Saferworld Project Manager (Governance and Peacebuilding) Job in Nairobi, Kenya


Job Title: Project Manager – Governance and Peacebuilding

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Management responsibility: Project Coordinators and Officers

Reporting to: Kenya Country Manager

Budget responsibility: Project budget of approx. £500,000 per annum

Key relationships: Head of Region, Country Manager, Kenya Programme Team, Finance Manager, M&E Coordinator, Regional Advisers and the Policy, Advocacy and Communications (PAC) division, London

Salary range: A competitive INGO salary

This position is subject to confirmation of funding

Description of Saferworld and Kenya programme: Saferworld is an international non-governmental organisation working to prevent violent conflict and help build safer lives.

We work with people affected by conflict to strengthen national and international policies and practices so that they help build lasting peace. Saferworld works in Africa, South Asia, Central Asia, Europe and the Middle East and North Africa, and has its headquarters in London and with a regional office in Nairobi.

As member of Saferworld’s Africa Programme and Kenya team the Project Manager will contribute to the development and implementation of Saferworld’s work in Kenya.

S/he will work as part of the team in close cooperation with partners covering themes of governance and peacebuilding, security and justice and arms control in Kenya.

Job Purpose: To participate in the development and implementation of Saferworld’s programme of work in Kenya, focusing particularly on issues of justice, governance and peacebuilding

Key areas of responsibility:

  1. Strategy and programme development
  2. Project management
  3. Staff management and development
  4. Funding and financial management
  5. Partner management
  6. Networking, communication and advocacy


1. Strategy and programme development

  • Contribute to the development of Saferworld’s Kenya country strategy by providing regular analysis of political and security developments
  • In collaboration with other regional and London-based staff, contribute to the development and implementation of Saferworld strategies for Kenya and the Horn of Africa

2. Project management

  • Ensure projects under the governance and peacebuilding portfolio deliver their set objectives in an effective and timely manner
  • Ensure project work plans are developed and updated regularly
  • Ensure timely completion of activities planned and documentation of their results
  • In collaboration with other project staff, ensure monitoring and evaluation of Saferworld’s governance and peacebuilding projects according to M & E plans
  • Ensure timely completion and submission of both internal and donor reports
  • Participate in programme meetings and activities to ensure coordination and coherence with other projects in the programme

3. Staff management and development

  • Provide line management to staff under the governance and peacebuilding portfolio
  • Monitor and support staff in line with Saferworld’s performance management system

4. Funding and financial management

  • In collaboration with the Programme and Funding teams support the development of project proposals and concepts
  • Undertake timely and accurate project budgeting and forecasting
  • Manage project budgets on a monthly basis to ensure optimum expenditure of funds
  • Ensure timely preparation of monthly expenditure requests and account for project expenditure in line with Saferworld’s financial procedures
  • Ensure that project staff and partners comply with Saferworld’s financial management policies
  • Undertake monthly monitoring of project expenditure and finances
  • Support the Country Manager in maintaining donor relationships and ensure donor requirements are met

5. Partner Management

  • Ensure that partner selection and management is in line with Saferworld guidelines and policies
  • Ensure smooth communication between partners and Saferworld staff
  • Ensure that partners comply with agreed MoUs and Saferworld financial and project guidelines

6. Networking, Communication and Advocacy

  • Identify and develop relationships with key strategic partners in government, civil society, media and other international actors in Kenya
  • Monitor the official and non-governmental debates on themes of aid, conflict, security, justice and governance in Kenya in order to identify the best opportunities for Saferworld to provide input into policy debate
  • Ensure effective communication of project activities, results and lessons within Saferworld
  • Maintain linkages with the PAC division within Saferworld to ensure delivery of project objectives
  • Represent Saferworld at meetings, seminars, co-ordination fora and other events as appropriate

Person Specification


  • A Master’s degree in a relevant discipline; peacebuilding/conflict studies, development studies; law; governance; international relations, or a related field (or first degree with substantial professional experience)
  • A good understanding of justice, peace and governance issues
  • Solid understanding and experience of civil society engagement, networking and capacity building;
  • Solid understanding and experience in engaging with government
  • Knowledge of arms control and security sector reform issues would be an advantage

Terms and Conditions

  • Annual salary range: A competitive INGO salary
  • Leave entitlement: 28 days holiday a year (Jan-Dec) in addition to relevant public holidays
  • Hours: Standard working week is 37.5.


  • Pension
  • Medical insurance
  • Life insurance

Application Process

To apply, please complete a Saferworld application form ( and email to Marie Aziz at (please use subject heading: Ref: PMGP)

Deadline for applications: 23 March 2017

We regret that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

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Updated: March 14, 2017 — 7:54 am