Institute for Strategic Dialogue Senior Manager: PROACT Programme Jobs in Kenya

Institute for Strategic Dialogue Senior Manager: PROACT Programme Jobs in Kenya

Closing date: 01 Nov 2019

Organisation: Institute for Strategic Dialogue

Reporting to: Deputy Director, Communications, Education and Technology

Location: Kenya

Type of Contract: One year fixed-term consultancy contract

Start Date: ASAP

Salary Bracket: Commensurate with experience
About ISD

SD is a global counter-extremism organisation dedicated to powering solutions to hate and extremism. ISD has established itself as one of the leading global authorities on extremism and security.

Combining research and analysis with government advisory work and programme delivery, ISD has been at the forefront of forging real-world, evidence-based responses to the challenges of integration, extremism and terrorism.

As a global non-profit organisation with teams in London, Beirut, Toronto and Washington D.C., ISD enjoys strategic partnerships with the world’s leading technology companies and supports more than a dozen prominent governments and institutions in stemming the rise of violent extremism and hate speech.

ISD has recently secured three years’ funding to design and deliver a programme that will work closely with local municipalities, the national government and civil society organisations to address vulnerabilities that lead to terrorist radicalization in Kenya.

The PROACT programme will work in three counties (Nakuru, Isolo and Kwale) as well as at the national level to support the operationalization of existing government structures and strategies, including the development of a sustainable community team model.

ISD is seeking an experienced consultant with experience working with national and local level stakeholders in Kenya to lead the PROACT programme.

Acting as a Senior ISD representative in Kenya and also the Senior Manager of the PROACT programme, the consultant will serve as an on-the-ground point of contact responsible for managing national and county level government relations and overseeing implementing partners.

This role will have responsibility for strategic programme oversight. Together with an experienced team of researchers, analysts, and international development practitioners, the Senior Manager will provide analysis, manage high level national partners and local stakeholders, while fulfilling project management oversight duties.

Role Purpose

To provide leadership to PROACT’s relationships with national and county level government stakeholders and oversee implementation by local partners working in three counties across Kenya.


Project and Programme Management

  • Management of the PROACT programme abiding by the scope, schedule and budget
  • Delivery of our grant commitments and coordination between different aspects of international programming
  • Leading on all Kenyan programming and the development of future opportunities in the East African region
  • Managing an expanding portfolio of programming in East Africa
  • Monitoring regional trends in East Africa, as well as national, sub-national and local development
  • Leading on national stakeholder engagement and managing high level Kenyan and East African relationships
  • Overseeing delivery in Kwale, Isiolo, and Nakuru and county level stakeholder engagement
    Strategic management of local partners, including regular field visits and participation in key events
  • Working with local partners to identify and recruit local stakeholders to form the Community Teams for locally-led policy and activities
  • Overseeing all training courses, including module development and roll out in Kenya
  • Coordinating county to county exchanges
    and board of governor’s roundtables, including setting the agenda and ensuring key participation
  • Thematic and technical support to existing local structures and PROACT Community Teams

    Grants Management

  • Manage multi-million dollar grants to donor satisfaction and act as key point person
    Fostering a positive and collaborative team environment and excellent internal communications among members of global teams, supporting wider professional development
    Grant writing across government, private, philanthropic and multilateral donors
    Writing and editing impact reports, donor reports and public interest pieces
    International Oversight

  • On the ground delivery and stakeholder management including regional implementation, administration of small grants, and appointment of and liaison with local contractors
  • Ensuring delivery of and coordination between different aspects of international policy work
  • Assisting in proposal development based on international expertise

    Person Specification

    We seek an experienced, proactive and dedicated consultant to work with our multi-disciplinary team to set up and deliver PROACT in Kenya. The successful candidate will be a collaborative and solutions-focused professional with the ability to work to deadline and produce outputs to a high quality.

    We welcome applications from consultants who meet the following criteria:


  • Understanding of human rights frameworks and the application of human rights frameworks in Kenya
  • Knowledge of Kenyan violence prevention strategies, policies, programmes and priorities
  • Knowledge of violence prevention, conflict de-escalation and peace-building models and frameworks
  • Previous experience working with, and supporting, the National Counter Terrorism Center (NCTC) in Kenya
  • Extensive experience developing and delivering programmes with a range of government stakeholders and community groups
  • Significant experience working with government, civil society and / or international organisations in Kenya
  • Experience delivering a range of national and local programmes in Kenya
  • Experience delivering policy recommendations to national and local government stakeholders
  • Experience developing, delivering and overseeing locally-led research initiatives to support policy objectives
  • Project management
  • Stakeholder management and effective communication skills
  • Political judgement, diplomatic awareness and policy leadership
  • Fluent Swahili speaker with excellent verbal and written English
  • Educated to degree level in government relations, policy, peace-building, conflict de-escalation, international development and related fields


  • Understanding of US State Department strategies and policy objectives
  • Understanding of Kenyan government strategies and policy objectives
  • Previous experience managing, and overseeing, the work of teams delivering violence prevention, conflict de-escalation, and peace-building programmes in Kenya
  • Previous experience advising high-level government stakeholders and local government stakeholders on best practices and policy recommendations
  • Previous experience working with local government and civil society organisations in Isiolo, Nakuru or Kwale
  • Working in a fast-paced, start-up environment
  • Overseeing the work of implementation partners
  • Previous policy development experience in Kenya
  • Previous research management and delivery experience in Kenya
  • Delivering trainings and workshops (in Swahili and English)
  • Developing training materials (in Swahili and English)
  • Previous experience researching, writing and collating research reports in English

    How to Apply:
    If you would like to apply for this position, please send a one-page cover letter and up-to-date CV (no more than 2 pages) to by Friday 1st November.

    Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted and applications without a covering letter will not be considered.

  • Click here to post comments

    Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Jobs Kenya.

    Scholarship 2020/21

    Undergraduate Scholarships 2020/2021
    Masters Scholarships,
    PhD Scholarships,
    International Scholarships.