Africa Director - Nairobi

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Crisis Action is an independent, non-profit organisation that works with others to ensure civilians are protected both from and during armed conflict.

Crisis Action has a vacancy for Africa Director, based in Nairobi, Kenya.


  • Building a diverse, flexible and innovative network in key East and West African states to campaign for the protection of civilians in armed conflict – you will position Crisis Action as the hub of campaigning on issues of armed conflict.
  • Focusing on actual or potential conflicts of most concern to their partners, you will ensure that Crisis Action supplements their understanding of potential solutions by analyzing the policy positions of key governments within the African Union, particularly the Peace and Security Council and UN Security Council members.
  • A major area of your work will be working with our partner organizations to drive forward and develop advocacy and media work that mobilize the resources and influence of civil society to the greatest possible effect.
  • As Head of our Nairobi office, and a senior member of their international team, you will lead the development of the organization regionally, help support Crisis Action’s development globally and ensure Crisis Action engages seriously and constructively in the region.
  • With offices in Cairo, London, Brussels, Berlin, Paris and New York – Crisis Action will support the work of their partners campaigning for the protection of civilians on the international stage and increase the impact of joint work exponentially.


  • Ability to work in Nairobi and travel in the region
  • A proven track record in advocacy or lobbying towards the African Union
  • Experience of media work with national and regional media
  • Proven ability to analyse complex political issues and to define sophisticated strategies for achieving policy change.
  • Excellent political judgement and instincts, especially with regard to foreign affairs.
  • Knowledge of - and experience in - influencing government policy in the region.
  • Expertise in working with the media, including ability to write articles, prepare media releases, contact journalists and promote stories.
  • High level contacts in politics, the media and the voluntary sector.
  • Ability to instil trust and confidence in partner organisations and colleagues from a variety of backgrounds.
  • First-class interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to cultivate high-level contacts within governments, the media and the voluntary sector.
  • Excellent writing skills, and clear competence in the use of research tools
  • Fluent written and spoken English

    For more job information and application, see: Africa Director - Nairobi Website

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