Job Title: Policy and Coordination Advisor

Duty Station: Nairobi, Kenya or Mogadishu, Somalia

Type: Fixed-Term, P/T (12 months with possible extension)



The Somalia Stability Fund (SSF) is a multi-donor fund working towards a peaceful, secure, and stable Somalia. It offers Somali stakeholders a source of multi-year funding that can respond to local needs and opportunities. The Stability Fund aims to contribute to enhancing stability in Somalia through the following programmatic outputs:

  1. Fault-lines for political conflict (FGS-FMS, inter & intra state) are identified and appropriately addressed;
  2. Enhanced popular participation in governance, particularly for women and excluded communities;
  3. Increased government visibility and community engagement;
  4. Reduced community vulnerability to conflict.


The Policy and Coordination Advisor will provide advice to the Team Leader and Head of the Fund on engaging with SSF partners and Government of Somalia and will lead engagement on SSF’s behalf. In particular the Advisor will have a mandate to share SSF’s revised strategic focus with partners and will engage with partners on how best they can collaborate effectively with SSF to deliver on SSF’s focal areas of State level democratisation, Wadajir Framework Implementation and Reconciliation.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Lead SSF engagement with other donors operating in Somalia including JDC donors, UN agencies and USAID to share details of SSF work, priorities and needs and to build an understanding of the priorities, work and needs of other partners.
  • Engage closely with Somali political experts to provide SSF leadership with a strong understanding of the political economy in Somalia and to help shape SSF approach
  • Work closely with the other SSF Political Advisor to inform and shape SSF communications with Somali stakeholders.
  • Regularly update the SSF leadership team on political challenges and likely upcoming issues in Somalia.
  • Coordinate closely with the FMS Leads to share information on state-level political issues to advise and inform SSF responses.
  • As required provide update reports (both written and verbal to SSF leadership and JDC (and partners) on SSF political economy analyses and approach to delivery in Somalia as required by the Team Leader.
  • Coordinate closely with ASI team in Somalia to share information, coordinate and update on upcoming issues that may have a wider impact on ASI operations and delivery in Somalia.
  • Manage SSF staff and STTA recruitment, due diligence and contracting to ensure input to SSF strategy and workplan
  • Compliance with all corporate policies and procedures within the programme and meeting all ASI internal reporting requirements
  • Any other tasks reasonably requested by the ASI Programme Manager or Team Leader.


  • Reporting to the SSF Leadership Team and JDC on political events and themes in Somalia
  • Update Project Manager and Team Leader on political, security and reputational risks and issues to SSF & ASI
  • Regular meetings with donor counterparts to communicate SSF message
  • Report to SSF key upcoming activities and priorities of donor partners including recommendations of how to engage with these.
  • Regular coordination calls with the SSF FMS Leads
  • Support on SSF reporting requirements including quarterly, annual and risk reports.
  • Other Deliverables as requested by the Programme Manager


The Policy and Coordination Advisor reports to the Team Leader

Qualifications and Experience

  • Degree in political science, international relations, or economics;
  • Minimum 10 years’ of relevant professional experience engaging with donors including the EU, USAID and UN Agencies;
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in Somalia;
  • Proven ability to present to high level donors in a succinct and coherent manner;
  • Track record of effective political engagement at a high level of government in an FCAS;
  • Strong understanding of Somali culture and the Political Economy of Somalia
  • Ability to speak Somali is desirable
  • Substantive knowledge and prior experience working on donor funded programmes and projects;
  • Essential IT skills inclusive of MS Office and demonstrated experience working with spreadsheets e.g. MS Excel; and
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, especially dealing with people from multi-cultural backgrounds.

If you meet the above criteria please send a covering letter and your CV (maximum of 3 pages total) to referencing ‘monitoring, evaluation and learning specialist-Nairobi’ in the title of your email.

Deadline for applications will be November 11, 2020 – midnight EAT

Due to the large volume of applications we receive only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Canvassing will lead to disqualification.

ASI is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to continually improve the diversity of our workforce through the attraction, retention and development of a diverse range of talented people. We want people to be comfortable bringing their whole self to work and recognise that inclusion brings further opportunities for innovation and creativity.