Senior Program Officer – United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Senior Programs Officer

Hybrid work (at least 2-3 days a week in the office)

£33,000 per year

Permanent full time

Who we are

Peace Direct is an international charity with a big mission: to work with local people to end violence and build lasting peace in some of the world’s most conflict-affected countries. More than that, we want to change the international system so that it better supports the role local people and communities play in preventing violence and building and sustaining peace.

The role

We are looking for a Senior Programs Officer to join our international programs and research team. This permanent The position is based in our small, friendly London office and is responsible for leading relationships with some of our local peacebuilding partners, managing a portfolio of projects and helping to develop new work. The role is varied, sometimes demanding and (we think!) very rewarding.

The deadline for submitting the CV and cover letter is Wednesday July 6 at 6 p.m. Only shortlisted candidates will be invited to complete an application form.

Stage one interviews will take place during the weeks beginning July 11 and July 18.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for a second interview (which may take place in person at our London office).


Peace Direct works hard to ensure its staff have a good work-life balance and feel valued. Some of the benefits we enjoy include:

  • 25 days of annual leave excluding office closure between Christmas and New Year, which counts as additional paid leave.
  • Stakeholder pension with Peace Direct contributing 6%
  • An interest-free subscription loan for the purchase of a commuter subscription
  • Flexible working hours
  • Friday afternoon free to promote staff well-being
  • Improved pay for maternity and adoption leave (12 weeks full pay, 12 weeks half pay)
  • Training budget available for all staff (we have achieved Investors in People accreditation and are committed to developing and supporting all staff).
  • A warm and friendly work environment!

The role involves occasional overseas travel to Peace Direct partner countries (on average 4 times per year, Covid restrictions permitting), sometimes to remote and challenging locations. You will have the chance to leverage the strong relationships we have developed with our current and potential partners and funders, identify new opportunities and advance our mission, and navigate a rapidly changing environment.

About you:

To join us, you will need

  • At least four years of relevant program support experience
  • Experience managing large complex projects
  • Experience working with partner organizations in a responsible, respectful and mutually responsible manner
  • Excellent budgeting and financial management skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to relate to people from diverse backgrounds, cultures and influences
  • A passion for peacebuilding and a commitment to supporting local peacemakers
  • A commitment to shift power in the international aid system in favor of local organizations and communities
  • In addition to fluent English, the ability to work in Arabic, Swahili or Burmese is desirable

Finally, we are looking for someone who is creative, calm and adaptable even in the most difficult circumstances. The work we support around the world is based in some of the most volatile contexts, and things often don’t go as planned. We are looking for people who thrive in these situations.

Still interested? Take a look at the job description to see full details about the role and if it matches your skills and experience. This position is only open to those who are eligible to work in the UK.

Peace Direct strives to be a diverse and inclusive employer, with equal opportunity regardless of personal identity, and we are committed to improving our systems and ways of working to support this, including creating a group Diversity, Equality and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force, DEI Strategy and Recruitment Guidelines. We strongly encourage people from disadvantaged and underrepresented backgrounds to apply, including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME), LGBTQ+, people with disabilities and people with mental health issues.

Peace Direct is committed to preventing and protecting all people from harm in their interactions with us. We expect everyone who acts on our behalf to respect our do no harm approach and to subscribe to our safeguard policy.

How to register

The deadline for submitting the CV and cover letter is Wednesday July 6 at 6 p.m. Please send it to [email protected]

Only shortlisted candidates will be invited to complete an application form.

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