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For individuals looking forward to working with DPI, see our careers and internships pages.

All employment opportunities will be posted on our website, and we offer various internships on a rolling basis throughout the year.

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Careers

Title: Chief Operating Officer

Reporting to: CEO

Salary: 40,000 – 45,000 (depending on experience)

Location: London, England

Job Description

Unique opportunity to get involved in a conflict resolution and peace building organisation based in central London with responsibility for day to day running of the organisation and oversight of fundraising and programming.
DPI aims to foster an environment of sharing information, ideas, knowledge and concerns for furthering of democratic solutions and outcomes. Our work supports the development of a pluralistic political arena capable of generating consensus and ownership over work on key issues at political and local levels.

We provide expertise and practical frameworks to encourage stronger public debate and involvement in promoting peace and democracy building internationally with a special focus on Turkey. DPI aims to contribute to the establishment of a structured public dialogue on peace and democratic advancement, as well as to create and expand platforms for discussions on peace and democracy building. We seek to encourage an environment of inclusive, frank, structured discussions where different parties are able to openly share knowledge, concerns and suggestions for democracy building on many levels. DPI’s objective is to identify common priorities and develop innovative approaches to the process of finding democratic solutions. DPI’s work also supports stronger collaboration between academics, civil society and policy-makers. Comparative studies of relevant situations are seen as an effective tool for ensuring that mistakes are not repeated or perpetuated; and comparative analysis of models of peace and democracy building is central to our work.

 

Job Description Summary

The Chief Operating Officer (COO) works under the CEO to supervise all avenues of work in accordance with the vision of the organisation. With the CEO (who is primarily responsible for strategy) the Board of Directors and the Head of Development and Funding, s/he develops fundraising strategy and is responsible for overseeing all fundraising activities. The COO reports directly to the CEO, concerning the management and growth of DPI’s work, as well as to the Board of Directors. S/he will support the CEO in the overall direction of DPI’s work and in strategic planning. S/he will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the organisation as well as being strongly involved in programming and budgeting.

S/he oversees the Operations Support Manager in organisational human resources/ personnel issues. S/he is primarily responsible for the institution’s internal development, including pro-active and reactive trouble-shooting. The COO also recommends modifications to, and ensures compliance with, organisational policy and strategy. The DPI team will report directly to the COO.

 

Principal Responsibilities

Staff Leadership

  • Develop a culture that encourages creativity, innovation, accountability, efficiency and healthy debate.
  • Conduct weekly staff meetings and ensure effective distribution of project work
  • Develop action plans with each staff member, setting goals and indicators for evaluation
  • Encourage creative and innovative processes by supporting new ideas and working with staff to develop submissions to the board of Directors where applicable
  • Carry out annual appraisals and regular salary reviews for staff members
  • Mediate staff disputes
  • Work closely with Operations Support Manager to ensure smooth running of the office, in compliance with DPI office manual
  • Ensure compliance with the statutory requirements of charity law, company law, health & safety law etc.
  • Organise, prepare and attend regular Board meetings and make regular submissions to the Board of Directors on progress of work and requests on behalf of staff for policy direction/ adherence
  • Work with CEO and Board of Directors on all HR issues where appropriate
  • Recruitment of staff

 

 

Fundraising

  • In consultation with the Board of Directors, the CEO and the Head of Development and Funding develop short and long term fundraising plan
  • Support the CEO and Head of Development and Funding in implementing strategy
  • Direct the implementation of fundraising activities to reach goals set out in fundraising plan, including writing proposals for future projects, developing a legacy programme and other streams of funds
  • Represent DPI to current and potential donors where appropriate
  • Develop relationships with potential partners to open funding opportunities
  • Oversee compliance with all funding requirements
  • Advise Head of Development and Funding on new grant research tools, opportunities, applications and reporting back techniques

 

Finance

  • Lead on development of organisational work plan and budget allocation to ensure that all activities and research comply with grant applications and donor obligations
  • Set budget priorities with CEO
  • Oversee drafting of annual budget
  • Convene regular meetings with Finance Manager and Head of Development and Funding to ensure compliance with funding requirements
  • Ensure planned activities are compliant with finance policies
  • Explain budget to funders and Board of Directors
  • Oversee day to day financial activity including payroll and banking

 

Programme

  • Provide support and strategic direction for Programme staff and oversee all event preparation work of programmes team with all planning work carried out well in advance
  • Serve as resource/ guide for staff in identifying the strategic and administrative objectives for broadening base activities
  • Producing concept notes for activities
  • Identify and build partnerships with organisations and individuals who will assist in our missions’ goals
  • Organise and co-ordinate research projects
  • Develop closer links with other international and particularly London/ European based groups, especially those working with on conflict resolution by co-hosting conferences, exchanging information and offering expertise

 

 

Person Specification

Essential

  • Understanding of the nature of DPI’s work overall
  • Demonstrated experience of budgeting for activities and research for organisational plan
  • Experience in fundraising work
  • Significant experience managing programs and special events, including demonstrated ability to design programs, coordinate implementation, analyse findings and make recommendations, particularly in complex international settings and conflict affected countries
  • Excellent team leadership and management skills, including the ability to motivate and cultivate a strong team
  • Experience with creating monitoring and evaluation strategies
  • Proven ability and track record in thinking strategically and innovatively and to plan, budget and implement those plans
  • Strong time management and organisational skills, ability to prioritise, pay attention to detail and attend to multiple assignments
  • The flexibility, creativity, judgment and humour needed to work effectively in cross cultural settings
  • Good interpersonal abilities for networking and interaction with high level stakeholders at DPI events
  • Fluency in English
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Powerpoint, Excel), plus Outlook
  • Willingness and ability to travel nationally and internationally (minimum of 3-4 weeks a year).
  • Ability to manage working relationships remotely (CEO frequently travelling, and Head of Turkey Programme is based in Turkey)
  • Ability to multitask during busy periods

 

Desirable

  • Proficiency in second language relevant to DPI’s work, such as Spanish, French and Turkish,
  • Experience in trust and government fundraising in relation to human rights, peace building and conflict resolution
  • Good knowledge of UK employment practice
  • Experience of working in the policy sector

 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

Please send a CV outlining your relevant experience and a cover letter to Jo Bundo -  jbundo@democraticprogress.org.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis with the final deadline set as the 25th of September.

Democratic Progress Institute 11 Guilford Street
London WC1N 1DH
Tel: +44 203 206 9939
www.democraticprogress.org

EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES POLICY
DPI maintains employment policies which ensure that no one is unfairly discriminated against, whether directly or indirectly, on any grounds including race, ethnic origin, culture, gender, sexuality, disability, age or religion. These policies will apply in relation to all those involved in the work of the organisation including paid staff, trainees, consultants, interns, volunteers, those offering services on a pro bono basis and trustees.

DPI is committed to Equal Opportunities and Cultural Diversity. Unfortunately, we believe that we will be unsuccessful in obtaining a work permit for these posts. For this reason you should only apply if you already have the right to work within the United Kingdom. This includes citizens of the European Union. Please refer to http://www.workpermits.gov.uk/ for more information about work permit eligibility.

 

Volunteering Opportunities

We offer a number of opportunities throughout the year to join our London-based team as volunteers.

Our volunteering programme is an exciting opportunity to get first-hand insights into the workings of an NGO addressing peace-building and conflict resolution, and to develop your skills and gain valuable work experience at the start of your professional career.

Our different volunteers work closely with our staff on one of the following teams:

Programmes Team, Legal Research Team, Operations Team, or the Finance & Fundraising Team.

We provide our volunteers with a small daily stipend for lunch, and continuously look for ways to offer valuable experiences such as professional networking opportunities and career development guidance. You might even get the opportunity to travel with our permanent staff.

We accept applications on a rolling basis and will contact successful applicants when openings arise. Please follow the links to find out more about each volunteering opportunity.

For any further information, please contact: info@democraticprogress.org – with subject line “Volunteer Intern”.

Legal Research Internship

Voluntary position, based at our office in Clerkenwell, London
Full-time or part-time (3-4 days per week for a minimum of three months)
Closing date and interviews: recruitment on rolling basis
Suitable for: Legal researchers or Lawyers qualified in any jurisdiction (there is no minimum PQE requirement) with expertise in international human rights and humanitarian law
Fluency in English is essential. Fluency in Turkish and/or French would be highly desirable

The Democratic Progress Institute (DPI) is seeking to appoint several legal volunteers with an interest in our work relating to conflict resolution. We are offering a number of internships to outstanding candidates. Admission to our internship program is on a rolling-basis, lasting at least three months, and is unpaid. The successful candidates will be current or recent postgraduates or at post-doctoral level.

Volunteers recruited to DPI’s International Law Department will assist with all areas of its work, in particular, current projects relating to the implementation of ECtHR judgments in Turkey and legal analysis on matters related to international humanitarian law. Other work could include legal research, monitoring and analysis of human rights issues, documentation/organisation of legal materials, analysis of ECtHR judgments, preparing and drafting communications to United Nations bodies, contributing to casework, preparing papers for submission to the Human Dimension of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, editing reports, and providing general support to the legal team. In return, we will provide experience of and insight into the world of international human rights litigation and exposure to legal research at the forefront of conflict-resolution and peace-building.

The suitable candidate will be available ideally full time (Monday to Friday, 9.30 to 17.30) but other arrangements can be made. You will have the opportunity to assist with the general work of the legal department for a period of three to six months, with a particular focus on our legal case-work and on the implementation of ECtHR judgments in Turkey. Candidates are expected to have excellent verbal and written English skills, a strong visual eye, good attention to detail and strong organisational skills. Working well either alone or as part of a team, you will have experience of working with a diverse range of people.

Those interested should send a CV and Cover Letter stating your interests and experience. Submission of a 2 to 3 page writing sample on any area of interest to the applicant is highly recommended. The candidates will be selected on the basis of their experience and suitability for the role. Please also state your availability and how many days you are available per week (minimum requirement of 3 days).

Please send your application to Saniye Karakas: skarakas@democraticprogress.org 

 

Operations Volunteer

Next open position: as soon as possible Position Details
Voluntary position, based at our office in Bloomsbury, London
Full-time or part-time (ideally 3-5 days per week for 3-6 months)
Suitable for: Candidates interested in management and operations related work experience
Fluency in English is essential

The Democratic Progress Institute (DPI) is seeking to appoint a volunteer intern to join our Operations Team. The internship would ideally be full-time and last for 3 to 6 months. The role is unpaid with a small daily stipend for lunch expenses.

The operations internship will involve working closely with the Operations Support Officer on various tasks that are essential to the effective running of a small but busy NGO. Through this experience, the volunteer intern would gain valuable insights and knowledge relating to management and operations in the non-profit sector.

The operations intern’s main duties will be to:
Implement decisions taken by management related to operational systems such as IT and Communications
Recommend and implement changes in office practice procedures or practices
Assist with HR management
Assist in developing and implementing in-house staff development/training
Assist with the publication of reports
Assist in developing and implementing tools for impact measurement of the organisation when required, assist programme team with small research tasks and logistics 

The position requires excellent written English skills and a strong ability to carry out administrative duties. We would also value a strong eye for detail, good organisational skills and well-developed IT skills. Working well either alone or as part of a team, you will ideally have experience of – or interest in – working with a diverse range of people. It is important that the successful candidate is self-motivated and able to work successfully independently and with minimal supervision.

The suitable candidate will ideally be available full time (Monday to Friday, 9.00 to 17.00) but other arrangements can be made. Candidates will be selected on the basis of their interest, experience and suitability for the role.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a proven interest in and knowledge of DPI’s areas of focus; namely conflict resolution and democratic advancement (including but not limited to the MENA region).

Please send an email with the subject line ‘Operations Intern’ along with your CV, a covering letter stating your interests, experience and availability, and a writing sample of no longer than 1,000 words to:

info@democraticprogress.org

Telephone: (0) 207 405 3835

Unfortunately, we can only offer internships to UK/EU citizens and those who have the right to the work in the UK. 

 

Programmes Volunteer

Next available volunteering role: August/September 2019
The Democratic Progress Institute (DPI) is seeking to welcome volunteers to work within the Institute’s Programmes Team. Key areas of focus include conflict resolution and democratic transition processes in Turkey and Syria. Each volunteer Intern will have the opportunity to work closely with – and learn from – the Programme Manager and other team members in planning and implementing DPI project activities, which include roundtable meetings in the region and international comparative study visits, as well as conducting project related research in the Institute’s main areas of interest, which include governance and constitutional reform; DDR and SSR; gender and conflict; the role of the media in conflict resolution and democratic reform process; and transitional justice among others.

DPI seeks candidates with a strong interest in international relations, conflict resolution and democracy building. These volunteer internship placements begin on a rolling basis and typically last three to six months, are unpaid, and preferably full time. A daily stipend is provided for lunch expenses. The successful candidates are likely to be current or recent postgraduates or at post-doctoral level.

About the Democratic Progress Institute
DPI aims to create an atmosphere whereby different parties share knowledge, ideas, concerns and suggestions surrounding the development of a democratic solution in regions facing conflict. Our work focuses on a combination of research and practical approaches to broaden bases for wider public involvement by providing platforms for discussion in the form of roundtable meetings, seminars, workshops and conferences.

DPI’s work incorporates research and discussions on range of strategic and relevant topics including constitutional reform; preparing for constitutional changes in conflicting and post conflict societies; freedom of expression and association; cultural and language rights, political participation and representation; women’s role in resolving conflict; access to justice; transitional justice and truth and reconciliation commissions.

DPI aims to create an atmosphere whereby the different parties to conflicts are able to meet with experts both on the ground and abroad, to draw on comparative studies, as well as analyse and compare various mechanisms used to achieve positive results in similar cases. The work supports the development of a pluralistic political arena capable of generating consensus and ownership over work on key issues surrounding a democratic solution at both the political and the local level. Our aims are as follows:

To contribute to broaden bases and providing new platforms for discussion on establishing a structured public dialogue on
peace and democracy building.
To provide opportunities, in which different parties are able to draw on comparative studies, analyse and compare various
mechanisms used to achieve positive results in similar cases.
To create an atmosphere whereby different parties share knowledge, ideas, concerns, suggestions and challenges facing the
development of a democratic solution in Turkey and the wider region.
To support, and to strengthen collaboration between academics, civil society and policy-makers.
To identify common priorities and develop innovative approaches to participate in and influence democracy-building.

Candidate Profile Project Skills:
The successful candidates may be invited to attend external conferences and DPI activities both in Turkey and elsewhere, and to write briefs and take detailed notes on behalf of the Institute, therefore touch-typing/transcribing experience is valued. Projects involve a high level of external communication with the diverse stakeholders engaged with DPI’s work, therefore excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential.

Much of this role will involve administrative assistance to the Programme Manager, including drafting correspondence and filing documentation. Administrative and organisational skills are key, and an enthusiasm for carrying out practical tasks in addition to research or activity related work is necessary in this role. These may include budget preparation, completion of expense reports, logistical planning and assistance.

The successful candidate will be invited to carry out in-depth desk research on behalf of DPI, which will feed into the Institute’s activities. This may include detailed research projects relating to the Institute’s main areas of work, high level briefs, and shorter, ad-hoc research tasks. Excellent research, writing and proofreading skills are highly valued. Many research papers worked on by interns are published on the Institute’s website and used as a resource for programme activities and meetings.

DPI’s Programmes Team operates within a fast paced environment, often planning and implementing ambitious projects to tight deadlines and within high pressured contexts on the ground. It is important that the successful candidate is self-motivated and able to work successfully independently and with minimal supervision.

IT skills are essential (Word, Adobe, PowerPoint) and project management experience is welcome.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a proven interest in and knowledge of DPI’s areas of focus; namely conflict resolution and democratic advancement (including but not limited to the MENA region).

Please send an email with the subject line ‘Programmes Volunteer’ along with your CV, a covering letter stating your interests, experience and availability, and a writing sample of no longer than 1,000 words to:

info@democraticprogress.org

Telephone: (0) 207 405 3835

Unfortunately, we can only offer internships to UK/EU citizens and those who have the right to the work in the UK.