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Programme Head, Transnational Threats and International Crime

from Institute for Security Studies
Closing date: 07 Mar 2019

The ISS seeks to appoint a Programme Head to lead and manage its work on counter-terrorism, preventing violent extremism and international criminal justice. The head will be responsible for managing existing projects as well as identifying new strategic opportunities relating to emerging transnational security threats and international crimes.

Applicants need a thorough understanding of human security in Africa. They should be passionate about and experienced in working on issues of terrorism, violent extremism and international crime, as well as current and emerging strategies to address these problems.

Applicants must be highly motivated, independent thinkers with an ability to work on a wide variety of topics and work processes at the same time. They must be able to manage staff, cooperate with other ISS programmes and offices, manage finances, and build a network of international donors, partners and stakeholders. Candidates must be able to work under pressure, identify new opportunities and drive innovation. The successful candidate will report to the ISS Executive Director.

Overview of duties

· Fundraising, donor liaison and reporting

· Financial and budget planning and controls

· Managing and motivating staff

· Ensuring delivery of outputs and outcomes in line with donor contracts and the ISS strategic plan

· Representing the ISS at high-level meetings in Africa and globally

· Actively contributing at internal ISS management meetings, and to ISS-wide planning and reporting processes

· Ensuring programme work of a high quality and relevance in Africa and globally

· Ensuring effective communication of results to target audiences

· Monitoring and evaluation of programme work


· A postgraduate qualification (Masters or PhD) in Social Sciences, Law, Humanities or equivalent

· Minimum of 7 years experience in a policy research or policy making environment, international organisation or government at a senior management level

· At least 5 years experience in managing multifaceted projects and subordinate team members

· A track record of high-level representation at the African and/or global level

· Expertise in analysing information and developing practical recommendations from research results

· Experience in the design and management of research, policy advocacy and training and technical assistance programmes

· Experience in building relationships with partners and stakeholders as a means to shape policy and action

· Experience in fund raising and donor liaison, including writing proposals and reports

· A strong understanding of monitoring and evaluation, and the use of Results Based Management frameworks

· Exceptional English communications skills (verbal and written); French will be an advantage

The position is based in Pretoria, South Africa. The length of the contract will be three years, and may be renewed subject to programme requirements, funding and satisfactory performance. A competitive salary is offered.

How to apply:

Email your application to Rekha Valabh at Applicants must provide a cover letter and detailed CV, including at least three contactable referees. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.