Program Officer At Hedayah

Job Title

Program Officer

Reports to

Program Manager


Capacity Building Programs


Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates


Hedayah is the premier international organization dedicated to using its expertise and experiences to counter violent extremism (CVE) in all of its forms and manifestations. Established in 2012, Hedayah was created in response to the growing desire from members of the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum (GCTF) and the wider international community for the establishment of an independent, neutral and multilateral center devoted to dialogue, communications, capacity building programs, research and analysis. As a leader within the CVE community, we work to enhance understanding and share good practices to effectively build the capacity of CVE actors across the globe to promote tolerance, stability, and security.

The Capacity Building Programs department conducts collaborative and contextualized training and builds practical tools to enhance the capacities of government and non-government partners to design and implement effective policies, programs and projects in CVE. This includes projects related to Preventing Violent Extremism Through Education, Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Violent Extremist Offenders, National Action Plans to Prevent and Counter Violent Extremism, Supporting Families in CVE, and Community Oriented Policing, among many others.

Key Responsibilities

· Assist the Program Manager in the further growth and development of the Capacity Building Programs Department to expand, design and implement international capacity building programs.

· Lead on the development, management and implementation of specific programs/projects, from the creation of work-plans to implementation and finalization of activities, including the management of tasks for Hedayah staff, consultants and interns, within the program/project, in coordination with the Program Manager.

· Contribute and report directly to the Program Manager as to the proper execution of day-to-day activities within the Department, including capacity building activities led by other team members.

· Draft forecast budgets in coordination with the Finance and Administration Department, monitor expenses, and lead on the logistical process of capacity building programs’ activities.

· Work with the capacity building programs team to develop, implement and report on capacity building programs.

· Develop and review the design of capacity building programs to include content development (power point presentations, facilitator notes and other related documents), in coordination with the Program Manager.

· Develop and review capacity building programs’ tools and resources, conduct desk research and write publications related to capacity building programs to maximize the visibility of the capacity building programs’ results.

· Liaise and communicate with key partners on specific aspects of capacity building programs’ activities and initiatives.

· Develop strategic relationships and partnerships with stakeholders around the world involved in CVE capacity building programs and engage them in Hedayah’s activities, in coordination with the Program Manager.

· Create and review grant proposals for capacity building programs and project initiatives.

· Support the management and supervise the reporting, deliverables and deadlines of consultants and interns, in coordination with the Program Manager.

· Contribute towards the achievement of Hedayah’s wider/strategic objectives, to include: leading and/or supporting the development and/or review of internal and interdepartmental documents, strategies, policies and procedures; representing the organization at external events when required; leading and/or supporting interdepartmental programs; advising and contributing on corporate communications for capacity building programs; and supporting HR processes when required


· An advanced level university degree (Master’s Degree or academic equivalent) in International Relations, Political Science, Social Sciences, Terrorism Studies or related field.

Required Experience

· A minimum of four (4) years of progressively responsible experience in project or program management, capacity building, or related field.

· At least two (2) years of working experience on issues related to countering violent extremism is desirable.

· Ability in managing logistical processes for projects, drafting and revising budgets, preparing contracts and invoices and monitoring payments is required.

· Experience of working in an international setting, preferably in or with government entities or international organizations is desirable.

Key Skills and core competencies

· Ability to lead on activities/projects is required.

· Ability to develop content and deliver capacity building programs in a variety of culturally diverse contexts is required.

· Experience on content/curricula development and conducting research is required.

· Ability to communicate effectively with diverse stakeholders including governments, policy makers, community leaders and actors, NGOs, practitioners and experts is required.

· Ability to work independently as well as within a team is required.

· Ability to manage internal and external relationships with diplomacy, cultural sensitivity and discretion is required.

· Ability to meet deadlines on a variety of diverse activities in a fast-paced environment is required.

· Result orientation.

· Building relationships.

· Teamwork.

· Cultural intelligence.

· Communication.

· Planning and organizing.

· Problem solving.

· Presentation.

· Strategic Orientation.

· Decision Making.

· Excellent command of written and oral English. Knowledge of second language is an asset.

· Proficient with Microsoft Office.

Other conditions

· The position will be full-time, based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

· Selected candidates will undergo a security clearance process.

· Compensation based on experience and based on availability of funds.

How to apply

To Apply

Send a short cover letter and CV to no later than September 1st, 2021 – adding in the subject line “Program Officer CBP”.

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