Dec 062017

Organization: Search for Common Ground
Country: Mali
Closing date: 31 Jan 2018

We are Searchers.

We are over 600 strong worldwide. We believe in our mission to end violent conflict.

It’s our purpose- our call to action.

A Searcher understands our vision of a world where:
Differences stimulate social progress, rather than precipitate violence

Respect for and cooperation with those we disagree with is considered the norm

A Searcher is a dedicated, enthusiastic and passionate individual, committed to our values.
Shared Humanity. Empathy. Impartiality. Inclusivity. Courage. Hope. Humility. Audacity.

With headquarters in Washington, DC and Brussels, Belgium, we implement projects from 55 offices in 34 countries, including in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. You will be joining other highly motivated Searchers with a good team spirit and through commitment and dedication, have opportunities to grow.

Search DRC

Our program in the DRC is the largest in the organization, with a diverse, dynamic and committed staff working on transforming conflict across various sectors and regions.

We are searching for…

The Reporting and Communications Officer who will work under the supervision of the Director of Programs to ensure the submission of high quality reports that speak to results and demonstrate impact. S/he will also drive business development and proposal writing at the country level and work with in-country teams to produce high quality communications materials. The successful candidate will have at least 3 years of experience in conflict resolution, peacebuilding, international development, or program management; a critical and analytical mindset; and be a superb writer in both English and French.

Your contribution

The roles and responsibilities of this role include:

Reporting (50%)

You will ensure the timely submission of high quality reports from the Search – DRC program to its donors. Key steps in this process will be to:

  • Coordinate across a wide variety of projects to ensure all inputs from the field are received on time to allow for ample feedback and revision prior to submission to the donor;
  • Provide critical feedback to project managers in order to get highly substantive, results-oriented information to include in reports;
  • Write the final draft of reports to submit to the Director of Programs and Regional Program Manager; and,
  • Identify capacity gaps and build project managers’ skills in reporting via coaching and training.

Business Development and Proposal Writing (20%)

You will play a key role in the Search – DRC’s business development. In fulfilling this role, you will be expected to:

  • Identify and track potential funding opportunities to allow Search – DRC to expand its impact;
  • Review calls for proposals as well as other fundraising documents to ensure everyone on the team understands the requirements of individual opportunities;
  • Attend project design meetings, recording all relevant information that needs to be considered in the development of proposals;
  • Contribute to the design of new projects;
  • Write all assigned proposal sections; and,
  • Research donors to identify key thematic and issue areas where Search – DRC could build on its impact.

Communications – Internal and External (20%)

You will help Search – DRC to communicate its impact, both within Search for Common Ground and externally. As part of this, you will need to:

  • Coordinate with project managers and other Search staff to identify high impact projects;
  • Work with Search staff to develop success stories to be featured on the global website and other social media channels; and,
  • Identify potential opportunities for Search – DRC to be featured in external media coverage.

Other (10%)
As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, you may be expected to fulfill other tasks as required. Such responsibilities may include:

  • Ensure project information is included in country and regional knowledge management systems; and,
  • Assist country senior management in updating country-level Grants Management Tracker.


  • Reporting
  • Business Development and Fundraising
  • Internal and External Communications
  • Capacity building of Search and partner staff

You are… You meet the following qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree in conflict resolution, international development, or project management;
  • A minimum of three (3) years of work experience especially in the field of conflict resolution, international development or project management;
  • Native speaker of English or French, with fluency in the other;
  • An excellent writer in both English and French;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and/or experience in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Great Lakes region, or other countries in transition in Africa;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and/or experience of peacebuilding and conflict resolution programs;
  • Experience writing donor reports and proposals;
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills;
  • Strong problem-solving skills and attention to detail;
  • Clear written and oral communication;
  • Ability to manage multiple deadlines and complex processes;
  • Strong networking and relationship building skills; and,
  • Ability and willingness to live in a stressful, fast paced, and dynamic environment.

Expected Salary: 36,000 USD/annum in addition to 1,000 USD/monthly housing allowance

How to apply:

Sound good? To apply, interested candidates should:

  • Send a cover letter, resume, and English and French writing samples to our employment website here.

  • Include the following in your cover letter

  • minimum salary requirements (or current salary)

  • projected start date,

  • where you found this posting.

We are looking to fill this position with the right candidate. Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please. Please see our web site for full details of our work.

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