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Civil Society Program Manager

Do you want to lead and shape Diakonias’s global support to Civil Society organizations, in the front line for democracy, gender justice and human rights? Diakonia is now looking for a person to make the most of our international programs for civil society.

Diakonia is a Swedish non-profit and independent organization for international development cooperation and humanitarian assistance. Diakonia supports over 350 partner organisations in 25 countries – in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Diakonia operates on feminist principles and according to the human rights-based approach. The basis for our work is peoples’ will to improve and change the world. Our focus areas are human rights, democracy, and gender justice. 

Your main role and responsibility is to manage and develop Diakonia’s global program for support to civil society, inspired in our Partnership Policy, in more than 20 countries with a total budget of over 850 million SEK, most of the funding coming from Sida.

This entails: 

  • Lead and coordinate program delivery in close collaboration with staff in 20 countries and different departments, exploring new forms of partnering up with change actors. 
  • Lead and coordinate the design of the new phase of the Civil Society program, helping Diakonia be a better partner for feminist movements. 
  • Be responsible for the grants management of the programme, together with the Global Operational Support and Global Finance Team.  
  • Lead and develop internal processes and competences for better support to and collaboration with civil society. 
  • Maintain and develop the relation with Sida-CivSam. 
  • Explore and nurture the development of the Civil Society program.

    Your work puts the people we work for and the contexts we operate in at the centre. In doing that you sustain a human rights-based approach and the perspective of people living in poverty. You collaborate closely with Diakonia staff in the countries where we operate and in Sweden, as well as with representatives of funding agencies. 

    We are looking for an experienced global program manager, expert in supporting Civil Society in its diversity, in particular women’s rights organizations, youth movements and informal actors. You have over 8 years' experience in development work that includes: 

    • International postings. 
    • Program management using the human-rights based approach, including gender justice programming and conflict and environmental mainstreaming. 
    • Grants management and financial oversight, in coordination with Global Operational Support and Finance Teams. 
    • Managing donor relations and application writing. 
    • Leading and coordinating multidisciplinary teams and complex processes. 
    • Experience in strategy planning and operational development. 
    • You speak and write English and Swedish fluently. 
    • As a person you are solution oriented, creative and a good team player. 

      This is a plus: 

      • Thematic expertise within gender justice, democracy, human rights. 
      • Methodological knowledge and experience in Theory of Change, results-based management, and different monitoring, evaluation and learning methods. 
      • Proficiency in Spanish, French, Arabic

        We offer

        An exciting job in which you get the opportunity to influence Diakonia's global work as part of an international team in an organization that makes a difference.  

        Location:  Diakonia Head Office, Alvik, Stockholm 
        Start date: As soon as possible or according to agreement. 
        Employment type: Permanent full-time position, we apply probationary employment.

        Send us your application as soon as possible but latest 16 of June.

        We ask you to send your CV and cover letter in English and apply on the link below.

        If you have questions about the position or the recruitment process, please contact: Domingo Torres Santos, International Programs Department Deputy Director,

        Union representatives:
        Akademikerföreningen: Emma Milder, +46 (0)70 414 69 10,  
        Unionen: Joakim Wohlfeil, +46 (0)70 515 61 45,

        Diakonia is certified according to Core Humanitarian Standard.

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