Senior Manager for Learning & Evaluation: Alliance for Peacebuilding

Senior Manager for Learning & Evaluation: Alliance for Peacebuilding

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The Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP) leads a community of 106 organizations building peaceful and just societies around the world. The Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP) is a network of professionals dedicated to resolving violent conflict and building sustainable peace. AfP is a leader in developing and disseminating innovative approaches to peacebuilding, catalyzing a diverse range of actors, including governments, academia, and nongovernmental organizations. We work collaboratively with our members to address issues too large for any one organization to tackle alone. In our work, we:

  • Influence by providing viable options to violence; publicizing efforts to build peaceful societies; giving policymakers alternatives to force-based national security; and creating powerful narratives for public media.
  • Innovate by catalyzing new ideas and breaking down silos between different areas of practice.
  • Impact by adding to the capacities and professionalism of our field and harnessing the collective strength of our members.

The AfP workplace is fast-moving, since we must be responsive to conflict occurring daily around the world, and we must anticipate the needs of our members, partners, and government colleagues in Washington, and abroad. We are a small, dedicated staff, working collaboratively across all of our programs rather than staying in silos. We are a learning organization – constantly evaluating our own progress, and practicing the values of transparency and respect that form the core of peacebuilding.

The world is changing rapidly, and peacebuilding must contend with the rising politics of hate, the closing of civil society space, and the rise of populist leaders. At the same time, new frameworks for peace such as the Agenda 2030 at the United Nations, and a new emphasis on conflict prevention in the humanitarian and refugee assistance communities, open the door to new partnerships and an amplified scope for action. The Alliance for Peacebuilding seeks to harness the collective energy and expertise of our members during this turbulent time, and to strengthen the voice of peace.

Job Summary

Over the past five years, AfP has played a key role in convening the peacebuilding field around improving capacity and understanding of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) in conflict-affected settings. AfP is seeking a Senior Manager to work in our Washington DC Headquarters. This position will report to the Senior Director for Programs and Strategy. We are seeking a highly motivated, entrepreneurial candidate who is passionate about peacebuilding, works effectively on a team, and constantly seeks to bring value and new ideas to our core staff, and to our members and partners. The applicant must have a creative vision for social change, and must be able to listen well to others and integrate multiple perspectives in programming and joint action. The applicant must be very well organized, and must be able to take initiative and responsibility across his or her full portfolio. Most importantly, the desired candidate will have a demonstrated drive to solve problems in a team environment and leading with high energy and a positive attitude.

The Senior Manager manages the Peacebuilding Evaluation Consortium and the Effective InterReligious Action and Peacebuilding (EIAP) and also advises other AfP programs on monitoring, evaluation and learning systems. This includes playing an active role in program design for all AfP programs and integrating program information into fundraising and communication.

This position has an annual salary range between $65,000-$75,000 payable according to AfP’s bimonthly payroll schedule, with standard deductions, and an excellent benefits package including health, dental and vision, life, short-term and long-term disability, TIAA-CREF retirement plan with a 5% monthly contribution by AfP, fitness center access, opportunity for 1 telework day/week after 3 months of continuous regular employment, 3 week so paid annual leave, 11 paid holidays and 12 sick days per year, FMLA and bereavement leave, lifetime membership with AfP, and a monthly metro stipend.

Primary Responsibilities

The Senior Manager manages all aspects of the PEC and EIAP Consortium, including:

  • Managing overall strategy and relationships with consortium partners for the PEC and EIAP program
  • Managing relationships with US government actors and other policy actors, such as the United Nations, on issues related to learning and evaluation
  • Managing the relationships with funders and ensuring that grant deliverables are completed
  • Overseeing the work of any program staff and intern(s)
  • Supporting Financial Manager in managing and tracking PEC and EIAP finances
  • Serving as the primary external contact for PEC and EIAP activities, and maintaining external communications
  • Integrating findings and projects of the PEC with other AfP programs, as appropriate
  • Attending outside conferences such as the American Evaluation Association and representing AfP at public events related to learning and evaluation
  • Serving as a thought leader in the field for learning, monitoring and evaluation issues

Alliance for Peacebuilding Program Design and Collaborative Work

The Senior Manager leads M&E for all AfP programs and plays an active role in contributing to the design of other AfP programs and projects. These include (but may not necessarily be limited to):

  • Managing and tracking M&E for all of AfP’s programs, includes the development of all M&E documents and systems
  • Leading the translation of AfP’s M&E finding into communications for donors and partners
  • Assisting with developing and writing funding proposals
  • Taking part in AfP strategic planning meetings and board meetings (as appropriate); provide input into agendas for these meetings (as appropriate)
  • Participating in regular staff meetings
  • Participating in informal AfP planning sessions on fundraising, communications, intern training, and other organization-wide meetings
  • Collaborating closely with President and Senior Director on fundraising strategy
  • Taking on smaller additional projects, as agreed upon with the President and the Senior Director

Minimum Qualifications

An ideal candidate for this role would have the following:

  • At least 7 years of M&E, and/or peacebuilding experience
  • Master’s degree in relevant field
  • Knowledge and hands on proficiency in program M&E and statistical analysis
  • Proven track record in program management and managing staff
  • Demonstrated drive to solve problems in a team environment and leading with high energy and a positive attitude
  • Proactive and team-oriented work ethic and adaptive and flexible
  • Strong writing and data analysis skills
  • Commitment to the organization’s mission and improved peacebuilding practice
  • Excellent attention to detail and time management skills

Application Process

Please send a cover letter, resume and list of three references to [email protected], ATTN: Liz Hume, Senior Director for Programs & Strategy. Each attachment should be labeled “Last name, First name – [Document type].” In the subject line please state Senior Manager for Learning and Evaluation. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and the position will be filled as soon as a well-qualified person is identified.

Only applicants meeting required qualifications for the position will be considered and contacted. The Alliance for Peacebuilding is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes resumes from all qualified applicants, particularly women and minorities. The Alliance for Peacebuilding does not discriminate based on gender, ethnicity, race, or persons with disabilities.

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