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12 Jan 2017

Senior Program Manager

Job Description

Somali Program (focus on Peacebuilding and Governance)
Location: Nairobi, Kenya (frequent travel to Somalia)
Application deadline: January 31, 2017
Posted: January 2017
Conflict Dynamics seeks to engage an experienced Senior Program Manager for its
Somali Program. The successful candidate will have excellent management,
networking, facilitation, writing and communications skills and will have extensive
operational experience in the peacebuilding / governance sector, prior experience in
the Somali context is essential.
Background and Overview
Conflict Dynamics International is an independent, not-for-profit organization headquartered
in Cambridge, USA, with a branch office in Nairobi, Kenya.
Conflict Dynamics’ mission is to prevent and resolve violent conflict between and within
states, and to alleviate human suffering resulting from conflicts and other crises around the
world. Conflict Dynamics’ approach in all aspects of its work is rooted in working principles of
humanity, impartiality, neutrality and independence.
Conflict Dynamics’ peacebuilding work provides substantive and process-related inputs to
ongoing political processes. The work explores governance related issues such as:
constitutional design; electoral systems; public participation; and consociational.
Conflict Dynamics has worked in Somalia and Somaliland since 2009 at various levels:
• Supporting dialogue between the Federal Government of Somalia and the
Government of Somaliland on their future relations;
• Supporting collaborative relations between federal and state governments, and
between and within states;
• Supporting local level reconciliation and the establishment of local level governance
• On key thematic areas such as electoral processes, resource management,
preventing violent extremism, and conflicts where neutral facilitation can help.
Scope of work
The Senior Program Manager will work as an integral member of Conflict Dynamics’ Somali
Program team.
The scope of work for this position will include the following:
• Liaise with senior government (national, state and local) and with civil society
partners to develop plans for engagement, and to conduct engagement activities, in
close cooperation with program leadership;
• Represent Conflict Dynamics with current and potential future partners, donors and
peer organizations as required;
• Convene and facilitate Conflict Dynamics’ events / trainings / seminars and present
relevant research;
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• Undertake day to day management of specific elements of the Somali Program’s
overall workload;
• Remain informed of political developments in Somalia and Somaliland and share
political and context analysis in written and verbal form;
• Conduct research and writing related to the Somali program’s needs, including
document review and editing responsibilities;
• Oversee and contribute to the monitoring and evaluation of Somali program activities
and projects, including grant report drafting;
• Work closely with Conflict Dynamics’ finance team and the Somali Program Director
on program financial management;
• Work closely with senior colleagues to support security management and policy
• Supervise other members of the Somali program, including through developing work
plans, professional development, and ensuring tasks are completed satisfactorily;
• Supervision and oversight of the activities and finances of partner organizations;
• Other tasks that contribute to program and organization wide objectives.
Successful candidates will demonstrate their ability to conduct the scope of work laid
out above.
Status and location
The position will be based in Conflict Dynamics’ Branch Office in Nairobi, Kenya. The Senior
Program Manager will travel frequently to various locations in Somalia and Somaliland.
Reporting and management
The Senior Program Manager will report to the Somali Program Director and will work
closely with other members of the Somali Program, and with Conflict Dynamics’ wider
peacebuilding team.
Qualifications / experience
The following are indicative qualifications and expertise required for the position:
• Minimum of 8 years of progressive experience in the peacebuilding / governance
sector including significant direct field-level experience, experience of engaging
with senior Somali leaders is highly desirable;
• Excellent writing and editing skills in English are essential;
• Master’s degree or higher in a relevant field such as International Relations,
History, Politics, International Law, Area Studies, etc. highly desirable;
• Excellent and demonstrated management, coaching, organizational and multitasking
skills, attention to detail, and follow-through;
• Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills;
• Spoken and written fluency in English essential , strong preference for fluency in
• Willingness to undertake frequent travel to conflict affected locations.

Duration and Compensation
This is a full time employee based position. Compensation is commensurate with experience
and qualifications. Conflict Dynamics offers a competitive package of benefits and
allowances to employees.

How to Apply

Applicants should send a cover letter (no more than 2 pages of A4) and CV / Resume by email as separate attachments to not later than 31 January 2017. Please save both documents in the form “First Name Last Name CV”, “First Name Last Name LETTER”. The cover email subject line should reference “Senior Program Manager Application.” Shortlisted candidates will be required to provide recent writing samples and the names of 3 references. Interviews will be held in Nairobi, Kenya, during February 2017. ** PLEASE NOTE: ONLY SHORTLISTED CANDIDATES WILL BE CONTACTED **

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