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Mercy Corps is looking for committed and dynamic individual to take up the following position.
Position: Political Analyst
Program / Department Summary: Mercy Corps implements high-quality, analytical development work in very difficult places. We have been operating in Kenya since 2008 and are presently implementing development programs across the Central, Rift Valley, North Western and Northern Eastern regions of Kenya.
Mercy Corps plans to implement a Kenya Election Violence Prevention and Response Program (KEVP) which will work to mitigate the risk of escalation of election-related violence in the lead up to, during, and immediately following the Kenyan elections scheduled for August 2017.
KEVP will shore up ongoing efforts of Kenyan civil society organizations, including student organizations, youth bunges (parliaments) and the local private sector, religious groups, as well as current USG partners in Kisumu, Nakuru, Nandi, and when need arises, Nairobi, to ensure that youth and communities are able to remain resilient to political manipulation and ensure a peaceful election.
KEVP will work with these key stakeholders to create communications materials such as film to be used in workshop trainings and for public screenings.
The program will establish and strengthen existing local networks, including the 2013 Champions for Peace networks in Kisumu and Nakuru, establish county level Early Warning Early Response (EWER) Hubs, and link them to Uwiano platform, leverage different players and networks to preempt political manipulation by providing administrative and logistical support to enable them to monitor risks, and develop actionable plans for prevention and response.
General Position Summary: The Political Analyst will analyze and on political developments in Kenya, focusing on former Western and Nyanza provinces.
S/he will develop and maintain wide range of contacts across all sectors of society.
In addition, the Political Analyst will act as an interpreter and translator as needed as well as accompany staff on field trips, reports on observations and conditions throughout the country.
Essential Job Functions:
Information gathering and analysis
- Accompany staff on field trips for the purpose of information gathering, analysis, and reporting on political and social developments;
- Advise and guide staff on the design and execution of in-country travel;
- Through research and contacts in Kenyan civil society, political structures, media, youth, and others, gather information and develop analyses for the purposes of preparing written reports and providing regular briefings;
- Track news and highlight key political and security developments;
- Act as point of liaison for the Government of Kenya, and other external constituencies for programming and interventions;
- Maintain and update an extensive contact database.
Reporting and Meetings
- Schedule and coordinate meetings, activities, and appointments, including hosting events;
- Attend meetings when necessary and provides written summaries;
- Drafts correspondence and other materials.
- Arrange travel and transportation, organize meetings, maintain records, and other administrative duties as needed.
- Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission;
- Other duties as assigned.
Supervisory Responsibility: None
- Reports Directly To: Chief of Party
- Works Directly With: DCOP and Project staff and other affiliated relevant program stakeholders.
Knowledge and Experience:
All applicants must address each selection criterion detailed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item.
- Bachelor degree in any subject is required – BS/BA in political science, development, or any other comparable degree;
- Minimum of five (5) years of work experience, including a senior position with Kenyan public service, GOK, or non-governmental organization working in multiple regions of Kenya, including former Western and Nyanza provinces;
- At least three (3) years of experience in monitoring and reporting policy, politics, and/or human rights, or a closely related field. Such experience must have involved sustained interaction with diverse social interests, the international diplomatic community, and non-governmental organizations.
- A close familiarity with and a demonstrated ability to analyze issues and problems related to democracy, governance, political violence, and elections is required. Previous experience with Kenyan elections and conflict mitigation preferred;
- Language Proficiency: Fluent speaking/reading/writing English and Kiswahili is required. Additional local languages is preferred.
- Job Knowledge: Must have good knowledge of Kenyan national and county-level political institutions, structure, party system, social and development issues, and historical development. Must understand political trends and the operations of NGOs in the democracy and governance sector;
- Must have basic knowledge of MS Office applications such as Word, Excel and MS Outlook;
- Must possess strong analytical and communication skills, including an ability to prepare analytic and spot reports of significant depth and complexity in precise and accurate form under tight time deadlines;
- Demonstrates ability to maintain an extensive range of Kenyan contacts and interact with a wide range of people of varying status and backgrounds, including engaging effectively with government officials as well as with civil society, youth and other community leaders.