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14 Mar 2017

Mercy Corps Political Analyst Job Vacancy

Mercy Corps is a leading global relief and development agency saving and improving lives in the world’s toughest places. In more than 40 countries, we partner with local people to put bold ideas into action, help them overcome adversity and build stronger communities. We help communities survive
and move beyond emergencies.

When natural disasters strike, economies collapse or conflict flares, Mercy Corps is there. Working with communities, we leverage local logic to help people transform their lives to grow more food, earn higher incomes and ultimately advocate for their needs. We see global challenges as an invitation to pioneer innovative, sustainable solutions. Mercy Corps is looking for committed and dynamic individual to take up the following position.

Responsibilities

  • 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.

Job Requirements

  • 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;
  • Fluent speaking/reading/writing English and Kiswahili is required. Additional local languages is preferred.
  • 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;

How to Apply
Interested candidates who meet the above required qualifications and experience should submit a cover letter and detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV) listing three professional references (including a recent supervisor) to ke-hrkenya@mercycorps.org on or before Friday 17th March, 2017 by 4.00pm.

The email subject line must clearly show the job title and location they are applying for.

Applications without an appropriate subject heading will be automatically disqualified.

Please do not attach any certificates.

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