Head Of Programmes

Saferworld is an independent (not-for-profit) international organisation working to prevent violent conflict and build safer lives. We work with people affected by conflict to improve their safety and security and conduct wider research and analysis. We use this evidence and learning to improve local and national policies and practices that help build lasting change, while at the same time engaging international processes and organisations to reduce conflict and advance peace. The contribution we make relies on key partnerships with civil society entities, with social networks and movements, and with local as well as national governing institutions. Our programming stretches across Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and in global advocacy centres in London, Beijing, Brussels and Washington DC. Our priority is people – we believe in a world where everyone enjoys the rights and freedom to live with dignity, free from fear and insecurity – and on the key actors and processes that create conditions for lasting peace.

About the role

The Head of Programmes is an exciting opportunity to play an influential role in a leading conflict prevention/ peacebuilding organisation. You will work alongside our country and regional programme leads, and oversee the development and effectiveness of Saferworld’s country-based engagement. Working closely with the Director of Policy and Programmes and various other programme leads and business partners, the Head role will influence the shape of overall programme design; champion learning and innovation; and inspire programme leads to work creatively in the spaces where conflict prevention and peacebuilding intersect with other human security and development priorities.

As a member of the Senior Management Team, the post holder will contribute to organisation-wide strategies and processes to advance Saferworld’s thematic and operational priorities, its methodological approaches, and to organisational development and internal communications generally.

This position is suited to a candidate with solid programming knowledge and instincts, who is attuned to the experiences of those living with conflict, and who is comfortable supporting and stretching our programme leaders to advance strategies and creative partnerships to prevent violence, overcome injustices, and achieve greater security and peace.

You will also be committed to the vision, mission and values of Saferworld, including respecting and valuing equality and diversity, and understanding how this applies to your own area of work:-

  • Lead by example, role model leadership qualities and create a safe and respectful environment for all staff.
  • Commitment to improving international engagement in conflict-affected contexts.
  • Commitment to own continuing personal and professional development


For further information, we invite you to download the appointment details for this critical position: Head of Programmes appointment details

Location: where Saferworld has a presence such as London, Nairobi, Kampala or Bishkek.

Terms and conditions: commensurate with the seniority of the position and based on the location of the applicant. National terms and conditions will be offered and the right to work in that specific country is required.

Contract: Open-ended

How to apply

Closing date: 17th September 2023

Please click on the link here to be redirected to the Red Sea site. As part of the application process kindly submit your CV and a cover letter, preferably in MS Word. All application documents (cover letter and CV) should be submitted in English.

Please name your submitted files with the following reference: SW_HOP

Please note that the interview dates for this role will be confirmed with you should your application be successful.

Red Sea is committed to meeting the standards set out in its Equality and Diversity recruitment policy; this includes not discriminating under the Equality Act 2010 and building an accurate picture of the makeup of the workforce in encouraging equality and diversity.

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