Engagement Lead, Somali Dialogue Platform

Engagement Lead, Somali Dialogue Platform
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Rift Valley Institute


Engagement Lead, Somali Dialogue Platform

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Job Summary

The Rift Valley Institute is seeking a highly experienced and dynamic person to manage the Platform’s political engagement work. T

Minimum Qualification:Bachelor
Experience Level:Senior level
Experience Length:5 years
Job Description/Requirements

Summary
The Somali Dialogue Platform (the 'Platform') is a multi-year
programme funded by the FCDO, USAID, BUILD and MFA Denmark. The Platform
provides a neutral space for dialogue on contentious issues in
Somalia’s political settlement, such as designing and implementing
elections or clarifying the federal settlement. The overall goal of the
Platform is to ensure a 'high-level and sufficiently inclusive
range of political stakeholders regularly and constructively negotiate
and seek solutions on contentious political settlement issues in
trusted, Somali-owned dialogue spaces'.

The Rift Valley Institute is seeking a highly experienced and dynamic
person to manage the Platform’s political engagement work. The
Engagement Lead has overall responsibility for delivery of the
Platform’s engagement activities, designing dialogue, negotiation and
mediation activities that advance discussions on critical political
settlement issues in Somalia. The Engagement Lead will work closely with
the Team Leader and the Platform’s Research Lead, to design relevant
activities based on a rigorous analysis of political dynamics and the
Platform’s principles and theory of change. S/he will collaborate with
partner organizations and a network of Platform Representatives to
deliver collaborative and inclusive engagement activities that will
achieve the overall objective of facilitating a stronger political
settlement in Somalia.

General

Title:Engagement lead, Somali Dialogue Platform
Location:Nairobi or Mogadishu, with frequent travel
Employment type:Full-time
Reporting to:Team Leader, Somali Dialogue Platform
Salary range:$50,000-$53,467, depending on
experience. Other benefits include 28 days annual paid, health
insurance, pension plan, travel allowance, and flexible working hours
(subject to negotiation). All programmatic roles are subject to renewal
depending on available funding.
Application deadline:27 November
Start date:As soon as possible

Description of Duties

Leading the Platform’s political engagement work
Lead the conceptualisation, planning and implementation of the Platform’s engagement activities.
Design dialogue and mediation processes, drawing on the Platform’s
analysis to identify relevant stakeholders and partnerships, and to
sequence events.
Organise dialogue events that facilitate meaningful discussion on contentious political settlement issues.
Represent the Platform in engagement activities, conducting
bilateral meetings with key political actors facilitating workshops with
counterparts, including in the Somali government.
Develop strong collaborative partnerships with Somali organisations to deliver engagement activities.
Identify, recruit, and manage a team of Platform representatives
and support them in the delivery of the Platform’s engagement activities
Liaise with the Research Lead to ensure research and analytical outputs support the needs of Somali stakeholders.
Ensure engagement meetings are documented and data captured to support Platform research and analysis.
Act as the liaison between the engagement team and the Programme’s Advisory Group

Supporting effective programme management
Line manage the Engagement Officer providing support and oversight,
and agreeing and reviewing performance goals and professional
development
Support the evidencing and communication of the impact of
engagement activities, by recording engagement events, and follow-up
with event participants.
Lead on financial management for the Platform’s engagement
activities, ensuring procedures are followed and there is
value-for-money
Prepare donor reports on progress and strategy in engagement activities
Monitor, escalate and mitigate political risks arising from the Platform’s engagement work.

Requirements
Relevant postgraduate degree in political science, social science, development studies or equivalent
Over five years proven experience in designing, managing, and
leading peacebuilding, mediation or civic engagement programmes in
fragile contexts, including in Somalia
Demonstrable passion and commitment to the Platform’s core vision and principles
Able to develop a clear strategic vision for building dialogue on
complex political issues, and mobilise a team of collaborators and
partners towards that goal
Able to develop and maintain relationships with high-levels
stakeholders and partners, including government counterparts and the
international community
Excellent understanding of current and historical political
dynamics in Somalia and extensive networks with an inclusive range of
Somali political actors
Thematic expertise in the Platform’s focus areas of work, including
democratisations, elections, constitution-making and federalism
Experience developing and managing teams and collaborative
partnerships to achieve peacebuilding objectives, including line
management of relevant staff members
Track record in effective programme management, including
supporting M&E, donor reporting, and managing donor relations •
Experience in programme financial management
Excellent Somali facilitation and presentation skills
Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills
An ability to teach others about conflict resolution processes
Fluency in written and spoken Somali and English
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