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: 001
No. of Post:
One Year Expandable , depends on good performance and budget availability
09 April 2023
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 are a not-for-profit organisation operational in 12 countries across Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
Saferworld is committed to providing a safe and trusted environment that safeguards our staff, partners and communities. Our organisational integrity is derived from the values and principles that underpin and guide our work.
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 four 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 conflict-sensitive development.
For more information visit the Saferworld website here and the CSF website here.
Duties and responsibilities:
The Learning Adviser will lead on developing and delivering the CSF’s learning agenda. The post holder is expected to lead on the following: support broader inter-organisational learning within the Sudan aid community; and lead on the CSF’s internal monitoring, evaluation and learning activities. The Learning Adviser will also work with the wider CSF team to support core functions of the CSF, including communications.
Roles and responsibilities:
Internal monitoring, evaluation and learning: Lead on activities to monitor, evaluate and report on CSF’s impact by:
Coordinating inputs and updates to CSF results framework and associated quarterly reporting;
Facilitating Outcome Harvesting workshops and other approaches to monitor change and identify lessons from CSF implementation to inform ongoing learning and adaptation of the programme;
Designing and delivering surveys, interviews and other data collection tools to enable the CSF team to gather feedback and monitor the impact of their work;
Support the outreach strategies around CSF research and analysis activities to help effectively reach target audiences; including supporting of mapping exercise, reviews and sharing learnings from previous initiatives.
Ensuring appropriate storage of monitoring data to facilitate shared access and usage by the team;
Producing learning notes to document and share lessons on how to support the aid sector to adopt more conflict-sensitive approaches with the global conflict sensitivity community.
Designing and facilitating interactive face-to-face and online events to facilitate learning and reflection on shared challenges relating to conflict sensitivity in Sudan;
Providing advice, guidance, and mentorship to CSF partners;
Collaborating with the CSF Capacity Building team to develop appropriate tools and practices; including during institutional assessments of and targeted support to donors and aid organisations to build understanding of current challenges and opportunities for learning and adaptation;
External learning: Work closely with a range of stakeholders to improve inter-organisational learning, adaptation and build institutional memory within Sudan’s aid sector by:
Inter-Facility exchange: Learn from and contribute to global discussions about learning and adaptation in the aid sector by:
Comparing and exchanging lessons learnt at the CSRF in South Sudan for regional learning specifically on topics with a bearing and implication on both countries;
Building relationships with and sharing lessons with sources of conflict sensitivity expertise at the global level, including but not limited to other conflict sensitivity facilities, mechanisms and communities e.g. ACSM, CSC Hub.
Support to core functions of the CSF:
Support the implementation of the communications strategy, including: using social media platforms to raise awareness of the value of conflict sensitivity for Sudan’s aid sector and disseminate CSF products; plan and develop content in English and Arabic for the CSF’s online presence.
Support capacity building, analysis and outreach activities of the CSF, working closely to support colleagues in the delivery of trainings, capacity support, analysis, and convening and outreach activities.
Key working relationships
CSF team – work collaboratively with the CSF team and consortium in future to link the capacity building 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.
Donors, UN Agencies, INGOs and NNGOs – develop and maintain relationships with donors and other 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.
Scope and accountability
Decision making and limits of authority
Decisions relating to design and management of CSF’s internal monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) system, with input and approval from CSF Director
Decisions relating to design and delivery of CSF’s learning activities, with input and approval from CSF Director
Management of CSF monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) data
Responsible for implementation of best practices relating to digital security on CSF social media accounts
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.
Legal, regulatory and compliance responsibility
Comply with Saferworld’s policies and procedures, including HR and safeguarding policies
If and when authorised, act as the senior manager with corporate responsibility, in the absence of the CSF Director.
Ensure all of CSF’s MEL activities are compliant with donor requirements and regulations.
Minimum Qualification, Skills and Experience Required:
Knowledge, qualifications and experience
A university degree in a relevant field;
At least 5 years of relevant work experience in humanitarian, development or peacebuilding sectors (e.g. project management, analysis, M&E, communications, research uptake, knowledge management). Additional years of experience in sectors with transferable skills (e.g. government, consultancy, think tanks) may be considered instead of experience in the aid sector;
Experience designing and implementing monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) processes for governance, peacebuilding, advocacy or other flexible programmes seeking to promote systems change;
Experience and comfort in facilitating problem-solving discussions, reflection sessions and/or trainings for different audiences from a wide range of personal, professional and cultural backgrounds;
Capacity to produce high quality verbal briefs and written reports in English and Arabic;
Demonstrated ability to learn quickly and adapt to changing contexts;
High standard of computer literacy;
Sudan or regional experience;
Experience and comfort in providing mentorship, guidance, and support to a range of actors;
Experience and comfort in use of digital collaboration tools and platforms to facilitate virtual interaction and learning among participants E.g. Miro, Menti, Slack, JamBoard, WhatsApp, MS Teams etc
Experience in strategic planning, program design, and M&E planning development (especially working with theories of change, participatory methods and adaptive management methodologies);
Experience writing or contributing to global discussions around aid reform and learning;
Understanding of conflict sensitivity methodologies;
Experience working in a conflict-affected context;
Saferworld is an equal opportunities employer. We encourage candidates from disadvantaged groups and candidates with disabilities to apply.
Skills and abilities
A curious and problem-solving disposition;
An excellent listener with an open mind to understand and learn from different perspectives;
Willingness to undertake regular field visits and interact with different stakeholders;
Ability to work collaboratively and constructively in a team;
Ability to learn quickly and adapt to changing contexts;
Ability to tailor communication style and content to different audiences;
High standard of computer literacy (including familiarity with social media).
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.
Willingness to travel to sub-national and remote locations in Sudan to areas recently affected by violent conflict;