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  • Posted: Nov 23, 2020
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  • The Rift Valley Institute (RVI) is an independent, non-profit organization, founded in Sudan in 2001, currently working in seven countries in Eastern and Central Africa. The aim of the Institute is to advance useful knowledge of the region and its diverse communities, bringing a better understanding of local realities to bear on social and political action. ...
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    Research Lead, Somali Dialogue Platform

    Summary

    The Somali Dialogue Platform (the 'Platform') is a multi-year programme funded by the FCDO, USAID, BUILD and DANIDA. The Somali Dialogue Platform provides a neutral space for political dialogue on contentious issues in Somalia’s political settlement, such as designing and implementing election systems and clarifying the federal settlement. The overall goal of the Platform is to ensure a 'high-level and sufficiently inclusive range of political stakeholders to regularly and constructively negotiate and seek solutions on contentious political settlement issues in trusted, Somali-owned dialogue spaces'.

    The Rift Valley Institute is seeking a highly experienced and dynamic person to manage the Platform’s political analysis and research work. The Research Lead has overall responsibility for delivery of the programme’s research and analysis components, including conducting regular political analysis and managing multi-stakeholder social science research projects, to support, shape and inform the programme’s political engagement work. The Research Lead will work closely with the Team Leader and the Platform’s Engagement Lead to design relevant research and analytical activities and product that maximize impact. S/he will collaborate with research partners and network of experts to deliver research that will achieve the overall objective of facilitating a stronger political settlement in Somalia.

    Location: Nairobi or Mogadishu, with frequent travel

     

    Reporting to: Team Leader, Somali Dialogue Platform

    Salary range: $45,300-$53,467, depending on experience. Other benefits include 28 days annual paid, health insurance, pension plan, travel allowance, and flexible working hours (subject to negotiation). All programmatic roles are subject to renewal depending on available funding.

    Start date: As soon as possible

    Description of Duties

    Lead the Platform’s research and analysis work

    • Lead the conceptualisation, planning and implementation of the Platform’s research and analysis activities. Work closely with the Platform representatives, staff, Somali partners and policy makers to ensure the appropriate design of research activities and outputs
    • Ensure the Platform’s research is based on robust design and methodologies, and is relevant and responsive to the needs of stakeholders in political dialogues.
    • Establish and oversee rigorous systems for data collection, management and analysis
    • Undertake primary research when appropriate (literature reviews, key informant interviews) and analysis of primary data
    • Manage and oversee the production of research outputs and publications, with support from RVI’s publications team.
    • Manage the Platform’s stakeholder mapping process
    • Maintain a consistent database of relevant research and political analysis to inform the Platform’s own research and ensure triangulation with existing evidence
    • Plan and implement dissemination and uptake strategies for research findings and analytical insights through dissemination in various formats (print, online publishing, social media) and for presentations in donor briefings, policy advisory workshops and engagement events.
    • Develop collaborative partnerships with Somali organisations from whom the Platform can commission high-quality research outputs
    • Identify and manage consultants that can support the Platform’s research activities.

    Programme management

    • Support the collection of evidence to promote programme  learning and to measure and communicate the impact of research activities
    • Lead on financial and budget management for the Platform’s research activities ensuring they are within budget and providing value-for-money
    • Monitor and support mitigations of risks arising from the political context and the Platform’s engagement work
    • Manage, and support RVI staff and consultants working on research activities
    • Support and mentor junior researchers working on the Platform

    Requirements 

    • Minimum of a Masters degree in a relevant field of study.
    • A minimum of five years experience in leading, designing and implementing social science and political research projects in fragile environments, including conducting field research, commissioning research, managing research teams and the production of research outputs.
    • Demonstrable commitment to the Platform’s core vision and principles
    • Track record of delivering policy-relevant research to a range of high-level audiences (UN, government, institutional donors)
    • Demonstrable ability to implement and innovate research methodologies and data analysis (including mixed methods), and stakeholder mapping processes
    • Experience in complex data management processes for large qualitative research projects
    • Excellent political analysis skills and understanding of current and historical political dynamics in Somalia
    • Thematic expertise and knowledge in the field of peacebuilding, democratisation, and state-building
    • Track-record in developing relationships with other research organisations and supporting partners to deliver effective research products.
    • Experience of training and mentoring researchers.
    • Excellent writing and editing skills in English; Fluency in Somali is also required.
    • Cultural sensitivity and experience of working with diverse constituencies.
    • Strong oral presentation and communication skills.
    • Experience in programme financial management.

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    Impact and Communications Manager, Somali Dialogue Platform

    Summary

    The Somali Dialogue Platform (the 'Platform') is a multi-year programme funded by the FCDO, USAID, BUILD and DANIDA. The Somali Dialogue Platform provides a neutral space for political dialogue on contentious issues in Somalia’s political settlement, such as designing and implementing election systems and clarifying the federal settlement. The overall goal of the Platform is to ensure a 'high-level and sufficiently inclusive range of political stakeholders to regularly and constructively negotiate and seek solutions on contentious political settlement issues in trusted, Somali-owned dialogue spaces'.

    The Rift Valley Institute is seeking a highly experienced and dynamic person to manage the Platform’s impact evaluation and communications work. The Impact and Communications manager has overall responsibility for defining, evidencing and communicating the Platform’s impact against its objectives. This includes establishing and running M&E systems that capture the complex, qualitative nature of the Platform’s work, writing compelling donor reports, promoting a culture of learning and adaptation in the Platform, and managing programme communications. The Impact and Communications Manager will work closely with the programme’s Team Leader and the Engagement and Research Leads to shape, document and report progress against the Platform’s objectives.

    General

    Title: Impact and Communications Manager, Somali Dialogue Platform

    Location: Nairobi or Mogadishu, with frequent travel

    Reporting to: Team Leader, Somali Dialogue Platform

    Salary range: $42,100-$46,900, depending on experience. Other benefits include 28 days annual paid, health insurance, pension plan, travel allowance, and flexible working hours (subject to negotiation). All programmatic roles are subject to renewal depending on available funding.

    Application deadline: 27 November

    Start date: As soon as possible

     

    Description of Duties

     

    Leading programme monitoring and evaluation

    • Lead on the design and implementation of the Platform’s monitoring and evaluation framework, ensure agreed, relevant and measurable indicators and processes are in place to assess progress and the Platform’s contribution to significant change, and ensure robust data collection and analysis
    • Ensure  data collection from Platform engagement events and meetings is routine, and is systematically recorded and stored
    • Coordinate the gathering of feedback from Platform stakeholders, including follow-up interviews with participants in the Platform’s event and activities
    • Ensure all Platform interactions and meta-data from them are systematically captured and organised in the Platform’s knowledge management system
    • Analyse data to provide insight on the impact of the Platform’s work.
    • Manage the Platform’s external evaluations
    • Liaise with the Platform’s third-party monitor to support the monitoring and evaluation framework and facilitate their data collection

    Managing donor reporting and representation

    • Coordinate the production of donor reports and communications  with the Engagement and Research Leads
    • Coordinate and facilitate periodic donor meetings and reviews, recording accurate minutes and follow-up actions

    Enabling programme learning

    • Coordinate with the Platform’s Learning Advisor to establish the practice of programme learning, adaptation and development
    • Coordinate the Platform’s internal learning events, consultatively developing agendas and areas of focus, working the Platform’s learning advisor to facilitate sessions, and ensuring capture of key outcomes
    • Coordinate and record regular meetings of the Platform’s Advisory Group, ensure the Platform’s staff can leverage their expertise and insight

    Supporting programme development and external communications

    • Support the development and drafting of new concept notes, revised workplans and proposals
    • Draft and update relevant programme communications materials, such as the programme’s website and documentation
    • Ensure the Platform’s public outputs comply with the visibility and branding policy and RVI’s guidelines.
    • Manage the programme’s social media feeds (including Facebook and Twitter), ensuring timely dissemination of relevant information
    • Maintain the Platform’s email distribution lists for sharing updates and research products
    • Lead on relations with the media, agreeing public messaging and rumour management strategies 

    Coordinating internal communications

    • Support coordination of Platform weekly meetings, managing agendas, supporting accountability and facilitating discussions, taking accurate minutes and actions
    • Develop and sustain internal communication protocols (internal messaging, emails, calendars etc.)

    Requirements

    • Relevant postgraduate degree in political science, social science, development studies or similar
    • Over five years experience in programme management, monitoring and evaluation in fragile contexts, including Somalia
    • Demonstrable commitment to the Platform’s core vision and principles
    • Demonstrated track-record in designing and implementing M&E systems for peacebuilding programmes
    • Familiarity with a range of M&E approaches and methods
    • Able to conduct and coordinate a range of data collection processes including participant-observation, surveys, and key informant interviews, as well as qualitative analysis methodologies
    • Experienced in developing learning cultures and methodologies within peacebuilding programmes to support collective reflection, assessment on progress and strategic and tactical adaptation
    • Capable of managing donor relations and representing programmes to donors
    • Track-record in writing compelling and insightful donor reports that evidence impact and learning
    • Experience managing programme communications, including social media feeds and email dissemination lists, able to write compelling copy for websites and social media dissemination
    • Capable of programme coordination and meeting facilitation
    • Excellent English writing and note-taking skills
    • Fluency in English and Somali

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    Grant and Operation Manager, Somali Dialogue Platform

    Summary

    The Somali Dialogue Platform (the 'Platform') is a multi-year programme funded by the FCDO, USAID, BUILD and MFA Denmark. The Platform provides a neutral space for dialogue on contentious issues in Somalia’s political settlement, such as designing and implementing elections or clarifying the federal settlement. The overall goal of the Platform is to ensure a 'high-level and sufficiently inclusive range of political stakeholders regularly and constructively negotiate and seek solutions on contentious political settlement issues in trusted, Somali-owned dialogue spaces'.

    The Rift Valley Institute is seeking a highly experienced and dynamic person to manage the Platform’s operations and financial management. The Grant and Operations Manager has overall responsibility for ensuring robust management of finances, risks, compliance, procurement, travel and logistics, and security. S/he will work closely with the Platform’s Team Leader, technical leads and RVI Finance and Operations to ensure the programme is empowered to deliver the work and achieve its key objectives through effective programme management.

    General

    Title: Grant and Operation Manager, Somali Dialogue Platform

    Location: Nairobi or Mogadishu, with frequent travel

    Reporting to: Team Leader, Somali Dialogue Platform

    Salary range: $45,300-$53,467, depending on experience. Other benefits include 28 days annual paid, health insurance, pension plan, travel allowance, and flexible working hours (subject to negotiation). All programmatic roles are subject to renewal depending on available funding.

    Application deadline: 27 November

    Start date: As soon as possible

     

    Description of Duties

     

    Programme financial management and procurement and compliance

    • Working with the Engagement and Research Leads, and RVI Finance and Operations, coordinate programme budgeting, expenditure, management and forecasting.
    • Oversee all programme procurement and contracting processes ensuring adherence to RVI internal policies and compliance with donor regulations
    • Manage donor contracting and compliance
    • Support partners, consultants and service-providers to submit expense reports
    • Support the RVI Finance and Operations team to produce financial reports
    • Support RVI Finance and Operations in tracking payments and reconciling advances
    • Review and track the programme’s key VFM indicators
    • Maintain a list of the Platform’s current and prospective consultants
    • Maintain the Platform’s asset register
    • Support RVI staff with audits

    Operations and logistics

    • Oversee the programme’s travel, ensuring adherence to RVI travel policies, including, flights, ground transport and accommodation
    • Establish and maintain a list of pre-qualified suppliers
    • Manage logistics for Platform events, including event security

    Risk management

    • Develop and implement RVI’s risk-management methodology, including monthly and quarterly reviews of the Platform’s risk register, and procedures for rapid mitigation.
    • Maintain a risk mapping of the programme’s delivery chain, including an analysis of all downstream partners and service provider

    Security

    • Act as the focal point for programme security, ensuring adherence to RVI’s security procedures, and coordinating with the programme’s security advisor
    • Advise on the security aspects of programme activities, minimising risk to staff, consultants, partners, and beneficiaries  
    • Provide analysis on changing security context to advise staff and consultants and to support programme decisions-making

    Requirements

    • Relevant postgraduate degree in Business Administration, Development Studies or similar;
    • Extensive experience in programme financial management, including budget management, analysis forecasting and reporting
    • Accounting qualification highly desirable
    • Over five years experience in programme management and administration in fragile contexts, including Somalia
    • Demonstrable commitment to the Platform’s core vision and principles
    • Track-record in ensuring compliance in programme management with institutional donors, especially FCDO (DFID) and USAID
    • Extensive experience in managing programme procurement
    • Familiarity with VFM concepts and ability to ensure implementation
    • Ability to manage programme travel with multiple and simultaneous movements across Somalia
    • Experience in implementing programme risk management and mitigation strategies
    • Existing network and knowledge of security, transport and accommodation suppliers in Somalia
    • Track -record in managing programme security
    • Fluency in English; Fluency in Somali desirable

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    Engagement lead, Somali Dialogue Platform

    Summary

    The Somali Dialogue Platform (the 'Platform') is a multi-year programme funded by the FCDO, USAID, BUILD and MFA Denmark. The Platform provides a neutral space for dialogue on contentious issues in Somalia’s political settlement, such as designing and implementing elections or clarifying the federal settlement. The overall goal of the Platform is to ensure a 'high-level and sufficiently inclusive range of political stakeholders regularly and constructively negotiate and seek solutions on contentious political settlement issues in trusted, Somali-owned dialogue spaces'.

    The Rift Valley Institute is seeking a highly experienced and dynamic person to manage the Platform’s political engagement work. The Engagement Lead has overall responsibility for delivery of the Platform’s engagement activities, designing dialogue, negotiation and mediation activities that advance discussions on critical political settlement issues in Somalia. The Engagement Lead will work closely with the Team Leader and the Platform’s Research Lead, to design relevant activities based on a rigorous analysis of political dynamics and the Platform’s principles and theory of change. S/he will collaborate with partner organizations and a network of Platform Representatives to deliver collaborative and inclusive engagement activities that will achieve the overall objective of facilitating a stronger political settlement in Somalia.

    General

    Location: Nairobi or Mogadishu, with frequent travel

     

    Reporting to: Team Leader, Somali Dialogue Platform

    Salary range: $50,000-$53,467, depending on experience. Other benefits include 28 days annual paid, health insurance, pension plan, travel allowance, and flexible working hours (subject to negotiation). All programmatic roles are subject to renewal depending on available funding.

    Application deadline: 27 November

    Start date: As soon as possible

    Description of Duties

    Leading the Platform’s political engagement work

    • Lead the conceptualisation, planning and implementation of the Platform’s engagement activities.
    • Design dialogue and mediation processes, drawing on the Platform’s analysis to identify relevant stakeholders and partnerships, and to sequence events.
    • Organise dialogue events that facilitate meaningful discussion on contentious political settlement issues.
    • Represent the Platform in engagement activities, conducting bilateral meetings with key political actors facilitating workshops with counterparts, including in the Somali government.
    • Develop strong collaborative partnerships with Somali organisations to deliver engagement activities.
    • Identify, recruit, and manage a team of Platform representatives and support them in the delivery of the Platform’s engagement activities
    • Liaise with the Research Lead to ensure research and analytical outputs support the needs of Somali stakeholders.
    • Ensure engagement meetings are documented and data captured to support Platform research and analysis.
    • Act as the liaison between the engagement team and the Programme’s Advisory Group

    Supporting effective programme management

    • Line manage the Engagement Officer providing support and oversight, and agreeing and reviewing performance goals and professional development
    • Support the evidencing and communication of the impact of engagement activities, by recording engagement events, and follow-up with event participants.
    • Lead on financial management for the Platform’s engagement activities, ensuring procedures are followed and there is value-for-money
    • Prepare donor reports on progress and strategy in engagement activities
    • Monitor, escalate and mitigate political risks arising from the Platform’s engagement work.

    Requirements 

    • Relevant postgraduate degree in political science, social science, development studies or equivalent
    • Over five years proven experience in designing, managing, and leading peacebuilding, mediation or civic engagement programmes in fragile contexts, including in Somalia
    • Demonstrable passion and commitment to the Platform’s core vision and principles
    • Able to develop a clear strategic vision for building dialogue on complex political issues, and mobilise a team of collaborators and partners towards that goal
    • Able to develop and maintain relationships with high-levels stakeholders and partners, including government counterparts and the international community
    • Excellent understanding of current and historical political dynamics in Somalia and extensive networks with an inclusive range of Somali political actors
    • Thematic expertise in the Platform’s focus areas of work, including democratisations, elections, constitution-making and federalism
    • Experience developing and managing teams and collaborative partnerships to achieve peacebuilding objectives, including line management of relevant staff members
    • Track record in effective programme management, including supporting M&E, donor reporting, and managing donor relations •    Experience in programme financial management
    • Excellent Somali facilitation and presentation skills
    • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills
    • An ability to teach others about conflict resolution processes
    • Fluency in written and spoken Somali and English

    Method of Application

    To apply, complete the application form below, and upload the specified documents: your CV, including the names and contacts of two referees, and a personal statement. Please address enquiries to [email protected]


    NB Only applicants invited to interviews will be contacted.

    Note: Never pay for any training, certificate, assessment, or testing to the recruiter.

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