Senior Program Officer (Sahel)

Timeframe: Immediate

About the Position

SCG is seeking to hire 1-3 Senior Program Officers to lead projects within SCG’s growing portfolio of security sector capacity building programs in the Sahel. Senior Program Officers are responsible for leading project management and implementation for assigned projects, including overseeing the planning and execution of all project activities, coordinating stakeholder engagement, ensuring project staff adhere to SCG’s security protocols, and conducting M&E and project reporting.

Required Qualifications, Skills, and Experience

Ideal candidates will have experience leading the design and implementation of security sector projects overseas, ideally in Africa, and managing complex international teams in multiple locations. Additionally, candidates will be well versed in security sector reform best practices, have knowledge and experience in designing and implementing effective capacity building approaches, and experience working with or for the U.S. government or other international donors. Candidates should also be able to demonstrate effective communications skills, including experience training and facilitating and engaging with high level security sector (e.g. police, ministry of interior, ministry of justice) officials, and the ability to produce publishable quality written products. Specifically, the ideal candidate will:

  • Be able to work professionally in both English and French;
  • Be willing to travel frequently (up to 40% of the time) throughout the Sahel and be located at SCG’s McLean, VA offices;
  • Hold a Master’s Degree in Security Studies or a related discipline; Ph.D. preferred. Alternately, candidates with significant law enforcement experience who meet the other position requirements are also welcome to apply;
  • At least five (5) years project management experience with at least two (2) years directly managing and overseeing overseas project(s);
  • Proven experience in security sector capacity building assessment, design and implementation, with experience designing, leading, and evaluating training preferred;
  • Proven record of analytic excellence and report writing; and
  • A record of stakeholder engagement and relationship building, ideally with security sector stakeholders (e.g. police, ministries of interior).

About Strategic Capacity Group

Strategic Capacity Group (SCG) is an international nonprofit dedicated to enhancing the ability of the United States and its partners to build strategic security sector capacity both at home and abroad.

SCG’s strategic capacity building approach is founded on rigorous assessment and analysis, contextual, policy relevant research and guidance, and creative programmatic design and implementation. SCG assists donor countries to enhance the sustainability and impact of their foreign assistance approaches and recipient countries to deliver security appropriately, effectively, accountably, and in accordance with the rule of law. Through this approach, SCG helps build human and institutional capacity worldwide.

How to Apply

Please send resume, cover letter, two references, and a writing sample to ( Interviews will be conducted until positions are filled. Compensation ($80,000-100,000), commensurate with experience.

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