Conflict Sensitivity Resource Facility (CSRF) Director- South Sudan

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.

The Conflict Sensitivity Resource Facility (CSRF), funded by the UK, Netherlands, Swiss, and Canadian Governments through the Better Aid in Conflict (BAC) framework, is a Saferworld-managed programme that supports the integration of conflict-sensitive principles and practices into donor strategies and donor-funded programming in South Sudan. Conflict sensitivity is a programming approach that emphasises strong contextual analysis and programmatic flexibility to minimise aid’s negative consequences and maximise its positive impacts. Conflict sensitivity is particularly important in volatile, conflict-affected contexts where inadequate understanding of conflict and political dynamics can lead to donors and implementing partners inadvertently exacerbating the conflict.

The CSRF Director provides high-level strategic leadership for and management of the operations of the CSRF. The post-holder is expected to use innovative approaches to influence aid actors to integrate conflict sensitivity into their work, maintain positive and productive working relationships with CSRF’s donors, as well as other aid actors in South Sudan, and inspire constructive organisational change. The Director will lead a team of six Juba-based staff members, as well as draw on the expertise and experience of highly experienced managers and technical advisors from the consortium partners, Saferworld and Swisspeace, They will apply adaptive management approaches and share good practices and lessons learned from CSRF both within South Sudan and internationally.

The person we are looking for will have an understanding of discourses on conflict sensitivity, conflict prevention, peacebuilding, governance, gender and inclusion, rule of law and nation-building, and of the international policy environment in which these issues are addressed. In addition they will have experience of implementing a humanitarian, development and/or peacebuilding programme in a conflict- affected context. The post-holder will be adept at building personal and professional networks and relationships at senior level and with donors, governments, and international and national civil society, including influencing conflict sensitivity practices. Knowledge of South Sudan and donor programming in South Sudan would be an advantage and technical expertise in conducting capacity-building on conflict sensitivity highly desirable.

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