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Project Manager (Kismayo)

3 days/week or possibly full time @ £30,000 f/t Pt 1 on 2 pt scale, London EC2

Job purpose

Peace Direct is an international NGO that supports local peacebuilding in conflict zones worldwide. We have affiliates in the UK and USA, 14 partner organisations in 11 countries in Asia and Africa, and have twice won top place in the Keystone Accountability survey that measures partner satisfaction with their Northern INGOs.

We raise funds to enable our partners to achieve their own peacebuilding plans, not to carry out a donor’s project. Our funds come from a number of different sources, including individual supporters, foundations and large institutional funders. You will be responsible for day to day management of a three year EU-funded project providing livelihood support and peacebuilding to young people at risk of exclusion in Kismayo. You will work closely with the Director of Strategic Partnerships and the Finance Officer (Programmes) as well as with Peace Direct’s Local Correspondents based in Nairobi and Hargeisa.

This is an exciting opportunity for a Somali speaker able to travel to Kismayo to shape an innovative initiative that has the potential to help to consolidate peace and demonstrate the potential of young people to be an asset to their community.

Main responsibilities

  • Contribute to the selection of partners in Kismayo and work with them to finalise the operational plan for the initiative
  • Provide day to day oversight of the work of Somali partner organisations in Kismayo to deliver a complex programme incorporating civic education, a range of livelihoods activities and a community led peacebuilding strategy
  • Draft reports on the work in Kismayo for the EU
  • Visit Kismayo at least quarterly to support partners and build relationships with key stakeholders
  • Manage research contracts in Kismayo

Specific tasks

  • Play a key role in partner selection, taking account of conflict sensitivities
  • Work with Peace Direct staff and partners to develop a detailed, locally led, operational plan and budget for the main phase of the initiative
  • Provide support to partners to deliver to a high standard against the operational plan including providing or sourcing support as needed in areas such as finance, evaluation, conflict analysis, report writing and governance
  • Ensure that the initiative remains on track and prepare first draft reports to the EU
  • Build relationships with key influencers in Kismayo including, religious leaders and clan elders
  • Any other tasks appropriate for this role that may be required

Person specification


  • Fluent Somali speaker
  • Able to visit and work effectively in Kismayo bearing in mind local conflict dynamics, and to travel for up to 2 weeks at a time
  • Excellent relationship building and facilitation skills
  • Ability to relate effectively to all manner of people from unskilled young adults to senior politicians
  • Proven ability to successfully manage a complex multi-year project
  • Good project budgeting skills (including strong MS Excel skills)
  • Experience of working within an NGO
  • Good written skills
  • Relevant first degree


  • Prior experience of livelihoods and/or peacebuilding
  • Experience of managing EU-funded projects
  • Relevant Master’s degree

The position is London-based, with quarterly visits to Kismayo (assuming security at current levels). Applicants should have permission to work in the UK.

Reports to:  Director, Strategic Partnerships

About Peace Direct

Peace Direct finds and funds outstanding local peacebuilders in conflict areas and promotes their work to people with power and resources. Our long term vision is of a world where local people lead in the peaceful resolution of their own conflicts.

Peace Direct was founded in 2004 and won Best New Charity in 2005. Since then we have twice won top place in the Keystone Accountability survey of how 62 European and US charities are viewed by their partners. We work with incredibly inspiring and committed people, some of whom are risking their lives to carry out work that they believe in passionately.  For more on Peace Direct, visit our two websites and

Our top ranking in Keystone reflects the value that we add to our partners, including helping them to develop their financial and M&E systems to support the growth of their peacebuilding work.

This post offers the opportunity to make a practical and tangible contribution to world peace, in an ambitious and well organised charity, with delightful colleagues and plentiful supplies of fresh fruit and homemade cake. We offer a contributory pension and death in service cover.

In exchange we expect from you a high degree of commitment to Peace Direct, and a willingness to take on a wide range of tasks. We look forward to benefiting from your experience, wherever and however it has been gained.

Application procedure

Please send a CV with a covering letter stating your interest in, and fitness for, the role to [email protected]. The deadline for applications is Monday 19th January with interviews in London on Thursday 22nd January. All applications will be acknowledged.

This project is funded by the European Union


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