Project Coordinator - Search for Common Ground



The Organization
 Search for Common Ground (SFCG) is an international non-profit organization that

promotes peaceful resolution of conflict. With headquarters in Washington, DC and a European office in Brussels, Belgium, SFCG’s mission is to transform how individuals, organizations, and governments deal with conflict - away from adversarial approaches and toward cooperative solutions. SFCG seeks to help conflicting parties understand their differences and act on their commonalities. With a total of approximately 615 staff worldwide, SFCG implements projects from 57 offices in 35 countries, including in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. The organization is an exciting and rewarding place to work, with a dedicated and enthusiastic staff that is committed to its mission and values. You will be joining a highly motivated staff with a good team spirit and there will be opportunities to grow in the role. Within Sub-Saharan Africa, SFCG works in sixteen countries: Angola, Burundi, Chad, Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire,

Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, Liberia, Madagascar, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe.

Summary of the Position

Since 2011, SFCG has been working in Tanzania with media, community leaders, civil society organizations to empower gender equality, promote good governance, encourage greater objectivity in the media, and to improve relationships between communities and actors located in mining areas of Mara and Shinyanga Regions.

Search for Common Ground is currently implementing a project in Tanzania, with funding from ACACIA. This project seeks to improve relationships between communities and actors located in mining areas of Mara and Shinyanga Regions.

The Project Coordinator reports to the SBP Program Manager.


·         Coordinate project implementation, including organizing of activities, overseeing field office project staff, partnerships, reporting and providing capacity and team building for partners;

·         Ensure the sound financial management of the project in line with SFCG and donors’ policies and procedures, including excellent field office management, and accurate documentation of expenditures;

·         Ensure strict compliance of SFCG financial policies and procedures; Ensure that strategic plans for activities and budget meet targets and deadlines, and notifying in a timely manner any difficulties, and offer constructive suggestions for solutions;

·         Ensure a positive working relationship with the Program Manager, the Finance Administrative Manager and the Country Director;

·         Coordinate Monitoring and Evaluation efforts, working with project staff, SFCG’s DM&E Specialists from the Institutional Learning Team (ILT) and donors as needed. Responsibilities include monitoring plans, oversight of indicators’ data collection and analysis towards accomplishment of established goals, and coordination of evaluations;

·         Plan activities with field staff and develop a training curriculum; Train local community groups on the main SFCG training components (Human Rights, Gender Awareness, Conflict Resolution, Youth or Community Policing, or any other activity through workshops, meetings, radio, theater, printed materials, etc.;

·         Organize periodically planning staff and partner meetings with the support of the SBP Program Manager;

·         Assist with police training and activity planning; Visit the field site regularly and communicate with different stakeholders and mobilize activity participants and stakeholders;

·         Maintain good working relationships and engage regularly with relevant stakeholders, including government officials, civil society organizations and radios and represent SFCG at partner meetings as appropriate;

·         Be responsible for the drafting of monthly budgets Report on activities in daily and weekly reports including feedback and success stories to the Program Manager;

·         Assist in the daily management of Human Resources (HR) and recruitment process for new employees and ensure the security of staff and communicate with police during implementation phase;

·         Support as appropriate the identification of strategic priorities and the development of new proposals in Tanzania, including an assessment of current SBP initiatives, participation in project design and the identification of possible partners in collaboration with the Tanzania Country Director, relevant program staff and SFCG’s program support staff based in HQ;

·         Submit a monthly management report to the Program Manager.

As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key duties.

Minimum Qualifications

·         Bachelor's Degree in a related area (Master’s Degree desirable), preferably in international studies, conflict resolution, peace-building, human rights or related area

·         Minimum of three (3) years of related experience, including budgeting and project financial management experience and experience in managing staff.

·         Excellent interpersonal and networking skills and ability to conduct professional working relationships and cultivate partnerships

·         Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Excel and PowerPoint.

·         Strong written and oral communication skills and strong organizational skills and attention-to-detail

·         English proficiency; Kiswahili language skills are highly desirable

·         Dynamic, motivated and flexible leader with creative problem-solving skills

·         Experience in managing partnerships and coordinating complex, sensitive projects. Knowledge and previous exposure to extractive industry issues preferred

Salary: Commensurate with education and experience, with excellent benefits

Application Deadline: November 30, 2016. This position is open to Tanzanian Nationals ONLY. Please send cover letter and resume  through applying through our website here. Please be sure to include salary requirements (in currency figures) or current salary. No phone calls please. Please visit our website for full details of our work.