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Research Programme Advisor (Somalia) Job in Nairobi Kenya

Job title: Programme Advisor - Research (Somalia)
Reporting to: Programme Manager Somalia
Based: Nairobi with approx. 40% travel to Somalia
Duration: 4 years
The Life & Peace Institute (LPI) is an international and ecumenical centre that supports and promotes nonviolent approaches to conflict transformation through a combination of research and action that entails the strengthening of existing local capacities and enhancing the preconditions for building peace.

LPI's work in Somalia focuses on two levels of intervention. LPI builds capacity and accompanies its Partner Organisations (POs) in their work in non-violent conflict transformation (among others through PAR research) on local levels and with a special focus on resource-based conflicts. 

On an international level, LPI conducts research-based policy advocacy work aimed at contributing to a more inclusive Somali peace process.
Purpose of the position: You ensure that the research produced by LPI and its Partner Organisations (POs) adheres to quality and ethical standards.
Key tasks and responsibilities:
  • You provide accompaniment and on-the-job research training to POs on the ground, in Somalia.
  • You provide technical support to POs in research design, implementation and reporting. More specifically:
  • Developing research protocols,
  • Conducting desk-based research: collecting documents, analyzing information, reporting,
  • Conducting field-based research: collecting primary data (qualitative and quantitative), using conflict transformation methods (including PAR), conducting qualitative analysis (computer-based: Excell, NVIVO, SPSS), producing research reports.
  • In collaboration with the Programme Advisor PME&L, you monitor partners’ progress in developing research capacity, according to the criteria set forth in the Partner Organisation’s Organisational Development plan.
  • You provide any other support to Somalia Programme and POs as required and in accordance with your technical expertise.
Work Relationships: Resident Representative, Administration and Finance Unit, Partners in Somalia, Programme Advisors, Head Office in Sweden, Third parties as needed.
Skills and qualifications required:
  • Professional experience (beyond academic course work) in qualitative research and analysis.
  • University degree in Social Sciences (Political Science, Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work...), Education or Development Studies. Master’s preferred, Bachelor with relevant research skills and experience (5+ years) may be considered.
  • Good analytical writer (English).
  • Fluency in Somali language is a requirement, Arabic would be a plus.
  • Demonstrated interest in peace research, experience in NGO programme work a strong asset.
  • Able to travel to South Central Somalia frequently.
  • Balanced, mature personality with developed diplomatic skills, able to cope with working in stressful environments.
  • Eager and flexible mind, willing to acquire new skills on the job.
  • The candidate does not require a work permit to work in Kenya.
To apply: 

Send a one-page letter detailing your qualifications and interests in the subject area and a full CV to 

Please state “Programme Advisor - Research, Somalia” as a reference in your letter of application. 

The deadline is May 18, 2012, at 16.00 EAT. 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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