Country Manager – Life and Peace Institute

Do you want to work for a leading international peacebuilding organisation and help bring peace to the Horn of Africa Region? Do you have the passion and the skills to lead a country programme, influence policy making, foster capacity building and drive conflict transformation and reconciliation processes across in Somalia? The Life & Peace Institute (LPI) is now looking for a self-driven and experienced professional to provide overarching leadership and management for our Somalia country programme.

About us
LPI has been carrying out peacebuilding work in Somalia since the early 1990s, with a focus on grassroots, community-led conflict transformation, and emphasis on strengthening the capacity of local organisations and institutions. In recent years, in partnership with Somali civil society, LPI has contributed to reconciliation and reconstruction efforts in south-central Somalia at two levels. First, LPI works to address underlying and protracted local intra and inter-clan conflicts at the grassroots level through active participation of local stakeholders. Second, LPI influences overarching conflict narratives in the country and internationally through lessons and analysis from the ground. Both strands of work are interconnected and supplement the broader efforts to address conflict and build peace in Somalia. LPI is currently operating in five central and southern regions as well as the capital Mogadishu, strategically focusing on 1. inclusive local peacebuilding, 2. policy engagement and awareness-raising and 3. knowledge and learning.

About the role
The Somalia Country Manager is responsible for providing the overall leadership and management of LPI’s Somalia Programme team. S/he represents LPI with the government, authorities and diplomatic missions in Somalia and the wider region, as well as with civil society. Other key responsibilities include:
• Guiding and overseeing the effective and cost-efficient implementation of ongoing programmes and projects
• Keeping the Director of Programmes well informed of programme developments and priorities
• Pursuing new funding and partnership opportunities in line with Strategic Plan
• Strengthening staff and partner organisation capacities
• Ownership of programmes, as well as ensuring quality programming.
The position will be based in LPI’s Nairobi office with frequent travels across south-central

About you
• 5-10 years’ experience in Peacebuilding in Somalia and/or the Horn of Africa
• Experience in design and management of complex peacebuilding programmes
• Ability to engage a range of community, non-government and government
• Strong training, facilitation, analytical and research skills
• Experience leading and managing teams, including remote management
• Deep understanding of the Somalia context and related civil society and policy
• Excellent inter-personal communication with strong networking skills
• At least a Masters’ degree in a relevant discipline (peacebuilding, political
sciences, international relations etc.)
• Fluent English is a requirement, good spoken Somali an asset
• Willingness and ability to travel within south-central Somalia.

Please send your application, including a cover letter and CV in English, no later than
October 23rd, 2017 to, with the subject line “Somalia
Country Manager”.

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