Global Policy Officer

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Country: Kenya
Organization: Life and Peace Institute
Closing date: 9 Oct 2020

The Life & Peace Institute (LPI) is seeking a motivated and passionate professional with experience in project management, peacebuilding, research and policy engagement to support the implementation of the Institute’s flagship global policy initiative – ‘Inclusive Peace in Practice’ (IPIP). This is a full-time position, one-year position, with the potential for extension.

About the Inclusive Peace in Practice initiative
In late 2018, LPI launched a novel and ambitious programme which seeks to develop and test new ways to promote collaboration between local peacebuilding actors and global policy makers. IPIP seeks to change the ways and alter the spaces in which local peace actors and global policy makers meet, talk and communicate, and in doing so bridge the gap between them, deepening mutual understanding and respect. IPIP also explores the means to catalyse cooperation and more mutually beneficial relationships, support shared interests, and promote meaningful partnerships between local and global stakeholders on conflict. Above all, IPIP looks to advance global policy responses that are more effective in addressing the needs and concerns, and the hopes and aspirations, of the people whose lives are affected by violent conflict.

We are in the first year of a three-year pilot programme. For more information on the initiative, please see our webpage.

About the Life & Peace Institute
LPI is an international centre that supports and
promotes nonviolent approaches to conflict transformation through a combination of research and action. At the core of this work is the strengthening of existing local capacities and enhancing the preconditions for building peace.

For over thirty-five years, LPI has partnered with civil society organisations and research institutions to strengthen locally led peacebuilding processes through capacity development and accompaniment.

Through programmes in Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and Sudan, LPI brings a range of participatory approaches and methodologies that are effective in creating space for dialogue, violence prevention, and peacebuilding action. LPI also supports the development of policies that help to improve the lives of people in places affected by violence, including through its Horn of Africa Regional Programme based in Addis Ababa.

Increasingly, LPI is also seeking to link its work to the global policy discussions on peacebuilding and conflict transformation with a view to inform the theoretical and policy debates with the perspectives and practices of local peacebuilders.

About the role
The Global Policy Officer provides programme assistance and coordination support to LPI’s IPIP initiative in the areas of work planning, supporting monitoring and tracking day-to-day implementation of activities, events management and internal and external coordination of actors to ensure effective execution of deliverables as well as providing grants assistance and budget follow-up support. Additionally, the Global Policy Officer will support on the content-side of IPIP-related work by providing background research and global trend monitoring as it relates to peacebuilding policy, providing input to and editing key outputs for targeted audiences, planning and providing support to key meetings and workshops in various locations across the world in order to realise the objectives of the programme. In addition, the Global Policy Officer will be required to support efforts around LPI’s broader global policy engagement as needs arise.

This full-time position is a part of LPI’s Inclusive Peace in Practice team. The post-holder will be offered an initial one-year contract and will be supervised by the Team Leaders for the Inclusive Peace in Practice initiative. The position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya. The candidate must have the legal right to work in Kenya.

Supervisor: Team Leaders, Inclusive Peace in Practice

Working relations

  • Liaises closely with the Knowledge and Learning Advisors as their work relates to IPIP

  • Liaises closes with country programmes as their work relates to IPIP

  • Liaises closes with the Strategic Policy Advisor as their work relates to IPIP

  • Relates to relevant/assigned Finance and Logistics teams on financial, administrative, logistics and operational issues

Tasks and responsibilities

Specific duties include, but are not limited to:

Programme planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), coordination and overall support (50%)

  • Supports detailed quarterly and monthly planning, tracking and reporting of activities and outputs, including developing planning documents and managing project management tools/software for the programme.

  • Ensures the day-to-day implementation of activities, events, meetings and deliverables as per the annual working plan – which includes travel planning, events management, meeting preparation, managing procurements and logistics needed to achieve programme objectives – as well as coordinates internal and external support for major deliverables.

  • Conducts regular monitoring and evaluation of the programme and supports the drafting of donor reporting.

  • Track project activities (using project management software) and expenditures and regularly monitor the budget versus actual spending, in collaboration with the Finance and Administration team and line managers, and work closely with the Grants Assistant, to ensure the implementation is compliant with donor regulations.

  • Take the lead on information and database management for the IPIP initiative, with support from the Team Leaders.

  • Support the translation of key programmatic outputs, as well as provide ad hoc translation during key activities.

  • Provide logistical and advisory support to the Team Leaders and other relevant team members around key events and meetings aimed at linking LPI’s experiences, practice and research in contexts experiencing conflict to global discourse around peace and conflict.

Global policy programmatic engagement – background research, documentation, editing and writing and relationship-building (50%)

  • Support the IPIP Team Leaders with background research in relation to the key thematic policy areas and deliverables.

  • Provide input, write and edit to key documents, speeches, presentations, talking points, and other outputs (including social media and website) to communicate the work and findings of IPIP efforts aimed at targeted audiences.

  • Assist with preparation for, participate in and document (including providing note-taking support) key meetings, workshops, interviews and Skype calls related to the programme.

  • Consistently monitor and be well-versed with global trends, latest developments and trending topics related to global peacebuilding policy and share internally.

  • Provide support to amplify LPI’s overarching policy messages, through a wide range of communications tools and media relations strategies, to global audiences.

About you
You are a curious, detail-oriented, creative and self-motivated professional who is interested in learning and growing with a relatively new and unconventional initiative – and with a genuine passion to see a more just and peaceful world. In addition, these are the required qualifications:

  • At least a Bachelor’s degree in peace-and conflict studies, international relations, public policy and international development, or related fields.

  • A minimum of two to three years of demonstrable success and experience in programme support to new initiatives and/or multi-level, multi-stakeholder projects and programmes in a non-governmental organisation.

  • Experience with rigorous approaches to monitoring and evaluation, preferably related to peacebuilding and conflict transformation programming.

  • Solid documentation, writing and editing proficiency in English as well as experience with monitoring and evaluation as well as donor reporting.

  • Outstanding organisation, planning, events management skills; as well as relationship-building and networking skills.

  • Experience with grants assistance, compliance and basic budget management

  • Great interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work and thrive in a multi-cultural team.

  • Willingness and ability to travel internationally, including to insecure, conflict-affected areas (up to 20%), and for longer periods of time.

  • Fluency in French, Arabic, Somali, Swahili, Swedish or Amharic is meritorious.

  • Previous work with a peacebuilding organisation is an asset.

How to apply:

Please send your application, including a Cover Letter and two-page CV in English, no later than 9 October 2020 to, with the subject line ‘Global Policy Officer’.

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