Research Lead, Somali Dialogue Platform

Research Lead, Somali Dialogue Platform
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Rift Valley Institute


Research 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 analysis and research work.

Minimum Qualification:Masters
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 DANIDA. The Somali
Dialogue Platform provides a neutral space for political dialogue on
contentious issues in Somalia’s political settlement, such as designing
and implementing election systems and clarifying the federal settlement.
The overall goal of the Platform is to ensure a 'high-level and
sufficiently inclusive range of political stakeholders to 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 analysis and research work.
The Research Lead has overall responsibility for delivery of the
programme’s research and analysis components, including conducting
regular political analysis and managing multi-stakeholder social science
research projects, to support, shape and inform the programme’s
political engagement work. The Research Lead will work closely with the
Team Leader and the Platform’s Engagement Lead to design relevant
research and analytical activities and product that maximize impact.
S/he will collaborate with research partners and network of experts to
deliver research that will achieve the overall objective of facilitating
a stronger political settlement in Somalia.

General
Title:Research Lead, Somali Dialogue Platform
Location:Nairobi or Mogadishu, with frequent travel
Employment type:Full-time
Reporting to:Team Leader, Somali Dialogue Platform
Salary range:$45,300-$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

Lead the Platform’s research and analysis work
Lead the conceptualisation, planning and implementation of the
Platform’s research and analysis activities. Work closely with the
Platform representatives, staff, Somali partners and policy makers to
ensure the appropriate design of research activities and outputs
Ensure the Platform’s research is based on robust design and
methodologies, and is relevant and responsive to the needs of
stakeholders in political dialogues.
Establish and oversee rigorous systems for data collection, management and analysis
Undertake primary research when appropriate (literature reviews, key informant interviews) and analysis of primary data
Manage and oversee the production of research outputs and publications, with support from RVI’s publications team.
Manage the Platform’s stakeholder mapping process
Maintain a consistent database of relevant research and political
analysis to inform the Platform’s own research and ensure triangulation
with existing evidence
Plan and implement dissemination and uptake strategies for research
findings and analytical insights through dissemination in various
formats (print, online publishing, social media) and for presentations
in donor briefings, policy advisory workshops and engagement events.
Develop collaborative partnerships with Somali organisations from whom the Platform can commission high-quality research outputs
Identify and manage consultants that can support the Platform’s research activities.

Programme management
Support the collection of evidence to promote programme learning
and to measure and communicate the impact of research activities
Lead on financial and budget management for the Platform’s research
activities ensuring they are within budget and providing
value-for-money
Monitor and support mitigations of risks arising from the political context and the Platform’s engagement work
Manage, and support RVI staff and consultants working on research activities
Support and mentor junior researchers working on the Platform

Requirements
Minimum of a Masters degree in a relevant field of study.
A minimum of five years experience in leading, designing and
implementing social science and political research projects in fragile
environments, including conducting field research, commissioning
research, managing research teams and the production of research
outputs.
Demonstrable commitment to the Platform’s core vision and principles
Track record of delivering policy-relevant research to a range of high-level audiences (UN, government, institutional donors)
Demonstrable ability to implement and innovate research
methodologies and data analysis (including mixed methods), and
stakeholder mapping processes
Experience in complex data management processes for large qualitative research projects
Excellent political analysis skills and understanding of current and historical political dynamics in Somalia
Thematic expertise and knowledge in the field of peacebuilding, democratisation, and state-building
Track-record in developing relationships with other research
organisations and supporting partners to deliver effective research
products.
Experience of training and mentoring researchers.
Excellent writing and editing skills in English; Fluency in Somali is also required.
Cultural sensitivity and experience of working with diverse constituencies.
Strong oral presentation and communication skills.
Experience in programme financial management.
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