Careers

Working at Concordis is more than just a job. Our projects are contributing to sustainable peace across Africa. Concordis employees commit their time, talent and skills to make this happen. Whether you’re an experienced peacebuilding professional or a recent graduate at the start of your career looking for a foothold in the international development sector, Concordis may have the opportunity for you.

Current vacancies:

Application Form – English – Application Formulaire Francais 

Darfur Peacebuilding Programme Manager: closes 8th January 2022

(more details below, recruitment pack available here, application form available here)

Darfur Finance and Logistics Manager: closes 16th January 2022

(more details below, recruitment pack available here, application form available here)

CAR Finance and Logistics Manager: closes 16th January 2022

(more details below, recruitment pack available here, application form available here)

RCA Responsable des Finances et de la logistique : fermeture le 16 janvier 2022

(Kit de recrutement ici, formulaire ici)

CAR MEAL Manager: closes 16th January 2022

(more details below, recruitment pack available here, application form available here)

RCA Responsable des Suivi et Evaluations : fermeture le 16 janvier 2022

(Kit de recrutement ici, formulaire ici)

Peacebuilding Fundraising & Communications Intern

(see below for role description)

Current Vacancies

Concordis is launching a new peacebuilding programme in South Darfur, promoting peaceful coexistence between pastoralists and the settled population.

You would be instrumental in establishing the team, opening the office in Nyala, and earning the trust of the authorities and other key stakeholders.  We’re committed to working in Darfur for the long term, and you’ll have an eye for strategy, building consortia to deliver a triple nexus approach, and developing relationships with current and future funders.  Your previous peacebuilding experience in the region will be a great help.

This is an interesting and important role, and the successful candidate will an experienced peacebuilder, able to recruit and lead a team, and to engage humbly and proactively with women and men who have been deeply affected by conflict.  The context is fragile and evolving, and we’re looking for someone who can be highly sensitive to these conflict dynamics and able to adapt their approach as needed, to maintain impact.

This work can demand a lot from all of us, and we have high expectations for the person in this post, but they’ll be part of a supportive team, leading an exciting programme, helping to make a measurable change for peace.

All applicants must have the legal right to live and work in one of the countries where we have a registered office: either the UK, Sudan, South Sudan, CAR or Mauritania.  They must be willing to spend significant time in Darfur.

Please take care to complete the application form in full, as we’ll assess whether you meet the person specification based solely on the answers given in the application form.

Click here for the application pack and here for the application form.

Concordis is launching a new peacebuilding programme in South Darfur, promoting peaceful coexistence between pastoralists and the settled population.

You would be responsible for financial management, logistics, procurement and human resources for Concordis’ new programme in Darfur, and be instrumental in opening the new office in Nyala.  Your previous experience in NGOs in the region, working on programmes funded by international donors such as the European Union, will be a great help, and you’ll be able to work in both English and Arabic.

This is an interesting and important role, and the successful candidate will have accountancy qualifications and experience in managing the finances from grants from international donors like the European Union.  This requires attention to detail, careful book-keeping and strict adherence to Concordis’ financial controls.

This work can demand a lot from all of us, and we have high expectations for the person in this post, but they’ll be part of a supportive team, leading an exciting programme, helping to make a measurable change for peace.

The role is open to Sudanese nationals and expatriates, and all applicants must have the legal right to live and work in one of the countries where we have a registered office: either the UK, Sudan, South Sudan, CAR or Mauritania.  They must be willing to spend significant time in Darfur.

Please take care to complete the application form in full, as we’ll assess whether you meet the person specification based solely on the answers given in the application form.

Click here for the application pack and here for the application form.

This is a leadership role and you would be responsible for financial management, logistics, procurement and human resources for Concordis’ ongoing peacebuilding work in the Central African Republic.  You would be part of the CAR management team, collectively overseeing Concordis’ work across at least three regional hubs in the north of CAR.  Your previous experience in NGOs in the region, working on programmes funded by international donors such as the European Union and managing teams remotely, will be essential.  You’ll work in French, with fluency in Sango and/or English being desirable.

Concordis has worked in CAR since 2015 and is expanding our programme, promoting social cohesion amongst and between herder and farmer groups in Ouham Pendé, Ouham, Bamingui Bangoran and Vakaga.  You would be based in Bangui, with visits to Concordis’ regional hubs in Paoua, Ndele and Birao to support the teams there.

This is an interesting and senior role, and the successful candidate will have accountancy qualifications and be highly experienced in managing the finances from grants from international donors like the European Union.  This requires attention to detail, line management of book-keeping staff, and strict adherence to Concordis’ financial controls.

This work can demand a lot from all of us, and we have high expectations for the person in this post, but they’ll be part of a supportive team, leading an exciting programme, helping to make a measurable change for peace.

This role is open to both CAR nationals and expatriates, and all applicants must have the legal right to live and work in one of the countries where we have a registered office: either CAR, the UK, Sudan, South Sudan or Mauritania.  You would be based in Bangui and must be willing to make regular visits to regional hubs in the north of the country.

Please take care to complete the application form in full, as we’ll assess whether you meet the person specification based solely on the answers given in the application form.

Click here for the application pack and here for the application form in English or here for the application form in French.

This is a leadership role in this peacebuilding programme and you would be one of three members of the CAR management team, working alongside the Country Manager and the Finance Manager, collectively overseeing Concordis’ work across at least three regional hubs in the north of CAR.  Your previous experience in peacebuilding and /or the monitoring and evaluation of peacebuilding programmes in the region will be essential.  You’ll work in French, with fluency in Sango and/or English being desirable.

At Concordis, it’s not good enough for us merely to deliver programme activities, we aim for sustainable impact for peace, and seek to measure attitudinal and behavioural change attributable to our work.  Inclusivity is one of our core values, and we’re looking to see transformation of conflict that’s experienced by women as well as men, herders and farmers, people in rural settings as well as those in urban centres.

As CAR MEAL Manager, you would work with the peacebuilding team to develop and implement sophisticated metrics for measuring and monitoring these changes over time, disaggregating these datasets by gender, age, ethnicity, livelihood etc.

You will lead on reporting on programme delivery to the donors, extracting information from the wider team.  You will also ensure that these findings are reported back to the wider team, ensuring that our programmes remain accountable to the wider population and adapt to the rapidly changing and fragile contexts in which we work.

This work can demand a lot from all of us, and we have high expectations for the person in this post, but they’ll be part of a supportive team, leading an exciting programme, helping to make a measurable change for peace.

This role is open to both CAR nationals and expatriates, and all applicants must have the legal right to live and work in one of the countries where we have a registered office: either CAR, the UK, Sudan, South Sudan or Mauritania.  You would be based in Bangui and must be willing to make regular visits to regional hubs in the north of the country.

Please take care to complete the application form in full, as we’ll assess whether you meet the person specification based solely on the answers given in the application form.

Click here for the application pack and here for the application form in English or here for the application form in French.

Concordis is a UK registered peacebuilding charity with programmes in Central African Republic, Mauritania, Sudan and South Sudan, plus some new work in the pipeline.

We work alongside those involved in or affected by armed conflict, helping them find workable solutions that address the root causes of conflict and contribute to lasting peace and economic development.  We’re committed to finding solutions that benefit women as well as men, those in armed groups as well as those who chose not to take up arms, national governments as well as civil society.

Concordis welcomes applications from potential interns who have proven experience in communications or fundraising.

Position Communications and Fundraising Interns
Location From home, or in Concordis’ London office once lockdown is over
Duration 6 months, minimum three days per week, flexible working hours available
Remuneration Volunteer; there is no salary or stipend, but Concordis will reimburse reasonable expenses including a small daily lunch allowance
Training Concordis will ensure interns receive a high level of relevant experience, including training from senior members of staff
Closing date When positions filled.
To Apply Please respond by email to hr@concordis.international

1.       Attach your CV of no more than 2 pages. Any CV longer than that will not be considered.

2.       Please also attach a 1-page cover letter that explains why we should consider you for this role.

3.       A piece of communications work such as infographic, article you have written etc.

Start date ASAP
Reporting to Director of Operations primarily, and occasionally the CEO/Director of Programmes
Overview You will develop your existing skills in communications and/or fundraising, receiving coaching from senior staff as you put these into practice in the professional environment of a peacebuilding charity.

Concordis seeks to build relationships of trust and respect, considering this the key to successful intervention in peace processes.  The work of all members of the Concordis team is required to conform to and advance such an approach.

ROLE DESCRIPTION

During your internship you will become a valued member of Concordis’ close-knit team, in which we rely on each member to contribute their skills to our work.  We’re particularly looking for people to work on fundraising and communications.

You will work with the Director of Operations to implement communications and fundraising plans for Concordis. This will involve working with the Director of Programmes and the programme teams both in the UK and in Africa. You will help us

  • communicate the delicate nuance of peacebuilding work to a wider audience through newsletters, printed publications, social media and videos.
  • generate much needed funds from private donors and grant-making trusts.

There is a great deal of flexibility needed when working for Concordis. You may be asked to work on any element of Concordis’ work. As a small team we all pitch in to do anything.

Concordis’ internships are designed to give you concrete experience of this kind of work within the international development sector, helping you get yourself established in this competitive field.

Applications:          By CV (no more than 2 pages), infographics and 1 page covering letter to hr@concordis.international

In your covering letter, please explain:

  • Why you would like to work with Concordis International;
  • How your skills and experience will be of assistance during the internship;
  • Your proficiency in French, Arabic and any other languages;
  • Your experience and track record in fundraising and/or communications, including the SM and comms programmes you are familiar with;
  • How you hope to see your career develop in the future;
  • When you will be available to start the internship, and
  • Your availability full or part time;

Please also provide us with a piece of communications work that you produced recently, of which you’re proud.

Darfur Peacebuilding Programme Manager

RECRUITMENT PACK

A note from Chief Executive, introducing the role:

Thank you for thinking about joining the Concordis team.

We’re launching a new peacebuilding programme in South Darfur, promoting peaceful coexistence between pastoralists and the settled population.  This will mirror our existing work over the border in Central African Republic, where we engage with some of the same pastoralists during the dry season, and will complement our ongoing work along the border of Sudan and South Sudan.

You would be instrumental in establishing the team, opening the office in Nyala, and earning the trust of the authorities and other key stakeholders.  We’re committed to working in Darfur for the long term, and you’ll have an eye for strategy, building consortia to deliver a triple nexus approach, and developing relationships with current and future funders.  Your previous peacebuilding experience in the region will be a great help.

This is an interesting and important role, and the successful candidate will an experienced peacebuilder, able to recruit and lead a team, and to engage humbly and proactively with women and men who have been deeply affected by conflict.  The context is fragile and evolving, and we’re looking for someone who can be highly sensitive to these conflict dynamics and able to adapt their approach as needed, to maintain impact.

This work can demand a lot from all of us, and we have high expectations for the person in this post, but they’ll be part of a supportive team, leading an exciting programme, helping to make a measurable change for peace.

All applicants must have the legal right to live and work in one of the countries where we have a registered office: either the UK, Sudan, South Sudan, CAR or Mauritania.  They must be willing to spend significant time in Darfur.

Please take care to complete the application form in full, as we’ll assess whether you meet the person specification based solely on the answers given in the application form.

Concordis is a UK registered peacebuilding charity with programmes in Sudan, South Sudan, Central African Republic and Mauritania, plus some new work in the pipeline.  We work alongside those involved in or affected by armed conflict, helping them find workable solutions that address the root causes of conflict and contribute to lasting peace and economic development.  We’re committed to finding solutions that benefit women as well as men, those in armed groups as well as those who chose not to take up arms, national governments as well as civil society.

The Darfur programme mirrors ongoing work in CAR.  A recent independent evaluation of that programme found:

The project was highly impactful and added significant value to social cohesion, resilience, local economic development and governance. There was widespread evidence of changes in attitudes and behaviour between farmers and herders in project areas.

Delivered in an extremely complex context, the project demonstrated excellent flexibility and adaptive capacity and consequently remained highly relevant throughout the project period… It is an excellent and innovative pilot, which should be replicated and scaled up nationally.

Good luck, and many thanks for your interest in Concordis.

Peter Marsden

CEO and Director of Programmes

Job Description and Person Specification

Concordis seeks an experienced Programme Manager to launch and then oversee peacebuilding work in Darfur.

Based in either the UK, Sudan, South Sudan, Central African Republic or Mauritania, the successful candidate will spend significant time in Darfur.

The Programme Manager will be responsible for programme delivery, including managing the staff team, overseeing financial accountability, writing donor reports, training civil society actors, facilitating workshops and intercommunity dialogue, advocating programme outcomes to policy makers, and recruiting new donors.

Applicants will only be considered if they have professional level English and, ideally, Arabic, and have significant experience of managing peacebuilding interventions in complex environments, preferably in the Sahel region.

Job Title:            Peacebuilding Programme Manager

Location:            UK, Sudan, South Sudan, Central African Republic or Mauritania, with extensive time in Darfur

Duration:           Permanent and full time, subject to a probationary period.

Reporting to:     Director of Programmes, based in the UK

Application:       Applications will only be accepted if submitted on the application form attached (downloadable from http://concordis.international/careers/) and emailed to: hr@concordis.internationalInterviews are expected to take place via Zoom or Skype.

Deadline:           Monday 3rd January 2022 at 23.59 hours

Hours:                 Full time.  Official working hours are Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.30pm, however, this is a professional role that requires flexibility, commitment and willingness and ability to work longer hours when necessary.

Salary:                 £41,000 to £45,000 commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus a package of benefits dependent on place of work.

Values:               Concordis believes that building relationships of trust and respect with and between those with whom it works is an important key to successful intervention in peace processes.  All members of Concordis staff are required to conform to and to advance Concordis’ values.

Primary Objectives

  • Successfully deliver Concordis’ peacebuilding programme in Darfur, delivering both contracted activities and, more importantly, measurable change for peace;
  • Design and obtain funding for an additional peacebuilding work in the region.

Sub-objectives

  1. Successfully manage Concordis’ peacebuilding programme in Darfur
    1. Programme Management of Concordis’ EU funded programme in Darfur
      1. Maintain quality standards in programming and financial management in line with the contract with the funder, including the log-frame, budget and timeline, as well as with Concordis’ principles, mission and values, and international standards for peacebuilding programming;
      2. Deliver training to civil society actors and project partners in facilitated dialogue, conflict analysis, conflict management, organisational management, fundraising, financial reporting, monitoring and evaluation;
  • Facilitate peacebuilding workshops as necessary;
  1. Research and up-date conflict analysis on the region, developing detailed understanding of the context and dynamics so as to expand or adapt the programme to meet evolving needs;
  2. Prepare and edit programme reports for donors, for Concordis’ head office and for publication;
  3. Ensure all activities are properly monitored and evaluated and contribute to the evolution of Concordis’ evaluation systems;
  1. Management of the Team
    1. Lead on recruitment and line management of Concordis’ Darfur team, providing training and coaching, and recruiting new staff as needed;
    2. Ensure Concordis’ staff and the staff of partner organisations working on programmes funded by Concordis comply with the policy, guidelines and international and local best practices on safeguarding, security, monitoring and evaluation, and financial accountability;
  2. Network Development
    1. Build networks of key actors, securing inclusive participation of those who might otherwise boycott or attempt to spoil the process, and those who might otherwise be marginalised from it. This includes women as well as men, herders as well as farmers, rural as well as urban, and those who take up arms and those who chose not to do so;
    2. Represent Concordis in engaging with and advocacy to local authorities and national governments in the region, working to align the programme with their policy objectives where possible, and seeking their active support and participation;
  • Engage proactively with other national and international actors working in the same space, coordinating programming, generating synergies, developing partnerships, and generating practical and financial support for projects;
  1. Meet regularly with the current funder, the EU, and potential funders, reporting on the needs identified by the programme and advising them in person and through concept notes on ways that they might deliver their objectives in an inclusive and conflict sensitive way. Use this process to line up additional and future sources of programme funding.
  1. Compliance
    1. Ensure Concordis’ compliance with and understanding of national government laws and regulations in all areas of operations;
    2. Ensure programme compliance with Concordis’ policies, procedures and systems for the administration, finance, programme management, safeguarding and security of the programme;
  • Support in the review, updating and implementation of Concordis’ policies, procedures and systems, to ensure they are fit for purpose and in line with current standards of best practice;
  1. Other
    1. Contribute to the development of Concordis’ peacebuilding methodology, policy, strategy and monitoring and evaluation;
    2. Perform other duties as assigned.

Design and obtain funding for an additional peacebuilding programmes in the region, including successor funding for this programme;

  1. Involve conflict-affected communities proactively in the design of all peacebuilding interventions;
  2. Take on responsibility for securing funding for a successor programme, to start in July 2023;
  3. Meet with potential donors to secure their support, and work with them in preparing concept notes and full proposals;
  4. Fundraise proactively and strategically for matched funding and for continuation / expansion of current programming, identifying fundraising prospects and supporting with the preparing of proposals for national governments, institutional funders and grant-making trusts;

 PERSON SPECIFICATION

Essential:

  1. At least 5 years’ professional experience working in international development and/or conflict resolution and peacebuilding;
  2. At least 2 years’ experience of project or programme management of peacebuilding interventions in complex environments, preferably in the Sahel region;
  3. Training and/or experience in dialogue facilitation, mediation or related skills;
  4. Demonstrable knowledge and understanding of international development, conflict analysis, security and political processes, particularly in the Sahel region;
  5. Demonstrable experience of preparing budgets and of exercising budgetary control within NGO programming;
  6. Proven track record of institutional fundraising for peacebuilding or development programming;
  7. Masters degree in international relations, development studies, conflict resolution or a related discipline;
  8. Professional level written and spoken English, with professional level Arabic being highly desirable.  Must be able to draft technical documents and reports for international audiences;
  9. Ability to engage, communicate and negotiate with potentially suspicious/hostile authorities and communities in an open, transparent, constructive, patient and effective manner;
  10. Excellent communication and presentation skills;
  11. Good computer skills (MS Office, especially Excel, internet, databases);
  12. Personal efficiency, resourcefulness, organisational ability and the ability to be flexible and maintain good humour in challenging circumstances;
  13. Ability and willingness to work effectively in a culturally diverse team in demanding and dynamic circumstances, and to work in challenging conditions such as those found the Sahel region;
  14. Awareness of cultural diversity and political sensitivities and ability to address such issues with tact, diplomacy and sensitivity;
  15. Commitment to Concordis’ mission, principles, values (available at http://concordis.international/our-mission-and-values/.

Desirable:

  1. Experience of working in Sudan;
  2. Experience of managing staff, preferably in an international development and/or conflict environment;
  3. Experience of monitoring and evaluation of peacebuilding processes;
  4. Practical experience and/or training in NGO Security Management.

Important information relating to your application

The final date for applications is Monday 3rd January 2022, but we will be reviewing applications as they come in and welcome early applications.

We have a number of posts to fill and we may contact you to ask whether you wish to be considered for other roles in the organisation.  Please do not delay and get in touch if you have the right skills, experience and passion for our cause.

If you have any queries or you would like an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact the HR team by email: hr@concordis.international and we’d be happy to help.

We will keep your personal data carefully and within the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulations.

Any candidate offered a job with Concordis will be expected to sign our Safeguarding Policy and Code of Conduct as an appendix to their contract of employment, and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these documents.

All offers of employment will be subject to pre-employment checks including satisfactory references and appropriate screening.  These include criminal records checks and review of sanctions and proscribed groups lists.  Concordis also participates in the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme and all employees will be subject to this as part of their contract of employment.

Concordis International actively encourages equality and diversity and we look to recruit across age, gender, ethnicity and background as we believe this supports our peacebuilding mission.

For more information about Concordis International please visit our website at www.concordis.international.

Concordis mission, values, principles

Concordis works alongside those involved in or affected by armed conflict, helping them find workable solutions that address the root causes of conflict and contribute to lasting peace and economic development. We’re committed to finding solutions that benefit women as well as men, those in armed groups as well as those who chose not to take up arms, national governments as well as civil society.

Mission

  • To build trusting relationshipswith people involved in or affected by armed conflict.
  • To facilitate challenging conversationsbetween people from opposing factions.
  • To enable people to find workable solutionsthat address the root causes of conflict and contribute to lasting peace and economic development to mutual benefit.
  • To include womenas well as men, those in armed groups as well as those who chose not to take up arms, national governments as well as civil society.
  • To leave a legacyof sustainable mechanisms that enable future conflict to be managed peacefully.

Principles and values

We are committed to transformational justice and peacebuilding, underpinned by Concordis’ values of:

  • Humility– we recognise that we do not have all the answers, that there are different ways of dealing with and resolving conflict, and that our contribution should be part of a broad engagement by a number of people and organisations
  • Impartiality – we act in a consciously non-partisan manner
  • Inclusivity – we promote active participation in our dialogues from people representing as many strands of opinion or interest as are appropriate.  We work creatively to give voice to people and groups who might otherwise be marginalised by reason of gender, age or ethnicity.

To carry out our mission in accordance with these values, we abide by a set of fundamental principles:

  • Strategic intervention– using in-depth analysis, we endeavour to understand as much as possible about the situations in which we work and we take account of complexity
  • Long-term engagement – we aim to work in a sustained way in relation to conflicts with which we are invited to engage
  • Doing no harm – we recognise the potential negative impact of interventions and seek to ensure that ours do not have unintended consequences
  • Independence – we do not succumb to pressure to advance the interests of third parties (including third parties who are funding our work)
  • Cooperation – we act collaboratively and in partnership with other agencies and organisations whenever it is appropriate to do so.

In carrying out its work, in dealings with its staff and in relation to governance and funding, Concordis:

  • Acts with honesty, integrity and transparency
  • Encourages accountability
  • Has proper regard for the welfare of all involved in its operations, both staff and beneficiaries
  • Consciously engages with women as well as men and recognises the gendered dynamics of conflict
  • Is professional and respectful of others
  • Is reflective, responsive and nimble in its approach
  • Acknowledges the importance of building and fostering relationships
  • Values diversity.