Director of Programmes

The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) is seeking a Director of Programmes. This is a senior management position and the successful candidate will be a member of the ISS’ executive committee at the head office in Pretoria.

The Director will oversee planning and delivery by all ISS programmes in line with the organisation’s 2016-2020 strategy. The successful candidate will ensure high quality delivery of research, policy advice, training and technical assistance, as well as reporting on the outcomes of the ISS’ work. The Director will ensure the strategic alignment of programme activities and collaboration between programme staff across the ISS’ regional offices. The Director of Programmes reports to the Executive Director.

Overview of duties

Work with programme managers and office heads to ensure strategic alignment of activities and collaboration between programmes and offices
Ensure that programmes deliver high quality research, policy advice, training and technical assistance in line with donor agreements, project objectives and outcomes, and the ISS strategy
Monitor developments in the human security field to provide strategic direction to the ISS
Guide programme managers in the drafting of concept notes, designing of new projects and writing donor reports
Ensure that programme workplans and the overall ISS workplan are in line with the ISS strategy
Ensure that programme budgets align to the overall ISS workplan and the ISS strategy
Support the Executive Director and programme managers with fundraising
Network with similar organisations in Africa and globally
Contribute to the management of the ISS as a member of Excom
Oversee and coordinate the implementation of a PMER framework for programmes
Overview of requirements

At least a Masters degree in international relations, political science, law or a field relevant to the work of the ISS
Strong management skills with at least seven years in a senior management position
Ability to manage staff in a multi-location and diverse environment
A strong team leader with excellent interpersonal skills
Practical experience in research, policy advice, training and/or technical assistance
Extensive knowledge of human security issues as covered by the ISS
Good communication and networking skills
Excellent English writing skills with a publications record
Experience in budget planning and efficient monitoring of expenditure
Willingness to travel extensively in Africa and internationally
The length of the contract will be for two years, and may be renewed subject to programme requirements, funding and satisfactory performance. A competitive salary is offered.

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.

Closing date: 29 February 2016

The ISS is committed to achieving employment equity in the workplace. Female applicants are especially encouraged to apply. 
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