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Senior Program Officer – Somalia, United States Institute of Peace (Kenya Based)

  • full-time job
  • Kenya
  • Posted 7 days ago

United States Institute of Peace

Senior Program Officer – Somalia

Program SENIO01076
    • Posted: November 6, 2017
  • Full-Time
  • Kenya, FN, USA

Job Details


The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) prevents, mitigates and resolves violent conflicts around the world by engaging directly in conflict zones and providing analysis, education and resources to those working for peace.

These are the values we expect each USIP employee to live up to in their work and in their interactions with their colleagues.

  • Commitment
  • Respect
  • Teamwork
  • Accountability
  • Openness

The Senior Program Officer (SPO) for Somalia will be responsible for researching, analyzing, and organizing activities and conducting research and analysis aimed at strengthening assistance to support an inclusive, credible Somalia National Police. The SPO will be responsible for writing reports and analyses as well as briefing U.S. government officials and the policy-making community on developments and findings related to the Somalia security sector. The SPO will report to the Director of the USIP Africa Program and work closely with other colleagues across USIP. This is a full-time position based in Nairobi, Kenya, with regional and international travel required.


Research, Analysis, and Thought Leadership:
• Serves as USIP’s resident expert on Somalia and advancing an inclusive, credible Somalia National Police.
• Researches and writes and analyzes past work on security sector reform in Somalia and comparative examples of similar processes elsewhere.
• Provides project briefings to governmental or other organizations.
• Supports or leads efforts to represent the program in internal and external events and to disseminate information about USIP’s programs and research findings.

Development and Planning:
• Develops and maintains a network of contacts relevant to discussions of a peace process.
• Structures, organizes, and oversees events related to Somalia.
• Identifies and maintains critical stakeholder relationships related to the program.
• Ensures the highest level of communication and cooperation with relevant USIP departments/divisions/teams and external partners.
• Participates in strategic planning sessions with regional and thematic teams.
• Keeps up-to-date on other work on a political settlement in Afghanistan as they relate to USIP’s work.

Financial Management:
• Manages the project budget to ensure the project is operating within its budget limitations while meeting goals and objectives.
• Pursues USG funding for project initiatives.
• Ensures all program activities are implemented within program timelines and in a manner that meets program standards and objectives.
• Develops regular reporting for both internal and external project stakeholders, including responsibility for the development, editing and timely submission of any progress reports that may be required.
Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or nationals of countries listed in a U.S. Collective Defense Arrangement per the Department of State. To see a list of those countries, go to
  • Master’s degree in political science, international affairs, law, or related field required; equivalent work experience may be substituted for Master’s degree.
  • A minimum of eight (8) years of related work experience, including experience with U.S. government policymaking.
  • A minimum of six (6) years of relevant work experience on Somalia.
  • Experience in designing and overseeing research programs on security sector reform and policing strongly desired.
  • Understanding of security sector reform in fragile environments and the context of CVE also desired.
  • Strong interest and experience with innovative programming and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated research, analytic, writing, and presentation skills. Able to write effectively in a variety of formats and for a variety of audiences.
  • Deep knowledge and understanding of the current conflict dynamics in Somalia and the region.
  • Demonstrated experience coordinating with officials in government, international organizations, and national partners.
  • Fluency in English required.

All USIP contract and employee positions are contingent upon the favorable completion of a suitability background investigation.

Compensation is commensurate with qualifications and experience.


To be considered for this position, please submit a complete application package consisting of:

1. Completed employment application including titles, dates of hire and salary history.

2. Cover letter

3. Resume

Please cite PCDNetwork as the source of the posting in your application.

For questions about this position, please email Do not send resumes or attachments to this email address. Only those applicants that are selected for further discussions will be contacted.

USIP is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy and practice of USIP to offer equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, age, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, political affiliations or belief, pregnancy, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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