View Vacancy - CSSF SOC and Stabilisation Programme Officer
Main purpose of job:
To be at the heart of a growing programme to help consolidate Colombia’s peace process programme.
The postholder will work with directly with the Deputy Head of Colombia CSSF Programme, leading on the management of the Conflict Security and Stability Fund (CSSF) programme within the British Embassy in Colombia (£10m in 2019/20). The postholder will join the team at an exciting time as the CSSF consolidates the success of five years’ of work and begins expanding its ambitions and scope for future years, including across a number of different countries in the region.
Based in Colombia, but with some regional travel to be expected, the postholder will assist in bringing together two previously distinct CSSF programmes - one relating to Serious and Organised Crime and one relating to peace – so that they form one coherent and impactful programme.
Ensuring CSSF resources are being used to maximum effect in a fast-changing, challenging and innovative environment, the post holder will play a leading role in this transition by:
- helping in the management of current projects and the design of new ones;
- liaising directly with partners and stakeholders to manage existing and new activities;
- overseeing financial and impact reporting and;
- ensuring a sound evidence base for the programme including against cross-cutting themes such as gender, human rights and conflict sensitivity.
Roles and responsibilities:
Programme Management (60%)
- Provides support to the 1st Secretary for Peace and Security, the CSSF SOC Programme Advisor and the Deputy Head of Colombia CSSF Programme in the design and delivery of a new ‘SOC and Stabilization’ Programme
- Manages pre-existing project lines and develops new project ideas together with the Programme team and generally assists with promotion/organisation of activity in furtherance of programme objectives
- Plays principal role in preparing projects and programme documentation and reporting for the Programme as a whole (including monitoring and evaluating programme outputs and developing strategies to meet the programmes’ cross-cutting thematic obligations (particularly in relation to gender).
- Quality assures project-level delivery, including reporting and financial management, ensuring key results are met and, as necessary, escalating any issues, risks and challenges faced by the projects through appropriate channels.
- Manage contracting and grant making processes in line with FCO process and procedures and Colombian law.
- Provide logistical and administrative support to high level visits, workshops or other activities managed directly by the Embassy.
Financial Management (15%)
- Support the Peace Building Project and financial Officer with financial tasks arising out of Programme development including tracking and monitoring overall programme spend; ensuring accurate forecasts for the whole programme are provided to the Programme leads; identifying fiduciary risks and undertaking the day-to-day management of project funds with implementing partners.
Stakeholder Engagement (15%)
- Building and manage key stakeholder relations including: implementing partners; Colombian Government representatives; British Embassy colleagues; British Government colleagues based in the UK; civil society actors etc.
- Liaise with implementing partners to ensure the effective delivery of projects and the meeting of FCO programme management requirements;
Technical Advice (10%)
- Where expertise allows, provide technical advice on peace, stabilisation and/or SOC issues within the CSSF Programme, analysing and identifying trends in Colombia impacting Programme development and providing technical opinions (verbally and/or written)
- First degree in public or business administration, finance and government, international relations and social sciences.
- Fluent spoken and written English and Spanish
- Programme management qualification (e.g. PRINCE) or at least 5 years of demonstrable experience in managing projects or programmes.
- Financial management qualification or at least 3 years of demonstrable experience in managing finances.
- Operational in MS Office programmes.
- Experience of working on programme management within an Embassy, Colombian Government, international organisation or a large scale civil society organisation
- Qualification or demonstrable experience of working on urban/rural development, security or justice or organised crime issues
- Advanced programme and/or financial management qualifications.
- Experience working with multilateral and bilateral donors.
- Relevant post-graduate degree.
This role will require extensive periods of travel to conflict-affected regions Colombia as well as to the UK. A valid passport is, therefore, essential. Any individual applying should declare any issues that may impact Visa applications to the UK or any other country.
The successful individual will be subject to security vetting.
- The opportunity to work in a diverse and multicultural work environment.
- Starting gross salary at COP 5,659,240
- Net working hours 35 per week ie Mon-Thu 08:30 – 17:00 with an hour lunch break and Fri 08:30-13:30 allowing for a good work/life balance. Some flexibility will be required during periods of exceptional workload.
- 14 public holidays per year
- 15 days annual leave plus bank holidays compensatory days pro-rata on first year
- 15 days salary in December pay and 15 days salary in June pay (pro rata in first year).
- The British Embassy is committed to the ongoing training and development of its staff, and training will be provided as appropriate
The Embassy is committed to creating a diverse working environment, free from discrimination, where everyone is included and treated fairly, based on merit alone.
We will only accept resumes in English.
This opportunity is closed to applications.