Senior Stabilisation Advisor

Reporting to: Team Leader

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Type of position: L6S1

Application closing: 31 October, 2022

Background

Interpeace is an international organization for peacebuilding that supports locally led peacebuilding initiatives around the world. Interpeace tailors its approach to each society and ensures that the work is locally driven. Together with local partners and local teams, Interpeace jointly develops peacebuilding programmes and helps establish processes of change that connect local communities, civil society, government and the international community.

For more information about Interpeace, please visit www.interpeace.org

Position within the Organization

The Senior Stabilisation Advisor (SSA) is member of the Programme Management Unit which manages and implements Interpeace’s active and ongoing programmes around the world. The SSA reports to Team Leader and will explicitly work on the anticipated CSSF funded RESET project aimed at Building Resilience Against Violence Extremism in Kenya – Somalia borderlands. The SSA will be a member of the project coordination team, and will provide oversight and technical guidance and coordination to the Technical Advisory Support Unit (TASU), which includes thematic and geographic experts.

RESET Programme

RESET is a UK Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) funded programme which aims to foster individual, community and institutional resilience to counter violent extremism in the Kenya – Somalia border area. It will have programme activities in the four border counties of Lamu, Garissa, Wajir and Mandera in Kenya as well as in the Gedo and Lower Juba regions in Somalia.  Primarily, the RESET programme is expected to deliver on the following outputs:

  1. Strengthen understanding of conflict, structures and actors to shape effective policy and programming.
  2. Strengthen formal and informal mechanisms aiming to build resilience along the Kenya – Somalia border.
  3. Address grievances and mitigate against drivers of instability and extremism.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership and strategic oversight and management of the Technical Advisory Support Unit, including on the delivery of technical assistance to programme teams, partners and various branches of central government in Kenya and Federal Government in Somalia, and local government in the four counties and Jubaland administration.
  • Leads the design, development and roll-out of policy engagement, activities and all other aspects of the RESET programme, in collaboration with relevant partners and other stakeholders
  • Works with partners and technical advisors to commission relevant research and contributes substantively to the operational linkage between research and programming.
  • Provision of Training of Trainers workshop to strengthen CSO and community led initiatives on a range of technical topics.
  • Stays abreast of relevant developments concerning stabilisation and CVE in the international and regional development and humanitarian policy making environments (such as in the UN, EU, African Union, regional security mechanisms as well as key government policy frameworks) and ensures that these are shared with programme stakeholders
  • Leads drafting of policy recommendations sensitised to different actors in the CVE, stabilisation, humanitarian, development and peace nexu
  • Works with national and international aid actors to ensure a high level of synergy, collaboration and information sharing with other aid programmes to maximize the programme’s impact.
  • Works closely with the Design, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning team to measure the impact of activities and translate interventions into evidence on what works.

 Qualifications:

  • A degree in conflict studies/peacebuilding, international relations, anthropology, social geography, political science, development, management, or other relevant field.
  • Minimally 15 years’ experience working in peacebuilding and/or related fields in sub-Sahara Africa, including in senior advisory positions. Explicit work on CVE, resilience and stabilisation is an added advantage.
  • Strong thematic knowledge and demonstrated experience in peacebuilding, resilience and CVE.
  • Strong thematic knowledge and demonstrated experience in security sector reform initiatives, community security and community policing.
  • Demonstrated experience in provision of Training of Trainers and technical capacity strengthening workshops and mentoring.
  • Thematic knowledge in resilience strengthening, social cohesion and trauma healing.
  • Strong contextual knowledge on the Kenya – Somalia border area is an added advantage.
  • Strong pre-existing networks in Kenya and Somalia is an added advantage.
  • Fluent in English, capacity to speak Swahili and Somali languages are an added advantage.

Competencies

  • Demonstrates effectiveness and strong experience with short and long-term planning; financial, personnel and program management.
  • Knowledge of current thinking on peacebuilding methods for CVE; and demonstrable ability to anticipate emerging needs and integrate them swiftly into priority programme setting
  • Proven ability to communicate, negotiate and work with high level executives and government officials.
  • Proven capacity to translate complex and technical information into clear advisory support that makes logical sense.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment successfully and to demonstrate gender responsive and non-discriminatory behavior and attitudes.
  • Excellent ability to interact with people respectfully and with tact
  • Strong writing and communications skills in English and French is required. Knowledge of local language is an advantage.

Success factors

  • Identifies with and is committed to Interpeace’s core values and working principles
  • Commitment to inclusiveness
  • An innovative, critical thinker with extensive problem-solving skills
  • A strategic manager who is accountable, leads by example, mentors and empowers a team and works to create work-life balance.

How to apply

Qualified candidates are invited to submit their application to recruitment-eca@interpeace.org on or before 31 October 2022, 23:59 pm, Nairobi time. Kindly note that the CVs will be reviewed on rolling basis, please apply early!

“Senior Stabilization Advisor” MUST BE included in the subject line of the application email to be considered. The application must include:

  • a complete curriculum vitae
  • a letter of interest
  • an acknowledgement letter, answering the following questions:
  1. Have you ever been criminally convicted or subject to any criminal or administrative penalty by any competent authority? If yes, please specify:
  2. Have you ever been terminated or separated (e.g. contract termination, dismissal, non-renewal) or subject to any disciplinary measure or sanction by your employer for fraud, harassment, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse?
  3. Have you ever resigned while under investigation or during disciplinary proceedings?

 

Confirming the following declaration of understanding:

I confirm the accuracy of the information provided, with the understanding that Interpeace will conduct reference checks to verify relevant information.

I understand that if any false or misleading information is provided in my application, or any material fact suppressed, I may not be employed, of if I am employed, I may be dismissed.

 

Interpeace values diversity among its staff and aims to achieve gender equality both through gender parity at all levels of the organisation and the promotion of a gender dimension in all its work. We welcome applications from women and men, and those with disabilities.

 

Please note that due to high volume of applications, ONLY short-listed candidates will be contacted.