Saferworld Learning Manager (Addressing the Root Causes of Conflict Programmes) Job in Kampala or Nairobi


Job Title: Learning Manager – Addressing the Root Causes of Conflict (ARC) Programmes

Location: Kampala, Uganda or Nairobi, Kenya, as negotiated

Reporting to: Head of East Africa with matrix management by Head of Organisational Development Unit

Key Relationships: Saferworld’s East Africa and Pakistan teams; other programme teams as relevant; Organisational Development Unit; Policy, Advocacy and Communications division

Salary: £35,000 – £41,000 gross per annum

Description of Saferworld: Saferworld is an independent international organisation working to prevent violent conflict and build safer lives.

We work with local people affected by conflict to improve their safety and sense of security, whilst conducting wider research and analysis into the drivers of conflict.

We use this evidence and learning to improve local, national and international policies and practices that can help build lasting peace. We believe that efforts to prevent violent conflict should always be based on the local context and local needs.

Saferworld has been working in Africa since 1997, with a primary focus upon East Africa and the Horn of Africa regions.

We have well-established programmes in Kenya, Uganda, Somalia and South Sudan. In addition, Saferworld supports regional and international conflict prevention and security processes. Saferworld headquarters are in London, with country offices in Nairobi, Kampala, Hargeisa, and Juba.

Description of the ARC programmes: Saferworld has recently been awarded three five-year grants to implement programmes funded under the Government of the Netherlands Addressing the Root Causes of Conflict (ARC) instrument in both East Africa and Pakistan.

Saferworld is committed to learning and adaptive programming, and to sharing that learning widely, and the ARC Learning Manager will play an instrumental part in achieving this.

The ARC Fund has a common results framework, and each programme has its own framework that feeds into this. Saferworld has committed to annual assessments of progress, to sharing its knowledge and learning with other ARC grantees, and to disseminating this through its management of the Dutch Knowledge Platform on Security and Rule of Law (KPSLW).

The overall aim of this post is to stimulate greater understanding and debate about people-focused security and justice work and to demonstrate how this approach can make a difference to the lives of people most affected by conflict and insecurity, reduce their levels of fear, and point the way to policy changes that will improve state-society relations.

There will be a significant emphasis on learning from programming designed to challenge the gender norms that generate insecurity and conflict.

Job Purpose: The post holder will lead in the development and implementation of a learning strategy across the ARC programmes that supports a cross-organisational agenda and links to programmes and policy staff throughout the organisation.

This will include consulting on the design and planning of a five-year programme of work with key staff, coordination of learning activities and outputs, management of a MEL budget-line, and creating and sustaining effective relationships with relevant internal and external actors.

The main focus of the role will be the ARC projects in East Africa in liaison with colleagues in Pakistan.

Key areas of responsibility

  • Lead on design, planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting of a learning strategy for the ARC programmes, and ensure learning is widely shared.
  • Coordinate/develop methodologies and systems for evaluation to capture learning from our work, based on country results and the overall ARC results framework and ensure Saferworld has the right tools and guidance to support learning.
  • Promote a culture of active learning within Saferworld’s methodology, building and sustaining links across policy, programme and core teams.
  • Analyse policy issues relevant to designated country teams’ programming areas, including assessment opportunities to enhance impact
  • Develop and maintain an innovative dissemination and feedback approach that reaches out to active knowledge networks, think tanks, policy influencers, and regional decision-makers, and successfully bridges programme and policy practitioners.
  • Manage the budget for the learning components of the ARC programmes, in consultation with Country Managers

Person Specification

Knowledge and Experience

  • Demonstrable experience in developing and implementing strategies and platforms for learning – organisational, programmatic, and policy-oriented – in a conflict-affected/development-focused setting
  • Demonstrable programmatic experience in using outcome-focused approaches to show impact in contexts that are volatile, conflict-affected or experiencing protracted conflict
  • Proven experience of innovative thinking to engage staff and partners to become active learners and evaluators of their work
  • Experience providing remote support to colleagues and partners
  • Experience of participatory field research, preferably in a conflict-affected/development-focused setting
  • Experience in sub-Saharan Africa, specifically East and Horn of Africa
  • Relevant university degree; MA or equivalent professional experience in a relevant field


  • Good analytical skills, and ability to translate practical experience into learning and policy research into practice
  • Ability to convey ideas clearly and succinctly, create good practice guidance, and produce influential products for a range of audiences, from partners to donors
  • Strong group facilitation and training skills and understanding of how these skills can be applied to the planning, delivery, and evaluation of learning platforms
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to support and engage with highly experienced staff
  • Demonstrated skills in prioritising and balancing multiple competing tasks, projects, and deadlines
  • Excellent communication and fluency in both written and spoken English
  • Budget management and use of Excel


  • Commitment to work with colleagues, partners, and donors on an equal basis
  • Commitment to the values and principles of Saferworld
  • Flexibility to travel (up to 2 months a year) sometimes in unstable, conflict-affected areas

Terms and conditions

  • Hours: 37.5 per week
  • Salary: £35,000 – £41,000 gross per annum
  • Contract: Open, dependent on funding
  • Holidays: 28 days per annum plus statutory holidays
  • Pension: 9% contribution to pension

Application Process:

Please complete the Saferworld application form ( and send to Marie Aziz at

Deadline for applications: 2 April 2017

We regret that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

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Updated: March 19, 2017 — 5:44 pm