Life & Peace Institute (LPI) Programme Officer Job in Garissa, Kenya

Job title: Programme Officer, Kenya
Reporting to: Kenya Programme Manager
Based: Garissa with regular travel to Nairobi
Duration: 1 year, renewable subject to funding and performance
The Life & Peace Institute (LPI) is an international 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 Kenya focuses on enhancing the resilience of communities to engage with conflict in nonviolent and constructive ways, so that sustainable arrangements for the management of resources are developed and enforced, and at the same time synergies between local and national efforts are created so that the current conflicts in the area targeted by the programme can be transformed.
Job purpose:  
Your responsibility is two-fold: 
1) supporting the implementation of the Kenya Programme; 
2) design and implementation of Organisational Development (OD) plans for LPI’s Partner Organisations (PO) in Kenya.
Key tasks and responsibilities 
On the implementation of the Kenya Programme, you will be expected to:
  • Provide support to the planning, implementation and reporting of assigned programme activities.
  • Support projects with POs and monitor compliance with contractual responsibilities.
  • Ensure that all data concerning the programme is filed in both hard and soft copies in an orderly and centralized system.
  • Make yourself available in order to support POs on issues that are relevant to the success of the programme.
Towards Partner Organisational Development, your tasks will include: 
  • Leading the assessment of POs’ administration, finance and programme capacities, and production of written assessment reports for decision making by the Kenya Programme Manager. 
  • Development of an OD plan for each PO in Kenya, encompassing all programme, administration and finance dimensions.
  • Coordinating the implementation of the OD plan, including management of activities, outsourcing and budget control. 
  • In collaboration with other staff, monitor the progress towards OD expected results and apply adjustments in order to maximize effectiveness and efficiency.
Work Relationships: Resident Representative, Administration and Finance Unit, Partners in Kenya, Programme Advisors, Head Office in Sweden, Third parties as needed.

Skills and qualifications required:
  • Proven professional experience in implementation of peacebuilding projects and/or development fields within the civil society sector.
  • Demonstrable expertise in Organisational Development.
  • University degree in peace and conflict studies, education, development studies or other related fields. Masters level preferred, Bachelor with relevant skills and experience (5+ years) may be considered.
  • Good analytical writer (English) with fluency in spoken Somali and Swahili languages is a requirement.
  • The candidate must have experience in implementation of US government funds
  • Ability to travel to field locations in Kenya.
  • Balanced, mature personality with developed diplomatic skills, able to cope with working in stressful, diverse and multi-cultural environments and openness to acquiring new knowledge and skills.
  • 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 Officer – Kenya” as a reference in your letter of application. 
The deadline is Monday 17 October, 2016, at 16.00 EAT. 
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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