Saturday, October 12, 2013

Job Vacancy: Somalia Programme Advisor

Position: Somalia Programme Advisor

Closing Date: October 23rd 2013

Location: Nairobi, with frequent travel to South-Central Somalia

The Life & Peace Institute (LPI) is an international and ecumenical centre that supports and promotes non-violent approaches to conflict transformation through a combination of research and action that entails the strengthening of existing local capacities and enhancing preconditions for building peace.

LPI is seeking qualified applicants to fill the position of Programme Advisor within the Somalia Programme Unit.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Supports LPI’s partners in Somalia to develop plans of peace building engagement, with specific focus on capacity building, participatory research and analysis;
  • Provides methodological support to LPI’s partners in research design, development of data collection tools, training of field staff, and data collection;
  • Ensures that the partners’ projects are consistent with LPI’s programme objectives in Somalia;
  • Monitors and reports on partners’ progress in conflict research and analysis in close collaboration with the programme team, according to the criteria set forth in their reinforcement plans and reports regularly on such progress;
  • Ensures regular presence and close accompaniment of partners in the field, during relevant stages of the project implementation;
  • Builds good relations with LPI’s partners and other local actors and identifies relevant peace building opportunities;
  • Participates in the dissemination of research findings and capacity building workshops; gathers materials and documents experiences and lessons learned that could further be used to enhance LPI’s activities;
  • Liaises and collaborates with researchers and research institutes in Somalia, Kenya or elsewhere, which are conducting research related to conflict transformation issues applicable to LPI’s programme.
Education, Knowledge and Skills:
  • Professional experience of project work in peace building and/or development fields.
  • Professional experience in conducting social research and data analysis using participatory methodology
  • University degree in peace and conflict, education, monitoring & evaluation, development studies or other relevant field. Master’s preferred, Bachelor with relevant skills and experience (5+ years) may be considered.
  • Good analytical writer (English).
  • Fluency in both spoken and written Somali language is required as well as strong English writing and speaking skills.
  • Demonstrated interest in peace building and organisational development, experience in NGO programme work a strong asset.
  • Experience and interest in working on issues of gender mainstreaming in peace building is an asset.
  • Able and willing to travel to field locations in remote areas of South-Central Somalia.
  • Balanced, mature personality with developed diplomatic skills, able to cope with working in stressful and complex environments.
  • Eager and flexible mind, willing to acquire new skills on the job.
  • The candidate should not require a work permit to work in Kenya.
To apply:  

Send a one-page letter detailing your qualifications and interests in the subject area and a full CV to peter.langat@life-peace.org. Please state “Somali Programme Advisor” as a reference in your letter of application. 

The deadline is 23rd October 2013, at 16.00 EAT. 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.