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Chief Executive Officer

Job Description
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) will lead and manage Business Plan for Peace (BPP)*. They are ultimately responsible for the overall success and effectiveness of the work. Critical to success at this stage in the organisation’s development is effective fundraising.

As well as leading and managing day-to-day operations, the CEO is responsible for ensuring that strategy, policy and planning are aligned to the vision, values and mission of BPP. The CEO, together with the Founder and other key members of the team, is the public face of BPP, bringing in the required funding and partners, and building strong relationships with potential supporters of the initiative. Specific responsibilities of the CEO will include inter alia:

Leadership and Management

  • Provide leadership for the core team, bringing a business drive that generates real progress and success for BPP, while developing and maintaining a sense of inclusiveness and harmony amongst staff. The impact of this will be that all staff and associates feel clear, able, and motivated to implement their respective responsibilities;
  • Draft a full business plan that pulls together existing strategic thinking. The business plan will clearly articulate the business focus and model for BPP over the next 3-5 years and will attract funding;
  • Together with the Founder and other key staff, continue to develop BPP’s long term vision and translate this into the organisation’s Communications Strategy,, budget and operational plan;
  • Develop necessary policies and procedures to enable those working with BPP to have a shared clarity and structure in which to implement the work. This will build on the existing organisational culture that values listening, creative thinking, and an overall approach of ‘the art of the possible’;
  • Recruit, support and supervise new staff;
  • Develop appropriate agreements (Memorandum of Understanding or similar) with those entities with whom BPP collaborates;
  • Ensure the Board of Trustees is facilitated to maximise its ability to govern effectively and without interference;
  • Meet all legal and operational requirements in reporting to the Board;
  • Ensure overall legal, statutory, and regulatory compliance for BPP.

Fundraising and Finance

  • Develop and implement an ethical fundraising strategy that serves the core mission and vision of BPP and that sets up the initiative with the best chance of financial security. This includes identifying the investor pool, building relationships with confidence and trust, pitching the plan and then being adept at re-calibrating the plan based on feedback,;
  • In close collaboration with the Treasurer of the Board and other appropriate financial experts, and together with the Operations Manager, develop and monitor BPP’s financial plan and ensure BPP operates effectively within its annual budget;
  • Ensure all reporting requirements to donors and the Board are satisfactorily met;
  • Protect the assets of the organisation against fraud and financial abuse.

Representation and External Relations

  • Make public appearances at conferences, events, workshops etc. as required;
  • Develop and implement a Communications Strategy aligned to the BPP mission, vision and approach;
  • Promote awareness of BPP and raise consciousness of BPP core messages with potential donors, supporters and partners;
  • Build excellent relationships with the external communities (globally) relevant to the various BPP programmes and strategic initiatives;
  • Actively seek feedback from those engaged in supporting BPP, ensuring lessons for improving the work are identified and acted upon in an iterative and appropriate way.

Person Specification

You are an entrepreneur who is familiar with how the non-profit sector works and committed to collaborative social change. You are a strategic thinker and action-oriented individual, capable of effectively working alongside the Founder, who will for an initial period give support, guidance and assistance in delivery of the strategy.

Business Plan for Peace thrives on energy and motivation, and the CEO will be a skilled communicator, proficient at convening supporters and advisers at the highest levels. You must be an innovator, able to think and act in ways that might be outside the established norms, adept at identifying and leveraging the goals of the organisation as shared with those with whom it collaborates.

You will have a proven ability to lead a successful start up and/or to have developed small organisations with big visions. Ideally you will also have a deep passion for peacebuilding, a conviction that a world without war is possible, and a practical understanding of the conflict prevention/international development arena.

You must have a high level of emotional intelligence and well-developed feminine intelligence, using deep listening skills and your intuition to inform how you manage and lead BPP. From the daily operational decisions to the shaping of strategic policy, you will have the full support of the Chair to be a source of strength and reliability when the focus needs to shift, or when change is necessary.

Essential Criteria

  • A minimum of 15 years of work experience across a range of sectors, in catalysing social change within different fields (e.g. private sector, multilateral organisation, NGO, foundation, government);
  • A minimum of 10 years leadership experience with progressively responsible roles within the private or public sector;
  • Previous experience in fundraising;
  • Competent at high-level representation and the ability to professionally represent an organisation in a range of settings;
  • Strong leadership skills, with demonstrated capacity to facilitate an inclusive work environment and a good track record of working with diverse teams;
  • A background that demonstrates a high level of integrity that embodies and reflects BPP core values;
  • A broad network and readiness to share that network for the furtherance of the BPP mission;
  • An MBA and/or advanced degree in international affairs, public policy, political science, law or other relevant field.

Desirable Criteria

  • Previous experience in raising significant funds – upward of £1million;
  • Experience of establishing collaboration across sectors (eg. between the private and public sectors, or civilian/military);
  • Experience in conflict prevention, peacebuilding, or related field, including within complex conflict contexts;
  • Experience of interacting with military and defence actors ideally both at the policy and operational levels;
  • Geographically diverse experience, working in different countries and ideally within fragile contexts.

Salary range:

Salary range for this position: £70,000-£80,000.

How to apply

Please send a short CV (maximum 3 pages) and a 1-page cover letter to for receipt by Wednesday 23 September 2020 (midnight BST).

*Business Plan for Peace includes Plan for Peace. These are two distinct but related entities: Business Plan for Peace is a private limited company registered in England and Wales (company number 11780694), and Plan for Peace is a charity registered in England and Wales (number 1189261). This position will be employed through Plan for Peace.

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