Border Management Expert
(deadline: 24 March 2021)

Context

A Border Management Expert at Seefar works with donors, partners and teams to build the capacity of border management agencies in fragile and conflict affected countries. They also have responsibility for implementing border management, human trafficking, modern slavery and migration related projects globally. You will have expertise in all elements of border management; a track record in building and leading high performing teams; be someone that donors trust; are results focussed; and have complete fluency in English. You can be based anywhere in the world and will have the opportunity to travel. This is a full-time position.

Seefar encourages applicants from a variety of backgrounds and locations, including those in developing countries, displaced persons, and/or those with physical disabilities.

Job Description

We are a social enterprise with a vision for a world where vulnerable people have more opportunities to advance themselves. We specialise in justice, migration and social inclusion. Our expertise is in strategic communications, counselling, consulting, monitoring and evaluation, and research. We work in East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, East Africa, North Africa, the Sahel and Europe. For more information about us, please visit https://seefar.org/about

This role demands someone who is smart, intrinsically motivated, worldly, is interested in hard challenges and has at least 10 years experience in border management. 

Seefar has a long track record of delivering border management services in more than 30 countries, with a core management team supported by local implementation teams. Priority regions and countries for our Border Management work are North Africa, especially Libya; West Africa, especially Nigeria, Niger and Mali; South Asia, especially Afghanistan; East Asia, especially Indonesia; and East Africa, especially Somalia, Ethiopia, and Sudan. 

Our donors are primarily United Nations agencies, philanthropic organisations, universities, international organisations and national governments. We implement alone and in partnership with other development actors.

To get a sense of the services we specialise in at Seefar, please visit https://seefar.org/services 

Responsibilities

The following are the primary responsibilities of the role, with estimated allocations of time and attention.

Deliver: Project and Mission Implementation

Approximately 90% of your time and attention:

  • Support Seefar to advance our mission and deliver projects around the world.
  • Design and implement projects that exceed donor needs.
  • Build the capability of border management agencies in fragile and conflict affected states.
  • Recruiting, training, supervising and developing project teams in various developing and conflict affected countries around the world.
  • Project development and reporting.
  • Coordinating projects and personnel within the program and across the organisation.
  • Liaise with donors and partners to report on projects and manage relationships. For example, this would include briefing donors on progress and spending time talking with relevant teams in our partner organisations.

Develop: Capabilities and Program Portfolio

Approximately 10% of your time and attention:

  • Develop project teams. For example, this would include mentoring teams and leading recruitment.
  • Building and maintaining contacts and networks with potential supporters. This includes identifying new opportunities and creating new projects, as well as supporting existing fundraising activity.
  • Liaise with partners and donors to identify how Seefar can assist, and manage proposals or other processes to initiate projects. For example, this would include writing or working on proposals with partner consortia.
  • Learning, growing and developing professionally and personally.
  • Strengthen the Enterprise’s reputation and profile in our areas of expertise.

Direct: Global Management

  • Represent and demonstrate the Enterprise’s values.

Working with Seefar

Current and former personnel have noted the points below as positive features of Seefar’s work environment and culture:

  • The Enterprise combines entrepreneurialism with a focus on social impact.
  • You work with highly diverse people and across a diversity of contexts.
  • There is a high level of trust that supports you to work autonomously.
  • The people in the Enterprise encourage innovation and experimentation.
  • Achieving results is prioritised over rigid structures and workflows.
  • You are never bored and always challenged.

Current and former personnel have noted the points below as negative features of Seefar’s work environment and culture:

  • Collaborating with geographically dispersed teams requires flexibility and patience.
  • Working remotely can make you feel isolated and so requires you to invest time in communication.
  • Travel schedules can sometimes be heavy.
  • A high-growth phase means problem-solving as the Enterprise’s systems evolve quickly.

An Excellent Candidate

To excel in this role, you will start with more than 10 years of experience on border management issues. You are trustworthy and seen as credible by all stakeholders. You have demonstrated expertise on all aspects of border management including experience building the capability of others. You want a leadership role so you can continue leading high performing teams and you like the idea of having autonomy to pursue a vision. You have ideas about what works well in this industry and you have seen opportunities to do much better. You will have a diverse set of tasks that demands a global vision while requiring your focus on activity delivery as the team develops. You are highly organised, have the ability to prioritise and are highly productive. You will be motivated by an Enterprise performance framework focused on social impact.

To Apply for this Role

On or before 24 March 2021, complete our online application form. Please, do not include your name or your photo in your CV or letter. This is because we review your application based purely on your previous experiences and introductory letter. 

Before you start, you should do the following:

  1. Confirm you meet these minimum requirements:
    1. At least 10 years of experience on border management issues.
    2. Demonstrated experience building the capabilities of others.
    3. Demonstrated experience leading high performing teams.
    4. Complete fluency in oral and written English.
  2. Prepare a CV in Word or PDF format.
  3. In Word or PDF format, prepare an introductory letter that includes descriptions of the following:
    1. The breadth of your border management experience
    2. Your experience leading high performing teams

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