantly contribute to GLP and wider organisational
reporting as required.           
Support internal systems and procedures relevant to successful implementation
of the business for peace project:
Render support in managing budgets and monitoring
expenditure as required, ensuring compliance with Alert, donor and government
Assist in developing appropriate Memoranda of
Understanding with consultants and research partners and closely monitor
compliance with these;
Significantly contribute to relevant donor reports
and fundraising, maintaining forward momentum for the project by developing new
Actively contribute to proper implementation of all
other relevant Alert policies, in close coordination with FA&HR team;
Contribute towards excellent team relationships
within Alert Uganda, as well as Alert globally, particularly the GLP, as well
as Peacebuilding Issues Programme in London;
Play an active role in contributing to Alert
Uganda’s country strategy reviews and development of new projects.
Qualifications, Skills and
The ideal candidate should hold a good Bachelor’s
Degree or equivalent in Peace Building, Human Rights, Social Works and Social
Administration, Social Sciences, Development Studies and Economics.
At least five years’ experience in related
programmes in an International NGO setting.
Prior experience of managing research activities
Past exposure and experience in
peacebuilding-related programmes and familiarity with conflict-sensitive
approaches to development.
Broad background in Private Sector Development policy,
with excellent knowledge of the private sector in Uganda, including different
associations, sectors, government institutions working with the private sector;
challenges and opportunities faced by business actors
Knowledge and skills in business for peace
Ability to leading sensitive dialogue processes with
a strong flair for facilitation, networking with key partner agencies,
multi-tasking, mobilising and galvanising a diverse and dispersed collection of
Partners behind your leadership and vision of Alert’s peacebuilding programme
in Uganda.
Excellent organizational skills with a keen attention
for detail
Possess the ability to operate efficiently and at
approved professional standards
Highly analytical and reflective outlook
Excellent track record of successful design and
implementation of dialogue processes
Broad knowledge and understanding of peace and
conflict dynamics/ national reconciliation issues in Uganda
Strong grasp of project management in an INGO,
including successful record of fundraising, donor reporting and managing staff
and budgets
Demonstrated ability to build strong working
Skilled facilitator, with experience of managing
Able to work independently and deliver results
Innovative, creative, problem-solving attitude
Demonstrated ability to lead a portfolio of work,
maintaining strategic direction
Computer literacy skills i.e. proficiency in
MS-Word, Excel and PowerPoint
Good communication and reporting skills; both verbal
and written 
Committed to organisational goals of International
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates should send a Cover Letter and updated CV
alongside completed Application
and Equal
Opportunities form
Deadline: Friday, 25th
September 2015 by 5pm Uganda time.
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