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Team Leader - Somali Dialogue Platform

Team Leader - Somali Dialogue Platform

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The Somali Dialogue Platform

The Somali Dialogue Platform (‘The Platform’) is a policy dialogue and facilitation initiative, managed by the Rift Valley Institute (RVI), that responds to the need to support more collaborative, productive and inclusive political processes that can transform Somalia’s political settlement. The Platform works with the grain of Somali political culture—seeking to create dialogue spaces genuinely trusted and owned by Somalis, where they can confidently address past conflicts and grievances and collaborate to resolve fundamental differences in their ideas, moving past bargaining based on narrower interests. It does this by working with a coalition of Somali organisations and individuals, whose combined knowledge, networks, and convening power can support and enable productive, broad-based, Somali-led political processes. 

The Role

The purpose of the Team Leader’s position is to lead and oversee the delivery, management and development of the Somali Dialogue Platform ensuring that it achieves its objectives in a way that is aligned with RVI’s core principles and policies and supports the strategic development of the organisation. The Team Leader is expected to develop the Platform through multiple iterations of change and growth, managing the integration of the programme with RVI strategically and operationally, ensuring sustainability and the capacity to deliver against its core objectives. From June 2023, the Platform will become a partner of the Somali Stability Fund (SSF III).


The Team Leader has the following key responsibilities:

Programme strategy, design and oversight

Lead the development of the Platform and its portfolio of work, overseeing the design and adaptation processes between Platform staff, consultants, partners, donors and other RVI staff and management.  Review and approve the Platform workplan, ensuring this is based on the programme’s theory of change and fundamental principles and supports the delivery of the programme’s strategic objectives.

Monitor and aggregate political analysis at the Platform, including chairing weekly political team meetings to inform programme strategy and design, briefing RVI management on political and reputational risk, and supporting international community policy development. Develop effective partnerships with organisations and individuals that support the delivery of the Platform’s objectives while contributing to high level policy and research dissemination events and processes with Somali and other stakeholders.

Donor relations and governance

Act as the focal point for communication and engagement with the Somalia Stability Fund (SSFIII) and Platform donors via SSF’s Joint Donor Committee (JDC), while ensuring the Platform’s role within SSFIII remains relevant and aligned, and ensures continued funding to deliver the programme objectives, including through the delivery of timely high standard and accurate narrative and financial reports.

Programme and financial management and accountability

Lead and manage the Platform team, ensuring the set-up of appropriate governance, decision-making and internal communications structures. Has ultimate responsibility for overall resource management, ensures the SDP has robust financial management, and meets operational efficiency in compliance, procurement, operations, security procedures and risk management. Support the Platform’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning approach, ensuring systematic collection, analysis, and reporting of data, enabling an adaptive and learning-based approach. Ensure the Platform team maintains a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities and work together effectively to deliver on the programme’s shared objectives. Develop and oversee the development of Platform policies for programme management.

Staff management and capacity-building

Support and mentor platform staff in the delivery of their work, through performance management and regular feedback meetings, and with opportunities for personal and professional growth and skills development

Other Partnerships and external relations

Represent the Platform to Somali counterparts, donors and others through bilateral meetings and participation in Platform events and maintain strong relationships with other international organisations in Somalia.

Responsibilities to RVI

In collaboration with the RVI Executive Management Team, lead the development and assessment of the Platform’s business case, establishing and analysing the Platform sustainably.  Participate in RVI organisational meetings and business processes to ensure the Platform’s operation is aligned with RVI’s core principles and policies and supports the strategic development of the organisation during annual planning, reporting and monitoring, evaluation and learning processes.

The Person


  • Commitment to RVI’s values, vision, aims and ways of working.

Knowledge and Qualifications

  • A Masters degree in relevant field (political science, development studies, social science, anthropology).
  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of Somali political dynamics (as well as society, culture and economy), and broader regional and international dynamics.
  • Excellent knowledge of concepts related to political settlement, election design and implementation, constitutional reform, security architecture, fiscal governance, gender and political participation, and federal arrangements. 
  • Knowledge and understanding of peacebuilding, mediation, dialogue, negotiation, and civic engagement approaches.
  • In-depth understanding of international engagement and policy landscape in Somalia.


  • Significant experience in designing, developing and implementing complex peacebuilding projects and programmes in fragile contexts (ideally Somalia), and/or supporting political, peace-making and post conflict state building.
  • Experience designing, delivering and writing research projects for a range of decision-makers.
  • Significant leadership experience, setting-up and managing large and diverse teams, establishing ways of working and management systems and developing effective organisational cultures.
  • Significant experience in programme management, including MEAL systems, financial management for large multi-donor, multi-year programmes, risk management, travel, logistics and security.
  • Significant experience in managing complex relations and high-level representation with a range of stakeholders, including social and institutional actors, governments and international agencies.
  • Significant experience managing and developing donor relations.

Skills and Abilities

  • Strategic and adaptive thinking.
  • Excellent project management and planning skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, able to represent analyses on complex and fraught issues to a range of senior Somali and international stakeholders.
  • Excellent facilitation and negotiation skills
  • Skills in social science research methods 

For details of the role please refer to the full Job Description here


Job Title:  Team Leader – Somalia Dialogue Platform
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Employment type:  Full-time, Fixed Term (to 1 September 2024) with the opportunity to extend.
Start date: As soon as possible.
Salary:    According to organisational salary grading system and commensurate with skills and experience.
Benefits:   Annual paid leave, health insurance and pension.

How to apply

Please use the full Job Description as a guide and apply here Applications must include the following:

  • A full CV (no more than three pages)
  • A cover letter supporting your application outlining your motivation, experience, and knowledge relevant for the position (no more than two pages)
  • The name, email address and telephone numbers of two professional referees, one must be your most recent supervisor.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Application closing date: 2nd June 2023

Expected interview dates: Week of 19th June 2023