Closing date: 20 Feb 2018
Do you want to help shift attitudes on divisive issues, deepen the debate and amplify voices
to show that peace is possible in today’s world? Do you possess a good mix of experience in
strategic communications, branding, storytelling, social media and visual communications;
equipped with a broad range of communications tools needed to stand out, and create
traction as a non-governmental organization? Can you help us tell our stories in genuine,
fresh and thoughtful ways? The Life & Peace Institute is looking for a creative, self-motivated
communications professional, who believes in the power of engagement, to take our
communications work to the next level.
The Life & Peace Institute (LPI) supports and promotes sustainable peacebuilding through
dialogue, action, and policy development. For the past thirty years, LPI has partnered with
civil society organisations and research institutions to strengthen locally-led peacebuilding
processes through capacity building and accompaniment. LPI supports the development of
policies that help to improve the lives of people in places affected by violence. 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. Through its Horn of Africa
Regional Programme based in Addis Ababa, LPI has created institutional channels and
relationships that enable it to link the local peacebuilding initiatives and structures with the
policy debates taking place at the regional and continental level. 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 on the ground.
About the Role
The Global Communications Advisor (GCA) is responsible for the overall external
communications – online and offline – at LPI. The GCA will lead the re-design of the
Institute’s global communications strategy and support the implementation of the same, with
an overall objective to promote non-violent conflict transformation globally; and provide
strategic support and advice to programme teams to ensure an integrated, coherent
operationalization of the global strategy at various levels and with different audiences. In
the content production and dissemination realm, the GCA will drive the development of
new content and LPI’s overall communication and outreach outputs as well as support
effective dissemination of LPI’s knowledge products, stories of impact and policy
messages. Working closely with LPI’s Director of Global Policy, this role will also have
an opportunity to develop and co-create the communications aspects of LPI’s latest
initiative around Global Policy engagement. In addition, under management and
collaboration tasks, the GCA will manage and oversee vendors and consultants in the
communications sphere and network closely with peer organizations to exchange best
practices and lessons in the communications for social – and policy change field.
This full-time position will be a part of LPI’s newest initiative on Global Policy. The post holder
will be based in Nairobi, Kenya, and supervised by the Director of Global Policy. The
successful candidate will be offered an initial one-year contract with the possibility of
You are a creative and curious communications strategist and generalist – able to see the big
picture and trends, but with an acute eye for detail and ability to execute at the highest level –
with a genuine passion to see a more just and peaceful world. In addition, these are the
• At least a Master’s degree in communications, journalism, peacebuilding, public
policy and international development, or related fields.
• A minimum of 5-7 years of demonstrable success and experience in leading and
managing a global communications function – including progressively responsible
experience in the communications field, planning, writing, editing, and producing
communications materials through a variety of print and online media, with new
media technology utilization; preferably in an international organization engaging in
dynamic and complex contexts.
• Relevant experience in organizational branding and public relations, impact
communications, and/or policy advocacy communications/campaigning.
• Experience in website management and social media strategies.
• Experience with graphic design softwares.
• Strong public speaking, presentation, and facilitation skills.
• Outstanding organisation and planning skills; as well as relationship-building and
• Demonstrated ability to work and thrive in a multi-cultural team.
• Willingness and ability to travel internationally, including to volatile, conflict-impacted
contexts (up to 20%).
• Fluency in French, Arabic, Somali, Swahili, Swedish or Amharic is meritorious.
• Previous work with a peacebuilding organizations is an asset.
HOW TO APPLY:
Please send your application, consisting of:
• Cover Letter (in English)
• CV (in English)
• 2 Samples of your communications work, out of which 1 is a written sample
• 1 minute video where you introduce yourself and share why we should hire you. You
will not be judged by the production value of your submission (e.g. you can do it on a
smartphone and upload it with your application)
Please submit your application no later than 20 February 2018 to firstname.lastname@example.org
with the subject line “Global Communications Advisor”.