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Team Leader, Countering Violent Extremism, Mozambique

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Brief Description
Job Title: Team Leader
Sector: Countering Violent Extremism
Position Type: Full-time
Duration/Level of Effort: 3 years
Position Location: In-person (Mozambique)
The Peace and Stability in Mozambique programme is a 3-year FCDO funded project aimed at preventing further radicalization and violence, fostering peacebuilding and increasing the resilience of communities to extremist influence in Northern Mozambique.
The project will specifically aim to promote effective early warning and address upstream drivers of conflict & instability, through more inclusive political processes, improved state legitimacy and the full implementation of the peace process.
The Peace and Stability programme has two objectives:

  1. Preventing further radicalisation and violence, fostering peacebuilding, and increasing the resilience of communities to extremist influence in Northern Mozambique.
  2. Consolidating the peace process and supporting the full implementation of the Maputo Peace Accords.

Cowater International is seeking a Team Leader for its Peace and Stability in Mozambique Programme, funded by the U.K. Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).  
The Team Leader should be a highly skilled programme director with experience leading the delivery of grant management services and working on peace and reconciliation efforts. S/he will also be responsible for overseeing the management of staff, maintaining a strong working relationship between programme stakeholders and counterparts, and ensuring appropriate performance management to deliver the programme.
The Team Leader is the key focal point for FCDO and key programme stakeholders.
The position will be based in Maputo, Mozambique and will require frequent travel in-country.

  • Lead the effective and efficient delivery of the project, while ensuring that project expectations and key goals are met and exceeded
  • Ensure that all projects are delivered on-time, within scope and within the stipulated budget.
  • Provide technical oversight of the project and onboard the staff on project needs.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with the project beneficiaries, donors, the government, and other key stakeholders critical for the success of the project.
  • Coach and mentor staff to ensure positive internal team dynamics for successful delivery of projects.
  • Create and implement strategies that the team members can use to reach the set programmatic goals.
  • Create and distribute regular reports to program management team that show the progress of implementation of the program.


  • Master’s degree in a relevant discipline (economics, political science, international development, business administration, etc.) or equivalent experience.

Minimum Experience:

  • Minimum of ten years of professional experience in project management, research, PVE or international development.
  • Preference for professional experience in Mozambique.

Essential Skills:
Technical Skills

  • Extensive knowledge and expertise in the delivery of stabilization, Prevention of Violent Extremism (PVE) approaches, peace-building programmes.
  • Extensive understanding of complexity and multiplicity of local conflicts and conflict drivers, particularly in Southern and East Africa
  • Demonstrated ability in designing violent extremism programmes including conflict sensitivity plans, conflict sensitive implementation and conflict sensitive communications.
  • Ability to undertake comprehensive contextual analyses to inform approaches to community engagements and PVE approaches.
  • Expertise in designing and implementing technical assistance and capacity building /development initiatives
  • Experience in designing projects that are underpinned by a full gender analysis/suitably privilege gender and inclusion of marginalized groups particularly youth.
  • Experience in mainstreaming gender equality and women’s rights as central to promoting peace and stability projects.
  • Experience in strengthening the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs).

Government/Donor Relations and Stakeholder Engagement Skills

  • Experience engaging and supporting local communities, local organizations, government authorities, the private sector, and the international community
  • Extensive experience of working closely with a range of international and local stakeholders and demonstrate responsive and constructive engagement towards program success.
  • Demonstrated capacity and experience working directly with high-ranking Mozambique Government officials and institutions charged with preventing violence extremism.
  • Ability to successfully build and maintain strategic partnerships locally and in the region to propel the program objectives.
  • Good understanding of the donor landscape priorities particularly FCDO and other likeminded partners
  • Ability to design and support delivery of the programme external communications in conjunction with the FCDO Mozambique Programme team.

Leadership and Management Skills

  • Good track record of managing complex multifunctional projects in an international development context.
  • Excellent organization, time management and delegation capabilities
  • Creative thinking, analytical, problem solving and decision making.
  • Ability to mentor and motivate the team- be a team player
  • Keen on staff personal and professional development needs based on the periodic performance assessments.
  • Ability to think strategically and plan forward
  • Interpersonal skill- ability to establish trusting relationship and manage conflict
  • A collaborator, open to learning and adapting
  • A good negotiator, persuasive, and a good communicator.

Language Proficiency: Fluent in English and preferably proficient in Portuguese.
Candidates are encouraged to apply by March 18, 2022/as soon as possible on our Careers Page.
For your application to be considered, please upload your documents as followed: Candidate Last Name, First Name, date, Title of the Position.
Cowater International is an equal opportunity employer, basing employment on merit and qualifications as they relate to professional experience and position expectations. Cowater does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, religion, sex, gender identity, disability, age, or any other basis protected by law.
We thank all applicants, however only those shortlisted will be contacted.

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