Senior Analyst, Somalia

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Senior Analyst, Somalia

Job description

Purpose of the role:

Based in Nairobi, the Senior Analyst will undertake research and draft reports and other forms of shorter publications which examine and propose solutions to prevent or mitigate deadly conflict in Somalia, including consideration of security, political, legal, governance, human rights and social issues.


Specific responsibilities:

  • Conduct extensive field research into prevailing issues in Somalia, including - where relevant - consideration of security, political, legal, economic and social issues as well as human rights, gender and governance;

  • Provide written analyses - in clear and concise fashion - of the risks and origins of deadly conflict in Somalia in the form of detailed reports and briefing papers for publication as well as shorter derivatives (such as podcasts, op-eds and our global conflict tracker CrisisWatch);

  • Propose policy recommendations and initiatives for conflict actors including political, civil society and other stakeholders at the national as well as regional and international levels aimed at preventing, mitigating or resolving conflict;

  • Advocate Crisis Group policy positions and recommendations regarding conflict and represents Crisis Group at events and in the media - locally, nationally and internationally as appropriate;

  • Provide support to the Project and Program Director for Crisis Group activities and advocacy in the region and globally;

  • As required, supervise research assistants, consultants, stringers and/or interns.


Qualifications include:

  • Post-graduate qualification in international relations, political science, social sciences or other relevant field of academic study;

  • At least seven years of professional experience in the field of conflict research, analysis and prevention, working in government, academia, international organisations, non-governmental organisations or the media;

  • Demonstrated excellent English writing skills;

  • Strong research and analytical skills, and proven experience of formulating persuasive policy recommendations;

  • Extensive knowledge of Somalia’s security and public policy issues, and experience of living and working in the region;

  • A network of governmental and non-governmental, official, media and civil society contacts in the region;

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including public presentation skills;

  • Experience of working successfully within a team as well as the ability to work independently in a fast-paced and often demanding environment.

Candidates should apply before 21 July 2019