Life and Peace Institute Strategic Peace-building Policy Advisor - Jobs in Kenya

Life and Peace Institute Strategic Peace-building Policy Advisor - Jobs in Kenya

LPI is launching a novel and ambitious programme in 2019 which seeks to examine how international
peace policies- and actors engage with conflict-affected communities and local civil society and
engages relevant stakeholders to ensure more meaningful participation of those affected by
conflicts in global conversations on peace-and conflict.

Are you passionate about seeing a more
equitable world and interested in asking the fundamental questions about the current status quo
and keen to find new answers, together with others?

Do you want to be a part of a new team who is
seeking to ‘ignite a rethink’ on global policy engagement on peacebuilding?

The Life & Peace Institute is now looking for a committed and experienced professional to provide overarching strategic policy advice for our work, in the role of Strategic Peacebuilding Policy Advisor.

About us

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 the past thirty 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 practice of lived experience of peacebuilders.

About your role

The Strategic Policy Advisor will guide and support the implementation of LPI’s overarching and
programmatic policy advocacy efforts and monitoring progress towards agreed policy goals as well
as support coordination with LPI’s global policy efforts, in close coordination with managers and LPIcolleagues.

Main Tasks

Support to policy work in individual programmes

  • Support teams in mapping policy stakeholders in key contexts at regional, national and local
  • Support the development of annual policy plans in the programmes and provide guidance,
    capacity strengthening and mentoring to programme staff related to the implementation of
    annual policy plans.
  • Support the development of policy briefs and other policy outputs emanating from LPI’s
    programmatic work, in collaboration with the Knowledge and Learning Unit (KLU).
  • Where relevant, represent programmes vis-à-vis policy stakeholders at various levels, in
    collaboration with programme management.

    Support to LPI’s cross-organizational policy work :

  • Identify and support
    the synergies for joined-up policy work across programmes and offices.
  • Monitor key thematic areas, policy spaces and actors relevant to LPI’s work and strategic
    priorities and advice on strategic opportunities to prioritize and seize.
  • Engage in networking and representation on behalf of the Institute at various levels as well
    as nurturing existing policy-related relationships and liaising/coordinating with key civil
    society platforms and networks of which LPI is a member.

    Support to LPI’s Global Policy efforts:

  • Support a co-designed process to develop a 2020-2022 global policy pilot programme.
  • Engage in relationship- and coalition-building and deepen bilateral engagement with global
    networks and platforms relevant to LPI’s global policy efforts.
  • Support the drafting of donor reports.

    This is a full-time position to be located in one of LPI’s offices, upon agreement with the successful candidate.

    A one-year fixed term contract will be offered, with good opportunities for extension,
    based on performance.

    About you

  • At least a Master’s degree in peace-and conflict studies, global studies and international
    relations, political science, public policy and international development, or related fields.
  • A minimum of 5 to 7 years of professional experience of policy engagement for
    peacebuilding in civil society, government and/or intergovernmental bodies.
  • Knowledge and understanding of policymaking and implementation as it relates to peaceand security at various levels as well as effective advocacy for peacebuilding.
  • Ability to provide technical and thought leadership on inclusive and participatory policy
    engagement processes.
  • Extensive experience with compelling policy writing (policy briefs and reports, talking
    points, etc.)
  • Proven ability to network, speak, write and communicate effectively, and to tailor messages to
    diverse audiences.
  • Experience with monitoring, evaluation and donor reporting of policy work.
  • Great interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work and thrive in a multi-cultural team.
  • Fluency in French, Arabic, Somali, Swahili, Swedish or Amharic is meritorious.
  • Previous work with peacebuilding organizations is an asset.
  • Willingness and ability to travel internationally, including to insecure, conflict-impacted
    areas .

    How to Apply
  • Please send your application, including a CV of no longer than two pages and a one-page Cover
    Letter in English no later than 2nd April 2019 to with the subject line: “Strategic Peacebuilding Policy Advisor”.
  • Please be aware that only complete applications will be considered and only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
  • For more information and job application details, see; Life and Peace Institute Strategic Peace-building Policy Advisor - Jobs in Kenya

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