Researcher Job in Kenya 2021
Career Employment Kenya: Researcher Job in Kenya 2021
Job Description: Today Work Kenya

date: October 7, 2021 


Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) is an international nonprofit with
offices around the world working to improve protection for civilians caught in
conflict zones. CIVIC envisions a world in which no civilian is harmed in
conflict. Our mission is to support communities affected by conflict in their
quest for protection and strengthen the resolve and capacity of armed actors to
prevent and respond to civilian harm. We are advocates who believe that no
civilian caught in conflict should be ignored, and advisors who provide
practical solutions to preventing and responding to civilian harm. Learn more

About the Position

The Researcher/Analyst holds an important role within CIVIC’s East Africa
program. The Researcher/Analyst will be responsible for leading CIVIC’s
regional research into security issues affecting the protection of civilians,
and assisting the East Africa team to utilize that research for advocacy,
training, and community engagement. The Researcher/Analyst will also contribute
to CIVIC communications about the program, protection issues, and general
analysis of security trends in Kenya, Uganda, Somalia, and wider East Africa.

JOB PURPOSE: Carry out research and analysis within
CIVIC’s East Africa program portfolio

LOCATION: The position will ideally be based in
Nairobi, Kenya, with regular travel within Kenya, to Uganda and Somalia, or
other East African countries as needed for the program.

TRAVEL: Up to 40% required (domestic and within
East Africa)

REPORTING TO: Regional Director, East Africa

Key Functions & Responsibilities:

  • Lead
    country research projects in CIVIC’s East Africa program portfolio with
    core responsibilities including research, writing, representation,
    training, and advocacy;
  • Coordinate
    with the Regional Director and other CIVIC Research staff to develop
    strategy and programs, and manage projects;
  • Conducts
    literature reviews and other background research under the direction of
    senior research staff and/or the Director in support of CIVIC’s research
  • Synthesizes
    and summarizes findings of literature reviews for senior research staff
    and/or Director;
  • Contribute
    to reports, white papers, op-ed’s, blog posts and other relevant products
    based on thorough research.
  • Identify
    new partnerships with like-minded NGOs and actors in the field;
  • Conduct
    desk and field research and assessments to inform fresh policy, practice,
    and training recommendations for diverse stakeholders to improve civilian

Qualifications & Qualities Sought:


  • Knowledge,
    experience, and understanding of civilian protection issues in armed
  • Understanding
    and experience working in a fast paced program environment, including
    conflict situations;
  • Experience
    in East Africa conducting research and carrying out in-depth, fact-based
  • Proven
    ability to think analytically and plan strategically, including setting
    objectives and identifying and capitalizing on opportunities for our work;
  • Independent
    ability to identify and strategize new opportunities;
  • Poise,
    flexibility, discretion, and mature judgment to handle and respond
    appropriately and professionally in a fast-paced, high-pressure
  • Well
    organized, self-motivated, and able to conceptualize and implement
    research activities in challenging environments;
  • Willingness
    to work with security forces and understanding of the
    military/civilian/humanitarian nexus and spaces;
  • Ability to
    work in a team and potentially in insecure environments;
  • Outstanding
    communications and writing skills.


  • B.A. in
    international affairs, political science, African studies, or related
    area; M.A. (or higher) in a relevant field is highly preferred;
  • A
    demonstrated understanding of the political context in East Africa, with
    particular focus on civilian protection issues arising from insecurities
    and armed conflicts;
  • Minimum 7
    years relevant full-time staff level work experience required including
    work in active and recently active conflict zones (minimum 7 years with
    graduate degree, minimum 10 years without graduate degree);
  • Minimum 5
    years relevant field experience in at least three countries;
  • Demonstrated
    work ethic;
  • Passion
    for CIVIC’s subject matter and willingness to take on the responsibilities
    and duties as a key member of our team; and
  • Advanced
    proficiency in English required; Knowledge of Swahili, Luganda, Somali or
    other regional language preferred;
  • Computer
    proficiency including ability to quickly adapt to new systems (online
    file-storage, communication platforms, etc.)

Additional Details

Resumes are reviewed on a rolling basis, so please apply early.

CIVIC seeks to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a
diverse candidate pool in the belief that employees from diverse backgrounds
are critical to achieving our goals. We strongly encourage applications from
persons with diverse backgrounds and experiences.

CIVIC is not able to sponsor employees at this point in time, therefore,
please ensure that you are able to legally work in this location when applying.

Note to Recruiters and Placement Agencies: CIVIC does not accept
unsolicited agency resumes. CIVIC does not pay placement fees for candidates
submitted by any agency other than its approved partners.

How to Apply

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