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Chief Operations Officer (COO), Partners for Democratic Change (Wash, DC)

Chief Operations Officer (COO) Partners for Democratic Change

Partners for Democratic Change (Partners), established in 1989, is an international, non-governmental organization committed to building sustainable capacity to advance democratic institutions, civil society and a culture of change and conflict management worldwide. Partners specializes in organizational development and social entrepreneurship, having provided the seed capital and technical assistance to establish 18 independent, local Centers throughout the world. The network of Centers, Partners for Democratic Change International (PDCI) based in Brussels, now represents the best in international expertise and local leadership in disseminating democracy skills and conflict transformation programming.

Partners adheres to the values of participatory decision-making, collaboration and consensus-building as the fundamentals of an inclusive and democratic society, and we promote the application of these skills in all aspects of our work. The global Partners team includes process experts, facilitators and trainers who then apply those collaborative skills to achieve concrete results in technical areas such as the rule of law, women's empowerment, security sector reform and sustainable environmental development.

Partners is currently undergoing important strategic growth, advancing its geographic expansion and overseas grants and contracts. The Chief Operating Officer (COO) is a newly created position intended to oversee the planning and management of Partners' global operations and business development activities, working closely with Partners DC staff of 13 as well as the global PDCI network. The COO will report directly to Partners' President and play a significant role in both operations and development, helping to guide the overall strategic direction of the organization.

Primary Responsibilities:
Provide overall leadership and management of Partners under supervision of the President;
Work with the Financial Controller to oversee internal financial and administrative management, ensuring adequate support to and oversight of Partners operations;
Provide both technical and management support to the regional operations teams in their program development and implementation, working closely with the current Senior Management Team;
Guide the internal knowledge management and organizational learning function within Partners DC team, with strategic engagement of the global PDCI network.
Provide some direct technical implementation in the field such as: conducting in-country facilitation services, assessments, evaluations, trainings, or OD services.

Supervise the design and preparation process for all proposals for grants, contracts and other fee-for-service activities;
Provide expertise and oversight in negotiating contracts and grants;
Support senior staff in promoting new client relationships related to future contracts and grants, maintain strategic partnerships with funders and primary contractors;
Oversee the communications function and staff to creatively market and expand Partners outreach efforts.
Represent Partners within global coalitions, conferences, working groups and other external events as necessary.

Entrepreneurial and pro-active orientation to projects and geographic expansion;
Experience in designing projects and writing winning foundation and USG proposals;
History of senior-level leadership positions and management of international programs, particularly USG and corporate contracts;
A track record of creating and sustaining strategic partnerships and negotiating with prime contractors, corporations, and donors;
Demonstrated knowledge and competency - with substantial field experience - in one or more of Partners' program areas would be preferable: conflict resolution (for example, mediation or negotiation), civil society (organizational development), good governance (anti-corruption), and sustainable environmental development (climate change);
Excellent communication skills with the ability to express complex ideas clearly, both orally and in writing. Superior writing capability for diverse writing styles: proposals, reports, outreach materials, etc. Ability to mentor other writers.
Collaborative interpersonal skills and experience working in different cultures and sectors;
Ability to analyze, organize, problem-solve, manage, and prioritize work;
Team-player and ability to multi-task;
Advanced degree and expertise in at least one language other than English. (French highly desirable.)

Please submit a cover letter and resume by May 31, 2012 to jobs(at)partnersglobal.org with a subject line of "Chief Operations Officer." No telephone calls, please. Short-listed candidates will be contacted after June 15. Salary commensurate with experience.

Partners embraces diversity, welcoming individuals of all ethnicities, genders, orientations and backgrounds to apply.

This material is cross-posted from the Peace and Collaborative Development Network, http://internationalpeaceandconflict.org

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