Programme Officer

at Association for Inclusive Peace
Published March 8, 2022
Location Nairobi, Kenya
Category Management  
Job Type Full Time  


Position description: Inclusive Peace is looking for a Programme Officer (Peace Process Support) to be engaged in our evidence-based advice to peace and political transition processes. We are looking for an ambitious and dynamic doer, who takes initiative, builds and leverages existing networks, and enjoys translating conceptual thinking into the provision of support and expertise to our national and international partners in different country processes. We are interested in a candidate with field experience in process facilitation, mediation, inclusive peacemaking, strategy advice, and capacity building with a deep understanding of intersectionality and commitment to inclusion who has been engaged in this line of work and is highly motivated to expand her/his knowledge base and practical experience in peace process support by working with comparative research evidence.


Activity rate: (FTE) 100 %


Period of Contract: Indefinite-term contract


Duty station: Inclusive Peace is a remote work organisation (eligible time zones: CET +/- 3 hours; operational in the Middle East, African, and European time zones). For this position, we prefer candidates that have existing networks in the Horn of Africa and the continent. Candidates based in Nairobi, Kenya, are particularly encouraged to apply.


Salary: We offer a competitive salary and HR package, oriented along national standards and the selected candidate’s personal situation.


Starting date: Immediate


Supervisor: Peace Process Support Coordinator


Application deadline: 21 March 2022


About our Peace Process Support Work: Our peace process support takes place at strategic political times and ranges from accompanying individual actors to supporting comprehensive peace processes with several parties involved. We primarily work at the track one and track II levels. Our engagement is flexible and always adapted to the requirements of specific contexts. Our approach relies on partnerships and networks, and we do not build up large in-country presences. We also provide ad hoc advice to governments, UN agencies, and civil society groups through a helpdesk service. We currently have several engagements across the Horn and East Africa and, as such, the primary focus of this position will be on advancing and building on these efforts.




Peace Process Support


In collaboration with and under the supervision of Inclusive Peace’s Peace Process Support Coordinator, carry out all aspects of Inclusive Peace’s work on peace process support and political transitions and reform processes.


Provide direct advice to our partners by preparing and delivering evidence-based options for action, and strategic capacity building to actors from civil society, governments, armed groups, international and regional organisations; this work will be supported by the research team.


Build and leverage existing networks to further Inclusive Peace’s engagement, partnerships and collaboration with national and international stakeholders involved in peace process initiatives, including in the Horn and East Africa.


Develop evidence-based input papers for use in policy and practice of ongoing peace processes in cooperation with the research team.


Other drafting needs, including concept notes, meeting reports, as required.


Conduct regular analysis of country contexts in which Inclusive Peace is engaged, drawing on personal networks and existing knowledge and relevant information sources, to inform Inclusive Peace’s approach and activities.


Collaborate with Inclusive Peace’s research team regarding needs for research support and outputs relating to country engagements.


The undertaking of these duties will require travel to conflict-affected areas.


Project Management & Administration


Support and contribute to project management in cooperation with our administration and finance team.


Support Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning processes and activities across Inclusive Peace’s portfolio.


Support and contribute to narrative reporting.


Support and contribute to concept notes and project proposals (including project budgets) for donor applications.


In cooperation with our communications team, support various communications and outreach activities, ranging from drafting social media posts, newsletter articles, or blogs, with the guidance of the Peace Process Support Coordinator.


Candidate profile: The successful candidate:


Possesses 5 to 7 (or more) years of experience related to peace process support from multiple processes with a focus on process design, capacity building, strategy facilitation, and mediation including working towards inclusive and sustainable outcomes, ideally in the Horn and East Africa region.


Is soundly academically trained and qualified in applying comparative approaches – both methodologically and experientially (with support from our research team).


Has operational experience from different processes to draw on, but can do so with a creative mind-set, applying fresh out of the box thinking to every individual process.


Has solid experience in developing impact frameworks, project management, donor relations, partner coordination/ liaison, and reporting.


Has relevant professional experience working with organisations or initiatives engaged in peacemaking and peace process support efforts.


Has a substantial institutional and personal network in the mediation/peace process field, ideally including in the Horn and East Africa, and is familiar with the key developments in the field, including policy developments.


Can react to demands in real time and can equally apply and utilise evidence with support of the research team.


Is simultaneously proactive and humble, capable of both driving a process and working from the “back-seat”, putting the needs of the process and its stakeholders at the centre of all peace process support work, and recognizing the need to maintain confidentiality regarding our engagements.


Languages: proficiency in English is essential; proficiency in Arabic or French will be considered strong assets.


How to apply

Please send your application comprising a 1-page cover letter, CV, and the email addresses of 2 referees by email.

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