Regional Program Development Coordinator, Mano River – West Africa

Search For Common Ground


Position Summary

The Regional Program Development Coordinator based in DC will play a key role in partnerships, program development and fundraising for conflict transformation projects in West Africa (primarily Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone).

The Regional Program Development Coordinator will manage fundraising efforts and develop partnerships and relationships with key stakeholders working on conflict transformation in these countries, ensuring that quality and innovative concepts and proposals are developed and marketed, in line with Search’s strategic transition. The Regional Program Development Coordinator will also maintain external communications with donors and partners and liaise with our Global Affairs and Partnerships as well as Communications sections, to enhance the visibility of Search’s legacy through the startup of Talking Drum Studio in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

The Regional Program Development Coordinator will be a key member of the West Africa Team and will be supervised by the Regional Director, West Africa. The Regional Program Development Coordinator will work in close collaboration with the Regional Program Managers and the Regional Program Development Coordinators focusing on the Sahel and the Lake Chad Basin as well as with country teams, in a manner that consistently builds capacity and enables creativity and country program strategies to be funded.

 Key Responsibilities

Roles and responsibilities include:

Key area 1: Program Development

Under the supervision of the Regional Director, the Regional Program Development Coordinator will lead to new program development for Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Key responsibilities will involve the following

  • Lead the design, development, and submission of strategic concept notes and proposals, ensuring compliance with donor rules and regulations, alignment with Search and sub-regional strategic priorities and innovation and quality.
  • In collaboration with GAP, lead partnership negotiations for proposals submitted as members of consortia.
  • Support Search / Talking Drum Studio country teams as they design new programs and develop a proposal, providing technical support, ensuring capacity building and cross-fertilization.
  • Support Search / Talking Drum Studio country teams with budget preparation and liaise with the Finance Team and Regional Director to ensure compliance with donor and organizational guidelines and policies.
  • Track West Africa proposal submissions, factors of success and failure.
  • Provide support to country programs in their development and design of their country strategies and donor strategies, ensuring alignment with the organization-wide priorities.
  • Support country teams in developing communication products aiming at promoting country programs or strategies as part of the region’s fundraising efforts. 

Key area 2:
 External relations, communications & visibility

  • Be a focal point where delegated on donor communications, working together with the team to clarify information, follow-through on requests.
  • Liaise with ILT, GAP, and Communications to enhance the visibility of the region, through back-stopping on success stories and other data reflecting the change and transformation of our work.
  • Participate in policy forums, in close coordination with GAP and the Regional team.
  • Develop and cultivate relationships with key actors within government, potential partner organizations, multi-laterals, corporations, and others who are working in West Africa and in the Mano River region.
  • Coordinate with country programs to create opportunities for strategic visibility, and facilitate funding, specifically unsolicited, in the Mano River region.

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 responsibilities.

You meet the following qualifications:


  • Master’s Degree in the relevant field.


  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in working in business/program development for international organizations, with a preference for a focus on conflict transformation and/or international development
  • Specific experience with a range of donors, including for USG (USAID and Department of State), European Commission, United Nations, and the various European Member States is necessary.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of various funding mechanisms and donor rules and requirements.
  • Substantial experience designing projects which include the essentials of Monitoring & Evaluation.
  • Experience in the relevant region.


Skills and Competencies

  • Willingness to travel on a regular basis (up to 50%) and live in challenging contexts;
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively work with a diverse team, with attention to mentorship and professional development of staff;
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills in English and French required;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.

How To Apply

This position will close on March 20, 2020.

To apply, interested candidates should send the following items  to our employment portal here:

  • current resume
  • cover letter

Type: Full Time

Application Deadline: 04/20/2020

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