Job Description Job Title
Country Manager - Mali Reports to
West Africa Regional Manager Management Responsibility
Finance/Admin Officer, Project Manager(s), consultants Job location
Bamako, Mali Grade
3A Contract Duration
9 months with possibility of extension dependant on funding
Job Purpose
The purpose of this job is to lead Alert’s peacebuilding work in Mali, managing Alert’s country programme and ensuring that projects deliver quality peacebuilding outcomes. The Country Coordinator supervises the work of project managers, partners and ensures quality and accuracy of programme and finance operations. The post holder will play a pivotal role in strengthening peacebuilding in Mali, influencing stakeholders and liaising with all actors involved in stabilisation, governance and humanitarian work across the country.
International Alert is a peacebuilding NGO operating in Mali since 2013. Alert’s programming in Mali focus on governance of natural resources – primarily around the gold extractive industry – in the region of Kayes and on community reconciliation and state-citizens relations in the regions of Mopti, Segou and Timbuktu. Duties and Responsibilities
1. Strategic development
• Regularly update country-level analyses and the current country strategy for the long term development of Alert’s Mali programme, taking into account local and regional dynamics, and Alert’s strategic perspective;
• Nurture collaborative relationships with partners and stakeholders including Malian government, international agencies and institutions, Malian civil society, national and international NGOs;
• Contribute to strategic development on Alert’s potential role in the wider West Africa/Sahel region, factoring this into Alert’s strategy for Mali;
• Develop and deliver internal reports and plans in a timely manner, and ensure that these highlight programme impact and lessons learned, including through case studies/stories.
2. Management
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• Oversee effective implementation of management systems for finance, HR and
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administration, ensuring compliance with Alert, donors and government regulations;
• Oversee financial reporting and bank accounts, managing programme budgets and performance of budget holders;
• Oversee and conduct spot checks on all accounting and finance functions; ensuring robust systems, policies and procedures are in place and are complied with by all staff;
• Manage staff according to Alert’s talent management system, ensuring each employee has clear achievable goals and the opportunity to develop professionally within the organisation;
• Undertake timely and accurate annual budgeting, forecasting and business-planning excercises, with support from the finance department;
• Ensure submission of timely, accurate monthly financial and impact reports to headquarters, review consolidated reports and ensure these are aligned with financial forecasts and impact milestones
4. Compliance
• Ensure proper security policies and plans are in place, regularly updated and adhered to briefing regularly staff and consultants.;
• Ensure compliance with relevant Malian laws including taxation, and that Alert’s NGO registration is maintained and up-to-date;
• Ensuring compliance of the office and budget holders with local legislation, Alert policies and procedures as well as donor regulations;
5. Project design, monitoring and evaluation
• Lead the identification of new areas of intervention for Alert’s programme in Mali, looking at expansion to other regions, and thematic areas;
• Conduct scoping visits to targeted locations in Mali ensuring these visits lead to sound conflict and peace analysis that can inform programming options;
• Assess impact as the programme proceeds and make adjustments as necessary, ensuring this is in line with baseline studies and Alert’s assessment framework;
• Lead on programme design and fundraising, including writing funding proposals in coordination with the Programme Design, Fundraising and Assessment (PDFA) Team in London;Support the development of new Mali and West Africa/Sahel regional project concepts and proposals in collaboration with the West Africa Regional Manager and the PDFA team;
• Work with the Senior PDFA Officer and the West Africa regional manager to devise an effective fundraising strategy for the programme.
6. Contributing to Alert’s organisational processes and strategies
• Contribute to organisational development raising and engaging on organisational issues,
e.g. strategic perspective , regional strategic workshops, organisation-wide priorities;
• Take proactive steps to ensure that effective relationships are created and maintained with staff at different levels within the organisation;
• Provide information orally and in written form to the West Africa regional manager and others as necessary on the progress of work in Mali – also to external audiences when appropriate;
• Contribute to Alert’s initiative on Knowledge Management and outreach, e.g. by articulating lessons learned from the Mali initiative, contributing to project diaries, etc;
Travel requirements
This post is based in Bamako, with occasional national and international travel.
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Talent Statement Talents
At Alert, we have introduced Talent Management to our business model as we believe talented people are crucial to the success of our work. We believe all individuals are talented and success comes in matching the right talents to the right roles. For this role, the skills, qualifications and experience listed below are important, but we believe that to be great in this job you are likely, to have a talent for entrepreneurial and strategic programme development, with strong technical peacebuilding competences. You will be an outstanding teamplayer, supporting individuals and groups working together to advance peacebuilding outcomes in Mali and across Alert’s portfolio. You will have a talent for multitasking, leading and organisisng others but also working independently and making sharp decisions, using your judgment. These are the personal qualities we will be looking for above all else.
A Masters degree in a relevant subject (Conflict studies, International Law, International Relations)
Fluent English and French
Proven research skills as well as research management experience
Excellent writing skills, including experience of writing policy briefings, project proposals and reports
At least five years’ senior management experience (country manager, programme manager or chief of party) in conflict-affected or fragile context
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to engage with a wide spectrum of actors, including political and civil society figures, military and security forces, diplomatic missions, donors and UN representatives.
Experience in peacebuilding, including direct experience in at least two of of the following areas: Governance, political economy, gender and peacebuilding, climate change and conflict, conflict, violence and Instability, violent extremism, conflict analysis, natural resource management, conflict sensitivity
Solid experience of grant programmatic and financial management
PhD in a subject related to peacebuilding
Work experience in Mali or Sahel/West Africa
Experience in project design, monitoring and evaluation
Direct experience in research, assessment, analysis and policy development, ideally in fragile environments
Experience in peacebuilding training, coaching and capacity building more broadly
Experience in local offices set-up, admin and security
Summary Terms and Conditions
Human Resources Department
All staff receive a pension contribution which is equivalent to 10% of their gross salary. Leave entitlement
36.5 days leave annually (comprising of annual leave, public holidays and closure of the office between Christmas and New Year). Notice period
There will be an initial three month probationary period during which notice will be one month on either side. On successful completion of the probationary period notice will be one month (for contracts of 12 months or less). Working hours
Full time staff are expected to work a standard 40 hour week, with some flexibility around start and finish times to be agreed with the line manager. All staff are required to work core hours 10am – 4pm. Sport’s club membership
Staff can take advantage of subsidised membership of a local sports club, upon successful completion of the probation period.
Closing date: 22nd August 2018
Please follow this link to apply: mali-2018