Political Governance and Democratic Consolidation Programme Officer

The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) is an advocacy and grant making Foundation that forms part of the global Open Society Foundations Network. OSIWA is based in Dakar, Senegal with country offices in Abuja, Monrovia, Freetown and Conakry. OSIWA’s work supports the creation of open societies in West Africa marked by functioning democracy, good governance, and rule of law, basic freedoms, and widespread civic participation. Our primary objective is to make democracy deliver on good governance and economic development and ensure that state resources work for the benefit of the ordinary citizen. The Foundation works in the following thematic programme areas: economic governance and advancement; political governance and democratic consolidation; and gender, equality, justice and human rights.

In the course of our work, we seek to inter alia strengthen democratic security sector governance and reform; to ensure accountability and compliance to human rights standards in anti-terrorism operations and to support alternative voices and moderate views aimed at promoting cordial relationship amongst different faiths and groups. We seek to build knowledge and deeper understanding arounds drivers of extremism and the conditions of groups caught up in extremism conflicts. To coordinate and lead this strand of work OSIWA is seeking to hire a Programme Officer.

Role Overview

The programme Officer will be responsible for the planning, management and implementation of this area of work within the Political Governance and Democratic Consolidation programme. S/he will be required to inter alia identify opportunities for grant making, manage grants, convene meetings and network with OSIWA partners.

Key Responsibilities

  • Work on all programmatic aspects of OSIWA’s work on security sector governance and reform, counter terrorism and Sahel work;
  • Improve the quality of interventions by OSIWA and other stakeholders within the region through provision of analysis, development of interventions and policy briefs;
  • Identify advocacy opportunities and prospects and contribute to ensuring that OSIWA takes advantage of them;
  • Assist the Political Governance Program Manager in providing leadership on issues relating to OSIWA’s Political Governance Program strategy development and implementation;
  • Assist the Political Governance Program Manager in developing strategy and work plans, researching, vetting ideas and writing new concept papers and internal project proposals for the program area;
  • Outreach to and work to establish cooperation with other organizations and government bodies based on the program’s needs, particularly relating to its projects and initiatives;
  • Maintain comprehensive data on networks in the sector and liaise with relevant organizations, including the OSI Network and other OSIWA thematic Programs for synergy building;
  • Carry out and coordinate research on issues addressed in the program as well as advocacy activities at both regional and/or country level;
  • Assist the Program Manager in vetting, hiring and overseeing program and project consultants;
  • Plan, organize and carry out program related seminars, conferences, workshops and meetings;
  • Stay update and provide regular updates on political governance issues, initiatives and coalitions
  • Represent Political Governance Program in different for and participate in deliberations (e.g. key meetings, conferences, workshops);
  • Work with networks of regional and national institutions and individuals working on political governance issues in order to keep up with trends with respect to political governance   in the region.

Key Qualifications and Competencies

  • Thorough knowledge of Sahel region and its main stakeholders with at least 7 years’ experience on these issues;
  • Proven research and writing abilities;
  • Experience in project management and proposal writing;
  • NGO or foundation experience preferred. Familiarity with OSIWA’s work and West Africa context are essential;
  • Excellent understanding of security governance issues especially as it affects governance an stability within the sub-region;
  • Excellent verbal, organizational, analytical and interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent written and oral English and French, exceptional analytic capacity and skills;
  • Knowledge of local West African languages desirable;
  • Excellent listening and communication skills with sensitivity to cultural communication differences;
  • Flexibility and willingness to work as a team member and independently, with a high level of self-motivation;
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced working environment;
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality and discretion;
  • Attentiveness to detail and ability to work well under pressure;
  • Willingness and ability to travel internationally, frequently if necessary;
  • Excellent and extensive computer skills and high comfort level with computer research, database management, proficient in Microsoft Office;
  • Excellent coordination, networking and facilitation skills;
  • High level of self-motivation and ability to work both independently and with others when necessary;
  • Ability to operate in challenging working environments;
  • Pleasant, diplomatic manner and disposition in interacting with senior management, co-workers and the general public.

To Apply: send resume (in English), cover letter, detailed CV including 3 references, writing sample, list of publications and salary expectations by cob January 15, 2017 to: [email protected].

No phone calls, please. OSIWA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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